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1. Cool Runnings
Director: Jon Turteltaub
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Based on an improbable but true story, Cool Runnings concerns the Jamaican bobsled team that competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics. Director Jon Turteltaub (Phenomenon) does a fine job with both the absurdity of the situation (the athletes had never even seen snow) and the passion behind it (their desire to compete and win). John Candy, in one of his last roles, is touching as a disgraced coach who seizes the opportunity to work with the Jamaicans as a chance for redemption. The bobsled scenes look good, and the races are exciting. The climax, which is entirely unexpected, takes the film to a wholly different level, even if events in the story don't quite match the facts. --Tom Keogh ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Cool Runnings warms the heart
I remember seeing this movie in the theatre when it first came out. It's the heart-warming true story behind the 1988 Jamaican bobsled team. After jumping through numerous hoops such as racial discrimination, a coach with a shady past, and a rickety bobsled, they land themselves a bobsledding spot in the Winter Olympics, something Jamaica never had before.
John Candy gives a stellar performance, unfortunately it was one of his last. At times he's comical, while others, more dramatic. He's a character easy to fall in love with. I miss him.
Overall, Cool Runnings teaches the fundamentals of determination and never letting anything come between yourself and your dreams. Even when catastrophy ended the Jamaican's third bobsled run, they still got up and carried their sled across the finish line. Even if their time didn't earn a gold medal, their heart did.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heart- warming and inspiring...
Bobsled to a Caribbean is like a Yeti to the Sahara desert. Both simply dont exist!. And yet, 4 guys with dreams in their eyes, set out to acheive the unmaginable in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. To represent their country Jamaica in Bobsledding!.

"Cool Runnings" is based on this true story, but with a few changes that needless to say, is aimed at making the movie more dramatic. Leon(Derice Bannock)is an athlete aimed at making amends for his failure to secure a berth in the Jamaican Sprint Team. With no way out, he decides to try Bobsled, a sport no Caribbean in his right mind would even know it exists. Irv Blitzer(John Candy), a disgraced former champion Bobsledder decides to train Leon the intricacies of this "bone-shattering" sport. To compete in the event would however require 3 more bobsledders to make up the team. In comes his best friend Sanka(Doug.E.Doug), the tempermental Yul Brenner(Malik Yoba) and the reserved Junior Bevil(Rawle Lewis). What you end up with is a team of hysterical proportions, but with a heart.

"Cool Runnings" is not so much about the event as it is with the main characters. The Jamaicans are determined to compete in an event that is considered solely the domain of a few Icelandic- Nordic nations. The 4 guys are felt out of place, racialized and ridiculed at the event while the coach(Candy) is humiliated and taunted at every turn by the organizers. The crux lays in how they overcome their hardships and ultimately win the crowd, if not a medal. The movie is absolutely hilarious considering the Jamaicans have never seen snow in real life. The initial training on their island is itself worth every penny you paid to watch this movie. However the movie's main strength is in its moral message. "Believe". The movie is based entirely on this one word.

Leon is superb in his role as the leader who never gives up. John Candy is without doubt an actor with a heart of gold. Every movie he has been involved in, he brings in that 'human element' into picture. He is perfect as the flawed but determined coach. The find of the movie however, is Rawle Lewis as Junior Beville. He has the best dialogues and behind that meek physique ,stands a truly compassionate and competitive character. Sanka is the funny bone whose expressions are enough to spill your guts out while Yul Brenner is a tough but protective fellow who eventually warms up to the team and gets transformed at the end of the event. Ultimately it is the will and the confidence they derive from each other at every turn of the event that makes this movie so heart-warming.

The movie has a nice flow to it and the music is catchy. Jon Tutletaub(Director) puts everyting in the right place and the direction is straight forward but slick. Though some parts of the movie are fictionalized, it is forgivable since the main theme isn't lost. Infact it actually enhances it. I must say that movies like this generally tend to have a predictable ending. You'll know you'll have a happy one at that. But watch Cool Running's final few scenes and the phrase 'finish the race' will take a whole new meaning to you. The ending is inspiring..surprising..simply magnificent. Go watch it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hillarious and Inspirational
Everytime I watch Cool Runnings, I still feel the magic and excitement of the first time I watched it. This movie is exceptional. Everything about it works.
The acting is powerful, the story is both exciting and moving, the comedy is fresh and enjoyable, and the soundtrack is perfectly suited to support the mood of the movie.
Cool Runnings is a perfect family film. People of all ages will be drawn to it and enjoy cheering for the Jamaican Bobsled team. There is some mild use of profanity, but it can be overlooked in favor of the moving story, and the morals that children will pick up along with it. Cool Runnings shows the value of pride, tolerance, and persistance.
Throughout the course of the movie we see the team prove to the world through their persistance that they are just as good as any other team, regardless of where they come from. They learn to become a team, learn to take pride in their culture, and do a lot of self discovery.
This movie is one of the few that is sure to touch you and to uplift your spirit.

5-0 out of 5 stars Teenagers dig this movie!
Catchy music, funny crashes, bar fight, a sledder who pees in the sled because he's so scared, calling each other names like Sanka and Yul Brynner....all make for a great laugh in the eyes of a teenager. I've shown this movie to dozens of teens and it never disappoints. The fact is that it's a true story of people chasing their dream, and it has a perfect blend of silly with poignant and great pace to keep adults and young adults alike INTERESTED and entertained the entire time. Also, it follows real life at the end and doesn't have a bunch of no-name Jamaicans taking the gold at the Olympics....teens expect a Disney ending like that and appreciate seeing, instead, the truth. However, ANYONE who watches it finds themselves rooting for these no-name Jamaicans and kind of wishing they would medal even though, realistically, they have no chance. BUY IT and watch it and show it to others...its timeless themes never go out of date.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Movies I've Seen
"Cool Runnings" is one of the best movies I have seen.
The story line, John Candy and the Jamaican Bobsledders,
the switch from warm Jamaica to cold Calgary all make for a
warm and funny movie. I'm going to take the advice of another
reviewer and watch it now to revive the "feel-good" feeling
of the entire movie. A classic to buy and keep. A true
comedy. ... Read more


2. Kissed
Director: Lynne Stopkewich
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3-0 out of 5 stars "Crossing the line depends on where you draw it." (3½ stars)
Based on some of the reviews I had read a couple years before watching this movie, I had expected "Kissed" to be absolutely raunchy. However, this movie is anything but. It's very tastefully done, though there is quite a bit of sex/nudity--appropriate, unexploited sex/nudity, that is, if there is such a thing. I suppose it's the subject matter--necrophilia--that bothers most people. I don't find it appealing either, but by the end of the movie, I found it slightly easier to understand Sandra Larson's internal struggle and obsession with death, rather than snickering or grimacing at it. Did I completely comprehend what she meant? Not really, but that's okay.

As a whole, I gave "Kissed" 3½ stars, mainly because it was a bit too long, even though it is just 80 minutes. The real story seemed to begin about halfway through the movie when Sandra (played by Molly Parker) is fully into the mortuary profession and starts dating a young medical student, Matt (Peter Outerbridge). In my opinion, "Kissed" would have made a better short film by eliminating the beginning section with Sandra as a troubled youth. Her childhood flashback didn't have much to do with the later story, just to prove her early fascination with dead things, I guess.

Probably the best part of this romantic drama is the last half hour or so, where Matt tries to "compete for Sandra's affection" by reaching her the only way she understands--through death. I don't want to give too much away, but the ending is absolutely superb and touching, wrapping up with a haunting Sarah McLachlan song: "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy".

Overall, this movie is pretty good, though a bit more subdued than I had expected; plus a bit drawn-out, as I mentioned before. Yet I'd still recommend "Kissed" to those who enjoy slightly offbeat, provocative indie films.

