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1. Twin Peaks: Pilot
Director: Tim Hunter, Uli Edel, James Foley, Diane Keaton, Tina Rathborne, Mark Frost, A.J. Webb, Jonathan Sanger, David Lynch, Lesli Linka Glatter, Duwayne Dunham, Caleb Deschanel, Todd Holland, Stephen Gyllenhaal, Graeme Clifford
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5-0 out of 5 stars SENSATIONAL--MINUS 20
I've been hearing for years about "Twin Peaks", whether by word of mouth or on the internet. It's popular to mention the numerous pop-culture moments this show created and the fact that so many shows try to imitate, and fail, this landmark show. So after reading recaps of the pilot and first couple episodes, I decided to buy the whole thing.

I took a risk and I'd do it again because this show is one of the greatest achievements of all TV time. The pilot is a perfect intro to the show, establishing the characters and plots, the main one and various subplots, that it's addictive. WHO KILLED LAURA PALMER!? The mix of light and dark, quirky humor, heavy drama, fantastic production values, and so much more! If you haven't seen any of the show, stay clear of the last 15-20 minutes. I heard about the special ending and found out that the original pilot ends at Sarah Palmer's scream after her dream. End it there, watch the rest of the series, then go back and watch the ending.

Other than that, sit back, relax, and ENJOY! And believe me, YOU WILL!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best 2 Hours of Film Anywhere!
Twin Peaks is the premier for the greatest TV series ever created. Brought in to investigate the murder of Twin Peaks Homecoming Queen Laura Palmer, Agent Dale Cooper "Kyle MacLachlan" becomes wrapped up in a town full of mystery, murder, damn good coffee and killer cherry pie.

4-0 out of 5 stars Start here.
This is pretty much what any fan of the show or David Lynch needs to start with. It's the original movie/pilot, and is a great piece of work. The story, the characters, and the whole northwest environment really make for an interesting and sometimes creepy watch. Many cool actors showed up in "Twin Peaks", among them Kyle McLachlan, Lara Flynn-Boyle, Sheryl Lee, Jack Nance, and the sexy Sherilyn Fenn. If you enjoy this, seek out the VHS collectors series, episodes 1-7. Or the DVD first season, which is also episodes 1-7, minus this pilot.

4-0 out of 5 stars sdrawkcab dneb smra ym
So I'm sitting on this chair, in this house, on mars when this movie comes on. TWIN PEAKS. The first thing I saw was this grotesque factory-mill type place. And then there was this close-up shot of some rusty machine, and it moved...it moved with the music. Sparks were shooting out everywhere, and it was all moving to this other-worldly melody. Then waterfalls, ponds, ducks...in less than one minute, Lynch had sucked me in, shattered me, put me back together (the way he saw fit), and then he dropped me off into TWIN PEAKS.
The whole thing was beatiful. Lynch and Frost had created this soft cloud of a world that was filled shards of glass and rusty nails. It was all like a dream -a dream that you don't want to wake up from. Bobby, Donna, Shelly, Big Ed. I was lost.
"I too have been touched by the devilish one. Ahh, but when I saw the face of God..." This sleek-Norman Rockwell-wrong way on a one way street-imitation silk-nightmare is a mountain top work of art that leads you dead on into the midst of the footstool of the heavens.
-be sure to watch it in the full blossom of the evening, and you just might experience the beatific vision...FIRE WALK WITH ME.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of TV's best pilots!
If only it were on DVD! This tape contains the classic 2 hour pilot for David Lynch's extraordinary and quirky TV cult favorite, "Twin Peaks". This 2 hour intro is NOT part of the six tape "complete" series collection that has the actual 29 episodes. There is a neat, confusing, untelevised 15 minute ending that was used to "wrap up" the whole murder when this same tape was released in Europe as a made-for-TV movie. Still, it is simply Twin Peaks at its best. ... Read more


2. Making Love
Director: Arthur Hiller
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5-0 out of 5 stars A movie that's--sadly!--still one-of-a-kind
When it was released in 1982, MAKING LOVE was publicized as the first film from a major Hollywood studio to take an honest look at homosexuality. Today, even in our more tolerant social climate, the movie remains just about the only film from a major Hollywood studio to take an honest look at homosexuality. MAKING LOVE is a compassionate, sensitive examination of one man coming to discover, and accept, that he is gay.

Zack (Michael Ontkean) and Claire (Kate Jackson) are a young, attractive and successful married couple; he is a physician and she is a television producer. They have just bought a new home and talk about having a child. But Zack begins to question his sexual identity and to close himself off from his wife. Then he meets Bart (Harry Hamlin), a sexually adventurous gay man who forces Zack to come to terms with his sexual feelings.

Although MAKING LOVE is nearly twenty years old, the only things dated about the movie are the clothing and hairstyles. There have certainly been other Hollywood movies that deal with homosexuality (PHILADELPHIA, IN AND OUT, etc.). But most of these movies seem oddly hesitant to address difficult issues or deflect them by using humor. By contrast, MAKING LOVE presents with complete honesty a man learning to accept that he is gay, along with all of the conflicted feelings and painful choices this involves.

Barry Sandler's script is outstanding. It employs a device that today has become an annoying cliche: characters sharing their inner feelings by directly addressing the camera. But in this film, the device really works, thanks to honest writing and performances.

All three lead actors are excellent, giving us portraits of believable, imperfect human beings who nonetheless try to do their best with the situation that confronts them. A special word of praise must go to Kate Jackson. Certainly Jackson's TV work (CHARLIE'S ANGELS, SCARECROW AND MRS. KING) never gave her the chance to play such an intelligent, fully-rounded character. Jackson is excellent and in a few scenes is so thoroughly convincing that she breaks your heart.

Arthur Hiller's direction is understated and eloquent. And Leonard Rosenman's musical score is superb. His score helps us to recognize the movie for what it is: a tender and bittersweet love story. For example, early on there is a scene in which Zack has a painful meeting with a cancer patient and, distraught over his inability to help her, goes cruising for a sexual partner. Rosenman's musical score helps us to see that Zack's act is not cheap or sensational but instead is an attempt by a lonely, confused man to find emotional connection.

A movie of exceptional quality, MAKING LOVE should be much better known. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for an intellegent, compassionate presentation of the many emotional issues surrounding coming to acceptance of homosexuality.

5-0 out of 5 stars Getting to the HEART of the matter!
To say this film is still groundbreaking would be a stretch, but it still hits home. In 1982, theater goers were either exiting quickly or more wisely, staying to marvel at this film's honesty and heart and its winning performances.

Kate Jackson, Michael Ontkean and Harry Hamlin turn in a powerhouse effort in this Authur Hiller film about a career successful married couple, Claire and Zack Elliot (Jackson and Ontkean) who must face the reality that their union is not all it seems. After eight years of marriage, Zack's repressed homosexuality begins to surface. Enter handsome writer Bart Mcguire (Hamlin), who innocently meets Zack in the ordinary circumstance of a doctor's visit. Bart has been around the gay scene for some time, and is quite happy in his world of one night stands and conquests....or is he?

How all this unfolds is great viewing. "Making Love" has it's soap opera moments and is somewhat dated, but the performances and overall writing and direction overcome these slight flaws. Handsome Ontkean is dead on as the confused yet well intentioned Zack. Whatever spoken or written about this film hurting Ontkean's career is trivial, this remains his best work to date. Hamlin is almost distracting in a role that was obviously well researched complete with subtle mannerisms. Kate Jackson turns in one of her best yet tender performances in a film that remains a cornerstone in gay cinema.

5-0 out of 5 stars WHERE'S THE DVD???
This movie has always held a special place in my collection. It reminds me of growing up and coming to terms with life. The performances of Kate Jackson, Michael Ontkean, Harry Hamlin and Wendy Hiller are emotionally charged. Some may say it's an outdated film, but it never fails to bring a tear to my eye when the main characters come to accept their past and how their lives have evolved. I'll never forget seeing it at the theater.
I remember when Zack and Bart kissed, some girl in the audience
laughed out loud. For me, it was a very touching moment and that laughter really bothered me at the time. Thankfully, people are more accepting of gay relationships now.
I am hoping that the studios will provide this gem on DVD soon.

2-0 out of 5 stars Honey, I'm Gay
A silly soap opera about a young doctor, happily married to a beautiful woman who discovers that he's gay. The homosexual theme is handled gingerly and with sympathy, but the story is overly sentimental and comes off as trite and naive. The happy ending fails to touch the heart.

4-0 out of 5 stars A worthy early effort
When released in 1982, director Arthur Hiller's "Making Love" was a bold venture for its time and critcally panned, probably more for its risky content than its acting. Between her TV gigs as one of Charlie's angels and Mrs. King to a Scarecrow, veteran actress Kate Jackson said she would have offered to pay for the role of a TV executive married to a doctor, played by former "Rookies" co-star Michael Ontkean. But with his wife so tied up with her work, husband Zak begins to explore a long-buried curiosity about a same-sex encounter. He finds it in studly writer Harry Hamlin, then a new face on the acting horizon. With his same-sex desires and preference unleashed, Zak has to come clean with wife Kate, and the climactic scene in which Zak confesses his homosexuality is carried with appropriate emotional shock by both Jackson and Ontkean. By today's standards, the film may seem dated and irrelevant, but it was hardly so at the time. A good script is bolstered by good acting and singer Roberta Flack's haunting theme song that was a chart-buster in '82. Beyond the film's obvious topic, it also renders a subtle lesson in the need for honesty. ... Read more


3. Summer of the Monkeys
Director: Michael Anderson
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Twelve-year-old Jay Berry Lee has one goal this summer: to buy his ownpony. He plans to work long hours in his grandfather's general store toearn the money for it. But business is slow in this Great Plains farm town circa 1910, and his dream seems unreachable until the day he discovers a group ofescaped circus monkeys. Despite his father's warnings and his mother'sanger over his irresponsibility, Jay Berry tries everything in his powerto capture the comical monkeys and claim the handsome reward offered bytheir owner. During his efforts, he learns important lessons abouttenacity, charity, prioritizing his values, and, yes, monkeys.

