Reviews

Big Trouble In Little China

John Carpenter gives us a martial arts movie with a twist. Chinatown in the US is just a smaller version of China the country. Ancient mysticism exists along with magic and legends. Jack Burton's (Kurt Russel) friend is picking up his girlfriend when she is kidnapped by a gang. A reporter named Gracie Law (Kim Cattrall) was picking up a friend as well who gets kidnapped. Jack and his friend try to save them, but are caught up in a mystical battle between the ancient Chinese villains called the Three Storms. All of this is controlled by the worst of them all, Lo Pan.

The Blues Brothers

Ride along with the two soul brothers as they take you on car chases to different musical venues. Watch them escape with their lives as past girlfriends try to murder them. Be there as they piss off every form of law enforcement in the entire greater Chicago area. This movie is full of musical numbers and tons of action and comedy. Nobody can insult Nazis, swear at nuns, or falsify their addresses like the Blues Brothers can. Watch Jake and Elwood Blues try to gather enough money to save the orphanage before the state forecloses on it.

The City of Lost Children

In the grotesque world where this movie takes place a deranged inventor has had mild success in his genetic experiments. However there are complications with his results that can only be fixed through the kidnapping of small children. Strange and fascinating people abound. Many of the people are ex-circus performers or bizarre mutants who have given themselves cybernetic implants. The movie is in French so subtitle haters should avoid it. The visual power of the film is amazing and everything looks very peculiar. It stars Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork, and Jean-Claude Dreyfus.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

This is one of the best martial arts movies I've ever seen. It takes place in a fantasy world where people have learned to harness their energy so well that they can perform superhuman feats like jumping great distances and fighting extremely fast. This movie contains much more than fighting though, it's a tale of love and the problems of politics and a society where women are treated as lessers. The movie stars some of the most important Asian actors including Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh, and Ziyi Zhang. The movie also has amazing music and scenery.

The Goonies

How could so much adventure be placed in a movie? The Goonies takes you along as a group of young friends try to save their small town from being torn down to make way for a golf course. Along the way they run into a family of criminals called the Frateli's. Take part in their journey as they make their way through the underground caverns full of traps and danger to find the missing treasures of the most feared pirate in the world, One-Eyed Willy. This is a great movie for all the little adventurers in us all.

High Fidelity

Did I listen to pop music because I was depressed, or did I become depressed from listening to pop music? Rob (John Cusack) is a self-centered record store owner who goes on a journey to understand why all his relationships are bound to fail. Watch his desperate attempts to win back his ex-girlfriend Laura (Iben Hjejle) who he's not really sure he loves anymore. Listen to great music all the way through and laugh at plenty of hilarious moments, and cry at the sad ones. Also stars, Jack Black, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Lisa Bonet, and Cathrine Zeta Jones.

Jumanji

Jumanji is a action movie starring Robbin Williams and Kirsten Dunst. In the movie a board game exists called Jumanji which has a jungle theme to it. The game plays much like other board games with one small difference. Everything that happens in the board game happens in real life too. This creates a great deal of hazards for the children who are inadvertently playing it because tigers, poisonous plants, giant spiders, and stampedes of wild beasts wreck havoc on the world. Even with all the action, there is still a quality message of family behind the story.

The Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans is beautifully crafted drama which takes place in America during the French Indian war. The movie stars Daniel-Day Lewis as Hawkeye, a Caucasion child adopted into an Indian family that is trying to leave the area of the war. Through a twist of fate he encounters the daughters of a British general. They must try to stop a new war-chief who is rising in power before it's too late. The movie is powerful in several ways. It is both a action packed war movie as well as a tender love story. The scenery is breath-taking and the music is awe-inspiring.

A League of Their Own

It's a little known fact that there was once a women's baseball league in America. During World War II baseball was very popular, but all the players were off to war. The stadium owners needed a new source of income so they sent out scouts to find women who could play the game. This quality drama takes you through the highs and lows of the female players. The movie stars many big names such as Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, and Rosie O'Donnell. Though regarded as a chick-flick, most men tend to like the movie as well.

Murder By Death

Murder By Death is a spoof of the classic who-dun-it films. An all-star cast plays a set of slueths frightfully similar to those seen in many of the old mystery novels. Watch the conundrum unfold as a criminal mastermind tries to outwit five of the worlds best detectives through a series of twists and turns each more creative than the next. The script is littered with clever dialogue and dry humor. One million dollars goes to who ever can solve the case of dinner and a murder. Murder By Death stars Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Dame Maggie Smith, and Truman Capote.

Neverwhere

Neverwhere is a six part miniseries based off Neil Gaimen's book of the same name. Despite low production value and poor special effects, the series is closely accurate to the book and mysteriously exciting. You follow Richard Mayhew as he helps a girl named Door from being captured by two very evil men in suits. Richard becomes banished to the underground of London where he must travel with some very strange people in order to try to figure out why his life has become turned up-side down and how to get back to his life in London Above.

