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1. If These Walls Could Talk 2
Director: Martha Coolidge, Anne Heche, Jane Anderson (II)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A look at relationships over time
There are 3 stories to this movie, with the setting being the same house for all three stories.

The first story is set in the 1950's and shows the sorrow of having to keep a lesbian relationship secret. Vanessa Redgrave's utter destruction over the death of her partner and her being unable to show the full extent of her loss. From the hospital to the gold digging relatives, no one offers her true comfort for what she has rightfully lost and she must grieve alone.

For me, the second story was the best. Set in the 1970's, it tells the story of a feminist who falls in love with a masculine dressed woman. The passion is overwhelming. There is a nude scene that really shows pure sexual passion. Michelle Williams potrayal of the feminist is a moving and wonderful thing to watch.

The final story is about 2 women trying to conceive a baby. While I'm not sure about the chemistry between Ellen DeGeneres and Sharon Stone, I do think Sharon Stone gives a tender portrayal of a loving woman. I found the watching of the children in the park to be a little creepy and unnecessary.

Even if you aren't a lesbian, just the acting and the emotions of relating to other women is worth the rental or purchase price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incerdibly Touching
I thought "If These Walls Could Talk 2" was great, with the great performances. Thank god for HBO, I've seen it many times on it, and it's sort of a guilty pleasure. I can't help but watch it everytime it comes on. I thought every story was very moving, with the perfect cast to pull it all off. I thought the first segment was very touching, but I couldn't really relate to it, so it was hard to really get into it. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the second and third segments. The second segment with Michelle Williams, Nia Long, and Chloe Sevigny were fantastic. It struck a chord in me, I realized how biased the world can be towards one another. I liked the irony of one lesbian being incredibly ignorant to another, because they weren't "lesbian" enough. It revealed to me how cynical we all can be. I disagree with a lot of the reviews about the third segment, I thought it was great! It was humorous and heart-felt. It is by far, Ellen DeGeneres's best performance. Sharon Stone was so comical, which the enitre movie needed. Ellen and Sharon had great chemistry, in my opinion. The seemed very believable, from the passion towards one-another, to the commitment of trying to conceive. They were a truly loving and commited couple, which I respected very much. I recommend this movie to anyone, lesbian, gay, bi, or straight, it's a terrific movie.

5-0 out of 5 stars I fell...
in love with Chloe Sevigney (segment 2) after I saw her in this film. She's absolutely amazing. Okay, this isn't a review but I really had to add this to amazon.

1-0 out of 5 stars If This Bathroom Could Get a Word In
I've got the pitch for IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK 3:

Pro-choice lesbians who are politically-active athiests! Cher and Sharon Stone survive a Sam Peckinpah-styled shootout when crazed religious fanatics open fire on them for helping poor confused young girls into the local abortion clinic. When Chloe Sevigny, their adopted daughter, dies in the attack, Cher and Sharon decide to instead turn their attention to removing all crosses and nativity scenes from America.
Just as the religious fanatics take aim at them at the last nativity scene, Ellen Degeneres appears as angel to stop the violence and magically transform all Americans into loving, tolerant gays and lesbians. The abortion debate essentially disappears since children must now be shipped into the States as the populations growth drops to zero.
Unfortunately, none of them now believe in God or angels, so they open fire on the angel and the entire world is destroyed in a ripping special effects climax.
You can't tell me that wouldn't be more entertaining or informative than anything in the first two WALLS films.

I had the same problem with the first WALLS film that I had with this one: drama sidestepped to make a political statement. Most of the America isn't gay or lesbian, so the film could've been more interesting by seeing reactions to the characters' lesbianism in families and work and so forth.
Instead, we see that lesbian relationships can be just as cutesy and bland as the most lame straight love stories.
The horrible injustice of the first segment could've been cleared up through a simple will.
The second was the most interesting.
The third was like watching a Hallmark card commercial at one frame per half-hour.

HBO has all the tools to make a daring, provocative film. Maybe someday they will.

5-0 out of 5 stars honest, sweet, and relatable
i thought this was a really good movie. The third part with ellen and sharon was my favorite and the part that i identified with the most. i love the part right before the love scene when ellen asks sharon why they are watching TV. i love how sharon turns the TV off. it is so cute. i have always liked 'Thank You' by Dido but this movie made me like it even more. i didn't relate as much to the second part but thought that all the actresses did a great job. the first part was sad and i'm glad that they put that in the movie. one of my favorite movies! ... Read more


2. Mystic River
Director: Clint Eastwood
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3-0 out of 5 stars NOT Eastwood's best...
...that title remains with Unforgiven.

Mystic river is a good movie, not a great one. It has a great story and great characters - with a good screenplay by Brian Helgeland, based on Dennis Lehane's book. The directing is solid, while not really bringing anything special to the film, yet pacing it prefectly in building the tension around the murder.

What is outstanding about this film is the acting. Sean Penn gives yet another inspired performance as a working class father from Boston who just lost his oldest daughter to a horrific murder. Although the scenes that most people seem to remember (and that are shown in the trailer) show his *exaggerated* response to his daughter's death, the rest of the performance is more subdued and restrained.

Tim Robbins' performance is also of note, as Penn's disturbed boyhood friend who shows up covered in blood the same night of the murder, making his frightened wife (Marcia Gay Harden) start to doubt his story and to believe that he is in fact the murderer.

The rest of the cast give solid performances in somewhat limited characters, Kevin Bacon and Laurence Fishburne as the cops asigned to the case, and Laura Linney as Penn's second wife.

However, there are a few things about the film that rubbed me the wrong way; the whole sub-plot about Bacon's wife calling him on his cell phone and not speaking? What was that suppossed to bring to the movie? Or Linney's (apparently) sudden transformation into Lady MacBeth, telling Penn's character that he should do whatever needed to be done? Or the final parade scene?

In short, while not a great film (certainly not Eastwood's best), it's a good one worth catching, and not as bad as some other reviewers will have you believe (certainly not Mistake River!).

5-0 out of 5 stars Sean Penn and Tim Robbins are outstanding!
In Mystic River, director Clint Eastwood has taken the themes of pain and loss, added superb actors, and a literate script to make a memorable movie.

Jimmy, Sean, and Dave were childhood buddies growing up in a working-class neighborhood in Boston. One day, Dave was lured away and sexually abused by two men. Years later, the boys are now adults; Jimmy (Penn) is an ex-con with a loving family, Sean (Bacon) is a cop with marital woes, and Dave (Robbins), forever damaged by his childhood trauma, is barely clinging to reality. When Jimmy's daughter is murdered, Sean investigates, Jimmy vows vigilante justice, and Dave is a prime suspect.

The lead actors are outstanding here. Penn is utterly convincing as the former thug and heartbroken father. Robbins displays his acting chops in the performance of a lifetime, showing a fragile man dealing with such pain that he can no longer function rationally. The two men certainly deserved their Oscars.

This is a movie that will pull at your heartstrings while keeping you guessing who the killer is. There are, thankfully, no graphic scenes of child abuse or the girl's death, yet you will be on the edge of your seat much of the time. This is an outstanding film.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stale As Month-Old Potato Chips
I was quite surprised at how bad this movie was. Perhaps it was just me, but I was looking forward to a Unforgiven-type directoral masterpiece from Mr. Eastwood and the stars Robbins and Penn. Given the hype this movie recieved (and the oscar nods to its 2 main stars and director Eastwood) I was really ready to sink my viewing teeth into something substantial.

Unfortunately, this movie was as stale as a bag of month-old potato chips. I never really came to symphathize at all with Sean Penn's character, even though his daughter was murdered. I mean, seriously, how can you symphathize with a criminal (Penn's character) who barely was involved in his kid's life to begin with?

Perhaps if the movie had shown a more deeper relationship between Penn and the kid then I could have cared more about the outcome. As it was all my sympathy went to Tim Robbins character, sexually molested as a child and then basically forgotten by his so-called "buddies". In my opinion Tim Robbins is the only reason to watch this movie. He walks around with an aire of utter hopelessness (reminiscent of the character he played in Jacob's Ladder), and yet he tries so hard to get passed the mental anguish of his past and make it through each day as an adult that by the end you are cheering for him.