Based on the award-winningnovel by WilsonRawls, Summer of theMonkeys brings together a snug ensemble of capable actors. The mostrecognizable cast members include Wilford Brimley (Cocoon) and the mild-mannered Michael Ontkean (Twin Peaks). Corey Sevierhandles the role of Jay Berry Lee with the right blend of preteenadrenaline and emotion. Under the direction of Michael Anderson(Around the World in Eighty Days) the characters treat this moderately paced period piece with great care.Both the story and the dialogue are sensible without being sentimental, aquality that should appeal to all family members. Its clean, upbeatstyle may remind adult viewers of Disney's wilderness family classics ofthe 1970s. --Liane Thomas ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Movie with a sweet message
This movie is not really about monkeys but a story about a young boy growing up and out of selfishness. It's wonderful to watch this boy take a big step to becoming a man by the things he experiences one eventful summer. I was satisfied to have my children watch a film with such a great message.It was also nice to watch a film with clean language. You won't be sorry you watched it.
A Concerned Christian Mom

5-0 out of 5 stars A family classic with a rich story and wonderful humor.
Academy award-winning director, Michael Anderson ("Around the World in 80 days) brings his considerable talent to this family classic, based on the Wilson Rawls novel of the same name. Beautifully photographed in a stunning period pieced drama, this new Disney release is something the whole family will love. With charming performances by Corey Sevier (Lassie), Katie Stuart (The Crow) and Wilford Brimley (Cocoon), the movie takes viewers through a summer of growing up for Jay Berry Lee, a fourteen year-old farm boy. Through his encounter and humorous attempts to catch a rascally group of escaped circus monkeys, Jay ends up learning far more important lessons about life than he ever dreamed. Winner of numerous film festival awards, and the Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence, "Summer of the Monkeys" will keep you coming back for more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie
Like a previous reviewer stated, the title didn't catch me. The cover (I was 8 and judging by the cover was the way to tell) looked bored and showed off a boring deal. It didn't help that it looked rural. It just looked dull!

How wrong I was! I haven't watched this movie in probably five years, but I remember it's magic. It was just a great, simple movie. You could relate to Jay-he was the troublemaker, yet often felt ignored. Corey Sevier is one of those actors that you see everywhere but you can't quite put your finger on it--but he's great!

The highlights of this movie are simple scenes, really. Unlike most, there's no HUGE event that leads the movie. That said, it's a simple movie that even young kids can enjoy. Kids who's favorites movie list upon the Fast and the Furious, may not like it because it's not that kind of movie-but sensitive children are sure to love it!

1-0 out of 5 stars How far off can you get.
I always try to be fair to movies where the book is involved. Movies like The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter are perfect example of a faithful adaptaion of the book. Summer of the Monkeys sadly does not measure up. I am forced to ask the question: how far from the book can you get and still use the same title? Obviously really far. The two biggest glaring errors are the main character's age. From the book, very first page and very first line, "Up until I was 14 years old." In the movie he is 12. This is what really bugged me; the book specifically placed the setting in the Ozak Mountains on the banks of the Illonis River in Oklahoma. Hmm... I don't think that was a prairie yet the movie filmed it in what looked like Nebraska. I would recomend renting this movie. Buy the book, as it is one of my all time favorites. Even as an adult I come back to read it and enjoy it thouruly every time. In short the movie makers did not come even close to capturing the book and it is not worth buying.

5-0 out of 5 stars Be Brave.
During the storm scene while Jay and Daisy's Ma was reading the scripture from the bible Daisy was clinging on too her Pa Jay was praying and there Pa was holding onto Daisy so tight .They made it through the horrid storm without breaking a single bone or without getting hurt even though the storm wrecked there house they were just glad God blessed them with a miracle .Like it said on the ad a story with laughter and faith. ... Read more


4. Slap Shot (25th Anniversary Special Edition)
Director: George Roy Hill
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5-0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the funniest sports comedy of all time
This is simply a hilarious movie about a hockey team fighting for its very survival in Charlestown, West Virginia. The style of hockey portrayed in the movie is Don Cherry-style "Old Time Hockey" - Sweethearts who don't like violence in sports should check out another video.
Although Paul Newman stars, it is the no-name actors (minor league hockey players in real life) who play the Hanson brothers who steal the show.
Life eventually imitated art: A couple of years after this movie came out, the Boston Bruins went into the stands to beat up fans in New York's Madison Square Garden, and, a few years later, the Montreal Canadians and Philadelphia Flyers had a huge brawl before the game even started - just like in this movie.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest films ever!
Like USED CARS, this movie is bawdy, rude, over the top, politically incorrect, profane, gratuitous, and loving every minute of it! Newman plays the captain of a bush-league hockey team that's going down the tubes. For most of the players, it's either hockey or an assembly-line job, so Newman decides to bring in the fans with violence. He succeeds, thanks to some brilliant manipulation and a trio of hockey-playing idiot savants (mostly idiot) named the Hanson Brothers. This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. The first scene where the Hanson's get off the bench (heck, EVERY scene with the Hansons) is a classic and will make you laugh until you need surgery! The DVD isn't much better than the VHS, unfortunately, as far as picture quality or features go. There are some alternate language tracks (if you're a big fan of Newman in French), but no director's commentary, etc. SEE THIS MOVIE! Every performance is hilarious and perfectly-cast. George Roy Hill (who also directed Newman in the classics BUTCH CASSIDY and THE STING) seems to just bring out Newman's best no matter what the genre. Also Strother Martin (of COOL HAND LUKE, "failure to communicate") fame, is in this and is totally hilarious!

5-0 out of 5 stars HAT TRICK.
Many were amazed that SLAP SHOT was written by a woman when it was released in 1977. More amazing was that Nancy Dowd's original screenplay was robbed of an Oscar nomination in 1977. Dowd got the feel of the game and the players as perfect as the paint on the blue lines (her brother Ned Dowd plays the infamous Oggie Ogelthorpe in a nano-second cameo that has reverbs throughout the film). George Roy Hill works his A-list players, Newman, Strother Martin and the now heralded Hanson Brothers, into sports (not just sports films) legends. SLAP SHOT is a winner.

4-0 out of 5 stars Baldwin needs to be a little more observant!
Um, did you perhaps fail to notice that this is an R rated movie? That usually means that there is a fair amount of coarse language, expletives, violence, nudity, etc. Just what made you think that this was a movie for children? Anyway, it's a great movie and being a *huge* Paul Newman fan, I really enjoyed seeing him in this very amusing comedy role.

5-0 out of 5 stars Baldwin you are clueless
As a hockey player and hockey coach I can tell you one thing, you are not a hockey dad. This movie is definately one of the most hilarious sports movies ever. Don't even bother with any other hockey movie, except maybe Youngblood, because those other movies, especially Mighty Ducks (puke) is not hockey, flying V my behind (did we forget about offsides?).
The Hanson brothers were everyone's heroes. While we all wished to be Gretzky or Orr, we all wanted to be the Hansons. They are some of the best caricatures of hockey players in the 1970s. Hockey was a brutal, lawless game that while some had skating skills, most had fighting skills. It was fun growing up in the 70's and early 80's playing hockey as a kid. While playing high school and college was not quite like this movie, go see a junior game or a USHL game and this is what you'll see, albeit a bit more toned down.
Mighty Ducks - please. Give me Reg Dunlop, Killer Carlson and the Hansons - which being from Minnesota gives me pleasure seeing some hometown skaters. Enjoy the movie, enjoy the hits and the humor. ... Read more


5. Danielle Steel's Family Album
Director: Jack Bender
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5-0 out of 5 stars Heart Rending and Triumphant...
...for anyone who grew up during the sixties and seventies this is a poignant look back that you won't want to miss. Don't look for flashes of pop idols, teenage fads, or media darlings... rather than the then world under the spotlight, "Family Album" is about you and me and all the other everyday people who were playing out the search for the typical "American Dream" during the years when it finally began to grow up. And while your mom may not have been a movie star or your dad a business tycoon you'll see them in Faye and Ward Thayer, and you'll see yourself as well... struggling to be one with yourself and one with your family...

Don't miss out on Danielle Steele's "Family Album"... it's a great flick! Great performances were delivered by Jackyln Smith, Michael Ontkean and then newcomer Joe Flanigan.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Movie
I have to say that at of all the danielle steel movies this is my most favorite. No matter how many times I watch I still end up crying at the ending. I thought jaclyn smith and michael ontkean portrayed their characters greatly and with much passion for the roles. I am just happy that I finally was able to find this movie and own it now I could watch it over and over without getting tired, this is definetly one of the best danielle steel movies you have to own or watch. You won't be sorry.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the Danielles
Of the 20 or so made-for-TV Danielle Steel films, "Family Album" is one of the best - great acting - especially from Joe Flanigan (in his first film role) as the gay son who is totally appealing.

Lots of production values makes this one look like a regular theatrical release rather than a TV film. Well worth seeing.

5-0 out of 5 stars A touching movie that is full of love and heartbreak!
This movie although alot different than the book is very good. It documents the heartache, losses, and triumphs of one remarkable woman... Fay Price Thayer. In this movie she will learn many lessons including the power to forgive a cheating husband, helping a pregnant daughter make decisions, love her gay son, and rise to the top as an oscar winning director. This movie is so realistic and makes you feel as if you are watching a real family live there lives. There are times when you have to assure yourself that this is just a movie. Don't pass up the chance to see and feel the emotions of one remarkable family and share the moments that were remembered in there Family Album.