4-0 out of 5 stars KISSED : The necrophiliac dream.
This is the kind of movie that leaves an indelible impact. The film is bathed in a strange erotic tension simlilar to David Cronenberg's Crash. And I know the in that in 10 to 15 years from now I will meet younger people who will tell me that this film changed their lives. I was also convinced of this when I saw Crash. (It's odd that both of these films are Canadian.) The subject, necrophilia, is dealt with as a dreamlike spiritual awakening. Molly Parker's portrayal of Sandra Larson is so luminescent that is hard not to believe the sincerity of her beliefs. One is tempted, as is her boyfriend Matt, to join her on this dark mystic quest. As a challenge to conventional morality the film is largely successful. It leaves a unique residue behind in the mind with it's necrotic illumination and funery chill. However the Director isn't exactly playing her hand straight. The story in it's deepest origins is based on the events concerning Karen Greenlee in Sacramento California. An interview with Greenlee in the book Apocalypse Culture (Feral House) reveals not illumination but extreme spiritual breakdown. Drugs, suicide attempts and compulsive behavior litter the interview and its accompanying introduction. Necrophilia is not a road to enlightenment. It is a breakdown of the human soul... a dark strangling condition. The lie in KISSED is that the absolutely sincere and haunting character as brilliantly acted by Molly Parker in anyway reflects any necrophiliac in existence. This lie is underscored by the complete absence of any family members speaking in their own words or reacting to her personality. There is no real past for Sandra. No true human motivation. I would hate to think of the effect of this film upon a young high school aged girl in the midst of the usual selfdoubts related to sex and relationships. My conclusion is that this film is certainly well made and worth seeing but..... it is ultimately a dangerous lie. And in the wrong eyes will most certainly inspire some sad dreams and perhaps even deeds.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best film of 1996
brace yourself. if you are squeamish or tend to faint at the sound of the word necrophilia, you will probably not care to read the reviews let alone rent the videotape. let me tell you upfront that you'd be making a huge mistake & missing out on a truly remarkable film which never really has gotten it's dues. molly parker gives a full-bodied(no pun intended) performance as a young woman by the name of sandra obsessed with deceased young men. it's as if our lead character sandra can feel their dreams, their sadness, & is able to somehow make a connection with these expired young bodies as she later tells us. for some strange reason, this provides comfort & consolation i suppose for it eases her mind that she too will one day cross over as well. to complicate matters only worse, sandra meets a young college student who is as intrigued by her fascination with death as he is romantically attached to her. needless to say, their relationship takes an awful turn as the film progresses. although quite sad & a bit eccentric, kissed reminds of us how we fail to see while we are still in the world of the living. it seems as if we only notice certain things about ourselves or others after they have crossed over or left their earthly home. many could argue or debate that we shouldn't be reminded through a controversial film such as this but then how could appreciate life anymore without it? watch kissed with an open mind & brace yourself once again as you hear the haunting music of sarah mclachlan while the credits pass before our eyes.

4-0 out of 5 stars understanding death?
I was thrilled when I discovered this gem on a cable tv movie channel. I recorded it because I was fairly certain there would not be a second chance. It was sweet. It was amusing. But most of all it was forbidden...or so I thought. Since then I've found a select group of fans. It wasn't horrific or disgusting to me. I like unusual movies and this was well done, in my opinion. Just because this culture has no sense of a spirituality that is a necrophiliac's sexual delight doesn't make it gross or dirty.

4-0 out of 5 stars BRAVE SENSUAL THOUGHTFUL SENSITIVE GROUNDBREAKING!
This is the most brave and sensual work I have ever experienced. And yes I can't believe I'm saying this in all seriousness.
It has a haunting gorgeousness. It forces you to push past your own drawn lines-if you're willing (it has a subdued, thoughtful, and natural spirit to it; so force is probably the wrong term.)-and it changes you.
Deeply erotic, but never grotesque when you really would expect it to be. Here alone, the director has pulled quite a feat!
I had to see this when I first rented it (now I own it)-but I was afraid it would be too disturbing to take. But surprisingly it felt like I was floating through the most spiritual dreamscape, and ultimately the triumphant Sarah McClaughlin music at the end resonated in me. You can watch this!-However if you want the graphics-if you want the bloody, decomposing, murderous take on necrophlia. Check out the Nekromantic series.
I can't believe I'm saying this! ... Read more


3. Better Than Chocolate - Director's Cut
Director: Anne Wheeler
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Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars 8 out of 5 stars!
Better Than Chocolate describes itself in the title... a feel good, laugh a lot movie, BTC will hook you into the plot right from the first scene. With an incredible array of characters, including a transgendered(male to female) woman named Judy, the movie is funny and heartfelt. The low budget filming makes it seem that much more real and the storyline is excellent, though the acting may be slightly amateur and the dialogue a little cheesy. The main couple, Maggie and Kim are lesbians, but they represent any other couple going through real-life problems. Wendy Crewson is wonderful as the lonely, unknowing mother, and she steals at least one of the hilarious scenes. Anne-Marie MacDonald plays Frances, the boyish owner of Ten Percent books, where only ten percent of the merchandise is books. Overall, it is a warm, feel good movie, predictable at times but for some reason, I keep watching it, and I find myself crying right along with the characters every time. Definitely see this movie if it's the last thing you do...

5-0 out of 5 stars Better Than Chocolate between...
I give this movie five out of five stars. Although it moves rather quickly you can't help being hook. Twenty minutes of the movie has past and Maggie, 19, not-quite-out, college dropout, and working at Ten Percent bookstore (no it's not a discount store) meets Kim, a nomadic artist, butch but sweet and romance starts. There's a scene that will leave many people exploring the arts.

Within the first twenty minutes, Maggie meets and falls in love with vivacious Kim, helps her conservative lesbian boss fight customs who seem to be trying to put her out of business. Oh, don't forget Maggie has to find a place to live, because her newly divorce mother, Lila is moving in with her along with sibling, Paul, neither who know that Maggie's been living in a bookstore since she quite law school, and she's gay!

Couple this with her omisexual co-worker, and transgender friend, Judy, who has love and parent issues of her/his own, and you've got a great story.

I almost cracked up when Lila goes..."Kim do you have a boyfriend?" and Kim replies, "No...Funny that!" Everyone seems to be in on the joke, but Lila who replies, "What's wrong with boys?" Maggie's fighting off an uncontrollable need for laughter and the audience does too. Wendy Crewson as Lila is an added addition to this romantic comedy.

All said in done, I wonder what it's like to live in that world. Definitely never a dull experience. This is a must see regardless of your lifestyle.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and fun filled
We have watched this over and over again and it is still a wonderful movie.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
This is one of the all-time best movies. The chemistry between Karyn Dwyer (Maggie) and Christina Cox (Kim) is amazing. (I was shocked when the director seemed to say in her commentary that both are staight.) Maggie's interaction with her mother reminded me so much of how hard it was for me to come out to my mother. The soundtrack is wonderful.

3-0 out of 5 stars Probably just as good as chocolate...
Better Than Chocolate is a great movie.. with one or two big flaws. The story is great - it deals with the pain and frustration of coming out (or just figuring out your sexuality), falling in love, losing the one you love, and standing up for what you believe in juxtaposed nicely with commentary on the role of family in ones' life, what constitutes a family, and how we can all become happy with our lives. Quite a lot of themes for just one film. And Better than Chocolate handles each of them fairly well, if only briefly. The actresses portraying Kim, Lila, Judy and Frances are just wonderful. Each of them brings dimension to characters that could easliy have been played in a very one-sided way. They become human rather than just symbols or stock players to fill up Maggie's world. The friendship that develops between Lila and Judy is one of the best parts of the film. Maybe this is just me, but I find that Maggie is a totally unsympathetic character. She's whiny and immature and even snotty at times. I care the least about her of all the characters in the film.. which is unfortunate because this is really a film revolving around her and the way her relationships (and those of her friends and family) work. I just wish that the role had been cast differently or spun a bit differently.. it would have brought a lot more to the film. Ultimately, I enjoy the film. The relationships and issues dealt with in the film are difficult to deal with, but the film does a reasonably good job. ... Read more


4. Better Than Chocolate (Rated Edition)
Director: Anne Wheeler
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5-0 out of 5 stars 8 out of 5 stars!
Better Than Chocolate describes itself in the title... a feel good, laugh a lot movie, BTC will hook you into the plot right from the first scene. With an incredible array of characters, including a transgendered(male to female) woman named Judy, the movie is funny and heartfelt. The low budget filming makes it seem that much more real and the storyline is excellent, though the acting may be slightly amateur and the dialogue a little cheesy. The main couple, Maggie and Kim are lesbians, but they represent any other couple going through real-life problems. Wendy Crewson is wonderful as the lonely, unknowing mother, and she steals at least one of the hilarious scenes. Anne-Marie MacDonald plays Frances, the boyish owner of Ten Percent books, where only ten percent of the merchandise is books. Overall, it is a warm, feel good movie, predictable at times but for some reason, I keep watching it, and I find myself crying right along with the characters every time. Definitely see this movie if it's the last thing you do...

5-0 out of 5 stars Better Than Chocolate between...
I give this movie five out of five stars. Although it moves rather quickly you can't help being hook. Twenty minutes of the movie has past and Maggie, 19, not-quite-out, college dropout, and working at Ten Percent bookstore (no it's not a discount store) meets Kim, a nomadic artist, butch but sweet and romance starts. There's a scene that will leave many people exploring the arts.

Within the first twenty minutes, Maggie meets and falls in love with vivacious Kim, helps her conservative lesbian boss fight customs who seem to be trying to put her out of business. Oh, don't forget Maggie has to find a place to live, because her newly divorce mother, Lila is moving in with her along with sibling, Paul, neither who know that Maggie's been living in a bookstore since she quite law school, and she's gay!

Couple this with her omisexual co-worker, and transgender friend, Judy, who has love and parent issues of her/his own, and you've got a great story.

I almost cracked up when Lila goes..."Kim do you have a boyfriend?" and Kim replies, "No...Funny that!" Everyone seems to be in on the joke, but Lila who replies, "What's wrong with boys?" Maggie's fighting off an uncontrollable need for laughter and the audience does too. Wendy Crewson as Lila is an added addition to this romantic comedy.

