Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

It's fun, daring, over-the-top and unforgettable.

The usually menacing British actor Terence Stamp does a complete turnaround as Bernadette, an aging transsexual who tours the backwaters of Australia with her stage partners, Mitzi (Hugo Weaving) and Adam/Felicia (Guy Pearce). Their act, well-known in Sydney, involves wearing lots of makeup and gowns and lip-synching to records, but Bernadette is getting a bit tired of it all and is also haunted by the bizarre death of an old loved one. Nevertheless, when Mitzi and Felicia get an offer to perform in the remote town of Alice Springs at a casino, Bernadette decides to tag along. The threesome ventures into the outback with Priscilla, a lavender-colored school bus that doubles as dressing room and home on the road. Along the way, the act encounters any number of strange characters, as well as incidents of homophobia, while Bernadette becomes increasingly concerned about the path her life has taken. by Don Kaye (

Always loved this movie 5
I went to see this movie many times when it was at the theater, and I couldn't wait for it to release on DVD. I lost that copy in a move and went out and bought it again. It's hard to believe this movie was made on a shoe-string budget, and that they could get such an accomplished actor as Terence Stamp. Hugo Weaving, also a favorite of mine from the Matrix and Rings movies is hilarious. Guy Pierce is so believable in his role. The three combine for a hilarious and sometimes emotional rollercoaster ride through the australian outback. I recommend this for anyone's collection.

Camp & Crazy Cross-Dressing Road Trip to Laughter 5
This is not a kids' movie by any means, but that being said, this movie deserves its cult following as one of the most outrageous comedies ever to be produced and shot in the Land Down Under.

I don't know what it is about Australia that produces such great movies and actors, but the world of entertainment would be lacking without them.

If you are up for a devilishly fun romp, grab a bottle of wine and settle in for a truly funny and outrageous movie experience. Now, you may be thinking that you wouldn't like a movie about the adventures and mis-adventures of three drag queens traveling the outback in a giant pink tour bus. That is what I thought and can report I was dead wrong, this movie is simply tons of over-the-top fun ;-)

The "Road Trip Movie" may never be the same again !

Monday, November 24, 2008

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

An Outrageously Funny Affair

This utterly charming, little British film took me completely by surprise the first time I saw it. I did not know what to expect going in, but I quickly found myself falling completely in love with it.

The plot is structured around the five events mentioned in the title. A magnificent group of seven dear friends attends a string of weddings, none of them, unfortunately, involving any of the principles. Our focus is on Charles (Hugh Grant), a devilishly handsome man who is completely incapable of committing to marriage. He is, as an ex-girlfriend describes him, a "serial monogamist."

There is some hope, however, that that might change when Charles meets Carrie (Andie MacDowell), a beautiful American woman. He falls in love with her, and we suspect she might love him, too, but instead she gets engaged to Hamish (Corin Redgrave), a boring, but rich man, twice her age. Our hearts break along with Charles' because we know that she is making a mistake. He is too disappointed, though, and too afraid to do anything about it.

There is something so pleasing about friendship in a movie. When it is done right, as it is here, it involves the audience in a way that most stories cannot. While watching this film, I could not help but wish that I knew them all better. Who wouldn't want a group of such trusted and wonderful friends? Because we like them, and because we feel we know them so well, the events in the film aren't just happening to somebody else. They are happening to us as well. That is why "Four Weddings" is so touching and so moving.

The acting is nothing short of brilliant, especially the work done by Hugh Grant. Not since Cary Grant has an actor displayed such suave, British charm and natural good looks. He is a delight to watch and, no doubt, has an excellent future ahead for himself. Andie MacDowell is equally enchanting. She has never appeared as lovely in a movie before as she does here.

The screenplay by Richard Curtis is extremely well written. The scenes have the ring of truth to them; the characters feel as real as anyone we know. The writing always hits just the right note, striking a delicate balance between moments of great humor and romance, as well as deep sadness.

Mike Newell's direction is fine, never distracting us the center of the film: the characters and their words. At the same time, there are moments of inspired visual artistry. The sight of Charles arriving late for Carrie's wedding, standing alone in a broad, Scottish moor, is touchingly sad. Even better is the funeral chapel, stranded in a bleak, industrial wasteland, overlooking the dull, gray Thames. It is a very evocative and poignant moment.