4-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining !
This three hours movie is full of entertainment. It's very touching and you can't stop the movie for just even a second. You can see several years of a woman who tries to be a female director in a time where woman liked more to be seen at home cooking for a man. But she managed everything, but has to fight in private against all the family troubles that appear. The most touching thing is when her gay son was denied by his father and she has to deal with it. The ending is very sad but watch for yourself and enjoy "Family Album" ! ... Read more


6. Nico the Unicorn
Director: Graeme Campbell
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With a disabled leg, a deceased father, and status as the newboy in a small Vermont town, 12-year-old Billy has the proverbial threestrikes against him. But things start to turn around when his waitressmom (the saintly Anne Archer) allows him to keep a scraggly pony herescues from a con artist. And when the pony gives birth to a unicorn,and a pretty local girl assists Billy with the birth, things seem to beseriously looking up. But some nasty classmates discover their secretand soon everyone from police on horseback to news helicopters to thearmed charlatan are chasing Billy and Nico up into the mountains. Thisfairly tale for grade schoolers has some real suspense and a magicalending that isn't too sentimental. Mom has a cop love interest (MichaelOntkean), but they keep it pretty tame. The mother pony does give herlife to protect the foal; however, the carnage occurs off screen. This95-minute film will most interest children 5-10 years of age, althoughtrue horse/unicorn lovers up to age 13 may enjoy it as well.--Kimberly Heinrichs ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie, but younger kids would soon get bored
This is a beautiful movie about a boy named Billy who saves a pony and soon gets rewarded with a unicorn. Soon, his secret gets out and "Nico" is not safe hiding at Billy's house anymore. Billy takes Nico up to Big Rock where Nico finds his real home. I think this movie is great for older kids and adults for younger kids would soon get bored with the movie. Although I didn't enjoy the part of the movie where the mountain lion killed Nico's mother, but in reality that's what would really happen. I saw that people were complaining that the scene should not have been put in because this was a "kid's movie." It's not, the movie was based on the book "Nico the unicorn" by Frank Sacks and that was a very big part of the story. But since I know how protective of their animal-loving children some people are, I will warn them about the scene. The mountain lion tries to kill Nico, but his mother tries to lead the mountain lion away. She gets many wounds and of course that's the part where you should cover up your little kids eyes so they are not haunted by this tragic scene.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie!
I reconmend this movie. It is worth watching. Little kids might be upset by the scene where Nico's mom dies, but it all takes place off screen, except for the fact that the pony runs around with many cuts on her. I have heard people say that older kids won't like the movie. Not true. I enjoyed every second of it! Because the movie is based on a twelve year old's life, older kids will relate to the movie more than younger kids, who will just enjoy the story. The actors are all amazing. Air Bud lovers will enjoy the fact that Kevin Zegers plays Billy. Horse lovers will enjoy Agusto(I did!). He plays Nico, and is a truly amazing actor!
The movie is about Billy, a boy with a dead father and a crippled leg, who just moved to town with his mom. When he rescues a pony, Carolynn, a popular girl, and him help his pony give birth to a unicorn. A must see.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for Children
I happened upon this show while at home one day. I thought that the show would be wonderful for my 8 yr old granddaughter. I am still looking for the video to purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic video for any age
I enjoyed this video so much. Second time around enjoyed it even more. What a wonderful story for young and old alike. I am a 68 year old woman and cannot tell you how much pleasure I received from watching this video. In fact I enjoyed it so much I am purchasing it for my grand daughter so we can watch it together when I visit her. Nico the Unicorn gave me much pleasure and I am sure Emily will also enjoy watching it with her family.

5-0 out of 5 stars An older lady enjoyed it too!
I am a 57 yr old lady, and I've enjoyed this movie several times on tv. Everyone else has said what the movie's about, but that its mostly for kids. If you're young at heart and enjoy a movie just for the sake of watching a movie and dont judge so hard, maybe you'll love it too like I have and will continue to everytime it comes on...well now I ordered the movie too. ... Read more


7. Twin Peaks: Pilot
Director: Tim Hunter, Uli Edel, James Foley, Diane Keaton, Tina Rathborne, Mark Frost, A.J. Webb, Jonathan Sanger, David Lynch, Lesli Linka Glatter, Duwayne Dunham, Caleb Deschanel, Todd Holland, Stephen Gyllenhaal, Graeme Clifford
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For a couple of hours in 1990, David Lynch took over the network airwaves and subtly, subversively transformed American television forever. Amazingly, the TV series that followed this rich and strange feature-length pilot became an international phenomenon as people all over the world became obsessed by one question: Who killed Laura Palmer? Twin Peaks is the apotheosis of all things Lynch, and arguably his single greatest achievement. Set in the dark, damp, woodsy atmosphere of a small mountain town in the Pacific Northwest, Twin Peaks is a murder mystery, detective saga, soap opera, sitcom--the essence of television distilled into one mind-blowing serial. Lynch subverts TV conventions right and left, not the least by concentrating on the grief of Laura's friends and family, and orchestrating their tears into a symphony of mourning. Twin Peaks is about the endlessly seductive idea of "mystery," of the ways human beings find to deal with the unknown. It was never about solutions; after all, answers (which are invariably anticlimactic) only kill the Mystery! So, although it took another year or so before Lynch and his partner Mark Frost were eventually forced (by the network and public opinion) to reveal the identity of Laura Palmer's murderer, the tantalizing clues are the real heart of the enterprise, and they're all right here in the debut. And so are some excerpts from Agent Cooper's surrealistic dream sequence (which appeared in the third episode of the series), featuring the dancing, backward-talking little "Man from Another Place," as part of a special European-release finale (you wouldn't want to use the word "conclusion") for this video version. --Jim Emerson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars SENSATIONAL--MINUS 20
I've been hearing for years about "Twin Peaks", whether by word of mouth or on the internet. It's popular to mention the numerous pop-culture moments this show created and the fact that so many shows try to imitate, and fail, this landmark show. So after reading recaps of the pilot and first couple episodes, I decided to buy the whole thing.

I took a risk and I'd do it again because this show is one of the greatest achievements of all TV time. The pilot is a perfect intro to the show, establishing the characters and plots, the main one and various subplots, that it's addictive. WHO KILLED LAURA PALMER!? The mix of light and dark, quirky humor, heavy drama, fantastic production values, and so much more! If you haven't seen any of the show, stay clear of the last 15-20 minutes. I heard about the special ending and found out that the original pilot ends at Sarah Palmer's scream after her dream. End it there, watch the rest of the series, then go back and watch the ending.

Other than that, sit back, relax, and ENJOY! And believe me, YOU WILL!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best 2 Hours of Film Anywhere!
Twin Peaks is the premier for the greatest TV series ever created. Brought in to investigate the murder of Twin Peaks Homecoming Queen Laura Palmer, Agent Dale Cooper "Kyle MacLachlan" becomes wrapped up in a town full of mystery, murder, damn good coffee and killer cherry pie.

4-0 out of 5 stars Start here.
This is pretty much what any fan of the show or David Lynch needs to start with. It's the original movie/pilot, and is a great piece of work. The story, the characters, and the whole northwest environment really make for an interesting and sometimes creepy watch. Many cool actors showed up in "Twin Peaks", among them Kyle McLachlan, Lara Flynn-Boyle, Sheryl Lee, Jack Nance, and the sexy Sherilyn Fenn. If you enjoy this, seek out the VHS collectors series, episodes 1-7. Or the DVD first season, which is also episodes 1-7, minus this pilot.

4-0 out of 5 stars sdrawkcab dneb smra ym
So I'm sitting on this chair, in this house, on mars when this movie comes on. TWIN PEAKS. The first thing I saw was this grotesque factory-mill type place. And then there was this close-up shot of some rusty machine, and it moved...it moved with the music. Sparks were shooting out everywhere, and it was all moving to this other-worldly melody. Then waterfalls, ponds, ducks...in less than one minute, Lynch had sucked me in, shattered me, put me back together (the way he saw fit), and then he dropped me off into TWIN PEAKS.
The whole thing was beatiful. Lynch and Frost had created this soft cloud of a world that was filled shards of glass and rusty nails. It was all like a dream -a dream that you don't want to wake up from. Bobby, Donna, Shelly, Big Ed. I was lost.
"I too have been touched by the devilish one. Ahh, but when I saw the face of God..." This sleek-Norman Rockwell-wrong way on a one way street-imitation silk-nightmare is a mountain top work of art that leads you dead on into the midst of the footstool of the heavens.
-be sure to watch it in the full blossom of the evening, and you just might experience the beatific vision...FIRE WALK WITH ME.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of TV's best pilots!
If only it were on DVD! This tape contains the classic 2 hour pilot for David Lynch's extraordinary and quirky TV cult favorite, "Twin Peaks". This 2 hour intro is NOT part of the six tape "complete" series collection that has the actual 29 episodes. There is a neat, confusing, untelevised 15 minute ending that was used to "wrap up" the whole murder when this same tape was released in Europe as a made-for-TV movie. Still, it is simply Twin Peaks at its best. ... Read more


8. Postcards from the Edge
Director: Mike Nichols
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As its title might suggest, this movie based on Carrie Fisher's Hollywood struggle works better as a snapshot than as a complete film. Meryl Streep plays Suzanne Vale, a successful actress who is lost in her addictions.Her episodes are never as bombastic as Clean and Sober or other antidrug movies of the 1990s, however. Vale's a more lovable person, and as with all lovable people in Hollywood, other Hollywood people care for her: an understanding director (Gene Hackman), a philandering boyfriend (Dennis Quaid), and a bemused doctor (Richard Dreyfuss). But if you are going to talk about Fisher, you are going to mention her mom, Debbie Reynolds. And here Vale's mom is the die-hard Doris Mann, played with appropriate virtuosity by Shirley MacLaine. The love-hate mother-daughter relationship takes over the film in an entertaining way, with Fisher's sharp comic writing coming into play. You nearly forgive Vale's troubles for having to live under a hurricane like Mann (who goes into her nightclub act at the drop of a hat). The film's sweetest pleasure is seeing Streep loose and modern, nary a drab outfit or an accent in sight. Streep and director Mike Nichols make a risky--and rewarding--finale (fueled by the Oscar-nominated "I'm Checking Out" by Shel Silverstein) work effortlessly. --Doug Thomas ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars fine comedy-drama
Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine star in Carrie Fisher's autobiographical POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, a funny and chilling expose on Hollywood and celebrity.

Suzanne Vale (Meryl Streep) is a fading screen queen, determined to jump-start her languishing career. Her mother (Shirley MacLaine) is a wisecracking old barb, and knows just how fast Hollywood can chew you up and spit you out.

