Jackie Brown (1997) – DVD Review

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Film:
DVD:

Written by: Quentin Tarantino, based on the novel Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, and Robert De Niro

Features:

  1. Documentary Jackie Brown: How It Went Down
  2. Interview with Tarantino
  3. Deleted and Alternate Scenes
  4. Chicks with Guns Video
  5. Reviews and Articles
  6. Jackie Brown on MTV
  7. TV spots
  8. Theatrical Trailers
  9. Still Galleries
  10. Filmographies

Released by: Miramax Entertainment
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: Fuck yeah.

My Advice: Own It, motherfucker.

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Kiss of the Dragon (2001) – DVD Review

Kiss of the Dragon DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen, based on a story by Jet Li
Directed by: Chris Nahon
Starring: Jet Li, Bridget Fonda, Tcheky Karyo, Ric Young, Burt Kwouk

Features:

  • Audio commentary with Nahon, Li and Fonda
  • Jet Li “Fighting Philosophy” featurette
  • Fight Director Cory Yuen “Action Academy” featurette
  • Police Gymnasium Fight: Martial Arts Demo
  • “On the Set Action” featurette
  • Storyboard to Scene Comparisons for “The Laundry Chute” and “The Orphanage”
  • “Kiss of the Dragon” featurette
  • Action Gallery Production Stills
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Theatrical Trailers for Behind Enemy Lines and Planet of the Apes

Released by: Fox
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Avoid it.

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The Road to Wellville (1994) – DVD Review

Road to Wellville DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Alan Parker, based on the novel by T. C. Boyle
Directed by: Alan Parker
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Matthew Broderick, John Cusack, Bridget Fonda, Dana Carvey

Released by: Sony Pictures
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: Nah; presented in a rockin’ 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Catch it on cable.

Because of new scientific knowledge and a reform-minded spirit, good health is the watchword for fin-de-seicle America. The man on the crest of this wave is Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (Hopkins), the developer of corn flakes and self-appointed health guru. While some of his ideas are sensible (increase of grains and vegetables into the diet, chewing food properly, and exercise), the majority are quite insane and possibly lethal (baths with electric shocks, total and I mean total abstinence, and colon cleaning five times a day). Two new victims… I mean guests to Kellogg’s Sanitarium are the Lightbodys, William (Broderick) and Eleanor (Fonda). Eleanor is a true believer and William is going along to please the wife. While being subjected to multiple enemas and other forms of torture, his sexual desires go into overdrive. You always want what you can’t have, I guess. Wanting to cash in on the health craze, Charles Ossining (Cusack) tries to open a new breakfast cereal company with a charming conman and the estranged adopted son of Dr. Kellogg, George (Carvey). Charles oscillates between greed and morality while trying to outrun creditors and the law.

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Lake Placid (1999) – Movie Review

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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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