“A modest building manager named
Cleveland Heep rescues a mysterious young woman from danger
and discovers she is actually a nymph, a character from a
bedtime story who is trying to make the treacherous journey
from our world back to hers. Cleveland and his fellow
tenants start to realize that they are also characters in
this bedtime story. As Cleveland falls deeper and deeper in
love with the woman, he works together with the tenants to
protect his new fragile friend from the deadly creatures
that reside in this fable and are determined to prevent her
from returning home.”
M. Night Shyamalan did a superb job
casting this picture. The role of Cleveland was taylor made
for an actor of Paul Giamatti’s ilk. Bryce Dallas Howard
shines as the alluring nymph who has come to our world to
inspire humanity. There is a slight bit of tongue in cheek
humor as Bob Balaban portrays a “know it all” film critic in
the picture. Boy, I didn’t see that one coming.
“Lady in the Water” was created from
bedtime stories Shyamalan used to tell his kids. This story
centers on a piece of 21st century mythology - who doesn’t
like mythology? The difficulty with this particular story
stems from the verbiage used to tell the story. Unless you
are paying very close attention, you will forget exactly who
represents the scrunt, the nymph and the tartutics. It’s
tough, but very doable.
I could hear the groans from the other
critics around me during the film. “I can’t understand it,”
said one critic, to which I replied, “Then maybe you should
pay better attention to the movie as opposed to your date.”
Well, I will tell the rest of that story at another time.
This is an extremely funny movie and I sincerely enjoyed it.
There are some flaws, but it is still a good solid story
with excellent acting all around.
“FINAL DESTINATION 3” - New Line
James Wong, who directed the original
“Final Destination” film, returns to direct the third
installment in the series. High-school senior Wendy (Mary
Elizabeth Winstead) is enjoying senior night at the
amusement park and taking photos for the school yearbook. A
control freak, she’s not particularly fond of rides,
especially the roller coaster. Despite her fear, Wendy
decides to go on the coaster, but is soon traumatized by a
vision that a fatal accident is about to occur. She and a
group of other riders disembark from the ride - and the rest
of the riders do indeed suffer a horrific fate. Having
cheated death once, Wendy is tormented by an ominous feeling
that something is very
Her classmate, Kevin (Ryan Merriman),
does some research and learns that something similar has
happened before: a high-school student had a premonition
that a plane filled with his classmates was doomed, a group
of them refused to board, and the plane exploded in flight.
Following that incident, the survivors all died under
mysterious circumstances and in the order that they died in
the premonition. Soon, Wendy and Kevin realize that the same
fate is about to befall those who got off the roller coaster
and survived. Perhaps more disturbing is that clues to the
impending deaths seem to lie in the photos that Wendy took
on the evening of the accident. In an
instant, innocuous situations and common
objects become fatal, causing particularly gruesome deaths.
Ultimately, the real question becomes
whether or not Wendy and Kevin can save their classmates-and
themselves-from impending doom before it’s too late. If you
are a fan of the creepy movie genre, then this is for you.
It will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat!
“THE TERRORISTS” - Fox
A gang of hijackers led by Ian McShane
seize a British plane as it is landing in Scandinavia.
Ruthless military police Chief Colonel Nils Tahlvik (Sean
Connery) is assigned to rescue the plane and its passengers.
But he must also deal with the problem of the British
Ambassador, whose residence has been seized by a second
group of terrorists. Strap in for a non-stop
This is your typical 1970’s-action film
with all of the trimmings. The supporting cast is excellent
with familiar faces including Ian McShane, Isabel Dean and
Robert Harris. The story is very realistic, leaving little
to the imagination. Jerry Goldsmith scores an intense
soundtrack for the film making each scene come alive with
For those of us that grew up in the
seventies with young Connery, I highly recommend this film
to add to your action collection. The DVD is presented in
Full Screen and Widescreen format with Dolby Digital sound.
No extras are offered other than the Theatrical Trailer and
various other Connery film trailers.
“AMAZING STORIES” - Universal
Television series created, produced and
twice directed by Steven Spielberg. Truly amazing and
sometimes odd stories are narrated. Many famous actors and
actresses made guest appearances during the course of the
series. “Amazing Stories” aired from 1985 to 1987 and was
created by Steven Spielberg.
This series comprised various stories
running about thirty minutes in length that dealt with the
unexplained and supernatural: similar to Rod Serling’s
Twilight Zone series. Spielberg made sure that every episode
had a nice budget to work with and spared no expense on
casting or musical score. Famous actors/actresses from
Hollywood starred in the series including Charlie Sheen,
Gregory Hines, Kevin Costner, Kiefer Sutherland, Sid Ceasar,
Dom DeLuise, Loni Anderson, Mark Hamill, Eve Arden, Mabel
King and John Lithgow, to name but a few.
The musical scores were written by
various film composers including John Williams, Bruce
Broughton, David Shire, Jerry Goldsmith, Craig Safan and
Georges Delerue. All of the episodes in this first season
are re-mastered with clear picture and sound. The packaging
is excellent with the discs stored separately from the
actual box. The box resembles a book and opens into a
synopsis of all the episodes. There are also 20 minutes of
deleted scenes on various episodes. Every collector should
have this set. I eagerly await season two of this “Amazing”
“ACTION” - Sony
This is a DVD that you need to order
right now. “Action” is the best TV series that you have
never heard of. I was blown away by this show. Once I
started, I could not stop—I watched all 13 episodes straight
What is “Action?” It is the story of an
arrogant young movie Producer named Peter Dragon (Jay Mohr)
who will stop at nothing to get a film produced. This show
is not for kids — but adults will love it. There is plenty
of sex, violence and Hollywood insider humor to keep you
entertained for hours.
Produced by Joel Silver, “Action” is
rumored to take real stories from behind the sets and tell
them in a very graphic and funny way. This show is “out
there,” and all 13 episodes lead up to the punch line in the
final episode that takes during the conversation between
Peter Dragon and hooker Wendy Ward (Illeana Douglas).
Unfortunately, there is only one season
due to being cancelled by Fox early on. If this show had
been on HBO, it could have been a big hit. “Action” was just
too graphic for network TV.
This DVD has an interesting “making of”
featurette and a great Hollywood Insider dictionary. The
setup menu is really clever, and the picture and sound are
of good quality.
Following on from “Halloween II,” Michael
Myers escapes from Richmond Mental Institute whilst being
transferred, this time going after his niece, Jamie Lloyd.
Doctor Loomis follows him back to Haddonfield and attempts
to stop him once and for all.
The famed Mike Myers returns to his old
stomping grounds to kill again in this long awaited sequel
since the disappointment of “Halloween 3,” which had nothing
to do with the actual story. Why they made that one is
beyond me. This time Michael is coming for his niece, but is
intercepted by Doctor Loomis (Pleasence), who is destined to
destroy him once and for all.
As horror films go, this one is the most
interesting due to the fact that there is an actual story to
follow. I amazes me how many people have died by this guy.
It’s not like he is fast. All he does is walk around slowly
and slash at you.
The overall action and story in this film
are gripping and intense. Director Dwight H. Little leaves
“little” to the imagination with all of the graphic scenes.
I would suggest eating before you see this one. John
Carpenter’s familiar theme and Alan Howarth’s score set the
tone for the film adding to the eeriness.
The DVD presents the film in Widescreen
Format with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. Extras include
commentary with actors Ellie Cornell, Danielle Harris and
writer Alan B. McElroy. There is also a discussion panel
about the film, Making-of feature and Theatrical Trailer.