With a talented supporting cast including Dennis Quaid and Rob Reiner, POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE offers a new, warts-and-all perspective on Hollywood and the "dream factory".

The DVD also includes audio commentary by writer Carrie Fisher, talent profiles and original theatrical trailer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Carrie Fisher's Magnum Opus
What a revelation. I never knew what a movie could be until this film. Sweet, sentimental, dramatic, heart-wrenching and fall-down funny all in one movie. Meryl Streep shines and is more accessible than ever before. Shirley MacLaine is luminous as ever. Mary Wickes (Grandma) is hilarious and ended a wonderful career with this and "Sister Act," forever cementing herself as a 20th century fixture. Robin Bartlett (Aretha) is also a delight. A wonderfully written and awesomely acted story. Highest of recommendations for one and all, especially anyone who's interested in the "behind the scenes" aspect of Hollywood.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This movie is simply brillant. The acting, writting, casting, everything.

5-0 out of 5 stars Funny Stuff!
This is one of the funniest and smartest movies I've ever seen. And an absolutely wonderful performance by Shirley MacLaine. Who knew Meryl Streep could sing? Terrific!

5-0 out of 5 stars What a riot!
Hilarious! Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine are right on the mark with this sharp and clever story by Carrie Fisher. Both hand in performances that are close to comic perfection. With a star-studded supporting cast, a story we can somehow all relate too despite its Hollywood overtones and low-key hysterics throughout, this is a DVD you'll want for your collection. ... Read more


9. Clara's Heart
Director: Robert Mulligan
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5-0 out of 5 stars A HEART BIG ENOUGH FOR TWO...
This is a beautifully textured film about Clara Mayfield, a Jamaican care-giver, and David Hart, the troubled young boy who is her sole charge. He is the son of Leona and Bill Hart, two self-absorbed individuals whose marriage is crumbling all around them.

Clara takes care of David and with her warm, motherly personality gives him the succor he craves, helping him with the pain of being emotionally bereft. He, in turn, loves her unconditionally and is even given to speaking patois, cementing the strong bond between them. Without his knowing it, he helps her to come to terms with her own pain and terrible secret.

Whoopi Goldberg is a wonderful actress who gives rich dimension to the role of Clara Mayfield, infusing her with an intelligence, wisdom, and warmth that is palpable. Just beneath the surface, however, one senses a tremendous desolation that becomes clear at the end, when her terrible secret is revealed. Whoopi also captures the rhythm of the lilting Jamaican accent and gets the patois down pat. It is one of her most memorable roles.

Neil Patrick Harris is terrific in the role of David, making his love for Clara believable and touching. His integration into Clara's Jamaican world is also moving, as he seeks to find a place he can truly call home. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and he even learns to speak a respectable Jamaican patois. All this, however, cannot stop his parents from claiming him in the end.

Kathleen Quinlan is excellent as the coolly detached, yuppie mother, while Michael Ontkean resonates as the ambitious and driven yuppie father. They epitomize the kind of parents who are well meaning but too self-absorbed to see the effect that their actions have on their children or that their children have emotional needs of their own that need attention.

All in all, this is a sensational movie and one in which Whoopi Goldberg leaves her mark. It is a film lovingly directed by Robert Mulligan (To Kill a Mockingbird, Up the Down Staircase, The Other) and should be seen by all discerning film lovers. Bravo!

5-0 out of 5 stars Love Whoopi Goldberg
I am a big fan of Whoopi. I've seen just about every movie she's done. One of my favorites is this one, Clara's Heart. Very good film. I wish they had it in DVD, but before there was DVD there was VHS, so if I want it, I shouldn't really complain. But I do recommend this movie.

5-0 out of 5 stars IT WILL BREAK YOURS...
This is a beautifully textured film about Clara Mayfield, a Jamaican care-giver, and David Hart, the troubled young boy who is her sole charge. He is the son of Leona and Bill Hart, two self-absorbed individuals whose marriage is crumbling all around them.

Clara takes care of David and with her warm, motherly personality gives him the succor he craves, helping him with the pain of being emotionally bereft. He, in turn, loves her unconditionally and is even given to speaking patois, cementing the strong bond between them. Without his knowing it, he helps her to come to terms with her own pain and terrible secret.

Whoopi Goldberg is a wonderful actress who gives rich dimension to the role of Clara Mayfield, infusing her with an intelligence, wisdom, and warmth that is palpable. Just beneath the surface, however, one senses a tremendous desolation that becomes clear at the end, when her terrible secret is revealed. Whoopi also captures the rhythm of the lilting Jamaican accent and gets the patois down pat. It is one of her most memorable roles.

Neil Patrick Harris is terrific in the role of David, making his love for Clara believable and touching. His integration into Clara's Jamaican world is also moving, as he seeks to find a place he can truly call home. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and he even learns to speak a respectable Jamaican patois. All this, however, cannot stop his parents from claiming him in the end.

Kathleen Quinlan is excellent as the coolly detached, yuppie mother, while Michael Ontkean resonates as the ambitious and driven yuppie father. They epitomize the kind of parents who are well meaning but too self-absorbed to see the effect that their actions have on their children or that their children have emotional needs of their own that need attention.

All in all, this is a sensational movie and one in which Whoopi Goldberg leaves her mark. It is a film lovingly directed by Robert Mulligan (To Kill a Mockingbird, Up the Down Staircase, The Other) and should be seen by all discerning film lovers. Bravo!

5-0 out of 5 stars Clara's Heart
Wonderfully moving film. If someone can help me track down the music to the movie- especially the opening and closing theme. . . Absolutely moving. . . Please e-mail me at: smbbfs@aol.com

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4-0 out of 5 stars One Of Whoopi Goldberg`s Finest Performances
The reason why l love this film so much is the performance of Academy Award-winner, Whoopi Goldberg. People tend to label her a gifted comedienne but that`s not all she is, as this film proves. In the role of Clara Mayfield, Whoopi Goldberg recaptures the spirit and beauty of her award-winning portrayal of Celie from "The Colour Purple". As l sat watching this film, l was mesmerized by her. And newcomer, Neil Patrick Harris` Golden Globe-nominated performance as David is equally powerful. The dramatic score is another plus. Sweeping notes from the piano, flute and mandolin are enchanting to listen to and they only add more beautiful textures to the film. Now that l`ve explained what l love about the actors and score, l should tell you a little bit about the story. The film is basically about Jamaican housekeeper, Clara Mayfield (Whoopi Goldberg), who comes into the life of a troubled young boy named David (Neil Patrick Harris). David is a young man caught in the middle of his parents` messy divorce. I'm sure a lot of people out there can relate to this story. Clara is the one who helps David confront his pain, and in turn the two develop a strong bond of friendship and love. I highly recommend this film which is filled with terrific performances, especially by the talented Whoopi Goldberg. This woman can make me laugh and cry. ... Read more


10. Maid to Order
Director: Amy Holden Jones
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5-0 out of 5 stars This is *the* 80's movie!!!!
This is one of the greatest movies ever made in the 80's. It is so funny. Ally Sheedy is great as the spoiled Jessie Montgomery who goes from riches to rags and Beverly D'Angelo is excellant as fairy godmother Stella whom Jessie calls a 'major whacko!' (It's so 80's!) The best part would have to be when Merry Clayton (who plays the maid Audrey) belts out a 'lovely little ballad' called 'I can Still Shine!' That song is so good but I can't find it anywhere. Valerie Perrine and Dick Shawn are also good as Jessie's employers Mr. and Mrs. Starkey (Mrs. Starkey kind of reminds me of my yearbook advisor) but that's ok! Great movie! A must-see!

4-0 out of 5 stars A fairy godmother helps a spoiled little rich girl grow up
Any movie that has Beverly D'Angelo as the fairy godmother is going to be my kind of movie. I have been a fan of D'Angelo's ever since she played Patsy Cline, including doing all of her own singing, in "Coal Miner's Daughter," and when I saw "National Lampoon's Vacation" I was not disappointed to discover that the film's R rating did not involve nudity because of the scene with Christie Brinkley in the swimming pool. Besides, when you throw supporting performances by Tom Skerritt and Merry Clayton into this film, you can forgive a lot of the shortcoming of "Maid to Order."

D'Angelo's fairy godmother is named Stella (interesting, since D'Angelo got rave reviews for a television production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" in which she played Stella Kowalski), who shows up to deal with spoiled little rich girl Jessie Montgomery (Ally Sheedy) who needs to learn a lesson. This means going the riches to rags route by coming home from a party one morning and discovering that nobody remembers her, including her father (Skerritt). It looks like Jessie is going to have to try to make it on her own and the future does not look bright.

Jessie eventually manages to get a job as a maid (saw that one coming, did you?) for rock 'n' roll promoter Stan Starkey (Dick Shawn) and his airhead wife Georgette (Valerie Perrine), who are attempting to redefine new money vulgarity. Slowly but surely Jessie learns to do her job and starts to connect with the downstairs staff, who take pity on her even though there is very little to like initially. This includes the cook, Audrey James (Clayton), the maid Maria (Begona Plaza), and the handsome chauffer, Nick McGuire (Michael Ontkean), who become the closest thing Jessie has to family and friends in the brand new world in which she has to live.