Which brings me to the other reason why this movie stinks - the ending.

Like in a good novel, the reader/viewer doesn't want to be cheated in the end. I don't want to give away the ending, but be warned - it stinks.

All in all there really wasn't any substance to most of the characters, and I found myself toward the end wondering why I should even finish watching it. I like to be absorbed by characters played with heart and substance. Watching these jokers (except for Robbins) was like watching carboard cutouts being moved around on a stage.

1-0 out of 5 stars Mystic River..The Ending Bites
First off..someone please tell Clint Eastwood to back away from the camera slowly and never ever direct another film. As far as everyone who raves about this film..you have lost all cred. I supposed your enthralled by shiny objects too. The ending was ridiculous....my daughter is killed..lets go to a parade?????? The fact that this drivel was considered genius in two mediums is baffling...more proof that everything is watered down beyond hope...whoever says this is a classic- I have some old home movies..you wanna shell out money to see those too???

1-0 out of 5 stars Pretentious Puddle?
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In great dramas, people aren't perfect, but their mistakes make sense. In melodramas, their mistakes don't; they occur only because the screenwriter wants them to.

Mystic River is a horrid melodrama, Hollywood's worst in years.

Pick any three-minute segment, jump in the shoes of any major character, and you'll find at least two instances where common sense would completely unravel the plot. There would be:

phone calls to doctors
routine checks on how the investigation is going

alerts to detectives
ridiculous assumptions thrown out the window
obvious suspects brought in for questioning
DNA and blood evidence rapidly analyzed and suspects eliminated
direct confrontations and/or backchannel neighborhood chats to double-check facts
and, oh, maybe a teeny bit of thinking before irreversible acts are committed.

None of this happens, of course, because the screenwriter creates a world without accepting its rules. The major characters are supposed to have lived in the same rough neighborhood and known each other all or most of their lives. But the lifelong aggressors uniformly jump to conclusions, as though they've never served time or seen other hoodlums get burned by assumptions. And the lifelong victims never seem to have their radar up around shady characters.

So we're asked to believe in a tough, jaded world where all statements are taken at face value, where no one seems to have ever seen a crime movie or played a single hand of poker, and where seasoned homicide cops don't seem to have heard of fingerprints, basic procedure, or internal affairs investigations. It's totally implausible.

In a decent drama, Dave never gets in the Savage brothers' car. Not with his history, not knowing the Savage brothers, not given the circumstances. But he gets in, because that's the only way the screenwriter gets Dave to the next scene. Ugh.

As a counterpoint, check out any Farrelly brothers movie. Yeah, they're comedies, but they follow the rules of drama: the characters are put in situations they take seriously, and make decisions that, given who they are, make lots of sense. The funny comes from sensibly navigating absurd situations. Unlike the funny in Mystic River, which inadvertently jumps out from umpty-jillion RIDICULOUS plot twists.

Me Myself and Irene is a better cop drama than this overhyped clunker. Kingpin is a vastly better study of victims and villains. And no, I'm not kidding. Skip MR. ... Read more


3. Last Married Couple in America
Director: Gilbert Cates
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5-0 out of 5 stars Last Married Couple is a fun view
I remember seeing this film when it first came out when I was in my early 20's. In fact, the first place that I visited upon moving out to LA was "Tommy Original Burgers (discovered from this film)!" LOL

I personally find Natalie Wood wonderful in every film that she's ever done. And I particularly love seeing her looking good and as sharp as ever at 40! Heck, she's a pretty good football player too (see the film)!

Now its some 23 years later. I am now a few years older than Nat was when she made the film. I'm married with kids. This film means more to me now than ever!

NOW, I get the story! Heck, I'm livin it! LOL The protagonists that manage to destabalize the marriage between Nat and George's charcters make sense! Its more amusing than ever.

There are a few "period" side stories to the film (it was made in the late 70's), but everything that they present about marriage is true. And some of the side character's acting comes across as flat...still...

Valerie Harper is particularly good and funny as Natalie's friend who -- as Nat's husband later remarks -- is "not such a good friend" afterall!

AND, Natalie and George both shine in the film. Particularly on their night out for his birthday! Natalie's swearing and beating up George in the film makes me laugh too! Find it. See it.

NJ/Ordinaryfool

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Comedy!
An extremely funny film! A compilation of comedy that is hysterical from beginning to end! Dom Deluise is at his best in his supporting role as George Segal's good friend, and George Segal, as always, is wildly emotional! Valerie Harper is also on hand and gives a great performance as Natalie Wood's best friend. Natalie Wood is stunning and quite funny as the wife of George Segal. It shows her acting talents in a different light and gives us another side to remember her by. ... Read more


4. The Color of Courage
Director: Lee Rose
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Truly Wonderful Film
The Color of Courage covers the relationships between a white family and a black family. Linda Hamilton is wonderful as the obedient, quiet, and bored housewife who shyly reaches out to welcome her new neighbor (Lynn whitefield, who is very effective as the woman who dreams of her own home in a sweet neighborhood). The relationship between Linda Hamilton and her husband (played by Bruce Greenwood) suffers as a result of her friendship; he is anxious to be accepted as part of the neighborhood of shallow, click-ish bigots, but is finally brought around by his wife's devotion to the black family and her quiet disappointment in his support of the bigotry. In one wonderful, pivotal scene, after his neighbors have manipulated him to use his name in a lawsuit to force the black family out, the leaders of this movement discuss what other options they can exercise to remove the family, completely ignoring Greenwood's character. He effectively throws them out and gains his wife's pride and approval. Although he is the last one to offer his hand to his black neighbor, it is a genuine acceptance. The phone call from the lawyer to the McGhee family is a -particularly effective scene. I wanted to applaud when I heard his name (Thurgood Marshall). Watch for several scenes between Greenwood and his black neighbor - particularly the scene in the bowling alley. A truly effective film.

5-0 out of 5 stars An important (and appropriate) movie for the whole family
This movie had so many positive elements and wonderful actors. And perfect for the family. (ie: clean)

It tells the story of the 1940's Sipes v. McGhee trial - the case which considered the question of the legality of restrictive deed covenants. (Restrictive covenants created segregated neighborhoods and kept blacks out of all white neighborhoods)

I was born and raised in the South and at one point, I did a title search on my home and my mother's home and found "deed restrictions" on both properties (one built 1928, the other 1949) that said "no person of African descent may occupy or purchase this property."

The movie begins with a black family (the McGhees) moving into an all white Detroit neighborhood in cover of darkness. It is night and they hustle to get settled in before the neighbors discover them.

Mac McGee (Roger Guenveur Smith) and his wife Minne (Lynn Whitfield) just want a nice home in a nice area for their two sons. They both do an exceptional acting job and you really gain an understanding of the price they paid to be pioneers in very hostile territory.

Anna Sipes (Linda Hamilton) is the white next door neighbor who is lonely and bored and strikes up a friendship with Minnie. Her hubby - Benjamin Sipes (Bruce Greenwood) is an overbearing jerk at times who is more bent on keeping up appearances than taking a moral stand for what is right.

"The Color of Courage" does a good job of telling what the McGee family endured in the midst of that long hard lonely fight.

The movie gets a wee bit slow in places, but overall, this flick is a solid five stars. And when our family watches these kind of films, I'm always amazed at how little my kids know about "the way things used to be".

This movie has the capacity to really open up discussion on these topics and also helps educate.

And it is a movie with great acting, too. The two McGhee kids were masterfully played but their characters could've been developed a wee bit more.

But this is a good movie and above that - a very important movie. ... Read more


5. Career Opportunities
Director: Bryan Gordon
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5-0 out of 5 stars A movie for all of us who were "outcasts" in High School!!!
I loved this movie!!!! Frank Whaley is an underated actor who gives a very energetic perfomance, and Jennifer Connoly, well...'nuff said. I guess I'm a little biased in this review because I was one of those labeled in high school "Outcast", and I identify with the main character. It's about damn time one of us got the most girl popular girl in high school!!! Sorry that's the pain from High School talking. And which one of wouldn't imitate Jim Dodge's antic's if we were locked in Target for one night!?!?!?!?!