The Princess Bride

This movie is a timeless comedy adventure. An old man is reading his grandson a story while the boy is home sick. The story follows Wesley the farm boy (Cary Elwes), as he searches for his true love the Lady Buttercup who has been kidnapped by the evil Prince Humperdink. Wesley meets many zany friends along the way like Inigo Montoya the Spanish sword fighter, Fezzik the giant and Miracle Max (Billy Crystal). The movie is packed full of adventure, comedy, romance, and action. Watch as Wesley fights his way to rescue his true love.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

This movie really sucks, but making fun of it is what makes it rock. Rocky Horror is a musical based on the sex, drugs, and rock and roll of the B horror flicks. Join Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) as they get caught up in a castle owned by Dr. Frankenfurter (Tim Curry). Sing and dance the Time Warp as you wear your lingerie and stiletto boots. Shout all the proper audience partici... pation lines along with the dialogue and watch the homoerotic movie unfold. Yes, Richard O'Brien is one warped fellow to create a script like this one.

Spirited Away

I'm not an anime fan, but this movie has so much creative genius even I appreciate it. The animation isn't as fluid as Western animation, but the artwork is superb and the story, created by Hayao Miyazaki, is very inspiring. A whiney young girl is moving to a new town. Her parents stop to investigate an abandoned amusement park, but as night draws near terrible things begin to happen. The girl must work at a bathhouse for the spirits run by a greedy witch named Yubaba. Much of the movie acts like a bad dream, and it leaves you begging for more.

The Ten Commandments

Few movies capture the epic proportions that this masterpiece creates. The movie takes you along the Biblical life of Moses (Charlton Heston) as he discovers the problems with the Egyptian empire that is built on the backs of Hebrew slaves. He struggles with problems of duty, love, and family trying to find his true place in the world. The movie takes a few artistic liberties along the way, but the story is mostly the same as the Bible tells it. Other stars included Yul Brynner as Rameses, and Anne Baxter as Nefretiri.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day

By far the best of the three Terminator movies, T2 used revolutionary computer animation to create a masterpiece of action and drama. Arnold Schwarzenegger is back again with Linda Hamilton. This time, instead of trying to kill her, he's trying to protect her and her son from the new liquid metal terminator, the T-1000. To use a tired cliché, it's a non-stop thrill ride from beginning to end, as they desperately try to destroy the pieces of the old terminator that were found in the factory from the first movie. If they fail, all of civilization will be destroyed.

That Thing You Do!

This wonderful comedy/drama was written by, directed by, and starred Tom Hanks. A small band in a small city is about to play at a talent contest, but their drummer breaks him arm a few days before. They have to hire the skills of Guy Patterston who ends up helping the band in more ways than one. After winning the contest they soon get set at break neck speed to stardom. However, their overnight success creates heavy tension within the group and their friendship is pushed to the limit when everything bad seems to happen.

UHF

Leave it to Weird Al Yankovic to come up with such a bizarre farcical tale. His character, George Newman, has too much imagination which gets him fired from every job he tries. It's annoying his friends and even his girlfriend Teri (Victoria Jackson). As luck would have it, his uncle wins a TV station in a bet and George becomes the manager. After hiring a new janitor Stanley (Michael Richards), they create some of the best shows like Conan the Librarian, Fun with Dirt, and Strip Solitaire. Even with all the fame the station is in danger of being taken over by the competition.

What Dreams May Come

Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr. star in this adapatation of Richard Matheson's book. Two lovers have it all; a wonderful family and love for each other, until they die. The movie is powerful showing you the sorrow of a family torn apart, but this movie takes you beyond the sorrow of death into the pleasure of the afterlife. Although the movie doesn't subscribe to any religion as far as the final destination is concerned--it does dance around terms like heaven, hell, and reincarnation. The true joy of this movie is how it shows just how far love can take people.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Based off the book my Roald Dahl, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory takes you along the life of Charlie Bucket, a poor child living in England. Through a twist of fate he acquires a golden ticket giving him access to Willy Wonka's candy factory. He, along with several other completely spoiled children, are taken on a tour of the factory. Along the way they all learn a valuable life lesson. The movie features amazing sing-a-long quality music, and the acting brilliance of Gene Wilder who plays Willy Wonka.

Young Sherlock Holmes

Although not part of the Sherlock Holmes canon, this movie is a great adventure mystery for younger viewers. It chronicles the life and times of Holmes as a mere schoolboy, but still a genius none-the-less. Watch him get caught up in a very deadly investigation of the apparent suicides taking place all the while trying to make it through his studies, train the ever loyal Watson, and find love with a young woman. While it may have a few hokey moments, it is still a grand adventure and at times a rather chilling tale. It stars Anthony Higgins, Freddie Jones, and Nicholas Rowe.