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Nick's Pics
Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.


 

SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU: Volume Two - Warner

Join Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo as they stumble their way through a series of hair-raising adventures. Faced with puzzling supernatural cases, the Mystery Inc. team must get to the truth and unmask the villain--often tempting their most reluctant member with a tasty Scooby snack. From legendary producers William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? is Saturday morning entertainment at its most hilarious.

THE GRUDGE 3 - Sony

From Ghost House Pictures, comes the next installment in The Grudge series. How do you stop a curse that never dies? Jake, the sole survivor of The Grudge 2 massacre, is tortured by chilling visions of Kayako and Toshio that have led to his hospitalization. Jakeís caretaker, Dr. Sullivan (Shawnee Smith) is determined to investigate his horrifying tales. She explores his Chicago home, finding another family on the brink of succumbing to the curse. It becomes clear that Jakeís terrifying stories are true, and a mysterious Japanese woman may be the only hope of banishing the spirits forever...unless her plan destroys them all.

ITíS A PLEASURE - MGM

Watching this 1945 made movie in 2002 gave me warm fuzzies all over. This was when Hollywood was careful not to offend folks with abusive words and over the top plots. `Itís a Pleasureí was a pleasure to watch. It is funny, entertaining, a little suspenseful and had some drama. The scenery and costumes were beautiful. This Miss Susie Sunshine of a movie creates a wonderful fantasy world that I think we need more of these days. The coloring and quality of this movie made it hard to believe it was made in 1945. `Itís a Pleasureí is a nice, romantic, pleasurable escape.

ROXANNE: Blu-ray - Sony

Roxanne (Darryl Hannah) is a beautiful astronomer in search of a comet, and Chris is a hunky but inarticulate fire expert who has been hired to train C.D.ís team of well-meaning firemen. C.D. immediately falls in love with Roxanne but he is sure that she wonít notice anything about him except his extremely prominent facial feature and is quick to hide his passionate desires. However, Roxanne has captured the fancy of another, Chris. When C.D. learns of Chrisís crush, he uses his gift for poetry to help the inexperienced courtier capture her affections. Wooed by the beauty of the words, Roxanne falls for Chris, not realizing that C.D. was the one really doing the talking. Of course, when put to the test, Chris does not live up to Roxanneís expectations and she quickly learns the identity of her real poetic suitor.

EMPIRE OF PASSION - Criterion

With an arresting mix of eroticism and horror, Oshima plunges the viewer into a nightmarish tale of guilt and retribution in Empire of Passion (Ai no borei). Set in a Japanese village at the end of the nineteenth century, the film details the emotional and physical downfall of a married woman and her younger lover following their decision to murder her husband and dump his body in a well. Empire of Passion was Oshimaís only true kaidan (Japanese ghost story), and the film, a savage, unrelenting experience, earned him the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival.

THE UNINVITED - Paramount

They say you can never go home again...because you never know when the ghosts of murders past are waiting to shatter the present. Such is the case in The Uninvited, an eerie and not-so-family-friendly entry in Hollywoodís ongoing fascination with remaking Asian horror films. Based on the South Korean chiller A Tale of Two Sisters, the film first introduces us to troubled teen Anna (Emily Browning) as she prepares to be released from a psychiatric institution. Having witnessed the accidental death of her ailing mother, and having been saved from a subsequent suicide attempt, Anna knows that the road to recovery will be long and bumpy. Making the path more treacherous is the presence of Rachel (Elizabeth Banks), the motherís nursemaid who has now become Annaís fatherís soon-to-be wife. Already bound by their resentment of her, Anna and older sister, Alex (Arielle Kebbel), come to suspect Rachel of foul play when Anna is visited by the ghost of their dead mother.

THE POKER CLUB - Sony

For years, itís been tradition that Aaron Tyler (Johnathon Schaech) has his buddies over for a weekly poker game. This Monday, however, is a little unusual. After discovering a burglar in the kitchen, Aaron and his friends accidentally kill the intruder and, rather than breach their one true refuge from the real world, decide to dispose of the body without involving the authorities. But the burglar may not have been alone, and the witness seems to be exacting a grisly revenge.

KNOTS LANDING: Season Two - Warner

CBS produced 14 seasons of Knots Landing, which began as a spin-off from Dallas. The plot followed Gary Ewing (Ted Shackelford) as he moved to Southern California, escaping the overbearing attentions of the Ewing clan. But in the community of Knots Landing, Gary finds more strife as he encounters the various characters who live in the area, including his boss, Sid Fairgate (Don Murray); Sidís wife, Karen (Michele Lee); record industry bigwig Kenny Ward (James Houghton) and his wife, Ginger (Kim Lankford); and attorney Richard Avery (John Pleshette) and his wife, Laura (Constance McCashin). In this second season, Dallas denizens J.R. and Bobby Ewing stop by to visit, Sidís hot sister, Abby (Donna Mills), casts her spell on the neighborhood, and foul play may lead to sudden death!

A PLUMM SUMMER - Paramount

In this family comedy, itís 1968, and all is well in the tiny town of Peaks View, Montana. That is, until someone kidna ps beloved TV star (and puppet) Froggy Doo. His costar Happy Herb (Henry Winkler) and the rest of Peaks View canít imagine that someone would kidnap their most popular resident, and soon the FBI arrives to investigate. This film is based on a true story.

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