Week In Review: 03/09/01
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The Week In Review: 03/09/01
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Wow, been awhile. I've got some notes on upcoming movies, a few comments about current moves, and a ton of quick DVD reviews. Enjoy!
15 MINUTES - Screenwriter John Herzfeld's TWO DAYS IN THE VALLEY was one of the better films of 1996. Herzfeld was then brought in for a re-write on TURBULENCE, which wasn't a bad flick. Now comes his latest effort, both as director and writer. 15 MINUTES follows a police detective (Robert De Niro) who is investigating a brutal murder committed by a psychopath, looking to get his 15 minutes of fame.
EXIT WOUNDS - After this one flops, once big screen action stud Steven Seagal's career will be on a "permenant vacation." The movie was penned by Ed Horowitz and Rich D'Ovidio.
SPY KIDS - The faster you rise, the quicker and harder you fall. Write/director Robert Rodriguez's latest film better do well, or he'll become another Kevin Smith, over-rated, over-paid, and without any hits. I'll always be a fan of EL MARIACHI, but the music has died. Hopefully this film can get him back on top of his game. SPY KIDS is about the world's top two secret agents, who get married, settle down and start a family. When they are kidnapped, only their children, using high-tech stuff, can rescue them. I don't know, we'll have to wait and see
(Since I've got so many, it will be short and sweet.)
BEDAZZLED - Elizabeth Hurley, in scantly covering clothing, what more could you want? "The Devil's never been so hot or hilarious! Brendan Fraser is a hapless, love-starved computer technician who falls prey to sinfully sexy Elizabeth Hurley when he agrees to sell her his soul in exchange for seven wishes."
DVD: Typical/Good Contains the basics, Commentary by Director Harold Ramis
Commentary by Elizabeth Hurley and Trevor Albert; and the "Making of" Featurette.
ALMOST FAMOUS - Writer/Director Cameron Crowe takes you on a heartfelt journey into the world of rock and roll in this "delightful coming-of-age comedy" (David Ansen, Newsweek). A great film and a great screenplay.
DVD: An Insult! Don't buy it. Just rent it to watch the movie again. It contains nothing in the way of deleted scenes of commentary. I believe a "special edition" will be coming out several months from now with the goodies. The only extra worth a look was the HBO Behind-the-Scenes Featurette "The Making of Almost Famous."
HOLLOW MAN - One hollow movie and story. Dr. Sebastian Caine (Kevin Bacon), a brilliant, arrogant and egotistical scientist has successfully transformed mammals to an invisible state and brought them back to their original physical form. He then decides to do it. Elisabeth Shue, oh yeah, plays his "ex" and is essentially the hero of the film, yeah Elisabeth!
DVD: Solid All the goodies, very well done. Deleted scenes, commentary, DVD Rom, good sound and picture.
WHAT LIES BENEATH - Dreadful movie and a disaster of a screenplay. How such two fine actors (Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer) found this script compelling in anyway really baffles me. The husband has got a secret, the wife is seeing things and hearings, she's being haunted.
DVD: Nothing Special No deleted scenes, there is commentary and "Making of" featurette.