5-0 out of 5 stars The amazon.com reviewer needs to get his facts straight!
This is a great movie...I think I have a review here or the VHS version...anyhow, I wanted to point out, the movie is not really about Whaley's character lusting after Jennifer. It's more focused on the comedy of it all. Also..Dermot Mulroney does NOT play Connely's boyfriend, he plays the robber/murderer who breaks into Target to rob the place, and runs into Whaley and Connely! You can't write a bad review basically trashing the movie, if you clearly haven't even seen it!

3-0 out of 5 stars I like it for what it could have been.....
I absolutely love this film- it's strangely endearing. and the best part is, it is most endearing for what it COULD have been. i think that's why i like watching it so much. the film was made during john hughes' fall from grace (his deal with the devil had to run out sometime) and the early 90's weren't as kind or interested in his fantastic dissections of 80's class conflicts and teenagers know best philosophy. career ops does run a tad thin but there was a great deal of potential. i think whaley's performance was really underrated. if the film had kept some of the scenes shown in the teaser trailer in 1991, he would have been even more likable. the problem is, hughes wants whaley to be a cross between Duckie in 'pretty in pink', ferris bueller and even the anthony michael hall char. in 'weird science'. this amalgamation doesn't do Whaley justice in what was probably a sincere attempt to create an original character of his own. His Jim Dodge is actually really interesting- a cool guy that doesn't trust his own coolness, a lower middle class son who doesn't know how to do well in his parent's eyes and an imaginative, articulate guy who can't quite escape midwest america. if the film would have been less about slapstick (please please please shoot whoever decided bringing in the mulroney brothers for their unecessary subplot that just ruins the film) and more about the dynamic between whaley and connelly, it could have been fantastic. connelly, meanwhile, is also let down by someone- the editor. she is fantastic- beautiful, articulate, classy, and graceful, but appears to be acting in a totally different movie than whaley. the scenes both about and with her father border on the uneasy. i have a feeling that in the original script she was really abused by the bullying dad, perhaps both physically and sexually. i could see it as a possibility with that character. we get a hint of this but then the movie shies away from it completely and we never quite get if its a joke or not (although the scene of connelly in profile with the father outside her door always made me nervous.) i really do like she and whaley together but both hughes and the editors don't seem to know what kind of movie they wanted to make- a slapdash comedy in a newly popular chain store, or a character study of a 'much cooler than his town gives him credit for' guy and the genuinely kind and rich girl who befriends him under strange circumstances. for this matter, we also (b/c of the editing) are never quite sure where connelly's afections lie- in liking jim dodge, or in getting the hell out of town. i just have a soft spot for this film and what it could have been if everyone involved in the production had agreed on what they wanted to make. the ending is atrocious and corny but the rest has promise. this is a great film for aspring filmakers and especially WRITERS to watch both for its good points but mostly for its wrong turns. A great deal can be learned from it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Yes, It Definitely Has Jennifer Connelly In It
I watched this movie for the first time in many years the other day and had to come to this board to see the comments. Just as I thought, a lot of guys oogling Jennifer Connelly. And with very good reason. This movie was the worst in the John Hughes collection, but I can't tell you why because I didn't care a thing about the plot or the lead male character or the robbers or even John Candy, of whom I was a very big fan. I just know that Jennifer Connelly is an absolute doll in this movie, whether it be on roller skates or on a mechanical dime-store horse (especially a mechanical dime-store horse). In fact I think she comes across sexier here than she does in The Hot Spot, where she shows even more of her assets.

Alas, today Jennifer Connelly has gone the way of Calista Flockhart and lost the babyfat and become a serious actress, even carting home an Oscar, but her role in Career Opportunities will be the one remembered by fans years from now.

2-0 out of 5 stars Ugh!
Little did I know as I watched this movie that Jennifer Connelly would be a huge star or that a Target would acutally open in my neighborhood in the years to come. But even that doesn't mitigate the bad taste I still have in my mouth from this movie.Try not to watch it if you're in a career slump or in between jobs or depressed! I was all of the above at the time, and watching this was the worst punishment I could have inflicted upon myself.This was surely the last hurrah of 20something-bashing, you know, the kind of uneducated diatribes in which this demographic was perceived as lazy, unambitious, boring, and jaded. In reality the 20somethings were in a slump in the early 90's because of a recession and a poor job market, not because of any lack of ambition on their part. But you wouldn't know it to watch this movie. It does great injustice to GenX. ... Read more


6. Mystic River
Director: Clint Eastwood
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3-0 out of 5 stars NOT Eastwood's best...
...that title remains with Unforgiven.

Mystic river is a good movie, not a great one. It has a great story and great characters - with a good screenplay by Brian Helgeland, based on Dennis Lehane's book. The directing is solid, while not really bringing anything special to the film, yet pacing it prefectly in building the tension around the murder.

What is outstanding about this film is the acting. Sean Penn gives yet another inspired performance as a working class father from Boston who just lost his oldest daughter to a horrific murder. Although the scenes that most people seem to remember (and that are shown in the trailer) show his *exaggerated* response to his daughter's death, the rest of the performance is more subdued and restrained.

Tim Robbins' performance is also of note, as Penn's disturbed boyhood friend who shows up covered in blood the same night of the murder, making his frightened wife (Marcia Gay Harden) start to doubt his story and to believe that he is in fact the murderer.

The rest of the cast give solid performances in somewhat limited characters, Kevin Bacon and Laurence Fishburne as the cops asigned to the case, and Laura Linney as Penn's second wife.

However, there are a few things about the film that rubbed me the wrong way; the whole sub-plot about Bacon's wife calling him on his cell phone and not speaking? What was that suppossed to bring to the movie? Or Linney's (apparently) sudden transformation into Lady MacBeth, telling Penn's character that he should do whatever needed to be done? Or the final parade scene?

In short, while not a great film (certainly not Eastwood's best), it's a good one worth catching, and not as bad as some other reviewers will have you believe (certainly not Mistake River!).

5-0 out of 5 stars Sean Penn and Tim Robbins are outstanding!
In Mystic River, director Clint Eastwood has taken the themes of pain and loss, added superb actors, and a literate script to make a memorable movie.

Jimmy, Sean, and Dave were childhood buddies growing up in a working-class neighborhood in Boston. One day, Dave was lured away and sexually abused by two men. Years later, the boys are now adults; Jimmy (Penn) is an ex-con with a loving family, Sean (Bacon) is a cop with marital woes, and Dave (Robbins), forever damaged by his childhood trauma, is barely clinging to reality. When Jimmy's daughter is murdered, Sean investigates, Jimmy vows vigilante justice, and Dave is a prime suspect.

The lead actors are outstanding here. Penn is utterly convincing as the former thug and heartbroken father. Robbins displays his acting chops in the performance of a lifetime, showing a fragile man dealing with such pain that he can no longer function rationally. The two men certainly deserved their Oscars.

This is a movie that will pull at your heartstrings while keeping you guessing who the killer is. There are, thankfully, no graphic scenes of child abuse or the girl's death, yet you will be on the edge of your seat much of the time. This is an outstanding film.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stale As Month-Old Potato Chips
I was quite surprised at how bad this movie was. Perhaps it was just me, but I was looking forward to a Unforgiven-type directoral masterpiece from Mr. Eastwood and the stars Robbins and Penn. Given the hype this movie recieved (and the oscar nods to its 2 main stars and director Eastwood) I was really ready to sink my viewing teeth into something substantial.

Unfortunately, this movie was as stale as a bag of month-old potato chips. I never really came to symphathize at all with Sean Penn's character, even though his daughter was murdered. I mean, seriously, how can you symphathize with a criminal (Penn's character) who barely was involved in his kid's life to begin with?

Perhaps if the movie had shown a more deeper relationship between Penn and the kid then I could have cared more about the outcome. As it was all my sympathy went to Tim Robbins character, sexually molested as a child and then basically forgotten by his so-called "buddies". In my opinion Tim Robbins is the only reason to watch this movie. He walks around with an aire of utter hopelessness (reminiscent of the character he played in Jacob's Ladder), and yet he tries so hard to get passed the mental anguish of his past and make it through each day as an adult that by the end you are cheering for him.

Which brings me to the other reason why this movie stinks - the ending.