"Maid to Order" is fairly predictable and while we never really believe that Jessie was evil rather than stupid, there are a couple of heartfelt moments when she realizes that whatever she was it was wrong to be that way. The strength of the film remains the relationships she forms with the rest of the staff, which matters in the big magical moment when she has the opportunity to wish for anything in the world and she actually thinks of her friends instead of herself. This 1987 film might be predictable, but at least "Maid to Order" never gets stupid, which means this sweet little comedy comes from Amy Holden Jones out ahead in the end.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a story!
I first saw this on TV, I think it was on UPN Local TV. I have since gotten ahold of the DVD. Beverly D'Angelo plays a stunning role as Ally Sheedy's Fairy Godmother; Ally Sheedy becomes poor and must get a job as a maid. Everyone she had always known is now under a spell and does not recognize her including her friends, her father, his workers, and his friends and colleagues. It is a bit of a tear jerker but there's a lot of humor mixed in mostly aimed a reality, "Life is not fair". All in all it is a dose of the real world for Ally Sheedy! On the DVD, the only options are to play the movie and to select a scene, but most mid-eighties movies are like that with no special features. I find that they usually update them with an anniversary DVD depending on how well it does. Being that it just came out about a year and a half ago on DVD, it may be a while before there is an anniversary DVD, perhaps in 2007 as a 20th anniversary DVD!*****

3-0 out of 5 stars 1980s tale of riches to rags
Brat Packer Ally Sheedy plays rich girl Jesse Montgomery who is careless about her finances and other people-- when cut off by her well-meaning dad, she borrows money off the butler -- who works for a living unlike her! I love how Jesse is supposed to be so cool and fashionable because in retrospect those 1980s hair and fashion are so heinous.

When her father says he wishes he never had her, a fairy godmother (Beverly D'Angelo) makes it true. Jesse is rebvorn as someone with no past. Her family, friends and dog have no idea who she is and she is ordered off the property. She has no money and only the fancy dirty dress she wore to her last party. Now she has to look for work.

She goes to a temp agency that has just received a call for a white maid. ("There is no such thing as a white maid in Los Angeles", says the woman seconds before Jesse appears with no credentials and experience. Such a racist premise as comedy could only come from the 1980s.)

Jesse is placed with a wealthy family that knows her father, but she was be subservient to all of them. Her ineptitude and idiocy make her realize how badly she has behaved in the past and that, since she does not know when if ever she will go back to her old life, she better learn to be a good maid and quick.

If you like a good 1980s romp that is feel-good, this is for you!

4-0 out of 5 stars Taking The Road Less Traveled
Maid To Order is one of those small budget movies that proves that it is worth its weight despite its simplicity.

The movie stars Ally Sheedy (Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire) and was filmed during the 80s. Ally plays a spoiled rich brat named Jesse.

She could careless about her life and those around her. She spends her father's money without care. Her dad doesn't control her because he just wants to make up for her mother's death.

Tom Skerritt(Alien, Contact) plays dad to Ally Sheedy, and he starts to learn that his daughter has no conscience.

He becomes so fed up with her disrespectful behavior that he wishes that he never had a daughter. His wish is granted by a fairy godmother named Stella played by the one and only Beverly D'Angelo (National Lampoon's Vacation).

Jesse doesn't take the situation seriously but learns quick when her father doesn't recognize or acknowledge her. Jesse is forced to take care of herself. Jesse pleads for Stella to fix the situation but Stella knows that Jesse is completely insincere.

Stella tells Jesse that if she wants her old life back, she needs to make some improvements. Jesse asks how and Stella bluntly tells her to get a job.

What does a kid that has never had to work a day in her life do with herself? She becomes a maid. Ironically, she becomes the maid of a rich Beverly Hills couple.

Of course, you know that this movie serves the purpose to teach you a lesson, which is about taking responsibility for your actions and your life.

However, I won't say anymore and let you discover things for yourself.

Watch this movie! It is funny, sweet, and charmy. It's a feel good movie.

The only reason I give this movie 4 stars is for the lackluster transfer of the movie to DVD.

However, I am just amazed they decided to release this film gem on DVD. Thanks to Artisan for releasing this wonderful 80s movie. ... Read more


11. Clara's Heart
Director: Robert Mulligan
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One from the prefab feel-good section, about the relationship between what's now called a child-care-giver (and used to be called a nanny) and the young boy she looks after. In this case, the nanny is a Jamaican named Clara, played with appropriate warmth and dialect by Whoopi Goldberg--and her charge is played by Neil Patrick Harris, who would go on to become Doogie Howser. This one is strictly for the bleeding-heart set, with Clara as the all-knowing source of wisdom in a crazy world, enabling the go-go life of her yuppie employers, while she opens their little boy's eyes to how the other half lives, even teaching him Jamaican patois. This film doesn't just tug at the heartstrings--it attempts to yank them clean out of the chest. --Marshall Fine ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A HEART BIG ENOUGH FOR TWO...
This is a beautifully textured film about Clara Mayfield, a Jamaican care-giver, and David Hart, the troubled young boy who is her sole charge. He is the son of Leona and Bill Hart, two self-absorbed individuals whose marriage is crumbling all around them.

Clara takes care of David and with her warm, motherly personality gives him the succor he craves, helping him with the pain of being emotionally bereft. He, in turn, loves her unconditionally and is even given to speaking patois, cementing the strong bond between them. Without his knowing it, he helps her to come to terms with her own pain and terrible secret.

Whoopi Goldberg is a wonderful actress who gives rich dimension to the role of Clara Mayfield, infusing her with an intelligence, wisdom, and warmth that is palpable. Just beneath the surface, however, one senses a tremendous desolation that becomes clear at the end, when her terrible secret is revealed. Whoopi also captures the rhythm of the lilting Jamaican accent and gets the patois down pat. It is one of her most memorable roles.

Neil Patrick Harris is terrific in the role of David, making his love for Clara believable and touching. His integration into Clara's Jamaican world is also moving, as he seeks to find a place he can truly call home. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and he even learns to speak a respectable Jamaican patois. All this, however, cannot stop his parents from claiming him in the end.

Kathleen Quinlan is excellent as the coolly detached, yuppie mother, while Michael Ontkean resonates as the ambitious and driven yuppie father. They epitomize the kind of parents who are well meaning but too self-absorbed to see the effect that their actions have on their children or that their children have emotional needs of their own that need attention.

All in all, this is a sensational movie and one in which Whoopi Goldberg leaves her mark. It is a film lovingly directed by Robert Mulligan (To Kill a Mockingbird, Up the Down Staircase, The Other) and should be seen by all discerning film lovers. Bravo!

5-0 out of 5 stars Love Whoopi Goldberg
I am a big fan of Whoopi. I've seen just about every movie she's done. One of my favorites is this one, Clara's Heart. Very good film. I wish they had it in DVD, but before there was DVD there was VHS, so if I want it, I shouldn't really complain. But I do recommend this movie.

5-0 out of 5 stars IT WILL BREAK YOURS...
This is a beautifully textured film about Clara Mayfield, a Jamaican care-giver, and David Hart, the troubled young boy who is her sole charge. He is the son of Leona and Bill Hart, two self-absorbed individuals whose marriage is crumbling all around them.

Clara takes care of David and with her warm, motherly personality gives him the succor he craves, helping him with the pain of being emotionally bereft. He, in turn, loves her unconditionally and is even given to speaking patois, cementing the strong bond between them. Without his knowing it, he helps her to come to terms with her own pain and terrible secret.

Whoopi Goldberg is a wonderful actress who gives rich dimension to the role of Clara Mayfield, infusing her with an intelligence, wisdom, and warmth that is palpable. Just beneath the surface, however, one senses a tremendous desolation that becomes clear at the end, when her terrible secret is revealed. Whoopi also captures the rhythm of the lilting Jamaican accent and gets the patois down pat. It is one of her most memorable roles.

Neil Patrick Harris is terrific in the role of David, making his love for Clara believable and touching. His integration into Clara's Jamaican world is also moving, as he seeks to find a place he can truly call home. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and he even learns to speak a respectable Jamaican patois. All this, however, cannot stop his parents from claiming him in the end.

Kathleen Quinlan is excellent as the coolly detached, yuppie mother, while Michael Ontkean resonates as the ambitious and driven yuppie father. They epitomize the kind of parents who are well meaning but too self-absorbed to see the effect that their actions have on their children or that their children have emotional needs of their own that need attention.

All in all, this is a sensational movie and one in which Whoopi Goldberg leaves her mark. It is a film lovingly directed by Robert Mulligan (To Kill a Mockingbird, Up the Down Staircase, The Other) and should be seen by all discerning film lovers. Bravo!

5-0 out of 5 stars Clara's Heart
Wonderfully moving film. If someone can help me track down the music to the movie- especially the opening and closing theme. . . Absolutely moving. . . Please e-mail me at: smbbfs@aol.com

Thank you

4-0 out of 5 stars One Of Whoopi Goldberg`s Finest Performances
The reason why l love this film so much is the performance of Academy Award-winner, Whoopi Goldberg. People tend to label her a gifted comedienne but that`s not all she is, as this film proves. In the role of Clara Mayfield, Whoopi Goldberg recaptures the spirit and beauty of her award-winning portrayal of Celie from "The Colour Purple". As l sat watching this film, l was mesmerized by her. And newcomer, Neil Patrick Harris` Golden Globe-nominated performance as David is equally powerful. The dramatic score is another plus. Sweeping notes from the piano, flute and mandolin are enchanting to listen to and they only add more beautiful textures to the film. Now that l`ve explained what l love about the actors and score, l should tell you a little bit about the story. The film is basically about Jamaican housekeeper, Clara Mayfield (Whoopi Goldberg), who comes into the life of a troubled young boy named David (Neil Patrick Harris). David is a young man caught in the middle of his parents` messy divorce. I'm sure a lot of people out there can relate to this story. Clara is the one who helps David confront his pain, and in turn the two develop a strong bond of friendship and love. I highly recommend this film which is filled with terrific performances, especially by the talented Whoopi Goldberg. This woman can make me laugh and cry. ... Read more


12. Slap Shot
Director: George Roy Hill
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Paul Newman and his Butch Cassidy director, George Roy Hill, made a very original comedy in this 1977 story of an over-the-hill player/coach (Newman) for a lousy hockey team who gets results when he teaches his players to get dirty. One of the most hilariously profane movies ever to come out of Hollywood, this is the kind of film that makes its own rules as it goes along. Newman is very good, and while Hill goes for the gusto in terms of capturing the violence of this world, his instinct for comedy has never been sharper. Great support from Strother Martin, Paul Dooley, and the rest. --Tom Keogh ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the funniest sports comedy of all time
This is simply a hilarious movie about a hockey team fighting for its very survival in Charlestown, West Virginia. The style of hockey portrayed in the movie is Don Cherry-style "Old Time Hockey" - Sweethearts who don't like violence in sports should check out another video.
Although Paul Newman stars, it is the no-name actors (minor league hockey players in real life) who play the Hanson brothers who steal the show.
Life eventually imitated art: A couple of years after this movie came out, the Boston Bruins went into the stands to beat up fans in New York's Madison Square Garden, and, a few years later, the Montreal Canadians and Philadelphia Flyers had a huge brawl before the game even started - just like in this movie.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest films ever!
Like USED CARS, this movie is bawdy, rude, over the top, politically incorrect, profane, gratuitous, and loving every minute of it! Newman plays the captain of a bush-league hockey team that's going down the tubes. For most of the players, it's either hockey or an assembly-line job, so Newman decides to bring in the fans with violence. He succeeds, thanks to some brilliant manipulation and a trio of hockey-playing idiot savants (mostly idiot) named the Hanson Brothers. This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. The first scene where the Hanson's get off the bench (heck, EVERY scene with the Hansons) is a classic and will make you laugh until you need surgery! The DVD isn't much better than the VHS, unfortunately, as far as picture quality or features go. There are some alternate language tracks (if you're a big fan of Newman in French), but no director's commentary, etc. SEE THIS MOVIE! Every performance is hilarious and perfectly-cast. George Roy Hill (who also directed Newman in the classics BUTCH CASSIDY and THE STING) seems to just bring out Newman's best no matter what the genre. Also Strother Martin (of COOL HAND LUKE, "failure to communicate") fame, is in this and is totally hilarious!