I do not want to give the impression that this is a sad film because it is not. At times it is rather hilarious, the romance is always enticing, and it does have a happy, if unexpected, ending. More importantly, all of its emotions are genuinely earned. "Four Weddings and a Funeral" is one of the most delightful films I have seen in a long time. By David Montgomery "Book Reviewer"


Four Weddings and a Funeral Trailer

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Freaky Friday vs. Freaky Friday

In 1976 ... Annabel and her Mother are not quite themselves today- in fact, they're each other!

Now experience all the laughs of the original comedy classic that inspired Disney's hilarious hit remake. Trading places was never so funny, and it could only happen on Friday the 13th! That's when the tomboyish and free-spirited Annabel (Jodie Foster) switches bodies with her straitlaced mother, Ellen (Barbara Harris), and suddenly finds herself responsible for running the entire household. In turn, Ellen, now in her daughter's body, faces the daunting challenges of school, including a typing test, field hockey competition, and much more!

I saw the Newer Version, FREAKY FRIDAY 2003, before I saw this Original. And it wasn't until a LONG while later as I didn't think that I would of cared for it. But, I really enjoyed this original version with Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster. Both ladies did a sterling job in playing their normal aged selves, then in switching over to their opposite ages. Barbara was so full of youthful energy, and Jodie was more mature in her attitude. Plus, I grew up in the 70's and it retains that 70's atmosphere. I still love FREAKY FRIDAY 2003 the best though, with Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan, as they totally rocked the theater with their excellent acting skills and they also were EXTREMELY FUNNY! I think that if you see one or the other, then you HAVE to get the other as a companion DVD. For, though they are similar stories, each one has it's very own flavour. Plus, Boris is in both films. Nice touch.

The beloved Disney teen movie from 1976 gets a power-pop makeover. As in the original, mother and daughter magically switch bodies, and the best parts are when they put each other's lives through the paces. The saucer-eyed Lindsay Lohan, as the daughter, morphs from a slouching rocker into a
perfect-posture girl, a Junior League aspirant set loose in high school. Jamie Lee Curtis has the more difficult assignment, contorting her adult body into the ungainly angles of adolescence. She pulls off the transformation with precision, and both she and Lohan grace their scenes with moments of dead-on physical parody. Together, they provide a delightful double take on the old mother-to-daughter mantra: Act your age. -Michael Agger
Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker

An Awesome Remake!!!5
To me, Disney's 2003 version of Freaky Friday is a lot better than the original. I don't hate the original, I just think this one is a lot funnier and more up-to-date! Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan were hilarious trying to be the opposite of each other. After having a big fight with each other on Thursday, Anna (Lohan) and Tess (Curtis) switch bodies on Friday morning, and throughout the entire day, you see hilarious moments as Tess acts like a rebelious teenager and Anna acts more mature. Tess is supposed to be married on Saturday, and if they don't switch back, they'll have to post-pone it. It's also awesome to see Jamie Lee jammin' down at the concert later toward the end of the movie! If you love comedy, you'll love FREAKY FRIDAY!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)

Attitude is everything.

This clunky road movie about three drag queens (Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, and John Leguziamo) who get stranded in a sleepy Nebraska town on their way to a beauty contest, is too uplifting for its own good. Released during drag's mid-'90s heyday when RuPaul and the Wigstock documentary were all the rage, To Wong Foo aimed straight for the mainstream with its inoffensive camp and "can't we all get along" moralism. While gay-activist groups howled about straights getting the lead roles in To Wong Foo, in the end the filmmakers really couldn't have done better than this trio of actors. John Leguziamo provides real sass and bite as a Latino (or should we saw Latina?) drag queen, and Wesley Snipes is surprisingly fierce as the imposing leader of the pack. Saddled with a cloying Southern accent and off-kilter wig, Patrick Swayze barely holds his own with his costars, though. To Wong Foo is best viewed as a cultural artifact of a time when it seemed as though drag could rule all tomorrow's parties. --Ethan Brown

To Wong Fu Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar5
I have treasured this movie for years. I own the vhs version, but rarely want to take the time and trouble ( all that rewinding) to get it out. With the new and used option at Amazon it is very simple to find your favorites at great prices with just a few clicks of a button. Who can imagine those three hansome guys posing as women? Hard to believe but they do it well. Even with those bulging muscles they all are great at portraying elegant "Drag Queens". This movie is wonderful, funny, and setimental. I never tire of watching it. At the time this movie came out there seemed to be an era of "Drag Queen" movies. This one, by far, is the best. The others are entertaining as well however; I believe this one tops them all. While watching you can Laugh, cry, and relate to the personal growth of each of the characters as they try to help "the little boy in drag" reach "her" true potential. These amazing "career girls" also give the entire tired and dowdy town a great makeover. I would highley recommend this movie to anyone for a great evening's entertainment.