Like in a good novel, the reader/viewer doesn't want to be cheated in the end. I don't want to give away the ending, but be warned - it stinks.

All in all there really wasn't any substance to most of the characters, and I found myself toward the end wondering why I should even finish watching it. I like to be absorbed by characters played with heart and substance. Watching these jokers (except for Robbins) was like watching carboard cutouts being moved around on a stage.

1-0 out of 5 stars Mystic River..The Ending Bites
First off..someone please tell Clint Eastwood to back away from the camera slowly and never ever direct another film. As far as everyone who raves about this film..you have lost all cred. I supposed your enthralled by shiny objects too. The ending was ridiculous....my daughter is killed..lets go to a parade?????? The fact that this drivel was considered genius in two mediums is baffling...more proof that everything is watered down beyond hope...whoever says this is a classic- I have some old home movies..you wanna shell out money to see those too???

1-0 out of 5 stars Pretentious Puddle?
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In great dramas, people aren't perfect, but their mistakes make sense. In melodramas, their mistakes don't; they occur only because the screenwriter wants them to.

Mystic River is a horrid melodrama, Hollywood's worst in years.

Pick any three-minute segment, jump in the shoes of any major character, and you'll find at least two instances where common sense would completely unravel the plot. There would be:

phone calls to doctors
routine checks on how the investigation is going

alerts to detectives
ridiculous assumptions thrown out the window
obvious suspects brought in for questioning
DNA and blood evidence rapidly analyzed and suspects eliminated
direct confrontations and/or backchannel neighborhood chats to double-check facts
and, oh, maybe a teeny bit of thinking before irreversible acts are committed.

None of this happens, of course, because the screenwriter creates a world without accepting its rules. The major characters are supposed to have lived in the same rough neighborhood and known each other all or most of their lives. But the lifelong aggressors uniformly jump to conclusions, as though they've never served time or seen other hoodlums get burned by assumptions. And the lifelong victims never seem to have their radar up around shady characters.

So we're asked to believe in a tough, jaded world where all statements are taken at face value, where no one seems to have ever seen a crime movie or played a single hand of poker, and where seasoned homicide cops don't seem to have heard of fingerprints, basic procedure, or internal affairs investigations. It's totally implausible.

In a decent drama, Dave never gets in the Savage brothers' car. Not with his history, not knowing the Savage brothers, not given the circumstances. But he gets in, because that's the only way the screenwriter gets Dave to the next scene. Ugh.

As a counterpoint, check out any Farrelly brothers movie. Yeah, they're comedies, but they follow the rules of drama: the characters are put in situations they take seriously, and make decisions that, given who they are, make lots of sense. The funny comes from sensibly navigating absurd situations. Unlike the funny in Mystic River, which inadvertently jumps out from umpty-jillion RIDICULOUS plot twists.

Me Myself and Irene is a better cop drama than this overhyped clunker. Kingpin is a vastly better study of victims and villains. And no, I'm not kidding. Skip MR. ... Read more


7. Heart Beat
Director: John Byrum
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For a man who affected two generations of the counterculture--the beatniks and the hippies that followed them--there's been surprisingly little written by Neal Cassady, despite the fact that he served as muse to both Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey. In this fictionalized film, Nick Nolte plays Cassady, a man with huge appetites for all that life has to offer. He befriends the confused, questing Kerouac (John Heard), imparts wisdom, and helps Kerouac take on the world on his own terms--and write On the Road. But their friendship is tested by the relationship they share with the woman who would eventually become Cassady's wife, Caroline (played by Sissy Spacek). For a film about two such freewheeling characters, there's surprisingly little real life to this film, though Nolte attacks the role with vigor. Director John Byrum would go on to butcher The Razor's Edge with Bill Murray a few years later. --Marshall Fine ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars angina
If there is a great movie to be made about Jack Kerouac, and Neal and Carolyn Cassidy, this aint it. "Suggested" by Carolyn's memoirs, writer/director John Byrum's film degenerates into yet another adulterous husband saga. The idea that Carolyn has is that Neal is the muse for Kerouac's writing but since Jack knew Neal and had written On The Road before they met her, Carolyn's insight appears to be limited to the time Neal married her and they lived miserably in suburbia until Jack joined them for a menage a trois. Byrum's stabs at the stifling conservatism of America in the 50's is represented by neighbours of the Cassidy's who come for dinners. Their embarassment over Neal's deliberate rudeness is funnier than their apparent shock at the later threesome. The film proposes that it was Allen Ginsberg's notoriety which propelled publishers who had previously rejected his novel, to suddenly change their mind. The fact that Ginsberg is named Ira here (played by Ray Sharkey, giving the best performance of the cast) and that none of On The Road is heard seems to suggest that Byrum seems to be avoiding copyright problems. The film begins well and Laszlo Kovacs' yellow tint lighting gives it a dated look which is very appealing. An image of Neal sitting in a cafe recalls Edward Hopper. As Carolyn, Sissy Spacek is given a romantic entrance supported by a lovely Jack Nitzsche theme, and it's great to see her with a Veronica Lake hairdo and glamourised. But as soon as Jack and the Cassidy's separate, the energy drops and we get stuck in suburbia, while Jack toils the soil in Mexico, waiting. The notion that Neal has stolen Carolyn away from Jack seems unmotivated since we've hardly seen them together, but clearly this is needed to explain Jack's re-appearance. And the later scenes of Jack handly his fame badly seem surprising considering what a best seller the book is said to be. The interviews we see show hostile hosts. Where was Steve Allen, who was a mad On the Road fan? It is interesting to see how Carolyn believes that the Beat generation, with the berets and beards, is thought of as a bastardisation of Kerouac's ideology based on Neal's freedom, since Neal never presented such artifice. As Neal, Nick Nolte suggests a restless spirit though hardly a bisexual one, as is implied. We don't believe him when he keeps telling us how much he loves Spacek. She narrates and spars well though ultimately she remains an enigma. Perhaps the reason Byrum has used the word "suggested" and not adapted from the memoirs means that information which may have made her more interesting has been lost. John Heard makes Jack dull and ineffectual, and when he does show some life, Heard uses the yelling he would continue with in Cutter's Way before experience provided him with more subtlety. Carolyn tells us that Neal's weakness was his lack of committment and Jack's was his longing for it. At one point Neal tells Jack to get his own life to write about, and one questions whether a writer could complete a book as long as On the Road appears to be if there is nothing of himself in it. Since I haven't read the work, I cannot comment, but the Jack this film portrays sure doesn't make me want to. ... Read more