5-0 out of 5 stars HAT TRICK.
Many were amazed that SLAP SHOT was written by a woman when it was released in 1977. More amazing was that Nancy Dowd's original screenplay was robbed of an Oscar nomination in 1977. Dowd got the feel of the game and the players as perfect as the paint on the blue lines (her brother Ned Dowd plays the infamous Oggie Ogelthorpe in a nano-second cameo that has reverbs throughout the film). George Roy Hill works his A-list players, Newman, Strother Martin and the now heralded Hanson Brothers, into sports (not just sports films) legends. SLAP SHOT is a winner.

4-0 out of 5 stars Baldwin needs to be a little more observant!
Um, did you perhaps fail to notice that this is an R rated movie? That usually means that there is a fair amount of coarse language, expletives, violence, nudity, etc. Just what made you think that this was a movie for children? Anyway, it's a great movie and being a *huge* Paul Newman fan, I really enjoyed seeing him in this very amusing comedy role.

5-0 out of 5 stars Baldwin you are clueless
As a hockey player and hockey coach I can tell you one thing, you are not a hockey dad. This movie is definately one of the most hilarious sports movies ever. Don't even bother with any other hockey movie, except maybe Youngblood, because those other movies, especially Mighty Ducks (puke) is not hockey, flying V my behind (did we forget about offsides?).
The Hanson brothers were everyone's heroes. While we all wished to be Gretzky or Orr, we all wanted to be the Hansons. They are some of the best caricatures of hockey players in the 1970s. Hockey was a brutal, lawless game that while some had skating skills, most had fighting skills. It was fun growing up in the 70's and early 80's playing hockey as a kid. While playing high school and college was not quite like this movie, go see a junior game or a USHL game and this is what you'll see, albeit a bit more toned down.
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13. Twin Peaks - Episodes 25-29
Director: Tim Hunter, Uli Edel, James Foley, Diane Keaton, Tina Rathborne, Mark Frost, A.J. Webb, Jonathan Sanger, David Lynch, Lesli Linka Glatter, Duwayne Dunham, Caleb Deschanel, Todd Holland, Stephen Gyllenhaal, Graeme Clifford
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5-0 out of 5 stars WOULD YOU LIKE SOME COFFEE?
This image of the Red Room, this world of Twin peaks is horrifying!! I must admit I cried for hours after the ending of this show. I was extremely depressed, I still get depressed about and the first time I watched it was in January 2000. I really love this tape. I love TWIN PEAKS. It needs more to it. I want Lynch to direct another TWIN PEAKS movie!! I want MORE!!! PEAKS IN MY MIND HASN'T DIED. FRANKLY, I see Peaks still around, in a spooky world!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Not finished...
These final episodes are perfectly showcase all that made Twin Peaks an excellent show. They have every bit of the symbolism, surrealism, and humor that gave it it's fan base.

Unfortunatly it's very obvious that the last episode was intended to be a cliff-hanger and that they expected to make more. Be warned that while it is very interesting, many questions are left un-ansered(and never will be), many new questions are asked, and the audience never knows what the fate of several of the characters is.

Of course, if you are reading this I assume you have seen the other episodes already and you're probably going to see these regardless of what I say. Enjoy...

5-0 out of 5 stars A Strong Finish to the Series
These are the final five episodes of the "Twin Peaks" series; they are somewhat of a redemption after some weak episodes immediately preceeding these. The plots are much stronger, especially those focusing on Agent Cooper. His attraction to Annie Blackburn is nicely played (with a strong romantic piece by Angelo Badalamenti). The Windom Earle plot becomes intriguing as it becomes bigger than Earle (who is overplayed by Kenneth Welsh) and delves into the supernatural (and, as mentioned in another review, becomes an inspiration for the X-Files).

The other plotlines are also strong. Especially intriguing is the Andrew Packard character, as he (along with Catherine and Pete) deals with the mysterious black box. Dan O'Herlihy has a great stage presence as Packard; I wish he could have been featured more in the series.

The build up to Episode 29 is nicely done -- Lynch's direction of the final episode has that first season feel to it (though a little darker). It would have been a great season-ending cliffhanger (I would have been interested to see if Major Briggs went to the rescue at the Black Lodge), but remains an odd end to the series.

For these espisodes, the only major complaint is that they deserve to be on DVD. For the future, I would love to see some sort of continuation of the story nearly ten years later. It would be fun to have a Lynch/Frost/Chris Carter collaboration on a movie combining "Twin Peaks" with the "X-Files." It probably won't happen, but this series deserves more.

5-0 out of 5 stars AH, THE SUBTLE WONDERS OF THE RED ROOM....
WOULDN'T IT BE WEIRD IF THIS WAS REALLY THE WAY IT ALL ENDED? WITH NO SENSE OF CLOSURE, OR POSSIBILITY OF REDEMPTION. JUST CONFUSING, TWISTED, DISHEARTENING, AND ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! COMMENTS WELCOME AT nick82e@hotmail.com

5-0 out of 5 stars Great, if you like the X-files, watch these last episodes
When they first aired Twin Peaks I; like many other people, didn't really understand and was very confused by the last section of episodes, but since then we've been treated to shows like the X-files and Dark Skies, and it's now alot easier to understand references to "Project Bluebook" and other UFO and paranormal-related stuff. ... Read more


14. Twin Peaks - Episodes 20-24
Director: Tim Hunter, Uli Edel, James Foley, Diane Keaton, Tina Rathborne, Mark Frost, A.J. Webb, Jonathan Sanger, David Lynch, Lesli Linka Glatter, Duwayne Dunham, Caleb Deschanel, Todd Holland, Stephen Gyllenhaal, Graeme Clifford
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best series on television ever!
This is definitely the series that started it all...American Gothic, X Files. They have nothing on David Lynch. These last few episodes are amazing, but you must see them all. Talk about bizarre. They had me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next episode. I watched them all in a week!

5-0 out of 5 stars Love Twin Peaks, but video quality is ATROCIOUS
I'm a big twin peaks fan, but the quality of these videos is absolutely horrible....episode 24 was totally unwatchable, it was mostly static, and the other tapes are also of similar quality. Unfortunately it seems that these poor quality videos are the only release of TP currently available, which is really too bad.

2-0 out of 5 stars A Big Dip in Quality
I hadn't seen "Twin Peaks" since the episodes first aired. While I enjoyed the earlier second season episodes much more the second time around, these particular episodes (especially 21-23) are still as bad as the first time I saw them.

One subplot, with James Hurley helping a hot blond woman fix her car, plays like a overwrought fifth season "Twilight Zone." Another embarrasing plot deals with Ben Horne and the Civil War. And Kenneth Welsh goes over the top playing Cooper's former partner, Windom Earle.

There are good parts even in these five episodes, including a wonderful performance by David Duchovny in episode 20 and continued strong acting from Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean and many others.

Episode 24 is vastly improved over the previous three and the plots become stronger as the season (and series) wound down, but I suspect the poor quality turned many viewers off. The writers didn't seem to be ready to fill the gap once Laura Palmer's murder was solved, and that probably doomed the series.

5-0 out of 5 stars DOWN....DOWN.....DOWN....
ENTER THE DEEP DARK WORLD OF DAVID LYNCH! DO NOT WATCH THE EPISODES BY THEMSELVES OR OUT OF SEQUENCE AS THIS CAN LEAD TO SEVERE CONFUSION AND HAND-WRINGING. WATCH THE PILOT FIRST (PREFERABLY THE NON-EUROPEAN ONE WITHOUT EXTRA CONFUSING SCENES), THEN EPS. 1-29, THEN THE FILM TWIN PEAKS:FIRE WALK WITH ME. YOU WON'T REGRET IT. COMMENTS WELCOME AT nick82e@hotmail.com

3-0 out of 5 stars pure curiosity kept this series alive
Twin Peaks was already losing steam long before the 20thepisode [but]I couldn't help but watch to see where Lynch would go with it. Lynch's murder mystery started off with a terrific bang that created so much interest you couldn't help but continue watching. The last episodes tend to be a bit over the top, but it is worth watching atleast once. ... Read more


15. Twin Peaks - Episodes 15-19
Director: Tim Hunter, Uli Edel, James Foley, Diane Keaton, Tina Rathborne, Mark Frost, A.J. Webb, Jonathan Sanger, David Lynch, Lesli Linka Glatter, Duwayne Dunham, Caleb Deschanel, Todd Holland, Stephen Gyllenhaal, Graeme Clifford
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2-0 out of 5 stars The videos are not what they seem
Remember those homemade tapes you had of the series when it aired originally? Unless your cable went on the fritz or you forgot to hit the record button after the commercial break, the copies were good enough to satisfy your cravings for cherry pie, a cup of joe and the whole wacky Twin Peaks gang. Hopefully you never lost them but if you did...Hurray! Because someone found your copies and dubbed them and over dubbed them and packaged them into this really poor quality set from some company called "Worldvision" A company who likes to re-sell garbage from your curb back to you. If you're desperate like me, don't have a DVD player, and are wary of e-bay, this unfortunately is your only alternative.