To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything5
The movie came on time and was very happy with the prduct. I have tried to look for this item in the stores and had no luck. So thank you for having this movie on stock

Friday, November 21, 2008

Little Buddha (1993)

Little Buddha
Moving, touching, inspiring beginner's story of Buddha

Little Buddha is a wonderfully entertaining and historically accurate film. The story has two plots, making it confusing at some times. One tells of a Buddhist priest searching for the reincarnation of his dead teacher, while the other tells the story of Siddhartha Guatama, the Buddha. (Played by Keanu Reeves)

As far as the acting goes, this film gets five stars from me. Siddhartha, (Reeves) is played beautifully, along with Lisa Conrad, (Bridget Fonda) and Lama Norbu. (Ruocheng Ying) Another plus about the acting are the three children who played the candidates for the reincarnation of the teacher. I especially liked Gita, who is the only girl candidate.

I liked the costumes, too, as they are historically accurate, and stand out with the bright colors and makeup. I found it strange that the men wore makeup, but they do, and the film portrays it brilliantly.

All along I have been mentioning how historically correct this film is. I have been saying this because it is the truth. Not only is the story of Siddhartha correct, but all of the facts about Buddha and Buddhism are too. If you know nothing about the religion, watching this film will give you a basic introduction to Buddhism. by a customer

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Eckhart Tolle - The Simple Truth

An in-depth interview with Eckhart Tolle

A great introduction to Eckhart's teaching.

In this wide-ranging interview by a Danish journalist, Eckhart explains not only the essence of his teachings, but also speaks freely about his childhood, his personal life as well as his own awakening. He explains how he became a spiritual teacher and how he came to write The Power of Now. He also speaks of the larger context in which the teaching has arisen: the planetary crisis and the urgency of a transformation of human consciousness.

Interview by Anne Hjort.

picture from
Stillness Amidst the World Book

Mars Attacks! (1996)

Nice planet. We'll take it!

It's enlightening to view Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! as his twisted satire of the blockbuster film Independence Day, which was released earlier the same year, although the movies were in production simultaneously. Burton's eye-popping, schlock tribute to 1950s UFO movies actually plays better on video than it did in theaters. The idea of invading aliens ray gunning the big-name movie stars in the cast is a cleverly subversive one, and the bulb-headed, funny-sounding animated Martians are pretty nifty, but it all seemed to be spread thin on the big screen. On video, however, the movie's kooky humor seems a bit more concentrated. The Earth actors (most of whom get zapped or kidnapped for alien science experiments) include Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rod Steiger, Michael J. Fox, Lukas Haas, Jim Brown, Tom Jones, and Pam Grier. --Jim Emerson

mars attacks5

this movie is always funny and we get a kick out of watching it. It was sent in a timely manner and arrived on time. It is good too to do business with Amazon and the people that they have registered too. I have had no problems with any of my orders. J. A. Harris

Mars Attacks!5
At first I thought it was dumb, then I thought it was awsome!
This has many actors in it and many funny parts.

Including: Many are incinerated. Martians kill congress and the president. S.J.P. loses her body and so does Pierce Brosnan. Rod Steiger is shrunk and then squashed. Danny DeVito offers a martian a watch. Jim Brown gets into a boxing match with Martians. Christina Applegate is incinerated while having sex. Michael J. Fox is incinerated and S.J.P. is left holding his hand, which is later used in the Martian's experiments. Jack Black is incinerated while surrending to a Martian. (SUCKER!) Brian Haley's UZI is incinerated. The dog is incinerated. A bird in incinerated.

Mars Attack5
i have seen this movie at least four times before i bought the dvd. it is a great movie. lots of laughs. great all around entertainment. the right actors are correctly chosen for their corresponding parts.