8. Angie
Director: Martha Coolidge
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This slice-of-life film out of Bensonhurst begins like a Working Girl rip-off: earnest and endearing woman leaves neighborhood boyfriend (James Gandolfini) to find happiness with a suave professional(Stephen Rea). But there Angie turns into a tale of self-discovery. Aswith Todd Graff's previous script, Used People, the characters arecolorful but never seem more than broad brush stokes. What is left is anadmirable acting piece by Geena Davis, who shoulders an entire movie forthe first time with winning success, although many will see her mother-to-be asunrealistic. Director Martha Coolidge's (Rambling Rose) directionunderscores Angie without wild mannerisms or a heavy accent, making her amemorable character that was originally to be played by Madonna. Thetrailers were misleading, showing clips from the back half of themovie. It's more about independence than motherhood, and Davisstubbornly desires to be happy and on her own. Plenty of laughs thrownin, mostly from Rea's endearing loafer. Gandolfini is excellent in hisfirst major role. --Doug Thomas ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars All Chick, No Flick
I'm not quite sure why anyone felt it was necessary to make this movie. This is the story of Angie, a young Brooklyn woman of Italian descent who leads a rather routine, bridge-and-tunnel sort of existence as an office worker who commutes to her job in Manhattan. She has a circle of friends who seem to lead lives which are more or less similar to hers, the closest of whom are Tina, her overweight, lifelong buddy, and Vinnie, her plumber de facto fiance who has been her steady since high school. Angie and her father both carry the scars of having been deserted by Angie's mom--an incident shrouded in mystery due to her father's reluctance to discuss the actual events. Angie often ponders her mother's desertion, which eventually motivates her to take drastic action near the end of the film.
We're given to understand that Angie isn't quite as happy as she should be with the routine of her life. When she discovers that she's pregnant, she--realizing it's probably her last chance to do something different--decides to go for broke and not marry the doting Vinnie. She finds her catalyst in Noel, a glib Irishman who practices international law and who has picked her up in Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art, which Angie is visiting alone, having been unable to convince the boorish-but-sweet Vinnie to accompany her. Noel takes Angie's eventual revelation of her pregnancy in stride, carrying on a part-time affair with her right up to her admittance to the delivery room, at which point he abruptly dumps her. Angie's child has a birth defect and refuses to nurse from her. After walking in on her loathsome stepmother nursing the baby, our overwhelmed heroine flees to Texas in search of her mother, closure, and enhanced self-awareness. The ending is rather predictable.
I can't imagine that anyone male (at least of my acquaintance) would find anything to enjoy in this film. It's concerned only with female issues and addresses them on a rather superficial level. I also found it quite unbelievable that Noel would hang around as long as he did; in fact, what possessed him to get involved beyond a possible one-night stand in the first place? Angie is a very pretty, wisecracking young woman, but she's coarse, somewhat vulgar, and a potential embarrassment every time she opens her mouth (a contemporary Stella Dallas?), whereas Noel, despite the eventual revelation of his caddishness, is a cultured professional. Is the clue to his infatuation to be found, perhaps, in his truly appalling haircut? No answer is ever given, although we're nearly as shocked as Angie at his unbelievably callous defection (it transpires that he's married and "kind of" separated, presumably to someone more appropriate but less attractive).
In fact, this entire movie stretches credulity. Post-partum crazies aside, are we really expected to believe that a working-class American girl with a loving, supportive family is going to abandon a newborn?
This film's saving grace lies in its performances; all are excellent. Davis' Angie is appealingly played (although her "Bensonhurst-ese" is a tad over the top) and the support characters shine as well. Jerry Goldsmith's soundtrack is, predictably, excellent. The problem is that despite strong performances, these characters are caricatures and the story is one-dimensional and rather ridiculous, strewn with cliches and the occasional silly platitude that's meant to sound profound. This one can be avoided with no great sense of loss.
Incidentally, for my money, the "Santa scene" is one of the most tasteless performances ever captured on celluloid. Perhaps this was the final straw that broke the camel's back for Noel? We'll never know for sure.

4-0 out of 5 stars REAL EMOTIONS ABOUND
I found this to be an endearing movie. I didn't want to watch, but couldn't turn away from Angie's pain during her self discovery. She has made poor decisions and was always looking for the greener grass, but comes to find she is her own worst enemy, and best friend.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Angela Scacciapensieri"
Originally intended for Madonna (who can't act & would have definately STUNK!), this was an excellent role for Geena Davis. "Angie" is a film about an Italian/American woman from the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, N.Y. Her mom left her when she was a child & because of this she has a romanticized notion of her mother & a deep fear of abandonment. She wants more out of life than her working class plumber boyfriend (and father of her child) can offer her so she falls in love with a lawyer from Ireland while pregnant(someone as far removed from her Brooklyn world as possible!) After the baby is born, the lawyer dumps her & she also feels rejected by her son (you'll have to see the movie to find out why) so she heads off to Texas to finally face her mom for some type of closure. Yes, this character's angst & situations can be overwhelming , but real life can be like that too sometimes. The musical score, by Jerry Goldsmith, is excellent (particularly "Angie's Theme") & compliments the movie wonderfully. The movie also has a knack for capturing the New York Italian/American experience authentically. At times, "Angie" feels like a hybrid of other films ("Working Girl", "Beaches", "Saturday Night Fever", & "Moonstruck") but it works.

1-0 out of 5 stars Let's throw in 15 subplots and abandon them all.
Though Geena Davis is a great actress, good at playing particularly strong-willed women, the screenplay for "Angie" just meanders all over the place, from light comedy to the staunchest of melodramas.

I mean, what kind of a movie has a woman go into labor while gyrating in a Santa Claus suit then show her give birth to a one-armed baby, get abandoned by her married lover, watch as her stepmother breast-feeds the one-armed baby, abandons said baby, finds her long-lost mother (who it turns out is a schizophrenic), learns that one-armed baby is in a coma... all in about 15 minutes.

This was one of the most uneven films I've ever seen. Turturro's particularly good in it as the best friend, yet her character is left out of the final half hour, though she's a central character, and never returned to. Rea and Gandolfini's potentials are completely wasted in a movie that just doesn't seem to know what to do with itself.

1-0 out of 5 stars Boring, whiney chick-flick
This film bored me out of my skull. Angie is an Italian woman from a traditional blue collar background who tries to "find herself" and become "self-actualized." So she bounces about relationships, tries her hand at pink collar careers, fixes up her own place, gets pregnant, gives up the kid (he's handicapped), then decides she wants it back. She also mends emotional bridges with her mother. Blah, blah, blah, yadda yadda, plus some hanky scenes and screamfests.

I really hated this movie. I only bought it because the Internet Movie Database claimed that horror/B-movie actress Diane DiLascio (Poltergeist: The Legacy, Babylon 5, Star Trek: Enterprise) was in it. She's not. Guess she ended up on the cutting room floor. ... Read more


9. A Mother's Prayer
Director: Larry Elikann
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5-0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable and Humbling
In his first out of drag role, Rupaul is fabulous. He immediately captures the audience with his sincerity and wit. This is a must see for all families dealing with AIDS and for anyone else who wants to see the world in a different light.

5-0 out of 5 stars I like this movie because it is very sad.
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10. Secret Life of Kathy Mccormick
Director: Robert Michael Lewis
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very fine story line with a moral, humor and suspense
This is great movie which again reveals the tremendous versatility of Barbara Eden. Although she has played many, many roles she always comes across as in control, not letting anyone get the best of her but still very feminine. When she is taken advantage of by her boyfriend she takes appropriate action by giving him the brushoff (and getting him back). When the society women try to defeat her project she ignores them and plunges ahead and wins . Overall a great plot with the moral- watchout for guys with phoney stories.

5-0 out of 5 stars BARBARA EDEN Stars in A Modern Day Cinderella
BARBARA EDEN Stars in A Modern Day Cinderella Story That Gets Carried Away in The Romantic Comedy NBC Made For TV Movie "The Secret Life Of Kathy McCormick" Now in VHS Video The Story Of A Woman Who Works in A Supermarket Who Always Doing Good Things For Her Customers And One Day A Wealthy Customer invites Kathy McCormick Benefit Luncheon And Kathy McCormick Goes And Has A Wonderful Time And Meets A Group Of Women Society Women Who Are All Fun To Be With And She Meets Her Prince Charming A Wealthy Millionaire Who Thinks She is A Wealthy Woman in The Stock Market END ... Read more


11. At Home With the Webbers
Director: Brad Marlowe
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5-0 out of 5 stars You've got to get your hands on a copy of this movie !!!!
All I have to say is Jennifer Tilly is a riot in this film as the arrogant Meranda Webber who tries to create the perfect man. The way she goes about it you just won't believe. It's too bad that this film is out of print. But if you run across it, grab it. It's a wild party on video. I love this movie. By the way the rest of the cast is awesome too. ... Read more


12. Matchstick Men
Director: Ridley Scott
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5-0 out of 5 stars Exceeded all my expectations
I went into this movie not knowing what to expect. I love Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell, but also realized the subject matter could easily become stale and uninteresting.

I settled in and at the end of the movie I was overwhelmed. This movie succeeds on so many levels. It works as a great comedy, as a wonderful morality play, and as a drama about very bad people doing very bad things.

Nicolas Cage is a con artist with a series of neuroses that keep him constantly on medication in order to function. His partner, Sam Rockwell, is a wise-cracking guy who is instantly lovable as Cage's bad-guy sidekick. The movie focuses on Cage and his attempts to reconcile himself with a past wife and child he left when his wife was only 2 months pregnant. He decides to get in touch with his ex-wife to see if he's a father. He finds he has a 14 year old daughter, who steps into his life to try and build a relationship with him.

The role of his daughter is played beautifully by Alison Lohman. She's funny, charming, and lovable as a girl who has been searching for someone that didn't just look at her as unwanted baggage. Cage and Lohman have very good chemistry as father and daughter. Their relationship is one of the most charming parts of the movie.