1-0 out of 5 stars Warning - Garbage Alert - Peakers Beware
Geez, $$$ for 5 episodes sounds like a bargain huh? Don't fall for it. I love Twin Peaks, but I was shocked to see how [bad] the quality is. I was dumb enough to buy the entire series in this 6 hour format, so it took a little while before I got to watch enough to see how horrible the quality is. I am surprised to see that they are still selling this. I am hopeful that the series will be available on DVD in the future and if it is I hope they do a decent job of digital remastering.

4-0 out of 5 stars THE FASCINATING WORLD OF DAVID LYNCH....
THE SERIES LOSES A LITTLE BIT AS IT TRIES TO FIND A NEW DIRECTION POST-LAURA PALMER. BUT THERE ARE PLENTY OF GREAT MOMENTS AND DAVID DUCHOVNY (EVEN THOUGH I AM NOT AN X-FILES FAN) STEALS PRETTY MUCH EVERY SCENE HE IS IN. ALSO, THE SERIES TAKES ON AN INTERESTING QUALITY RIGHT ABOUT HERE -- MORE HUMOR AND LIGHT-HEARTED MOMENTS. BUT I COULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT THE FLIRTATION WITH SPACEMEN. COMMENTS WELCOME AT nick82e@hotmail.com

5-0 out of 5 stars More owls
Ep. 15-19 are as good as it gets - just like the episodes befour and after.

Buy this item, and enter the universe of David Lynch.

Welcome to Twin Peaks - welcome to the 90's! ... Read more


16. Stepford Husbands
Director: Fred Walton (II)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Stepford Wives, you find the Stepford Husbands!
As a fan of the Stepford Wives, I looked forward to watching this movie. I was disappointed only because it would have been so much better had the men been replaced by robots, like the original movie and novel, rather than being "conditioned" in a clinic. The fact that someone could make a robot exactly like a real human and replace them, is far scarier but anyway..........

The Stepford Husbands, is a very good movie. It could have been a whole lot better, for example casting someone other than Donna Mills as the heroine. But it does still insight the original disturbing thought, of a society that creates partners to perfection. I always said they should do one for the husbands! I'm sure my mum would send my dad to that clinic!

Like the Stepford Children starring Barbara Eden, this movie uses sterotypical marital problems to justify why the men should be changed. It works in some places and not in others, as the story is being rushed along for the discovery of what happens to the men.

The poor blokes get tubes stuck down their throats and tubes put into their navel, painful!:) and worst of all, they have to do yoga! Basically the movie works very well, capturing some of the paranoia from Ira Levin's novel The Stepford Wives, while still adding new enjoyment into a new story. Worthwhile buying, especially if you are a stepford fan!

3-0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
There are a lot of cheesy TV movies out there, so I don't know why this one was poorly reviewed. I had even talked to someone at Donna Mills' production company who said that she was very unhappy with this movie. Donna Mills was NOT, however, involved as a producer of this production. While some projects have come through her own production company, she was hired soley as an actress for this one.

I thought that it was very well done. Donna Mills has her usual glamour, and Michael Ontkean is very good in this role. It is suspensful and creepy, and at the risk of sounding pretentious, it is very well edited. I also liked the music. Sure, the conclusion is a little cheesy, but hey, it's a TV movie! Louise Fletcher is also in this, who is always wonderful. I enjoyed the "look" of this movie, it's worth the price, and some very good acting. Donna's not a great actress, but she's just great at playing Donna Mills!

3-0 out of 5 stars Middle-Class Thriller
This thriller is unfortunately nothing more than middle-class. The story is very good and the viewers surely expect more than they can see then ! Some scenes turn out to be very exicting but this doesn't save this movie to become a little disappointing at all. Donna Mills fans (like me) will enjoy it, but she deserves better !

1-0 out of 5 stars A cheesy, predictible "thriller"
I found this movie to be extremely disappointing. Donna Mills always talks about becoming a producer, so she had more control over script and settings. She needed to do more work on this one. I'm a big Donna fan, but this script was predictible, boring, and unbelievalbe. The scenario was perfect for a creepy tale of mind control and terror, however it never happens. One funny thing is to watch the lighting used on Donna's closeups. In one outdoor scene with Cindy Williams, Donna is so underlit that she looks pure white compared to Cindy. The ending is totally cheesy and will make you regret spending the 90 minutes watching this. The only highlight is that Donna looks great in all her mini-skirts. ... Read more


17. Just a Little Harmless Sex
Director: Rick Rosenthal
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2-0 out of 5 stars Harmless Fun
Those who like shows like "Sex and the City" will certainly enjoy this romantic comedy about a group of hip friends in their late twenties. Their problems are essentially trying (and mostly failing) to find a sex partner and eventually a loved one. Infidelity, friendship, maturity and life choices are some of the subjects present in this little movie, providing a couple of laughs but not many memorable scenes. The acting is competent, the pacing is ok, but the plot and direction are nothing to write home about. All in all, a watchable flick and an entertaining enough one, even if it doesn`t rise above average material.

Good to watch once.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just a little harmless fun
Here is a film that pokes fun at both men & women, taking full advantage of every stereotype imaginable. In short, it does precisely what a light Romantic comedy is supposed to do! It's a whole lot of harmless fun along the way, too.

The plotline centers around the age-old problem of the straying husband. In this case, however, the fellow does not have a pre-meditated inclination to cheat on his wife. Rather, he picks up a stranded motorist (who somehow ends up being a courtesan) and gets caught by what seems to be an anti-prostitute SWAT team. And, his luck seems to go from bad to worse from there!

After his wife & her friends & her mother find out, the poor fellow begins his penance and all of the typical human rituals of attempting to get her to take him back. Thanks to his two buddies, the whole situation is put in the most zany perspective imaginable!

The film is almost a real-time movie as 90% of it takes place in a bar. One would think that the one-setting-framework would tend to get tedious, but there are enough twists & turns in the storyline to keep the viewer interested.

As is so often the case these days, you get the typical plain Jane knockout (capably played by Kimberly Williams). However, I could tell from the get-go that she was no plain Jane, no matter how much they tried to make her look like a geek.

If you want a light-hearted look at the serious issue of infidelity, this one would appear to be a clear-cut winner. Or, if you're simply in the market for another Romantic Comedy & good fun, you can do a whole lot worse than a little harmless sex.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining!
I watched this movie the other night and out of 4 that I had rented over the weekend (Whatever, the Dead Zone and War Zone) this one is the one that I enjoyed the most (with Whatever being a worthy second). I just really enjoyed the cast (all very eclectic unknowns) and the storyline, which was lighthearted and funny. I rented it having never heard of it before, but went with the "two thumbs up" stamp of approval that I generally agree with and this was no exception! I don't know if I'd give it a 5 star, but it's certainly better than average and better than most of the [types] that comes out these days.

3-0 out of 5 stars good acting, terrible story
though the actors are well casts, the movie just doesn't really work. The film is so dark from the beginning (look wise I mean) it is hard to watch. Also, even though this was a low budget indie, that doesn't make up for sloppy film making. Though Rachel Hunter has no purpose in this film and they shouldn't waste money on hiring her for that little cameo (could have spent money to reshot the scene when you can see the camera guy) the rest of the cast is great, especially Jonathan Silverman and Jessica Lundy as the sarcastic divorced couple who broke up over a magor misunder standing. Watch Silverman as he confesses his dirty little secret

4-0 out of 5 stars Priceless evenings entertainment
Excellent dialogue, one liners, reasonable acting; not to be taken seriously, this movie is really into character development. If you enjoyed Friends and Lovers, you'll like this one. ... Read more


18. Allnighter
Director: Tamar Simon Hoffs
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3-0 out of 5 stars Well, It Has Susanna Hoffs.....
The Allnighter is a cheesy, weak-plotted typical teen/20's film about 3 girls having lots of fun before graduation. The movie, however, is not very fun and I found it somewhat boring. However, Susanna Hoffs makes the movie! If you like Sue as much as I, then you will like this movie. What really makes the DVD version great is the commentary with Susanna and her mother, Tamar Simon Hoffs, who directed the movie. The commentary is worth the buy alone. Now as for Shakesphere's Sister above, I have had no problems with my DVD version and I have a cheapie player. Then again, some DVD's just don't work well with certain players. Overall, if you like Sue and like to get to know about her and her mother (the commentary) buy this DVD.

1-0 out of 5 stars Proof the 80's sucked.
It's no wonder that neither Tamar Hoffs who wrote, directed and produced this junk NOR her daughter Susanna Hoffs ever made another film again. Sue is now married to film director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents, Austin Powers) and wisely, unlike Madonna, isn't letting her hubbie direct her in anything else. Why? Because the girl can't act to save her life and she knows it. Sue is a great video poser (like Madonna) but is she ever wooden -- even in a silly, no-serious - acting-required romp like this. This film isn't even for Bangles fans since the other three Bangles themselves wanted nothing to do with it and even Vicki Peterson wondered how this atrocity was "even being made." But it does goes to show what happens when you get a hit record. For some reason pop stars believe that hitting the Top Ten automatically qualifies them for starring roles in films. In this case Sue's mom wanted to be the Orson Welles of her generation. Only because she had a famous daughter and a forgettable short flick to her name did she get the chance to do it.You would think the film had a better soundtrack, being that Sue and bandmates did make some good music. But this ultra lame film lacks plot, wit and purpose. It's not even unintentionally funny, it's just stupefyingly dumb! "Molly's" valedictory speech is moronic (and she was first in her class!). But then again, she would be #1 at "Pacifica College" where teachers "recreate Woodstock" as part of the curriculum. Any brains, out there? And how do 3 penniless college students afford such a gorgeous beachfront house as their pad?There's no irony here, except for Joan Cusak's character Gina, who displays some occasional caustic wit and seems to be very aware of the idiots she's surrounded with. But this flick is too long, too boring and one wonders if these 5 brainless twits will ever make it in the real world.And this mess certainly didn't help Sue's standing in the Bangles who at the time were trying hard to fight the "sex kitten" image the record company wanted them to have. This film also brought even more media attention to Sue - something the band resented. Looking at yourself in the mirror with close-ups of your panties, while moving to and fro to Aretha's "Respect" (talk about irony!) was hardly going to help the Bangles to be taken as a serious female musicians.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Movie to cry about... The time was the 80's...
It's a great movie, great actors, now we have seen them become legends, and Susanna Hoffs, a voice, a Star, in a time that fasion and music were everything, if you ever read this Sue... I just want to tell you, I'm proud of you!!!! keep on rocking!!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Oh Well
Yeah, she's cute, but the movie is a real stinker. You're not sure what's going on and then you realize it............Nothing's going on. The only good thing about the movie was Joan Cusack who, as usual, is the real star of any movie she's in. If you're having trouble getting to sleep, this is a real tranc.