Mars Attacks! 1996 Theatrical Trailer

Uncle Buck (1989)

Typical John Hughes

Director/writer John Hughes is one of those Hollywood success stories who has left in his wake a heap of popular and often entertaining films, leaving an indelible stamp on motion picture history. He may not have won a ton of awards, but the regular folks (as opposed to film snobs) love his work and have made him a very wealthy man. A list of his better known films would have to start with "Home Alone" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," and would continue with "The Breakfast Club," "Pretty in Pink," "Planes, Trains, & Automobiles," and "Sixteen Candles," as well as many others.

This particular John Hughes film stars John Candy as Uncle Buck, the kind of character Candy specialized in. He's a middle-aged kid who can't seem to find a good reason to accept any responsibility in life. As he says in one scene, "People used to say to me, 'Buck, you've got it made. You've got no kids, no wife, no office, no desk, no boss, nothing to tie you down. You've really got it made.' Well, they don't say that to me any more."

Among Hughes's "coming of age" pictures, this one is unique. The coming of age is usually a teen or preteen. Here's it's Uncle Buck who is coming of age. His brother and sister-in-law have to leave town for a few days to tend his brother's ailing father-in-law, and they are absolutely devoid of babysitters...except for Uncle Buck, the embarrassing relation they have chosen to avoid until now. Their three kids include 15-year-old Tia (Jean Louisa Kelly, now seen on TV's "Yes, Dear," in her film debut), 8-year-old Miles (Macaulay Culkin, his first major film role and the one that inspired Hughes to give him his next major role in a little something called "Home Alone"), and 6-year-old Gaby Hoffman (shortly before she played the child lead in "Sleepless in Seattle").

You can practically write the film yourself from there, to a point. Buck has to be responsible for the kids, falls in love with them, is a far better (and much, much funnier) surrogate dad than anyone could have guessed, and by film's end things have all changed for the better. Sure, it's a little too much of a happy Hollywood ending to be true (OK, way much too much), but one doesn't expect Shakespeare here, just good, solid, entertaining comedy with a heart. That's typical John Hughes, and since he gives us so many good laughs we forgive him if it doesn't always completely ring true. "Uncle Buck" may be underrated among Hughes's films, but it's well worth remembering. By Brian Hulett "okierazorbacker2"

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

A Truly Scrumptious Classic

Our family is on a retro trip, having bought this movie, as well as The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The King and I, Willy Wonka, and Pete's Dragon.

One of the reasons is that we want our 2 year old to experience the movies we grew up with, and the other is nostalgia.

Before watching this movie again recently, I could only remember that there was a flying car, a nice title song, and something about children being kidnapped. Watching it again for the first time, I discovered that I had forgotten most of the movie.

Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) is an inventor way ahead of his time, whose inventions don't always work the way they are intended. If you think his name is weird, the female lead is Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), the daughter of a rich sweet manufacturer. This unlikely pair, along with his two kids and the wonderful car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, are the star players in a story which starts out being about pirates, and ends up as a rescue mission. With comic support from Caractacus' father, and a toy maker (Benny Hill, in an uncharacteristic G rated performance), they defeat the schemes of spies (kind of like Laurel and Hardy combined with Boris and Natasha), an evil Baron and Baroness,and a wicked childcatcher, to bring the story within a story to a predictable but entertaining end.

The scenery is breathtaking, especially the Vulgarian castle and surroundings, and since this is a 1968 movie, we can forgive the lack of finesse in the special effects, where the characters stick out like sore thumbs from the backgrounds, and wires can be seen attached to Professor Potts during a dance sequence.

It's a little harder to swallow the concept of Truly Scrumptious running around on the beach dressed in tons of white cloth and coming up spotless, and her song about needing a lovely man is way too over the top and much too long. I will admit to skipping over that one.

The sing along feature is a nice touch, and catchy songs (other than the theme song) include "Me Old Bamboo", "Toot Sweet", my personal favorite "P O S H (Posh)", and the nearly too sugary "Truly Scrumptious".

Overall, this DVD is a refreshing family movie that you will watch over and over again. By Amanda Richards "Modest to the extreme"

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Passenger 57 (1992)

For the terrorists on flight 163 . . . he's very bad news

"Passenger 57" has to be my very favorite Wesley Snipes movie and one of my very favorite action movies ever! I have been a huge fan of this movie ever since I first saw the trailer for it when I went to see Under Siege (another awesome movie.) At the height of this movie's popularity producers capitalized on Wesley's image as a strong leading man with the catchphrase: always bet on black. And that totally describes his role and this movie.