To go into the story too much would give it away. And, believe me, to give this movie away before you see it would be a crime. So suffice it to say that it'll surprise you, make you laugh, and make you think all at the same time.

The last scene, in my opinion, makes the whole movie twice as good on its own. It left me with a smile on my face all the way to my car.

Take my advice. Watch this movie, but don't let anyone tell you what happens in the story. Find out for yourself. You'll be MUCH happier that you did. And you'll want to sit through the whole thing a 2nd time (I know I plan to).

5-0 out of 5 stars Twitchy
For Nicolas Cage fans, MATCHSTICK MEN is a treat diluted only by the knowledge that Cage wasn't even nominated for an Oscar-worthy performance.

Cage is Roy, teamed with partner Frank (Sam Rockwell); both are con artists, or "Matchstick Men". As the film opens, we watch as the two cash in on a scam that enables them to plunder the bank account of an elderly couple.

Roy is also an obsessive-compulsive with phobias for dirt and the outdoors. Without his medication, Roy gets twitchy. One day, he accidentally knocks his pill supply down the kitchen sink. Bad timing, since his psychiatrist drug supplier is out of town. On Frank's advice, Roy visits a new shrink, Dr. Klein (Bruce Altman), to whom he admits a previous marriage abandoned some fourteen years previous when his wife was pregnant. Through Klein's intercession, Roy is put in touch with his teenage daughter, Angela (Alison Lohman), who's always been curious about Old Dad. Indeed, against her Mom's wishes, she appears on Roy's doorstep to spend a long weekend. Roy is alternatively smitten with paternal affection and acute anxiety over the dirt Angela tracks onto his carpet. Klein believes the girl's presence is good therapy.

MATCHSTICK MEN is about scammers and cons, so, by the time the credits roll, you shouldn't be too surprised at the general storyline, which is one oft seen before. What elevates the film is the intensity of Cage's extraordinary performance as the mentally tortured lead. We've watched Nicolas do this previously in LEAVING LAS VEGAS and BRINGING OUT THE DEAD. Cage is apparently not one for whom a role is simply a facade easily sluiced away at the end of the day's shoot. Cage always makes me believe the screen character is himself through to the core, something which either makes the actor one of the most talented in the Biz or a schizo seriously in need of professional help.

The other remarkable performance in this film is that of Lohman. Playing the 14-year old Angela, one is apt to forget, or not believe, that the actress is actually in her mid-twenties. She had me fooled.

MATCHSTICK MEN is perhaps one you'll want to see a second time to locate the key sequence where you yourself were fooled. This is first-rate entertainment.

2-0 out of 5 stars Smells like gum
I'm going to say this movie did not keep my interest. It was too slow paced, but the movie did have some interesting scenes, but then return to slow Ville again. I did not consider this movie a comedy, even though there were some scenes that were humorous. I considered the movie more of a drama. I thought Sam Rockwell's character was not as developed as it could have been. You knew he was a con artist, you knew he "acted" concerned for Roy's character, but that's all. Nicholas Cage plays Roy, an obsessive compulsive con artist who teams up with his Partner Fran (Sam Rockwell) to con people out of their money. They mostly go after old people who are so naïve they pretty much GIVE their money without asking any questions. Roy can't stand being outdoors and can't stand unorganized dirty rooms as he makes people take off their shoes before entering his house. He has problems keeping the pills that help him deal with his disorders. When he does not take those pills, his ticks, and behavior gets even worse. There is a scene in the movie after he discovers he does not have his pills he cleans his apartment for what seems like hours on end from top to bottom. He cleans every square inch, and even uses a toothbrush to clean small areas that some people would not even bother cleansing. Roy discovers he has a 14 year old daughter named Angela from a relationship he ended years before. When he ended this relationship she the woman was pregnant with his child. Angela wants to get to know her father. They begin to form a relationship that starts off awkward, but eventually turns affectionate. Angela begs her father to teach her how to con, and he agrees. Yet after he shows her the ropes he makes her return the money. Okay nice turn, but again hypocritical being he never returned money to any of the elderly people he conned.

One con goes horribly wrong, and their lives are threatened by a con they tried to bilk. An interesting twist at the end turns everything around and things which appear to be true, suddenly are not true after all. Before the movie ends the con gets conned, and he tries to rebuild his life. The movie had potential, but it just loses in parts before it builds up again. Nicholas having germphobia and agoraphobia was an interesting touch. I thought watching him be compulsive would be annoying, but it was very intriguing. Sheila Kelley's character, the grocery check-out clerk, had such a limited role she might as well not have been there. I thought Alison Lohman played her role well. She had me convinced she was a young 14 year old teenager with her youthful appearance. The movie is not bad, I just did not like the slow pace of the movie.

4-0 out of 5 stars Matchstick Men
Matchstick Men, a movie by Ridley Scott, is a good example of how the casting of good 'physical' actors combined with a director's masterly affection for his work can make good of what is an un-inspiring screen play. The film is worth seeing as a patent example of Mr Scott's masterly craftmanship, but will not last the test of time as a model of dramatic innovation. The moral and emotional ressurection of the lead character would have been more enjoyable to witness had some insight into the circumstances of his earlier decline been offered. The dynamics of his friendship with his cohort, played beautifully by Mr Rockwell, was regrettably left unexplored.

3-0 out of 5 stars Did not live up to my expectations
A film by Ridley Scott

With the track record of Ridley Scott in mind (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Thelma and Louise, Black Hawk Down), any time the man makes a new movie I am automatically interested in it. He has a history of creativity and excellence in filmmaking and any new movie that he directs is worth giving a chance. It was with high expectations that I went into "Matchstick Men", a story of a con-artist.

Roy (Nicolas Cage) and Frank (Sam Rockwell) are partners in the art of conning people out of their money. As Roy explains in the film, he doesn't steal people's money, they give it to him. They are mainly working small phone scams for smaller payouts (though Roy seems to be well off considering the size of his house), but Frank is looking to get a big score, which Roy agrees to work. Simple enough, but Roy also has some serious issues. He is compulsive (he must turn the locks or open and close doors three times before actually opening the door all the way), somewhat manic, and he has trouble dealing with the outdoors. Neatness/cleanliness is another issue. Roy is a man with tics.

Into this imperfect, but somewhat structured life comes a big change: Roy's daughter Angela (Alison Lohman). When Roy accidentally knocks his supply of medication down the drain, Roy has to start searching for a psychologist who will prescribe some more on short notice. The doctor he does find also suggests that Roy gets in contact with his daughter, whom he has never met. Angela is a breath of fresh air into Roy's otherwise empty life, but it is also causing some conflict into the big con that Roy and Frank are working on.

My expectations may have been too high, because I wasn't overly impressed with "Matchstick Men". For the first half to two thirds of the movie, I just could not engage with the characters. Part of the problem probably lies in the fact that I do not care for Nicolas Cage as an actor. It just seems like he is trying too hard to create a character through personality tics (with the notable exceptions of Leaving Las Vegas, and The Family Man). His characters are just not likeable, or interesting enough for me to engage with, but I understand that this is just a personal perception.

The shining star of the movie is Alison Lohman (also in White Oleander) who was nearly 10 years older than the age she was playing in the movie. She can act and look so young and vulnerable despite being in her mid 20's. The rest of the acting was well done (though I still don't care for Cage), but it didn't all come together like I would have expected. The idea of the "con" runs throughout the entire movie and there are several twists along the way, but this is a fairly lightweight movie up until about three quarters of the way through the movie when it completely changes in tone (and oddly enough becomes a better movie). I hoped for so much more from "Matchstick Men", but I didn't think it lived up to the promise of what it could have been with the talent involved.

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13. An Unexpected Family
Director: Larry Elikann
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Treat
It isn't now, but this used to be one of my favorite films when I was younger. But I do own it and watch it every now and then for a treat.
As for the performances, all are impressive in my opinion, especially the two kids.