4-0 out of 5 stars A nice surprise from the day-glo era...
I found this one in the bargain section. As others have mentioned, this film is not exactly "Citizen Kane". What we have here is a tame teen-sex comedy from the mid-80's that is almost instantly forgettable... almost.

The big draw is of course Susanna Hoffs, of Bangles fame. While Hoffs dances a bit, she doesn't sing anything except on the soundtrack. Still, if you're a fan of the Bangles or just Hoffs, then this film was made for you.

Hoffs doesn't really embarrass herself acting-wise. She does pretty good for what a film like this one demands (not too much), and the same can be said for the other cast members. Actually, the whole cast is likable. And at heart, "The Allnighter" is an indie film more than it is a throwaway Hollywood teen flick. Both factors make the film more tolerable.

The story is pretty weak, lending more to caricature than characterization. Five co-eds are about to graduate after four long years at Pacifica University. Gina is documenting her friends' last day as college students on a videocamera, so that "twenty years from now... [you'll] remember us as were were on this day." While not quite twenty years later, the line is still ironic.

Val is about to be married to some rich but overbearing and fey business dude, and she must go spend time with him rather than attend the last big fiesta with her pals. Bummer! The strangely pale Gina (the only character without a suntan), is fixated on her documentary. Molly (Hoffs) is just down on herself. After four years, she's still not met the perfect guy (or any guy). The girls' two male friends are surfer dudes. Killer is a philosophying hippie soul-of-an-artist type, and king of the waves. CJ is his best pal, and the object of Molly's affections, 80's hair wings and all. If only CJ could open up and be real, and see more than the waves, he and Molly could be making their own waves!

Complications follow throughout the rest of the evening in this "Animal House Lite" chick-flick, including a run in with the police, the big fiesta, an old romance between one of Molly's teachers and a former rock star, etc.

Actually, there are some interesting moments, since as I said, at heart this is an indie film. Credit newly minted director (and Hoffs' Mom), Tamar Simon Hoffs for making the attempt to go beyond the average teen comedy flick.

Familliar faces include Pam Grier as (of all things!), Sergeant McLeesh, matron of the female section of the local jail. Pam Grier fans will like her in the movie (and acting-wise, she overpowers the entire cast despite her small supporting role). Michael Ontkean of "Twin Peaks" fame is also on hand, as a washed up rock singer that Molly idolizes. Meshach Taylor plays a hotel detective. Dedee Pfeiffer (Michelle's sister), plays the struggling Val, and Joan Cusack plays the camera-toting Gina.

The device of Joan Cusak's character documenting the last day of their college time works for the most part, but somewhere along the way the film gets lost and takes bizzare sidetrips that stall the story. This is too bad, because there was some real potential for a memorable film here, which could have gone further than just Bangles fans or day-glo-philes.

On the plus side, the disc includes "The Haircut", a short 1982 indie film by Tamar Simon Hoffs. This is the real prize, believe it or not.

The cast is impressive for what Tamar readily admits was practically a student film. John Cassavetes stars. Three Bangles are on hand. Joyce Bulifant (best known as Murray's wife on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", among many other roles in the 70's & 80's), plays a manicurist. Remember Nicholas Colasanto, Coach from "Cheers"? He's the barber! Again, Meshach Taylor plays a role, this time as a shoeshiner/waiter.

This is a real treat, as we see a man getting the best haircut ever, which seems to change his outlook on life in the span of fifteen minutes.

Audio commentary is available for both films, plus a short behind the scenes interview with Tamar about "The Haircut". This was subtitled in French. I suspect the interview was probably made for a Canadaian audience, since Canada was where the short was filmed.

If you like the 80's, the Bangles, Hoffs, or just want a harmless teen flick from the day-glo era to watch, then this disc is for you. I give it three stars for "The Allnighter", plus one for the addition of "The Haircut". ... Read more


19. Just the Way You Are
Director: Fern Field, Edouard Molinaro
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2-0 out of 5 stars Could've Been Better
I like Kristy McNichol's acting, but this movie was boring. There just isn't enough depth to any given character or scene for the viewer to connect with the movie in any way.

The dance scene where Kristy and Patrick Cassidy dance is suppose to "symbolize" the main character loosening up. Instead, it's just goofy dancing to bad music, even for 1984 standards.

I think the actors did their best with the material they were given. Sorry Kristy, it just wasn't enough.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Frank Look At Differently Abled Discrimination
I found this movie to be very sweet, tender and thought provoking. Kristy goes from being frumpy and introverted to bubbly and outgoing and all with the aid of a cast. She uses this cast to make the world forget she has a leg brace due to a childhood illness. The movie does a great job at showing how the world treats her differently once they don't realize she is differently abled. Very 80's and no wonder, that's when it was filmed. The soundtrack is one of the lesser dated ones, due to all the Abba music. The ending is a little short, but promising none the less. On a personal observation: Why do people who hate movies so much they'd rather throw them off a cliff than watch bother to reveiw them? I mean they obviously have less boring lives than I do since I liked it and they didn't. Hmmmm. Like the look of their own words in print maybe?

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Comedy/Drama
An excellent movie for any person who wishes he/she could hide or disguise a physical disability or abnormality. The storyline never seems to drag in this film, and the content as well as the concept of the plot keeps you interested from the beginning. Although this movie was not a blockbuster, it still has what it takes to leave you feeling good at the end. This movie will make you think about how differntly some people can be treated when in fact they are really no different than anyone else. I have a lower left leg deformity, and as a result a lot of people have treated me differently. I followed the same method that Kristy's character Susan did in the movie. I went to a ski lodge with a cast on my lower leg to hide my condition, and it was like being in a whole new world. What an inspiration this movie was!

2-0 out of 5 stars Film Unworthy of Kristy McNichol's Talent
I understand why Kristy McNichol had such a hard time finishing this movie -- it really wasn't "just the way she was" and was unworthy of her and her immense uncultivated talent. The only thing I liked about this movie was the photo of Kristy McNichol with her finger over her lips as if she had a secret. The "secret" is that she really should have been in Flashdance and not this disaster of a film!

I really wanted to like this movie simply because Kristy was in it, but have to say that it was phoney, unrealistic and didn't convince me that it was a script worthy of ever being put into production. It seemed that it was designed to promote the careers of men, at Kristy McNichol's expense.

After seeing this movie I actually had fantasies of throwing the video off the cliff into the ocean here in San Francisco, but I didn't want to break the law. Anyone who actually enjoyed this movie -- must lead a very boring life. Overthrow the status quo establishment that put this thing together is all this movie says to me!

3-0 out of 5 stars I Won't Dance
Originally filmed under the title "I Won't Dance" due to the protagonist's crippled leg, the last-minute switcheroo might've doomed this movie's chances(it now sounds like a rip-off of Billy Joel's unctuous song!). McNichol is really 2 people in this movie: subdued, blandly pleasant Susan in the first half--sassy and silly Susan in the second. What went wrong? McNichol left the project in real life due to a chemical imbalance, and the movie was put on hold for an entire year!(McNichol "recovered" in 2 weeks, but the film's snowy second-half required waiting for another wintry season... No wonder her character doesn't hang together) Fortunately, the script is good, relying on clever dialouge rather than slapstick or farcial situations. And McNichol, despite seeming a bit schizophrenic, really gives this a boost. It would be unwatchable with another, less capable actress. Overall, an enjoyable, breezy couple of hours. Yet the film's real-life troubles can't quite be masked--and what happened to the ending? ... Read more


20. Girls on the Road/Werewolves on Wheel
Director: Thomas J. Schmidt
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1-0 out of 5 stars Nuke the Werewolves
I haven't seen Girls on the Road, so I will restrict my comments to Werewolves on Wheels.

Made on an entirely inadequate budget, a bunch of bikers stumble around and cuss on film, antagonize a group of devil worshippers and then are turned into werewolves at the end.

Keep in mind you don't get to see the werewolves until the last few minutes of this picture and that scene is at night so the scene is too dark to understand that the bikers have been turned into werewolves were it not for the title.

I assume most people would rent this hoping to see werewolves ride around on motorcycles for most of the movie and the filmmakers don't deliver the groceries.

The bulk of the movie is nearly plotless and the actors don't seem to have scripted dialogue. Given the cost of 16mm film, I am at a loss to explain why a producer would allow the director, cast and crew to put so little effort into this project and although I admit they were savvy enough to put a little violence and a little bare breast in the movie, it doesn't really compensate for the other 89 minutes of boredom.

Looking at the reviews of other z-grade movies, I can see that some people are interested in movies that are inexcusably bad, and I must admit, that having been made in the 1970's, Werewolves on Wheels has a certain appeal to it that the filmmakers didn't consciously make an exploitation movie like we saw in the 1980's with movies such as Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, where films were made that seemed to be aiming for cult status.

So in short, if you like bad movies, go ahead and give this one a shot, but I, for one, was not entertained. ... Read more


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