Wesley plays John Cutter, a security expert who quit his job as a cop after his girlfriend was shot. And, Bruce Payne portrays Charles Rane the master-terrorist. Although, I thought Charles Rane was more funny than scary. Whose big idea was it to make the British dude with long blonde hair the villain who tries to go up against Wesley Snipes?

The film also includes some very impressive supporting roles. I especially enjoyed Alex Datcher (doesn't she look just like Halle Berry?) as Marti the tough-talking stewardess. And Elizabeth Hurley was in a somewhat smaller role as Sabrina Ritchie. I loved the part in the beginning when Sabrina says to Marti that she doesn't like her name because "it makes me sound cold and heartless."

IMHO the early to mid-90's were the Golden Age of Suspense/Mystery-Action/Thrillers. There were so many great movies in this genre, during this time. Besides "Passenger 57," I highly recommend these pictures: Single White Female, The Good Son, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Unlawful Entry, The Crush, The Client, Under Siege, Poison Ivy and The Fugitive.

"Passenger 57" is just the perfect showcase for Wesley Snipes because he does it all. He does a little fighting, he jumps off a plane, he does a little shooting and the man's even mistaken for Arsenio!! By J. Abercrombi

Eckhart Tolle -The Flowering of Human Consciousness

Do yourself a big favour ...

In The Flowering of Human Consciousness, you will come face to face with Eckhart Tolle, for a transformational meeting with this respected teacher and influential author. In clear language, Eckhart explains the process of entering the ?miraculous? state of presence that is always available to us. We are lost, he says, in the maze of our own compulsive thoughts. Only by ceasing this ?mental noise? can we dissolve our egos, and enable the ?flowering of a new consciousness? to proceed ? a transformation that cannot be understood with the mind. From guidance about stress and career to insights into the nature of the ego and the delusion of time, here is a far-reaching session that documents the vision of this modern spiritual teacher, and the truth he brings.

Learn more about:
  • Desire and how it operates
  • Where freedom truly comes from
  • How to surrender to the ?Now?
  • With question-and-answer session

After finding his book 'The Power of Now' such an amazing read, I was very interested in seeing and hearing Eckhart Tolle teaching. I could not have been more impressed - this is even more powerful than the book that I loved.

It is such a liberating experience to sit there and absorb the teaching as Tolle gently strips away the layers of illusion we mis-interpret as ourself. I have watched these DVD's on their entirety four times now, and each viewing is as fresh as the first time.

This is the most powerful spiritual teaching I have ever read or viewed - I cannot recommend it highly enough. By David

Monday, November 17, 2008

Ghost Mom (1993) aka Bury Me in Niagara


Good for GWD fans

Bury Me in Niagra AKA in the USA as Ghost Mom has two notable actors-- Jean Stapleton and Geraint Wyn Davies ( Nick Knight of "Forever Knight"). GWD's characer is a doctor who has an intrusive mother ( Stapleton). When she dies she holds a "lucky pebble", ( a disguised mystical ruby) and her ghost insists that her body be buried in Niagra. Road trip via ice cream truck, pursued by Chinese gangsters who want the ruby, the son finally meets his father. GWD hams it up in various scenes and while the movie lacks some credibility at times, it is a comedy in the same vein as the Hope and Cosby road trip movies. Being a GWD fan I liked to see him in a comedic role as Nick Knight was mainly too angsty. By foreverknitefan "moemcal"

Not just for GWD fans!

OK -- I admit that I originally only bought this video because I wanted to see Geriant Wyn Davies in something other than Forever Knight.

After watching the video, however, I can definitely recommend this to just about anyone. The movie is light-hearted fun. Jean Stapleton is perfect as the mother who doesn't know when to let go.

The alternate title of "Ghost Mom" would make more sense than the "Bury Me in Niagara" title does. Regardless of what it is called, watch the movie and enjoy yourself for 1½ hours. By Bookseller "pbtad"

You're lucky if you own it!

I am one of the lucky ones who owns this movie! So I watch it over and over again and have the same great fun. By all means, watch it! By F. Nicolaescu "FN"

The Crush (1993)

What Adrian wants, Adrian gets.