Overall, this movie is quite predictable, but kids will love it and the strong performances keep it very watchable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Amazing because Stockard Channing and the other actors in this movie make a made for tv movie something very special...Not only did I buy this movie, I bought the sequel sight unseen. I give my very highest recomendation to anyone thinking of buying this movie. Do, you will not be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars A family pic - true emotions and solutions to real problems
Stockard Channing turned in a brilliant performance. The other cast members likewise turned in good performances. The script flowed smoothly throughout its entirety. If you enjoy family targeted drama that rivets you to the screen, here it is. It will make you smile, make you sad, as well as mad, and then make you tear-up with joy. It shows how life can be rotten and how a villian can change for the better. I give Stockard two thumbs up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stockard Channing at her absolute best
This is one of the best movies I have seen. The sad part of the movie is that this happens in real life all to often. This is a great family movie free of violence. Very enjoyable wholesome movie.

4-0 out of 5 stars its one of the best
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14. The Truth About Jane
Director: Lee Rose
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4-0 out of 5 stars Not a classic, but good anyway
I think this is a good first coming-out story. Who cares if it's a bit 'after school special'. I still think it's a good take on the subject. I think it's great tool for parents and teens to adress the issue of coming out. Because as tollerant as the world seems, many families aren't open and accepting of the reality of thier child/sister/brother/cousin/nephew/neice/whatever being gay. No, it's not a classic film or a Classic in Lesbian entertainment. It's not even the best Lesbian love story ever, though it does do a fair treament to the emotional termoil of first love, first 'time', and first heartbreak. But it mixes all this within the struggle of a family and fairly treats the issue of coming out with the family. The first female relationship Jane has is little more than a subplot and I thought that made this film different in a good way. Usually it's the family that's reduced to a background plot while one rehashes the same ol plots seen in Hetero and Homosexual movies based on the 'romance' element.

Great coming out story, decent movie, gets my recomendation for anyone looking for films dealing with this subject.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy Movie!
This movie is extraordinary wonderful. If you like dramas this is a perfect movie. Telling everyone i know to go out and BUY this movie. Its really worth it. A great story! Inspired by actual events! This movie discribes more then just one persons life. This type of event happens to hundreds of young teenagers who dont know how to confess there Sexuality to there parents. If you are having this problems. This movie may just help. Make them watch it. It may just help them understand what kinds of things your going though. It was a definant help for me! ...

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth seeing.
Sometimes, just rare little times, it happens, that a movie really touches you. This definitly is one.
It dealt with 15 year teenage girl Jane, fell deeply in love for the first time. With another girl, taylor, the new girl in her class, she also had sex with for the first time.
Giving her pretty hard times realizing the fact, that she's gay. As well as her parents, "friends", teachers... And, that's nothing about it.
Although these stories are as different and unique, as humans theirselves, many things, that Jane has to struggle thru, came familiar to me and I wished, more people would really consider about.
It's not a teaching movie. Trust me. It has great beauty, dramatic and very intense moments. And funny ones too. My favorite: After her coming out Janes father took her for soccer game, she was never interested in her whole life, to show understanding and get to know his "new" lesbian daughter better. After she is refusing, he said: "I suppose even golf is out of discussion?!" ('Damn! Not A thing good about it!')
The characters are well played, especially Jane's, I like most. And the actress is very cute. Just the way she's holding her had, when she looks in love. And that voice! Melting.
So do what you want. But if you do not watch, you'll never know what you miss out.

1-0 out of 5 stars zzzzzzz I slept through this one
This played like an after school special. It was contrived and predictable and the screenwriting was so awful I think who ever wrote this needs to take english 101 or talk to people and see how they really communicate. The subject could have been done so much better especially in light of the great acting talent in the film....unfortunetly material was lacking and the director must have been at lunch...perhaps worth seeing for the coming out aspects and to see Stockard Channing and the actress playing the school teacher...see it for that, but as a movie it only gets 1 star

2-0 out of 5 stars After School Special
The subject of the movie is good, as is the message of tolerance but the delivery is painstakingly awful. The movie is trite and poorly acted. This just seems like a bad after school special which simply drags on for an hour and a half. Stockard Channing I enjoy highly in other films like "Six Degrees of Separation" but in this film she just seems to be making the best of the script which is a daunting task. There are better films that bring forth the same message and better capture the essence of the "out casting". I would recommend "Show Me Love" a Swedish film that does a far better job of telling a not too dissimilar story. ... Read more


15. An Unexpected Life
Director: David Hugh Jones
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Channing is Amazing!
Stockard Channing once again steals the show! She is truely extraordinary! Channing and Collins have a wonderfull on-screen chemistry that makes it so easy to belive their relationship! The two children in this movie are fabulous as well, we should all look for them in upcoming movies, they will be very famous! I recomend this video to Stockard Channing fans. She is, once again, incredible! ... Read more


16. Wishmaster
Director: Robert Kurtzman
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4-0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise
As I nestled in for Halloween night with a couple of horror flicks, I really didn't expect anything more than the usual cookie cutter blood and slash fare that is to be expected in a watered down genre. What I found in Wes Craven's Wishmaster, was a smart and original film. It revolves around a population of "Djinn" (pronounced like gin) who are supernatural jeannies dwelling in the void between the worlds. The Djinn bide their time till they are able to find some poor smuck willing to make 3 wishes, at which time the door to our world will be opened up and allow the Djinn to rule. I found this to be an original idea for once. I can't remember seeing any other film quite like it. The effects and make up are done nicely and the acting was not too bad either. I didn't think the movie was particularly scary, but in today's time, not many new horror movies are. What it is, though, is an entertaining supernatural thriller. Can't bring myself to give it 5 stars just for the simple fact that I think the filmmakers confuse gore with scary. The gore/death scenes in this film are very reminiscent of the Hellraiser series, with some extraordinarily vivid images of torturous death. However, sometimes its the things we don't see that truly scare us most. All in all, I would recommend this film to most, just be sure you have a strong stomach.

4-0 out of 5 stars Your Wish Is Granted!!!!
I have to say if it wasn't for the Boogeymen compilation I would've probably never viewed this film. The clip I saw and the movie trailer made it look interesting. It was well worth seeing in my opinion.

Wishmaster is about an evil ancient genie referred to as the Djinn. The Djinn (Andrew Divoff) can make your most desired and wildest wished come true. But at what cost? well only your soul. The saying goes, "Be careful for what you wish for because you just may get it". Divoff is great in this film and steals the show. Making everyone pay for their greed in a way they can not possibly phathom. The movie itself is not really scary but it is very entertaining as you wonder what the next victim will wish for and how they will pay the ultimate sacrifice.

Wishmaster is also the first movie to contain 3 of the greatest names in horror legend. Robert Englund (Freddy) Tony Todd (Candyman) and Kane Hodder (Jason). Even though their parts are small I just thought it was cool that they were in there. If you like horror movies then Wishmaster is definitely worth an evening.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good film
I must admit, this is one of my favorite horror films. Tammy Lauren kind of overacts, but that doesn't ruin the movie. There is plenty of gore to satisfy gorehounds. And for the budget this fim had, the CGI and creature effects were incredible. This is recommended to everyone who is a fan of the genre. GO AND SEE IT. NOW. (10 out of 10!!)

2-0 out of 5 stars Unremarkable but not totally horrible
Who knows what prompted me to see this movie in the first place? I certainly cannot answer that, but I guess it saying something that I didn't walk out midway through the movie. Of course that might be because the movie is relatively short.

It isn't dreadfully bad, but just thoroughly unremarkable in all respects. Cheesy dialogue, disengaged acting, and special effects that are competent though hardly inspiring is what distinguishes this movie. Some people with statue fetishes might find a few scenes noteworthy but otherwise this movie leaves no lasting impact. The fact that film, which performed tepidly at the box office, inspired 3 sequels (at least) serves as further testament to the utterly deplorable state of the US fiml industry.

That having been said, renting this film will not leave you feeling totally ripped off, so enjoy the limited entertainment value it provides.

5-0 out of 5 stars Your wish is granted...
Be careful what you wish for! Indeed, a slant on the olde genie mythos harking back to its primordial origins in the Djinn, demonic creatures who exist between the worlds; and if granted the opportunity, would possess the realm of men for their own. In this instance, an ancient Djinn is seen coalescing with arcane rulers from the Middle-East in a truly memorable scene of horror and mutilation, as he twists the wishes of mortals to is own morbid design.