All said in done, I wonder what it's like to live in that world. Definitely never a dull experience. This is a must see regardless of your lifestyle.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and fun filled
We have watched this over and over again and it is still a wonderful movie.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
This is one of the all-time best movies. The chemistry between Karyn Dwyer (Maggie) and Christina Cox (Kim) is amazing. (I was shocked when the director seemed to say in her commentary that both are staight.) Maggie's interaction with her mother reminded me so much of how hard it was for me to come out to my mother. The soundtrack is wonderful.

3-0 out of 5 stars Probably just as good as chocolate...
Better Than Chocolate is a great movie.. with one or two big flaws. The story is great - it deals with the pain and frustration of coming out (or just figuring out your sexuality), falling in love, losing the one you love, and standing up for what you believe in juxtaposed nicely with commentary on the role of family in ones' life, what constitutes a family, and how we can all become happy with our lives. Quite a lot of themes for just one film. And Better than Chocolate handles each of them fairly well, if only briefly. The actresses portraying Kim, Lila, Judy and Frances are just wonderful. Each of them brings dimension to characters that could easliy have been played in a very one-sided way. They become human rather than just symbols or stock players to fill up Maggie's world. The friendship that develops between Lila and Judy is one of the best parts of the film. Maybe this is just me, but I find that Maggie is a totally unsympathetic character. She's whiny and immature and even snotty at times. I care the least about her of all the characters in the film.. which is unfortunate because this is really a film revolving around her and the way her relationships (and those of her friends and family) work. I just wish that the role had been cast differently or spun a bit differently.. it would have brought a lot more to the film. Ultimately, I enjoy the film. The relationships and issues dealt with in the film are difficult to deal with, but the film does a reasonably good job. ... Read more


5. Lip Service
Director: Graeme Campbell
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Sunni (Kari Wuhrer, TV’s "Anaconda," "Higher Learning," TV’s "Sliders") is a beautiful singer with an attitude, and is about to record her first album. Deacon (Peter Outerbridge, "Mission to Mars," TV’s "Millenium"), is an ex-tycoon producer whose popularity has gone downhill and who thinks he can make it big again with this young sex kitten. He tries everything to turn her tin ear into gold, but she just can't carry a tune. Drowning his sorrows at a karaoke bar, he stumbles upon a young housewife (Gail O’Grady, TV’s "American Dreams," "NYPD Blue," "China Beach) who is more at home in the kitchen than behind a microphone, but has an amazing voice. He convinces her to lend her voice to what she believes is a demo tape. Her voice is dubbed over Sunni's entire album which ultimately hits the top of the charts. The fans go wild and demand a live concert. Will the two women meet? How will Deacon handle the scam he has pulled? Will the fans get the live concert they crave? ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Superficiality at its best
POSSIBLE SPOILER

This movie is probably the most complete compendium of commonplaces I have seen in years. Every cliché in the book is there, from the failed musician in rehab, to the unscrupulous producers, to the frustrated housewife, to the mindless bimbo. Oh, by the way, in the subplot department we find the unsupportive husband, the moronic teenage son and the angelical little daughter.

I'm not saying that you can't have a good time watching this movie, if you find a moment in which you don't want to occupy your head in more demanding tasks, but the shortcomings are impossible to conceal. There is no character development whatsoever, the kind of "comedy of errors" procedure is specially annoying since nobody can understand why do they want to complicate things in such a stupid way, the ending is "Singing in the Rain" like (and that should be enough to get the picture), and so on.

The acting doesn't help a lot the efforts of the, apparently gifted, screenwriters to put some intelligent humor in the dialog. The male main character is appalling and the rest of his male colleagues are not much better, except for the one who plays the cajoling producer, which is even worse. However, it is fair to say that the difference with the women performances is monumental. Gail O'Grady gives a dignified rendering of her one-sided character and, although the script forces her to do stupid things, she manages to remain lovable to the audience. Kari Wuhrer is superb. She succeeds in taking her dumb-brunette role and pulling a person out of it, with different facets and an opening for development, which is aborted because she doesn't get enough time to work on it. But this is not her fault, of course. I would love to see her in a really interesting role in which she could show what she can, as well as how great she looks, which is undeniable, by the way.

As I said, you can spend an uncritical one hour and half watching this movie if you are not looking for fancy things like logic, character development or intelligent entertainment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Movie!!
This movie was great!! I loved it!! I loved it so much that I want to find out where I can find the movie's music/soundtrack! I cannot find anywhere that sells a soundtrack. I would like know if someone can tell me who it is that is the voice behind Maggie (Gail O'Grady), the titles of all the songs and where I could find a list of the songs on the movie... and possibly the lyrics. I know the name of four of the songs:
*SATURDAY
*DESPERATE MEASURES
*IF LOVE COULD ONLY LIVE
*NAME OF LOVE

Could someone help me??

Top movie!! EXCELLENT!! ***** FIVE STARS!!!!!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Servicing Sunni
Lip Service (2001) (a.k.a. Out of Sync)
Starring: Gail O'Grady, Peter Outerbridge, and Kari Wuhrer
Co-Starring: Stewart Bick, Harvey Atkin, Jerry Ciccoritti, Ryan Dennis, Jonathon Whittaker, and Isabella Fink
Directed By: Graeme Campbell (many sci-fi TV shows)
Rated: Not Rated (equivalent of a very, very tame PG-13)
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Milli Vanilla, Kari Wuhrer style

VH1, in all of its suckiness, does manage to produce a few bright spots in its vapid schedule. Out of Sync/Lip Service is one of those things.

A few years ago, I managed to catch this film on VH1 something like twice, and it was never heard from again. Understand that at this time it was called Out of Sync, so of course I searched for a DVD release of this film under that title, until I discover Lip Service on Amazon. Same cast, some story, same everything as Out of Sync. So I ordered it. And while I can't say I'm not disappointed with the DVD release, it's serviceable.
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Plot

Maggie Stanley is a bored housewife and mother, until one night when she is doing karaoke at a restaurant. Her breathtaking voice catches the ear of washed up record producer Roger Deacon. Deacon is currently having trouble with his latest musical charge, a hopelessly bad "singer" named Sunni. That is until he asks Maggie to record a few of his songs. What Maggie doesn't know is that Roger has passed off her voice as Sunni's, and Sunni becomes a superstar. Making matters worse is a planned wireless concert of Sunni's - and she doesn't know it's not her voice. Though Maggie's family doesn't believe her, she and Roger must team up to stop Sunni's concert once and for all.
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The Cast

Gail O'Grady as Maggie Stanley
(TV's China Beach, NYPD Blue, and American Dreams)
In real life, Gail O'Grady is a big name in TV movies and also in TV series. However, in Lip Service O'Grady is convincing as bored, amd then life-loving, and then furious housewife Maggie Sranley. I can't think of any other actress better than her for this rule.

Peter Outerbridge as Roger Deacon
(Cool Runnings, Better Than Chocolate, Mission To Mars)
Peter Outerbridge, a fantastic actor whom I've never heard of, gives a commanding performance as a record producer pulling off the ultimate music deception.

Kari Wuhrer as Sunni
(TV's Sliders, Kissing a Fool, Eight Legged Freaks)
Kari Wuhrer (the queen of direct-to-video "erotic thrillers") has long been known as being very hot, but a terrible actress. Thank God that's exactly what the role of Sunni (an awful singer who thinks she can sing) calls for!
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So, What Did I Think?

Whichever title (Lip Service or Out of Sync) you prefer to call, it, this is a suprisingly excellent TV movie with commanding performances. Though you're more likely to rub it off as just another terrible TV-movie, it's a lot more than just that. It's actually a rather good social commentary, and it's entertaining too.

And did I mention Kari Wuhrer is hot?
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DVD Overview

In a word: Awful.

Previews: This "feature" is simply a bunch of previews for other Starlight Entertainment releases. This company's releases seem to be domestic thrillers and the like that air on the Lifetime channel.

Star Bios: Bios of the three leading stars. Too bad, like all star bios on DVDs, it's simply filler. And soon, they'll be out-of-date as well.

Scene Selection, which is of course, on every single DVD. It's really not a feature.

Unfortunately, there are no other audio options, suntitles, or even closed captioning on this disc.

Not a great buy, but fans of this film will be glad it's available to buy.

Note: This film is also available on VHS.
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Recommended
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5-0 out of 5 stars awsome
This movie is really good and you can watch it over and over again and it does not get tirering. Plus the songs are really catchy and stay in your head. It a great movie and i am glad i finaly found it on dvd. Yahooo.

5-0 out of 5 stars Out of Sync-- Original Title
This is an outstanding movie. I have not seen the Lip Service version but rather saw the Out of Sync original, so there may be nudity in this one but the original was OK for older teens. A couple of bedroom scenes that you may not want to have to explain to youngsters but no actual nudity.