The Crush is a 1993 American thriller film written and directed by Alan Shapiro. It stars Cary Elwes and Alicia Silverstone in her feature film debut. It was filmed on location in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Arriving in a new city, writer Nick Eliot (Cary Elwes) secures a job at Pique magazine and lodgings in a guest house belonging to Cliff and Liv Forrester (Kurtwood Smith and Gwynyth Walsh). The handsome Nick soon makes the acquaintance of the Forrester's 14-year-old daughter Adrian (Alicia Silverstone), a precocious girl who develops an intense attraction to him. She secretly helps Nick by sneaking into his room and rewriting one of his Pique stories, which subsequently wins a rave from his editor/boss Michael (Matthew Walker). At a party thrown by the Forresters, Nick agrees to accompany the lonely girl on a nightly drive to a romantic spot, where she kisses him.

This intensifies Adrian's crush on Nick, but he quickly wises up and attempts to put her off, having begun a budding romance with co-worker Amy (Jennifer Rubin). Adrian continues to boldly pursue him, even going so far as to undress in his view. Nick, however, continues to rebuff her advances, and Adrian's actions become destructive--she defaces a car he's restored and erases his computer discs--yet he's unable to convince Cliff and Liv of what's going on. Cheyenne (Amber Benson), a friend of Adrian who has warned Nick about her, meets with an "accident" at the riding school they attend together. Then, after Adrian spies on Amy in bed with Nick, the girl locks Amy in her darkroom and empties a hornets' nest into the vents.

Amy survives, and Nick, now convinced that Adrian is big trouble, attempts to find new lodgings. However, Adrian manages to sabotage his efforts. She then accuses him of assaulting her with "evidence" obtained from a used condom from Nick's trash, leading to his arrest. After Michael bails him out (and fires him), Nick is met once again by Cheyenne, who informs him of a diary Adrian kept that can acquit him. When he goes looking for it, he discovers Cheyenne tied up in the attic and is confronted by Adrian and then Cliff, who attacks him. Adrian, still infatuated, attacks her father, leaving Nick free to subdue her with one punch. Acquitted, Nick goes to live with Amy while Adrian, confined to a psychiatric ward, continues to write him letters, even as she's developing a crush on her doctor.

  • The final confrontation on an amusement park carousel was inspired by the Hitchcock film Strangers on a Train.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Specialist (1994)

The government taught him to kill.

The Specialist was a 1994 action film from Warner Bros. Pictures. It was directed by Luis Llosa, produced by Jerry Weintraub, and written by Alexandra Seros. Among the cast were Hollywood notables Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, James Woods and Rod Steiger.

In 1984, Ray Quick (Sylvester Stallone) and Ned Trent (James Woods), CIA explosives experts, are in the middle of a mission to blow up a South American drug dealer. But when the dealer's car appears, there's a little girl in it.

Ray doesn't want to kill the girl, so he wants to abort the mission. But Ned intends to see it through, and allows the explosion to happen. Ray beats Ned up.

Now, in Miami, Ray is making a living as a freelance hit man. Desperate people contact him by computer, and he only takes the cases he wants.

Ray's work is distinguished by its precision; he specializes in building and planting bombs that blow up only the intended target, leaving innocent bystanders shaken but unharmed.

Against his better judgment, Ray is persuaded to take the case of May Munro (Sharon Stone), whose parents were killed by men who work for Miami drug kingpin Joe Leon (Rod Steiger).

May wants Joe to pay for that, and Ray agrees to help, even though she wants to stay close by so she can savor the revenge. But Ned is now working for Joe, and Ned is jockeying for power within the family, particularly in relation to Joe's son Tomas Leon (Eric Roberts).

After Tomas gets blown up, Ned immediately recognizes Ray's signature explosive style. Ned wants revenge on Ray because Ray got him fired from the CIA after that last mission 10 years ago. And Ned also intends to use the situation to curry favor with Leon.

Meanwhile, Ray and May are falling in love, despite her insistence that she's no good for him. May turns out to be a pawn in Ned's plan for vengeance on Ray, but she double-crosses Ned to save Ray, who must then rescue her from Ned's clutches, and bring Joe down.

  • Steven Seagal was offered the lead role but he wanted $9 million to star and direct, so the producers turned him down.
  • Academy-Award winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman did an uncredited rewrite of the script early in his career.
  • Sharon Stone had a crush on Sylvester Stallone before working with him.
  • The look on Sharon Stone's face when the bombs go off at the end is genuine fear; unlike Stallone she was not used to being around explosions.
  • Inspiration for the Interpol song "The Specialist" on The Black EP




Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Miracle Maker (2000)

Fantastic and Biblically Accurate

I wish I could give this film 10 stars! Watching it for the first time on television last year, I was very moved, and I feel it is the best film about Jesus that has ever been done. The use of 3-D and 2-D animation was very creative. The 2-D animation was used for flashbacks or when Jesus was telling stories (such as the parables) which gave a realness to the 3-D characters. Also, the 3-D characters were less distracting than live actors which put more emphasis on the story and its message.