A Sorcerer imprisons him within a ruby gem, concealed inside a statue of Ahura-Mazda, the Zoroastrian deity of light and darkness, but is damaged upon transport in modern times, as it was scheduled to be added to the acquisitions of a Collector {played by Robert Englund}, but ignorance and intoxication brought the blood ruby {equivalent to a genie's bottle, as subsequent legendry would water-down and dictate}, and comes into the hands of a deck worker, an ignoramus who sells it to a pawnshop for a pithy sum - its proprietor who then himself takes it to be priced, but his own ignorance is evident as well, as he is also offered a small sum for this treasure.

A Jr. High School teacher, a friend of the pricer, comes into possession of it, who forthwith has it tested with certain infrared equipment, where it subsequently explodes, releasing the Djinn within, who goes forth upon the earth to wreak havoc upon a world of vengeful, vein, and greedy mortals. The Djinn basically amplifies the desires of the wishers, unto literal scenarios, with a deadly twist in every instance. She meets with a folklorist to gain more information on this terrible foe, who explains some of the origins of these creatures, but she also meets with a morbid and poetic demise. Each wish is imaginatively manifested with plenty of symbolic blood and gore, with marvellous prosthetics portraying the results with a thorough fluorish.

Finally, the inevitable conflict between she and the Djinn face to face, so she cleverly utilizes the last wish to re-imprison him and save the earth from the Hell He wishes to bring forth. ... Read more


17. Wishmaster
Director: Robert Kurtzman
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Average Customer Review: 3.51 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise
As I nestled in for Halloween night with a couple of horror flicks, I really didn't expect anything more than the usual cookie cutter blood and slash fare that is to be expected in a watered down genre. What I found in Wes Craven's Wishmaster, was a smart and original film. It revolves around a population of "Djinn" (pronounced like gin) who are supernatural jeannies dwelling in the void between the worlds. The Djinn bide their time till they are able to find some poor smuck willing to make 3 wishes, at which time the door to our world will be opened up and allow the Djinn to rule. I found this to be an original idea for once. I can't remember seeing any other film quite like it. The effects and make up are done nicely and the acting was not too bad either. I didn't think the movie was particularly scary, but in today's time, not many new horror movies are. What it is, though, is an entertaining supernatural thriller. Can't bring myself to give it 5 stars just for the simple fact that I think the filmmakers confuse gore with scary. The gore/death scenes in this film are very reminiscent of the Hellraiser series, with some extraordinarily vivid images of torturous death. However, sometimes its the things we don't see that truly scare us most. All in all, I would recommend this film to most, just be sure you have a strong stomach.

4-0 out of 5 stars Your Wish Is Granted!!!!
I have to say if it wasn't for the Boogeymen compilation I would've probably never viewed this film. The clip I saw and the movie trailer made it look interesting. It was well worth seeing in my opinion.

Wishmaster is about an evil ancient genie referred to as the Djinn. The Djinn (Andrew Divoff) can make your most desired and wildest wished come true. But at what cost? well only your soul. The saying goes, "Be careful for what you wish for because you just may get it". Divoff is great in this film and steals the show. Making everyone pay for their greed in a way they can not possibly phathom. The movie itself is not really scary but it is very entertaining as you wonder what the next victim will wish for and how they will pay the ultimate sacrifice.

Wishmaster is also the first movie to contain 3 of the greatest names in horror legend. Robert Englund (Freddy) Tony Todd (Candyman) and Kane Hodder (Jason). Even though their parts are small I just thought it was cool that they were in there. If you like horror movies then Wishmaster is definitely worth an evening.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good film
I must admit, this is one of my favorite horror films. Tammy Lauren kind of overacts, but that doesn't ruin the movie. There is plenty of gore to satisfy gorehounds. And for the budget this fim had, the CGI and creature effects were incredible. This is recommended to everyone who is a fan of the genre. GO AND SEE IT. NOW. (10 out of 10!!)

2-0 out of 5 stars Unremarkable but not totally horrible
Who knows what prompted me to see this movie in the first place? I certainly cannot answer that, but I guess it saying something that I didn't walk out midway through the movie. Of course that might be because the movie is relatively short.

It isn't dreadfully bad, but just thoroughly unremarkable in all respects. Cheesy dialogue, disengaged acting, and special effects that are competent though hardly inspiring is what distinguishes this movie. Some people with statue fetishes might find a few scenes noteworthy but otherwise this movie leaves no lasting impact. The fact that film, which performed tepidly at the box office, inspired 3 sequels (at least) serves as further testament to the utterly deplorable state of the US fiml industry.

That having been said, renting this film will not leave you feeling totally ripped off, so enjoy the limited entertainment value it provides.

5-0 out of 5 stars Your wish is granted...
Be careful what you wish for! Indeed, a slant on the olde genie mythos harking back to its primordial origins in the Djinn, demonic creatures who exist between the worlds; and if granted the opportunity, would possess the realm of men for their own. In this instance, an ancient Djinn is seen coalescing with arcane rulers from the Middle-East in a truly memorable scene of horror and mutilation, as he twists the wishes of mortals to is own morbid design.

A Sorcerer imprisons him within a ruby gem, concealed inside a statue of Ahura-Mazda, the Zoroastrian deity of light and darkness, but is damaged upon transport in modern times, as it was scheduled to be added to the acquisitions of a Collector {played by Robert Englund}, but ignorance and intoxication brought the blood ruby {equivalent to a genie's bottle, as subsequent legendry would water-down and dictate}, and comes into the hands of a deck worker, an ignoramus who sells it to a pawnshop for a pithy sum - its proprietor who then himself takes it to be priced, but his own ignorance is evident as well, as he is also offered a small sum for this treasure.

A Jr. High School teacher, a friend of the pricer, comes into possession of it, who forthwith has it tested with certain infrared equipment, where it subsequently explodes, releasing the Djinn within, who goes forth upon the earth to wreak havoc upon a world of vengeful, vein, and greedy mortals. The Djinn basically amplifies the desires of the wishers, unto literal scenarios, with a deadly twist in every instance. She meets with a folklorist to gain more information on this terrible foe, who explains some of the origins of these creatures, but she also meets with a morbid and poetic demise. Each wish is imaginatively manifested with plenty of symbolic blood and gore, with marvellous prosthetics portraying the results with a thorough fluorish.

Finally, the inevitable conflict between she and the Djinn face to face, so she cleverly utilizes the last wish to re-imprison him and save the earth from the Hell He wishes to bring forth. ... Read more


18. The Hunted Lady
Director: Richard Lang
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19. Pumpkin Man
Director: Jennifer Wynne Farmer
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Sales Rank: 55668
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Jason (Christopher Ogden) used to love Halloween, when he wouldscare the town together with his dad. However, this year is differentbecause his dad has left home after divorcing Jason's mom (DeniseCrosby). Jason's friends help him get over this hump, but it's hisgranddad (Philip Abbott) who teaches him about how imperfect parentsare and manages and how the holiday can still be awe-inspiring. Soon,spooky things happen to this bunch of trick-or-treaters. Like an old ABC Afterschool Special, Pumpkin Man is a well-constructed tale that teaches a quick, solid lesson to kids. Althoughthe 30-minute short is an outstanding tool in helping adolescentsunderstand one aspect of divorce, it has enough Halloween fare to be agood holiday treat for kids ages 6 to 12. --Doug Thomas ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great for kids, not too scary, has a good message
This is a great story showing how a family and community can come together and help a child in need. And this, unlike most Halloween fare, really illustrates the good natured spirit of Halloween the way it's suppose to be for kids. Thank you.

5-0 out of 5 stars A sweet and haunting coming-of-age Halloween story
This is a wonderful Halloween tale centered around a teenage boy who's very distraught by his parents' divorce. As he reluctantly goes trick-or-treating with his friends, he comes upon the magic spirit of Halloween in the form of a Pumpkin and a scary but kind neighborhood hermit who offers understanding and guidance to our young hero. I highly recommend it - it is one of my children (8 & 12) favorite videos and very uplifting. ... Read more


20. Matchstick Men
Director: Ridley Scott
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A phobic con artist and his protege are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the con artist's teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly ... Read more


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