This movie was a lot of fun. My 60-something mother and 24-year old brother saw it together and enjoyed it thoroughly so there seems to be no generation gap. I enjoyed watching it with them even though I had already seen it so it also seems to be a movie you can watch several times. ... Read more


6. Paris France
Director: Jerry Ciccoritti
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5-0 out of 5 stars DARING EXPLORATION OF SEXUAL FANTASIES....
I ordered this DVD truly not knowing what to expect considering the low price and everything I'd read about it. I'm amazed at the quality of this print. While there are no extras to speak of, the print is excellent. This Canadian film explores what happens when a writer named Lucy (Leslie Hope), who's stuck in a dull marriage, embarks on a no-holds-barred affair with Sloan (Peter Outerbridge) who's a friend of her husband's gay business partner. Sloan unleashes Lucy's pent up sexual fantasies in ways she's only written about. The film also explores our reactions to sex and all it's colors when an opportunity arises to explore them. This is one of the most uninhibited English language films I've seen outside of a Peter Greenaway film. It's shocking, graphic, funny and serious. It also features acres of equal opportunity nudity (mainly Outerbridge and Hope) that should please both sexes and those who are "curious". Hope plays a woman who aggressively takes an active role in her sexual relationship and is not used. Instead, she uses the man to push her buttons. Hope and Outerbridge deserve to be commended for their ability to play these characters so well considering the demands placed on them emotionally and physically."Paris France" is for adults only and is not for the timid (especially squeamish men). If you can swallow your inhibitions it's a rewarding experience for those who are game. The title is best left explained when you view the film. This is a great deal on an unusual and challenging venture into very sticky territory.

4-0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and well written story of sexual discovery
Well-acted and intelligently written film depicting the sexual explorations of two complex and compelling characters. Obviously, this film isn't for the under-18 crowd, but for adults who are interesting in observing the travails of two lovers embroiled in steamy but realistic romantic discovery, this film is good place to start.

5-0 out of 5 stars WATCH PARIS FRANCE WITH A DATE...OR TWO!
Have you ever been in a social situation in which everyone isjust as intelligent and intellectual as you? Whether you're a man or awoman, have you ever felt sexually scrutinized by someone so bold and intelligent as to make you feel ill at ease? Think of your wildest sexual fantasy...now think about whether or not you would/could go through with it if the opportunity arose.

Paris-France was written by Tom Walmsley and it is based on his novel. The entire movie is about what happens to four people during Easter weekend. Lucy (played by Leslie Hope) and Michael Quick are a married couple who are in business with William, the three run a small literary company. On the evening of Good Friday William is bringing over Randall Sloan (played by Peter Outerbridge). Sloan, as he prefers to be called, has a manuscript for a book he is writing called "Under my Skin." He is an ex-boxer turned writer.

Now, a personal note about this film. This is one of my top ten favorite films of all time. It is so outrageous, the first time I saw it I was gasping for air long before the end. I first saw it at one of those arthouse cinemas, and as with many of the films I consider extraordinary, a few 'men' in the audience couldn't deal with it, got up, and left. When a film can elicit that kind of reaction, I know I'm onto something worth experiencing. This is not a film you can watch while you're cooking or vacuuming the floors. It is laced with subtleties in the tone of the voices, and expressions that you must not miss. It is a study in frustration - sexual frustration. It is a study of some of the strangest fantasies the human psyche can concoct. It is as sexually explicit as you can get without crossing into porno.

The rest of the film will explore everyone's desires and emotions. Michael will wrestle with his homosexuality and the guilt he feels, while Sloan and Lucy explore how frustrating their sexual encounters really are. Also Sloan and William explore their share of sexual frustration. At one point, after having sex, Sloan says to William "I have found out in the last two years that when a guy is staring at me he's not always looking for trouble. Sometimes it's sex. I find that very bold. I don't know if could be bold enough to be gay."

PARIS FRANCE will creep you out, make you uncomfortable, frustrate you, and ultimately show you what awaits you in your path to self-discovery. I'm a better man for having traveled similar roads as the people in this movie. What about you? END ... Read more


7. Android Affair
Director: Richard Kletter
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8. Mission to Mars
Director: Brian De Palma
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3-0 out of 5 stars GREAT SCENERY. BUT MARS MOVIE COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER
The story and screenplay can be blamed on writers Lowell Cannon (story) and Jim Thomas. Their plot of MISSION TO MARS is about a rescue mission to find out what happened to a crew of astronauts that successfully landed on Mars, then suddenly disappeared. But in its concept, the movie's story has whiskders: it is a dumbed down, cut-and-paste assembly of Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," sprinkled with a little Robinson Crusoe thrown in. Indeed, diagnostic is that the best stuff takes place BEFORE the rescue mission even reaches Mars. The ending climax, therefore, is made to be anticlimactic! On top of this, the actors are burdened with banal, meaningless dialogue further adding to the movie's generic feel (example: "Are you sure you want to do this?"/"I'm not sure of anything anymore." ... Wow, how "original"). The cast includes Gary Sinise, Don Cheadle and Tim Robbins who never seems to take the movie very seriously. It is almost as if they were trusting director Brian De Palma to make everything come together in the editing room. Wrong!

To some extent in his rendering of this $100K (where did it all go?) MISSION TO MARS, De Palma showed nerve - while saving LOTS of money - by totally skipping the usual shots of spaceship blastoffs and landings. The audience is left to imgaine how the various space voyagers got into outer space. Also, he completely bypassed the transition from the astronauts' backyard family barbecue in the year 2020 (seems just like 2001) to hurtling towards Mars. He cuts away before each departure, then shows the spacecraft either on its way to or on one of Mars's rusty deserts. Once on Mars, title cards tell us how much time has elapsed [title cards are lots cheaper than FX!]. Eventhough MISSION TO MARS is often realistic, sorry guys but it blazes no new cinematic trails (at risk of mixing metaphors). On the plus side, this flick is more picturesque, efficient, and technically more convincing than many of its earlier counterparts. Seemingly reversing myself, its avoidance of CHEAP whiz-bangs is a plus, in a limited sense. Compared to the way overdone "Armageddon," the plainness of MISSION TO MARS is a pleasure.

Most of MISSION TO MARS is about the rescue mission. The second NASA team of astronauts to Mars is reluctantly sent to retrieve the unconfirmed sole survivor (of four) from the first Mars mission that was unexpectedly wiped out. The second team nearly fails to arrive for rescuing their possibly stranded buddy, and also to possibly find out what Mars is all about. The claustrophobia of the astronauts in close quarters is artistically contrasted with the vastness of the often deadly vacuum outside their spaceship. Some excellent effects are presented to us when co-commander Tim Robbins, and eventually the others, hover in zero gravity or gas propel themselves outside their ship to repair damage done by meteorites.

At its best, the scale and pacing and imagery remind us of "2001: A Space Odyssey." Thanks to De Palma deciding a lot of the action to unfold in silence, he gives us a feel for the remoteness and emptiness of space. Realistically, space travel is mostly long periods of uneventful floating after the blastoff. At risk of giving the movie's big finale away, I must say it is a silly montage of computer-generated special effects which accompanies a touchy-feely revisionist evolutionary theory of life. Evidently, MISSION TO MARS was written with impressionable 10-year-olds in mind. People who're committed to Creationism won't be nuts about the movie's big "revelation." In fact , if that's what evolution is all about (our evolutionary ancestors were UFO driving, bug eyed aliens who came from Mars) I'll take Creationism! But then again, science fiction and religion have never gotten along THAT well, anyhow.

By the way, MISSION TO MARS was produced under NASA's new Space Act Agreement for film and TV. This allows filmmakers to use the Kennedy Space Center for locations and shoot the NASA logo. Taking advantage of the U.S. taxpayers' largesse, that added a realistic look to the spacesuits and equipment used in the film. But, hey folks, these touches of realism couldn't rescue this slow-paced movie to nowhere.

3-0 out of 5 stars Eh...
This movie doesn't amaze me, at all, but it didn't fall short of my expectations either. The special effects were good, in that they didn't take on a role of their own but still blended well with the movie. Now, putting aside the pseudo-realism (after all this is a sci-fi movie), the story was good at heart, but poorly executed. The acting, however, did not seem to be the problem. I thought Tim Robbins was excellent, Don Cheadle was good, and Gary Sinise was also good, if not great. The problem seemed to be the boring, lifeless dialogue and blocking. When they became trapped inside the face was probably the worst part of the movie. "We're Trapped, no don't take off that wait!" If you're trapped in a giant white face who cares whether you die of atmospheric pressure being too low (or high, if it even is a legitimate issue). This film could have been a great film on the level of 2001: A Space Odyssey, but the story and dialogue fell very short. It's a decent movie to watch, but worth buying the DVD? No. If you want to see it, rent it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Hideously Horrible! 8-(
Why some people gave this stinker four or five stars is light years beyond me, and I love good sci-fi. I thought Red Planet was pretty bad until I saw this movie, and I realized that even Red Planet had some (not much) redeeming value by comparison. The negative reviews here accurately sum up the reasons why this is one of the worst movies ever made. I really struggled to stay with it 'til the end, if only for morbid curiosity.

