September 11, 2001 was an unusually warm
day in New York. Will Jimeno (Michael Pena), an officer with
the Port Authority Police Department, was tempted to take a
personal day to enjoy his hobby of bow hunting, but
ultimately decided that he would go to work. Sergeant John
McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage), a respected veteran of the PAPD,
had been up for hours - a requirement of his daily, one-and
one-half-hour commute to the city. They and their colleagues
mad etheir way to midtown Manhattan, just like they did any
other day. Only this wasn’t any other day.
A team of PAPD first responders drove
from mid town Manhattan to the World Trade Center. Five men,
including McLoughlin and Jimeno, went into the buildings
themselves and became trapped as the towers collapsed.
Miraculously, McLoughlin and Jimeno survived, but were
buried and pinned beneath slabs of concrete and twisted
metal 20 feet below the rubble field above. Though they
couldn’t see each other, they could hear that the other had
survived, and for the next 12 hours, McLoughlin and Jimeno
kept each other alive. They talked about family, their lives
on the force, their hopes and their dreams. This movie is
This film also follows the men and their
families who suffered in their own confined circle of hell,
with no messages or contact information about their loved
ones. The film also chronicles the improbable search by a
determined ex-Marine from Connecticut, Dave Karnes (Michael
Shannon), who found the two officers that night and then the
dozens of volunteers that helped to rescue them over the
next twelve hours.
Let me tell you, this doesn’t seem like
an Oliver Stone film. It is really good, don’t get me wrong,
but this picture is missing the typical cynicism or
conspiracy theory of his other pictures. “World Trade
Center” is very tastefully done and the casting is
absolutely outstanding. Although this isn’t a “feel good
movie,” you will definitely have feelings during the film.
This picture will refresh your memory as to what it means to
be an American.
World Trade Center
Starring: Nicolas Cage & Michael Pena
Director: Oliver Stone
Now Showing: In area Theatres
MPAA Rating - PG-13
“Larry The Cable Guy: Health Inspector” - Paramount
This was a film for Larry’s fans. If you
do not like Larry the Cable Guy’s brand of non-PC country
humor, you will not like this film. If you are a fan —
enjoy. “Larry the Cable Guy - Health Inspector” is an
irreverent cripple bashing redneck fart fest. It has its
moments, but some of the jokes get old after awhile. I
prefer Larry’s stand up routine to this movie; it is much
more entertaining. Many of the jokes from his routine are in
this film and they just don’t seem to work as well in a
This DVD has some trailers and one Larry
the Cable Guy - Health Inspector Featurette included. Both
widescreen and pan-and-scan versions are included on the
single DVD. The picture has some noticeable edge enhancement
and the colors seem a bit muted compared to the theatrical
presentation. This is one DVD that belongs in every trailer
“Mr. Moto Collection” - Fox
Early Hollywood was not known for being
politically correct. Just think - a German actor (Peter
Lorre) cast as a Japanese detective. If that does not bother
you, you will love this newly restored film collection. Fox
decided to get these ultra-rare treasures out of the vault
and put them on DVD.
Some will argue that the Mr. Moto series
of detective films are not as good as the Charlie Chan
series, but I think Mr. Moto is better. The storylines are
easy to understand and the mysteries will keep you on the
edge of your seat. If you are too young to know who Mr. Moto
is, he is a Japanese detective who solves murders and chases
nefarious criminals to exotic locations. He is sort of an
Indy Jones/ Magnum P.I. kind of guy from the 1930’s who
always found the bad guys.
This set of four movies (“Thank You Mr.
Moto,” “Think Fast, Mr. Moto,” “Mysterious Mr. Moto,” and
“Mr. Moto Takes a Chance”) are great family entertainment.
The restoration of the films look stunning and the sound is
beautiful mono. Yes, Mr. Moto is very dated and corny, but
this series is really entertaining. Rent or buy this boxed
set today — you don’t want to miss out on these film
“Rawhide: Season One” - Paramount
Gil Favor is trail boss of a continuous
cattle drive; he is assisted by Rowdy Yates. The crew runs
into characters and adventures along the way. “Rawhide” ran
from 1959 to 1966 and is considered to be one of the
“quintessential” TV Westerns of all time.
Rivaling at the top with Gunsmoke and Bonanza, this show
spawned a young Clint Eastwood in “Cowboy Garb” among a
great cast including Eric Fleming, Paul Brinegar, Steve
Raines, James Murdock and Sheb Wooley.
Every episode is a classic Western in
every sense ranging from stampeding cattle to Indians and
Outlaws. The Main Title music by Dimitri Tiomkin is as
memorable as the show. The DVD contains all 22 episodes,
plus one episode from season two, on seven discs. Each
volume has a synopsis on the back complete with pictures
from the show and beautiful artwork on the discs themselves.
All the episodes are in Full Screen Format with Dolby
Digital sound. Western enthusiasts should take advantage of
this amazing classic.
“Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season Five” - HBO
“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” for better or
worse, is based upon the same concept as Seinfeld in that it
is a show about, well, nothing. See Larry have lunch with
his manager. See Larry go to dinner parties. See Larry visit
his doctor. See Larry pick up the laundry. Yada, Yada, Yada
and you get the picture. It is a show about mundane everyday
events that, in Larry David’s universe, take on humorous and
embarrassing twists in ways that only Larry can
conceptualize. It not only proves how simple daily chores
can go so wrong with either the slip of Larry’s tongue or
his social paranoia, but it is also a testament to Larry’s
ability to recognize and show us the extremely funny side of
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” is a lot like art
imitating life imitating art. For instance, while the former
stars of Seinfeld are desperately trying to shake their
post-Seinfeld blues of being recognized more for the
characters that they played on the sitcom, in “Curb Your
Enthusiasm,” Larry David actually has to remind people of
his Seinfeld affiliation; which he does a great deal in this
The major players on this show are Larry
David, who plays himself, Cheryl Hines, who plays his wife
Cheryl, and Jeff Garlin, who plays his manager Jeff Greene.
There are also recurring characters like Larry’s pal,
Richard Lewis (himself), Jeff’s wife Susie (Susie Essman)
and Jeff’s mother (Mina Kolb) and father (Louis Nye).
This DVD set consists of the usual ten
episodes that are each approximately 30 minutes long. Season
Five of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” features more of the same
brilliance as the first four seasons. Larry David’s
enigmatic and odd sense of humor is a welcome change from
the regular television monotony we see everyday. Here is
hoping that Larry David continues to build his audience base
for this show, as I have no idea what I would do without it!
This show is absolutely addictive in a very schizophrenic
sort of way!
“Star Trek: Klingon Fan Collective” - Paramount
This newest collection of Classic Star
Trek episodes voted on by the fans is titled “Star Trek-Fan
Collective: Klingon.” This massive collection spans the Star
Trek timeline from the classic Kirk episodes through “Next
Generation” and “Deep Space Nine” to “Voyager” and
“Enterprise.” Fans will love watching the evolution of the
Klingon people and the emergence of Worf with his impact on
the Star Trek Universe.
All the episodes are in timeline order with restored
digital picture and sound. This set contains all of the most
popular episodes on three discs stored in a lavishly
packaged case complete with episode summaries and color
pictures from the various shows. Extras in the set include
text commentary on certain episodes and audio commentary on
“Broken Bow” from Brannon Braga and Rick Berman. I enjoyed
watching the episodes in this manner. I already own all of
the various Star Trek box sets, but it was nice to view the
Klingon episodes in a timeline. Die-hard fans will need this
set to add to their collection.