Revelations (2005) – DVD Review


Film:
DVD:

Created by David Seltzer
Teleplay by Mark Kruger
Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter, Lili Fini Zanuck, and David Semel
Starring Bill Pullman, Natascha McElhone, John Rhys-Davies, Michael Massee, Mark Rendall, Christopher Biggins

Features:

  • Behind-the-scenes featurette

Released by: Universal.
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: Nope.

My Advice: Watch it if you can be neutral about religion and not merely pro or con (try really hard).

The tagline for the mini-series is “Omnium Finis Imminet,” which basically tells you what’s going on here: the end of the world is nigh. When he accidentally awakens a comatose girl, skeptical scientist (aren’t they all in Hollywood?) Richard Massey (played by the lovable Bill Pullman) finds himself involved in the investigations Sister Josepha Montefiore (McElhone) who is in search of the truth behind certain signs that seem to portend the Biblical “End of Days.”

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The Serpent and the Rainbow (1987) – DVD Review

Serpent and the Rainbow DVD

Film:
DVD:

Written by Richard Maxwell and A. R. Simoun, quite loosely based on the book by Wade Davis
Directed by Wes Craven
Starring Bill Pullman, Cathy Tyson, Zakes Mokae, Paul Winfield

Released by: Universal.
Rating: R
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Oui.

My Advice: Eh, read the book instead.

Hidden amongst the rituals and legends of native cultures are effective treatments unknown to Western medicine. Dennis Alan (Pullman) goes to the shamans and medicine men to discover their secrets. This has gotten him in trouble but nothing as deadly as what he about to encounter. Evidence surfaces of a Haitian man who was declared dead but is found wandering around, saying he is a zombie. A pharmacological firm wants information on the process, thinking this could lead to the next big anesthesia. So off to Haiti Alan goes where he meets the beautiful Marielle Duchamp (Tyson) who is his guide in his quest for the powerful voodoo powder. Amidst the beauty and brutality of the island nation where political unrest is about to explode, Alan and Duchamp explore Haitian voodoo society where houngan Lucien Celine (Winfield) warns them of the danger of such dark magic and its main practitioner Dargent Peytraud (Mokae), head of the dictator Dulavier’s secret police. With revolution, madness, and darkness at every turn, Alan risks his very soul as he travels between The Serpent and the Rainbow.

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Lake Placid (1999) – Movie Review

Lake Placid movie poster

Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Steve Miner
Starring: Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Brendan Gleeson, Betty White

My Advice: Wait and Rent It.

Sheriff Keogh (Gleeson) is a man with a problem. Namely that a fish and game warden just got bit in half on his watch. All the excitement brings not only another warden (Pullman), but a paleontologist (Fonda), and the obligatory half-crazed rich person (Platt). When everybody’s assembled, it’s obvious that whatever is in the lake is really old…and really hungry.

This movie comes from a genre of film that’s kind of hard to get balanced: a fun horror movie. You know what I mean–you have The Exorcist at one end of the spectrum and Army of Darkness at the other. This one strives toward the latter, and to its credit, it makes some large strides. It’s pretty obvious to anyone who’s read or seen anything having to do with this flick that’s the creature in question is a bloody great crocodile. All of the Stan Winston creature FX are pretty nice to behold, and I was pleased to find that the beast was not only scientifically feasible but explained over the course of the film. What a relief. The humor portions of the film were…well, humorous. Also a welcome change. The dialogue was fast and witty and at no point did the conflicting genres strangle each other to death. Thank David Kelley for this, who manages to make a “When Animals Attack” film worth watching.

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The End of Violence (1997) – Movie Review

The End of Violence movie poster

Film:

Written by: Nicholas Klein, from a story by Nicholas Klein and Wim Wenders
Directed by: Wim Wenders
Starring: Bill Pullman, Andie MacDowell, Gabriel Byrne, Traci Lind, Pruitt Taylor Vince

My Advice: Wait for MST3K.

Let me try to synopsisize this thing for you. Bill Pullman is a movie producer who doesn’t have time for his wife (MacDowell) and who almost gets killed by two hitmen for some reason but are spotted by Gabriel Byrne who sits in an observatory watching the entire L.A. basin when he’s not boffing his housekeeper (Marisol Padilla Sánchez) or delivering pizza to his dad (Sam Fuller) and then killer satellites (or something even more sinister) save Pullman from sure death while on the side his wife starts boffing a rap star (K. Todd Freeman). Oh, and throw in some fair performance poetry (Nicole Parker) and something about an actress who wants you to define everything (Lind) and the detective who loves her (Vince). Sounds enticing, doesn’t it?

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