Absolutely the steaming pile you've heard it is...

2-0 out of 5 stars Worst Alien Ever!
*SPOILER WARNING*
How would you like to go through what the characters do in this film, only to come face-to-face with a technologically advanced cartoon? What were the filmmakers thinking?
Derivative and cliche-ridden as it was, the story is actually compelling. Fine efforts were made to replicate scientifically plausible scenes in space. Once on Mars, however, plausibility is virtually thrown out the escape hatch.
Using "The Face" as a plot point was ridiculous since by the time we send a manned expedition to Mars, the planet and its landmarks would have been thoroughly mapped. The characters' sense of surprise at seeing "The Face" was when the film lost its grip on me. Despite the odds against the characters being drawn to "The Face" on a planet the size of Mars being "astronomical", it still COULD be explained by extraterrestrial intervention. Let's forget the fact that "The Face" has already been scientifically dismissed as a natural simulacrum caused by light and shadow. Kids could care less.
Once inside "The Face", we're taken on the "mysteries of the universe" goose chase which made previous films such as "2001" and "Close Encounters" memorable, but here leaves us with a sense of the filmmakers simply throwing away an ending to what has been a compelling narrative. Kids could care less.
But what absolutely lost it for me was "The Alien". C'mon, people; if you can't come up with a scientifically plausible alien, don't give us a damned cartoon! I'm not sure even kids were fooled by this one...absolutely terrible! THAT'S what made this film a waste. It's a good example of how one bad but crucial decision turned a decent entertainment into dreck.
All that being said, the overall production values elevate this film to "guilty pleasure" status. Kids might actually enjoy it in toto. Adults, however, will not look back in fondness upon seeing it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worst movie I have ever seen
This is definetly the worst movie I have ever gone to go see in the big screen. I remember I kept wishing for the movie to end and I almost got up and left. Im not going to spoil the ending for you but I am going to say that in movie aliens do exist. This movie isnt worth seeing and definetly not worth buying. Which is why I give it 5 out of 5 stars for the worst movie ever made! ... Read more


9. Escape From Mars
Director: Neill Fearnley
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4-0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable
Though it was made for television, I enjoyed this movie considerably. I thought the actors did well and the special effects were good. The only complaint I have is the fades appeared to be made for commercial breaks. Overlooking that, it was a pretty good movie. I like science fiction movies. Another good Mars movie I watched recently was Lost on Mars. I like any type of movie that has something to do with Mars.

2-0 out of 5 stars Made for TV?
Was this a major release? God, I hope not. They couldn't have spent much money on this film. It seemed flat and uninspired. The script and the acting was second rate. At no point was this film remotely believable. I watched it on TV for free when nothing else was on. That would be the only way to watch it!

4-0 out of 5 stars Escape from Mars
Escape from Mars is a film set in the year 2016, in which five astronauts journey to the red planet, on the first manned mission to another planet. The film is reasonably realistic, although the build up to, and the climax, is rather unconvincing. Although the film is science fiction, it seems more like a recount, due to the weak message which the movie portrays, which I believe to be 'taking risks can reward'. The plot, however, is complex enough to compensate for these matters. I believe that if the climax was more heavily anticipated and the message was emphasised more, then the movie would be very powerful.

The technical effects are very advanced. The spacecraft in which the astronauts travelled looks extremely realistic, and it's movement seems to abide to the laws of physics. To the untrained eye you cannot imagine how they filmed the spacecraft, although after playing the movie multiple times I did see a tiny string of nylon suspending the spacecraft in mid-air.

The amount of thought that was put into this movie was, in my opinion, was not as much as it could be. The movie at some points was lacking clarity, due to the fact that some sections were not emphasised enough, thus making it hard to understand. I also believe that the movie lacked some simple research, for example, when shots of the exterior of the space craft were filmed, you could here sounds, although sound does not travel through space. The astronauts were also filmed walking normally with their feet on the ground in a zero gravity environment, although this may be intentional, to show the technology advancement. As the film is set in the future, you would expect the technology to be different. In this movie, the technology has been changed adequately enough to show that there has been a technology advance, but so much that it becomes unfeasible. An example of the technology advance can be found within the computers used in mission control, which are a different shape and use a different user interface.

I believe that this movie was worth watching, and I did enjoy, because of the sense of realism, and the outstanding technical effects. It is obvious that a lot of work went into this movie, and that it should be commended. If I were to rate this film, I would give it four stars. Escape from Mars is appropriate for viewers older than eight, as it does require the presence of some technical knowledge and understanding. I would recommend this movie.

2-0 out of 5 stars Escape from torment... please
Compared to all the other Mars masterpieces out there, Escape from Mars does nothing for me. The acting was completely off-key and the photography reminded me too much of some homemade video. It's obviously a low-budget film. Special effects? Non-existent. The movie has one stupid outlook placed upon it, but the plot is actually fairly interesting. Yes, it's long. Yes, it's slow. But it's realistic. If your idea of science-fiction doesn't have to do with super-cool space aliens and high-flying action, then Escape from Mars may be your soup of the day. Of course, Red Planet and Mission to Mars are much better Mars films. Keep that in mind.

4-0 out of 5 stars a bit sketchy but made up for
Well,overall,the movie was pretty predictable and a bit stale but a couple of the actors really made the film worthwhile.Michael Shanks,better known for his role as Daniel Jackson in the hit tv series "Stargate SG-1",does an excellent job portraying Bill Malone,architect and scientist.His charisma lights up the screen yet again.Some of the other actors can be a bit dopey or sappy but it's an interesting concept for a movie and is just a good watch.Hey,it's not winning an award for best movie of the year or anything but it's still something worthwhile to watch! ... Read more


10. Replikator
Director: Philip Jackson
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11. Thrill Seekers
Director: Mario Azzopardi
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5-0 out of 5 stars Thrill Seekers is GREAT!
This is a great movie. From the first time I watched it, I had to see it again and again so whenever it is on TV (which is unfortunately only two or three times a year), I just have to catch it. Thrill Seekers has a lot of action, suspence, and science fiction too which keeps you on the edge of your seat for the whole movie.
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5-0 out of 5 stars caspers best since starship troopers
how good is this film-i caught it on tv and was held captive from start to finish. not only does casper look great he gives a fantastic performance great different story and pretty good effects for a low budget movie-take a chance buy it i guarentee you won't be disappointed

5-0 out of 5 stars Thrill Seekers
I have to admit the first time I watched this was because Catherine Bell is in it (she's one of my favorite actresses). But while watching it, I got hooked. I like the story,and the characters. The idea of being able to go back in time, and the consequences of changing future events is really interesting. I think that is the second thing that attracted me to the movie. I don't know what else I can say other than this is a great movie. I love everything about it!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Where the present and the future collide
I had never heard of "Thrill Seekers" before I came across it in DVD rentals and the description caught my interest. I rented it and was not disappointed. From the very beginning, this movie is a non-stop ride of suspense and action with an interesting cast of characters brought together by a single deviation in the past caused by a negligent time traveler. That one event sets off a chain of events that threaten to drastically change the future -- and those who know what is happening will stop at nothing to prevent that from happening. Will those in the present be able to use their knowledge to change the future or will those in the future be able to prevent any further deviations? You'll just have to see for yourself...!

5-0 out of 5 stars Thrill Seekers
I was thrill to see the WWF wasn't apart of this movie. Lots of action from start to end.I mean the story was just plan awesome. If you love Science fiction movies this movie is a must have.One of Casper Van Dien better movies.this movie is sorta like timecop,like you mess things up then you have to travel back to the past to fix thing,this movie rocks.FIVE STARS BABY! ... Read more


12. Men with Brooms
Director: Paul Gross
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great fun for a date
I caught this over the weekend and then had to go back. What a sweet, funny movie! I'm so glad it finally got a big-screen release in the USA! The Canadian setting and the curling give the movie a freshness to US eyes, even though the sports story is a classic. There's also a heartfelt story about finding love and redemption. Strong women characters raise this above the usual male-oriented comedy film, and there's a lot of verbal humor as well as slapstick. Paul Gross does a wonderful job as the prodigal son. His character is flawed but likable and he's devastatingly attractive. His many fans from his days as the Mountie on "Due South" will not be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quirky, lovable Canadian comedy with star power
"I think that there is something really fantastic about Canadian iconography," confesses actor/director/writer/musician Paul Gross, better known as überpolite, by-the-book RCMP Constable Benton Fraser on "Due South." "When you think about it, it's sort of bizarre--beaver, maple leaf. There is an oddball quality to it that is both noble, melancholy and laughable all at the same time, and I think that there is something really wonderful in that." Which pretty much sums up "Men With Brooms," a quirky Canadian comedy that sweeps audiences off its feet (bad curling pun intended).

If "Men With Brooms" suffers from one particular ailment, it would be that it tries to be a number of different films rolled into one: a love story, a buddy film, a curling documentary of sorts, the quintessential Canadian comedy. But the strength of its original script and ensemble cast really shines. Big name Canadian talent includes Paul Gross ("Due South," "Hamlet" at Stratford), Molly Parker ("Five Senses," "Rare Birds,") and Leslie Nielsen ("Due South," "Airplane," "Naked Gun"), although all of the actors do a fantastic job.