Based on the book of Luke, it is Biblically accurate. The only error I could see, and very minor, was when during the Parable of the Good Samaritan and one of the people who walked was said to be Sadducee. I suppose the writer thought that would more interesting. Of course one always wishes they could have every scene, but realistically the film producers could not include everything and were restricted to 90 min. I do wish they had been able to include Jesus calming the storm, but I am happy at what the writer COULD include like the Road to Emmaus (not included in any other film I've ever seen). I understand that the writer is a Christian, which shows, by the emphasis on the Resurrection and mention of the Holy Spirit(at Christ's baptism and Accension). The writer did use parts from the other Gospels as well to complement Luke.

The story is masterfully done and I like how the characters are developed, especially Mary Magdalene and Tamar (they gave her a name), the Leader of the Synogogue's 12 year old daughter who was raised from the dead. It was neat how they followed the story from a child's eye view and the character of Tamar was a thread that helped bring the story together. Another theme that was throughout the story which I really liked, was the idea of Jesus being the Doorway into Life.

The DVD has some neat features including a documentary about how the film was made. They show the little dolls, models, that were made by Russian animators. I think many of us would like to have the Jesus one! I also liked how the menu has Christian symbols on it, and the cursor that you use to select special features is in the shape of a cross. Very creative.

I think this film has had a very significant spiritual impact on many people and it was definitely inspired! The soundtrack is also fantastic (very moving) and really adds to the movie. Lastly, the best thing about this film is that it makes you want to go read the Bible!! :-) By KittyKins


A Christmas Carol (1977)

An adaption by the BBC with Sir Michael Horden as Scrooge.

If I could work my will, every idiot that goes around with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips
would be boiled with his own pudding and buried with the stake of holly in his heart.

~ Ebenezer Scrooge ~

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is one of the author's most loved works, even if it is admired only once a year at Christmas time. A simple morality tale reminding us of the spirit of Christmas, it has been filmed countless times, with and without musical interludes. I have to admit to a secret liking for the Muppet version from 1992 featuring Michael Caine as Scrooge.

A Christmas Carol was released as a novella by Dickens in 1843 and was a huge success. Some in fact regard it as partly responsible for a revitalisation of the Christmas customs and spirit which had been in gradual decline.

This BBC / Time-Life Television and ABC co-production dates from 1977. It is the earliest film in the Dickens Collection boxset.

The plot of A Christmas Carol is simple. Mean and miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is dedicated to one mistress - money! On Christmas Eve he resents the fact that his employee Bob Cratchit wants to take the whole of Christmas Day off work. Charity collectors are rebuffed with the comment that the poor should go to the poorhouses. When they say that some would rather die than go to these institutions Scrooge replies that perhaps they should die to reduce the surplus population!

That night Scrooge is visited by a number of ghosts who show him the error of of his ways. Firstly, his deceased partner comes to tell him that his own greed became a series of chains which he must bear in the afterlife. The three apparitions which follow are the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come. Each presents him with visions which rock his soul to the core. Past shows scenes of Scrooge himself growing up and making the mistakes that would lead to the love of money being his watchword. Present shows him the Cratchit household just making do with his meagre earnings and coping with Tiny Tim, their much-loved but very ill son. Yet To Come shows him the changes that have occurred in the town after a certain much-despised miser has passed away.

It's no spoiler to say that Scrooge undergoes a profound redemption and wakes on Christmas morning a changed man full of good cheer.

At 58 minutes this production of A Christmas Carol keeps very close to the original story. It is Dickens for the purist without a song or Muppet in sight! The visual quality, is appropriate for a 1977 video production. This could be a big issue if it weren't for the quality of the performances. Michael Hordern as Scrooge is a real joy as he negotiates the huge character shifts with skill and conveys a genuine Scrooge. Bernard Lee, M from the James Bond films, is Jacob Marley, his old partner.

Despite the age, dodgy special effects and brief running time this is one of the better versions of the story, genuinely affecting without being milked for sentimentality.
By michaeldvd


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