The basic premise is that Donald Foley, the beloved coach of the Long Bay, Ontario curling team has just died, and in his videotaped will he wants the team to reunite and attempt to win the Golden Broom, the most prestigious award in curling. The skip, Chris Cutter, left town ten years ago after losing an important game and leaving his fiancée Julie, Donald's daughter, standing at the altar. Now he has to attempt the impossible by reuniting his old teammates (a drug dealer, a mortician in a lifeless marriage, and a frustrated husband with a single-digit sperm count) and attempting to win the Golden Broom, as well with making peace with his father (Leslie Neilsen), Julie and himself.

In the "quirky Canadian comedy" tradition à la "Rare Birds," "Shipping News," and yes, "Strange Brew," "Men With Brooms" exalts the quirky charm of the Canadian character. This is evident from the film's opening scene, which pans from a gorgeous shot of the Canadian wilderness to an avant-garde bagpiper (who makes several appearances throughout the film) and a whole lotta computer-generated beavers (yes, beavers!). The film's music, much like that of "Due South," also serves to promote Canadian talent: The Tragically Hip (who also make an appearance as a curling team at the bonspiel), Sarah Harmer, Our Lady Peace, The New Pornographers, Sean McDonald, Big Sugar, Tom Wilson, the Matthew Good Band, Pepper Sands, Chantal Kreviazuk, Holly McNarland, and a beautiful country-rock love ballad by Paul Gross (who has released two albums, "Two Houses" and "Love and Carnage" as well as contributions to the "Due South" soundtracks). A very pleasing film on a number of levels and a darn tootin' lot o' fun, too, eh?!? There is some strong language and a number of implied sexual scenes, so if this offends you consider yourself forewarned. If you love oddball humour, Canadian films, curling or any combination of the three, this film is for you.

3-0 out of 5 stars English type movie about... curling!!
Some of you might not even know what curling is, but it is big in Canada and some northern European countries. The object is to slide big stones over ice to some kind of bulls eye... Just wait for the next winter Olympics!
This story is about a great team that had to split up after the captain cheated. Ten years later their coach has died and in his will asks them to once more try and win the title.

'Men with brooms' feels like some of the great comedies from Brittain in the last 10 years like 'The Full Monty', 'Billy Elliot' and 'Bend it like Beckham'. The characters are down-to-earth but have a comic twist. Some running gags like trying to get pregnant are also hilarious, especially because the guy is the biggest dork around.

It's fun, maybe not worth the price though. Oh yeah, Leslie Nielsen (Naked Gun) also plays in this movie and is funny.

2-0 out of 5 stars Men with Brooms
If you love the sport of curling, do not watch this movie! The acting is just okay. Don't let your kids watch this movie as there is a lot of profanity in it. The movie isn't awful, but it isn't good either. The curling action is not realistic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hey gasket!
My ability to sit through movies I have not seen the beginning of has rewarded me once again with this little known (in the States anyway) and largely hilarious comedy. I caught it about halfway through and still enjoyed it enough to look for it on here. I highly recommend it for medicinal purposes. I'll never look at curling, or those magnificent beavers, the same way again. Enjoy! ... Read more


13. Paris France
Director: Jerry Ciccoritti
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5-0 out of 5 stars DARING EXPLORATION OF SEXUAL FANTASIES....
I ordered this DVD truly not knowing what to expect considering the low price and everything I'd read about it. I'm amazed at the quality of this print. While there are no extras to speak of, the print is excellent. This Canadian film explores what happens when a writer named Lucy (Leslie Hope), who's stuck in a dull marriage, embarks on a no-holds-barred affair with Sloan (Peter Outerbridge) who's a friend of her husband's gay business partner. Sloan unleashes Lucy's pent up sexual fantasies in ways she's only written about. The film also explores our reactions to sex and all it's colors when an opportunity arises to explore them. This is one of the most uninhibited English language films I've seen outside of a Peter Greenaway film. It's shocking, graphic, funny and serious. It also features acres of equal opportunity nudity (mainly Outerbridge and Hope) that should please both sexes and those who are "curious". Hope plays a woman who aggressively takes an active role in her sexual relationship and is not used. Instead, she uses the man to push her buttons. Hope and Outerbridge deserve to be commended for their ability to play these characters so well considering the demands placed on them emotionally and physically."Paris France" is for adults only and is not for the timid (especially squeamish men). If you can swallow your inhibitions it's a rewarding experience for those who are game. The title is best left explained when you view the film. This is a great deal on an unusual and challenging venture into very sticky territory.

4-0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and well written story of sexual discovery
Well-acted and intelligently written film depicting the sexual explorations of two complex and compelling characters. Obviously, this film isn't for the under-18 crowd, but for adults who are interesting in observing the travails of two lovers embroiled in steamy but realistic romantic discovery, this film is good place to start.

5-0 out of 5 stars WATCH PARIS FRANCE WITH A DATE...OR TWO!
Have you ever been in a social situation in which everyone isjust as intelligent and intellectual as you? Whether you're a man or awoman, have you ever felt sexually scrutinized by someone so bold and intelligent as to make you feel ill at ease? Think of your wildest sexual fantasy...now think about whether or not you would/could go through with it if the opportunity arose.

Paris-France was written by Tom Walmsley and it is based on his novel. The entire movie is about what happens to four people during Easter weekend. Lucy (played by Leslie Hope) and Michael Quick are a married couple who are in business with William, the three run a small literary company. On the evening of Good Friday William is bringing over Randall Sloan (played by Peter Outerbridge). Sloan, as he prefers to be called, has a manuscript for a book he is writing called "Under my Skin." He is an ex-boxer turned writer.

Now, a personal note about this film. This is one of my top ten favorite films of all time. It is so outrageous, the first time I saw it I was gasping for air long before the end. I first saw it at one of those arthouse cinemas, and as with many of the films I consider extraordinary, a few 'men' in the audience couldn't deal with it, got up, and left. When a film can elicit that kind of reaction, I know I'm onto something worth experiencing. This is not a film you can watch while you're cooking or vacuuming the floors. It is laced with subtleties in the tone of the voices, and expressions that you must not miss. It is a study in frustration - sexual frustration. It is a study of some of the strangest fantasies the human psyche can concoct. It is as sexually explicit as you can get without crossing into porno.

The rest of the film will explore everyone's desires and emotions. Michael will wrestle with his homosexuality and the guilt he feels, while Sloan and Lucy explore how frustrating their sexual encounters really are. Also Sloan and William explore their share of sexual frustration. At one point, after having sex, Sloan says to William "I have found out in the last two years that when a guy is staring at me he's not always looking for trouble. Sometimes it's sex. I find that very bold. I don't know if could be bold enough to be gay."

PARIS FRANCE will creep you out, make you uncomfortable, frustrate you, and ultimately show you what awaits you in your path to self-discovery. I'm a better man for having traveled similar roads as the people in this movie. What about you? END ... Read more


14. Cold Creek Manor
Director: Mike Figgis
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3-0 out of 5 stars Cliched but not so bad!!!
Cold Creek Manor is as cliched as they get. A near accident forces NYC family to move to peaceful, idyllic suburbia. They move into the 'perfect' house, which has its share of not so perfect secrets. From there, it gets all the more predictable. So why didn't I hate this movie? The cast for one. Dennis Quaid was pretty good as the patriarch, and it was great seeing Sharon Stone back on the big screen in a very different role for her as mother. Stephen Dorff was very creepy and effective as the bad guy, and Juliette Lewis played the town slut to perfection.

Acclaimed director Mike Figgis did his best with the lackluster script, and wrote a pretty brilliant score to the film, which added to the creepiness. And while it was evident where the film was headed, the suspense did manage to build, slowly but surely. Perhaps some tight editing would have benefited the film since the audience knows what to expect and taking two hours to reach that point is quite ridiculous. However, there are some pretty terrific scenes which lead to a decent finale.

There is a tremendously long and unbearable deleted scene on the DVD I'm glad was removed. It was a15 minute scene of Quaid and Dorff playing a game of pool, which added nothing to the film. Had that been included, I might have hated this. And while the film ties things together nicely with it's an oh so perfect happy ending, the deleted alternate ending was far superior and more in the style of Mike Figgis. I think the film would have gotten an extra star with that ending in tact instead.

Overall, the film is overlong and cliched, but made fun nonetheless by the terrific cast and the director who knows how to work with his actors. It manages to be suspenseful without being a nail-biter. See it on a boring Sunday night, but don't expect much.

1-0 out of 5 stars Great Unintentional Comedy
Not too many thrills in this thriller, but as an unintentional comedy it's aces. Fans of bad movies will love this DVD to death, particularly the deleted scenes which include Dennis Quaid as pool shark humiliating the Massey character. Stephen Dorff flares his nostrils menacingly while strutting around shirtless, oiled up, and chewing the scenery like a starving man. Several laugh-out-loud moments throughout this film. Indeed the only thing missing is Joel and the 'bots in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.

4-0 out of 5 stars Give it a chance, Don't listen to hearsay
Cold Creek Manor I thought was a fairly decent movie. Don't read some of these other people's reviews and make a decision based on their opinions. Truth is maybe it was a little slow paced but there was a good story behind it. I think you should watch this movie and see what you think. Afterall no one's opinion matters except yours. As long as you like it who cares what others think.

1-0 out of 5 stars UNSPEAKABLY BAD
If only I had checked reviews here before wasting money to see this bomb. This is one of the worst movies ever made. How can a director possibly go wrong with the trio of Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, and Juliette Lewis? The dialogue is ridiculous, the plot is dumb, and the acting alternates between stilted and over the top. The editor must have gone on vacation because there were lots of loose ends and scenarios that didn't make sense. A few examples: Nude photos of her extramarital tryst with her boss were left lying around the house seemingly for anyone to view including strangers and their kids. Quaid discovers the photos and acts like he's perusing a circular he just received in the mail. A creep claiming to be the previous owner shows up and they just let him in the house to have dinner, no questions asked. Juliette Lewis is wasted here with no character development and no dialogue beyond boozy profanity. The character of the female sheriff was made to look incompetent and redneck beyond belief. Quaid, Stone, and Lewis are proven pros - let's hope they find work more befitting their talents in the future.

2-0 out of 5 stars WHOS OUT BACK?
Well, Sharon Stone and her hubby buy a house thats real run down. While fixin it up the kid that used to live there gets out of jail. He walks right in to the house without an invite looks around and starts eating thier dinner. They just sit there with there jaws slack and then.... they give him a job of fixin up the old place. Its obvious he is a nut so he goes over to juliete
lewis trailer and has his way with her over and over. Sooo he soon starts to kill animals and put snakes in thier clothes and stuff like that but they can't fiqure it out so they give him a raise. Later after the pieces of several murders come to light he wants to kill them, big surprize. The cops are baffeled and denny quiad and Ms. Stone hafta bust him in the gord. AT the end the house is freshly painted and a chorus of angels are singing.But julie Lewis still loves the guy even though he is dead so she puts flowers on an unmarked grave... fade to black ... Read more


15. Another Woman
Director: Alan Smythe
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16. Escape Velocity
Director: Lloyd A. Simandl
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2-0 out of 5 stars A Classic Case of Missed Opportunities
From glancing at the film summary, the general setting of Escape Velocity- an enormous, scarcely populated Cygnus-style space station precariously close to a star on the verge of transforming into a supernova apparently equipped with some extraordinary anti-gravity device to safeguard its perilous position- invites comparisons to an updated version of the Black Hole. However, it becomes increasingly clear during the film that Escape Velocity is much closer to an intergalactic version of the thriller Dead Calm. Notwithstanding the obvious discrepancies in setting, there are numerous similarities between these films: both feature a homicidal killer unsuspectingly picked up (and in the case of Escape Velocity, awoken from hibernation) by a small crew of good samaritans, who briefly befriends his gracious benefactors before abruptly turning upon them in order to utilize the capacities offered by their ship. Likewise, the maniac expels the husband or male patriarch (Sam Neill and Patrick Bergin in each film respectively) and terrorizes the wife (and her daughter in Escape Velocity) in the meantime until the captain returns and with uxorial assistance, kills the heartless assailant.
Apart from these divergent details and sequences, overall Escape Velocity and Dead Calm are remarkably alike- unfortunately except in terms of production and execution. Whereas the latter film is tautly made and edited, Event Velocity plods in pacing and suffers from abrupt and clumsily executed plot changes.
Doubtlessly the most awkward moment of Escape Velocity is where the assailant, Nash (Peter Outerbridge) having failed to apprehend Billie (Wendy Crewson) and Ronnie (Michelle Baudoin), implausibly proceeds to resurrect his minions, who, like himself, have also been in hibernation for fifteen years. Although the film did previously indicate that Nash escaped from the penal colony along with his cohorts, it is assumed that they must have died during the voyage since Billie and Cal (Patrick Bergin) never observed, let alone mentioned, that other passengers on Nash's ship likewise lingered in suspended hibernation. Surely such a critical factor could not have been ignored by a purported eminent scientist like Cal. In addition to needlessly complicating the action, the resurrection of these minions throws the whole storyline off balance. Ironically, instead of augmenting the odds against our beleaguered heroines, they actually diminish them as Billie is able to overpower all of them (except, of course, for their ringleader, Nash) with relative ease. (While their incompetence could stem from disorientation engendered by hibernation hangover, the fact the film overlooks this notion entirely makes these characters more pathetic than threatening.)
Unlike the Black Hole, which made deft use of panoramic sets to simulate the majestic interior of the Cygnus as a wondrous space city, in Escape Velocity the space station is unnecessarily large and its size never reflected in the cloistered, claustrophobic sets which supposedly depict its interior. As the filmmakers did not have to go through the ordeal of constructing an ornate ship model as in the Black Hole, it seems that the ship here is enormous essentially to exhibit the handsome computer simulation. (Since it's not a cargo ship, what is all that extra space used for, extra reserve fuel to escape the gravitational pull of the red giant?)
It is also contrived that the red giant is continuously stagnant throughout the film and should only explode at the very moment when Nash is pursuing the crew. (Isn't a red giant supposed to be continuously swelling in size before swiftly contracting on the verge of a supernova?) Moreover, although Cal's space dingy becomes alarmingly proximous to the red giant (thanks to Nash's tampering with the controls), the absence of scenes depicting Cal experiencing any sweat or his ship's hull being charred from the star's immeasurable heat fails to provide basic suspense as well as to stupefyingly defy rudimentary laws of astronomy (obviously viewers don't watch these cosmic flicks for scientific accuracy, yet some adherence to common sense sure could have provided some much needed credibility which would definitely have enhanced the film.)
Given these inconsistencies it is no surprise that incontestably the best (as well as the only decent) part of the film is the twenty minutes which elapse from our introduction to the space station's crew to Nash's backstabbing ploys against them. When we first meet the crew, we encounter an ostensibly tranquil yet emotionally frustrated menagerie with each individual possessing foibles which are promising vehicles for strong character conflict: Cal's disappointment with the stagnant development of the erstwhile red giant, Billie's haunting by her husband's death and her ignominious discharge from the military (an intriguing backstory sadly never adequately explained), and her restless, sexually-starved daughter Ronnie feeling the cumulative toll (pehaps a form of cosmic cabin fever) of prolonged isolation due to the voyage. When Nash is discovered and revived, the stage has effectively been set for his arrival to intensify the tension which already exists among the crew. The tragedy of Escape Velocity is that all of these potentially intriguing character angles are effortlessly scuttled once Nash psychotically turns upon the crew, whereby the film sadly degenerates into a pedestrian cat and mouse hunt with the space station's innumerable compartments providing ample labyrinthine sets for several contrived action scenes.
Escape Velocity stands as a classic case of a film which, had concerted efforts been made to allow the characters to freely develop and not fall into regimented stereotypes of the hunter and hunted, could have become a cut above the standard direct- to- video space thriller. Unfortunately, neglect of these considerations place it squarely in this largely undistinguished film subgenre.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Space SuperChicks (and Man) Fight Villain & Company !
Hi ! I'll drone on a little while, or you can let my Review Title sum things up !!

I'd first like to say, apart from Wendy Crewson and Michelle Beaudoinne as two of Deep Space's Most Heavenly Bodies, ESCAPE VELOCITY shines as pleasant, sit-back / surrender-to-Suspension-of-Disbelief Happy Happy Joy Joy.

Sure, here -are- a heap o' lil' hysterical idiosyncracies to giggle over, but ESCAPE VELOCITY, as before I've noted, is a FUN flick you can leave your Cerebellum OFF-hook for. So, curl up next to your Sweetie and indulge each other in her favorite snacks and beverages, Men !!

Beautifully TRUE to Tradition, ESCAPE VELOCITY boasts a Pistol Packin' Space Mama holding off the Baddies *singlehandedly* whilst her Nubile, Goodie, At-LAST-I-Can-Drink! Daughter take turns fritzing out between bombs and bullets, Carol Lynley / POSEIDON ADVENTURE style.

Where, for you uninitiated, is Our Loving But Tough Step Dad / Commander in the meantime ? Why, CALMLY - and I mean, CALMLY - removing some outerwear so as to most -comfortably- tank-up the (Archaic) Fighter Craft rapidly falling into Gravity Well Hell. ....

... there's even a "Wet T-shirt Contest" ...... but you must bum or buy ESCAPE VELOCITY to see WHO the Lucky Lady (or is that us Men ?) is !!

This is DEFINITELY the Kind of Movie you *and* your Girl can get into, Age Irrelative. Frilly FUN -- NO Final Exam !! ... Read more


17. Victim of Beauty
Director: Paul Lynch
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2-0 out of 5 stars Jennifer Rubin is no threat to Elle or Naomi
This thriller was made for Canadian TV and only redeemed from the B stockpile by the acting of Peter Outerbridge as a wanna be fashion photographer, and the appearance of Sally Kellerman as the agent for "the beauty" Jennifer Rubin. Rubin is perhaps the most lead-footed model I've ever seen, so it's not unexpected when everyone aroud her begins to be killed, though suicide isn't considered as a motive. While she is attractive, Rubin's acting is so flat and she is so physically stiff that you pray that she will be the next to get it. It's a little like the way Kathleen Turner thought so she was such hot stuff in Body Heat. Here Rubin turns heads in the street even before she starts modeling (in a convenient plot turn), in spiteof her dressing the way Outerbridge describes as if for "Siberian Vogue". Outerbridge is a James Spada look-alike without having Spada's mannerist style and whilst his acting is technically superior to Kellerman's, she outclasses him in star power. Given the best nasty lines, she dresses in male drag to prove the claim that she "swings both ways". Director Paul Lynch's work is barely inspired. He slurps over the horror music and gives us close-ups of ringing telephones, though there is an unintentional laugh in the cat scare shot when it appears that the poor kitty has been thrown into frame to approximate it jumping. At least we are spared the cat from being a victim, or Kellerman's highrise balcony being used for someone to be pushed from. The low point is the music video that Rubin participates in, where she is so inept that even her walking requires a choreographer. It's indicative of Lynch's sensibility that when TV news features footage from the "yet unreleased' clip, what we see is the replica of the take we saw being filmed, but magically edited from different shots. If this genius music video director can produce such material (we also know he's a genius because he's the kind who sits on a moving camera and speaks in a British accent) perhaps the Canadian TV producers should have hired him instead of Lynch to make their film. The revelation of the killer jumps over countless red herrings, and is preposterous, but ironically allows Rubin to finally come to life. ... Read more


18. Better Than Chocolate
Director: Anne Wheeler
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5-0 out of 5 stars 8 out of 5 stars!
Better Than Chocolate describes itself in the title... a feel good, laugh a lot movie, BTC will hook you into the plot right from the first scene. With an incredible array of characters, including a transgendered(male to female) woman named Judy, the movie is funny and heartfelt. The low budget filming makes it seem that much more real and the storyline is excellent, though the acting may be slightly amateur and the dialogue a little cheesy. The main couple, Maggie and Kim are lesbians, but they represent any other couple going through real-life problems. Wendy Crewson is wonderful as the lonely, unknowing mother, and she steals at least one of the hilarious scenes. Anne-Marie MacDonald plays Frances, the boyish owner of Ten Percent books, where only ten percent of the merchandise is books. Overall, it is a warm, feel good movie, predictable at times but for some reason, I keep watching it, and I find myself crying right along with the characters every time. Definitely see this movie if it's the last thing you do...

5-0 out of 5 stars Better Than Chocolate between...
I give this movie five out of five stars. Although it moves rather quickly you can't help being hook. Twenty minutes of the movie has past and Maggie, 19, not-quite-out, college dropout, and working at Ten Percent bookstore (no it's not a discount store) meets Kim, a nomadic artist, butch but sweet and romance starts. There's a scene that will leave many people exploring the arts.

Within the first twenty minutes, Maggie meets and falls in love with vivacious Kim, helps her conservative lesbian boss fight customs who seem to be trying to put her out of business. Oh, don't forget Maggie has to find a place to live, because her newly divorce mother, Lila is moving in with her along with sibling, Paul, neither who know that Maggie's been living in a bookstore since she quite law school, and she's gay!

Couple this with her omisexual co-worker, and transgender friend, Judy, who has love and parent issues of her/his own, and you've got a great story.

I almost cracked up when Lila goes..."Kim do you have a boyfriend?" and Kim replies, "No...Funny that!" Everyone seems to be in on the joke, but Lila who replies, "What's wrong with boys?" Maggie's fighting off an uncontrollable need for laughter and the audience does too. Wendy Crewson as Lila is an added addition to this romantic comedy.

All said in done, I wonder what it's like to live in that world. Definitely never a dull experience. This is a must see regardless of your lifestyle.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and fun filled
We have watched this over and over again and it is still a wonderful movie.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
This is one of the all-time best movies. The chemistry between Karyn Dwyer (Maggie) and Christina Cox (Kim) is amazing. (I was shocked when the director seemed to say in her commentary that both are staight.) Maggie's interaction with her mother reminded me so much of how hard it was for me to come out to my mother. The soundtrack is wonderful.

3-0 out of 5 stars Probably just as good as chocolate...
Better Than Chocolate is a great movie.. with one or two big flaws. The story is great - it deals with the pain and frustration of coming out (or just figuring out your sexuality), falling in love, losing the one you love, and standing up for what you believe in juxtaposed nicely with commentary on the role of family in ones' life, what constitutes a family, and how we can all become happy with our lives. Quite a lot of themes for just one film. And Better than Chocolate handles each of them fairly well, if only briefly. The actresses portraying Kim, Lila, Judy and Frances are just wonderful. Each of them brings dimension to characters that could easliy have been played in a very one-sided way. They become human rather than just symbols or stock players to fill up Maggie's world. The friendship that develops between Lila and Judy is one of the best parts of the film. Maybe this is just me, but I find that Maggie is a totally unsympathetic character. She's whiny and immature and even snotty at times. I care the least about her of all the characters in the film.. which is unfortunate because this is really a film revolving around her and the way her relationships (and those of her friends and family) work. I just wish that the role had been cast differently or spun a bit differently.. it would have brought a lot more to the film. Ultimately, I enjoy the film. The relationships and issues dealt with in the film are difficult to deal with, but the film does a reasonably good job. ... Read more


19. Better Than Chocolate
Director: Anne Wheeler
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5-0 out of 5 stars 8 out of 5 stars!
Better Than Chocolate describes itself in the title... a feel good, laugh a lot movie, BTC will hook you into the plot right from the first scene. With an incredible array of characters, including a transgendered(male to female) woman named Judy, the movie is funny and heartfelt. The low budget filming makes it seem that much more real and the storyline is excellent, though the acting may be slightly amateur and the dialogue a little cheesy. The main couple, Maggie and Kim are lesbians, but they represent any other couple going through real-life problems. Wendy Crewson is wonderful as the lonely, unknowing mother, and she steals at least one of the hilarious scenes. Anne-Marie MacDonald plays Frances, the boyish owner of Ten Percent books, where only ten percent of the merchandise is books. Overall, it is a warm, feel good movie, predictable at times but for some reason, I keep watching it, and I find myself crying right along with the characters every time. Definitely see this movie if it's the last thing you do...

5-0 out of 5 stars Better Than Chocolate between...
I give this movie five out of five stars. Although it moves rather quickly you can't help being hook. Twenty minutes of the movie has past and Maggie, 19, not-quite-out, college dropout, and working at Ten Percent bookstore (no it's not a discount store) meets Kim, a nomadic artist, butch but sweet and romance starts. There's a scene that will leave many people exploring the arts.

Within the first twenty minutes, Maggie meets and falls in love with vivacious Kim, helps her conservative lesbian boss fight customs who seem to be trying to put her out of business. Oh, don't forget Maggie has to find a place to live, because her newly divorce mother, Lila is moving in with her along with sibling, Paul, neither who know that Maggie's been living in a bookstore since she quite law school, and she's gay!

Couple this with her omisexual co-worker, and transgender friend, Judy, who has love and parent issues of her/his own, and you've got a great story.

I almost cracked up when Lila goes..."Kim do you have a boyfriend?" and Kim replies, "No...Funny that!" Everyone seems to be in on the joke, but Lila who replies, "What's wrong with boys?" Maggie's fighting off an uncontrollable need for laughter and the audience does too. Wendy Crewson as Lila is an added addition to this romantic comedy.

All said in done, I wonder what it's like to live in that world. Definitely never a dull experience. This is a must see regardless of your lifestyle.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and fun filled
We have watched this over and over again and it is still a wonderful movie.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
This is one of the all-time best movies. The chemistry between Karyn Dwyer (Maggie) and Christina Cox (Kim) is amazing. (I was shocked when the director seemed to say in her commentary that both are staight.) Maggie's interaction with her mother reminded me so much of how hard it was for me to come out to my mother. The soundtrack is wonderful.

3-0 out of 5 stars Probably just as good as chocolate...
Better Than Chocolate is a great movie.. with one or two big flaws. The story is great - it deals with the pain and frustration of coming out (or just figuring out your sexuality), falling in love, losing the one you love, and standing up for what you believe in juxtaposed nicely with commentary on the role of family in ones' life, what constitutes a family, and how we can all become happy with our lives. Quite a lot of themes for just one film. And Better than Chocolate handles each of them fairly well, if only briefly. The actresses portraying Kim, Lila, Judy and Frances are just wonderful. Each of them brings dimension to characters that could easliy have been played in a very one-sided way. They become human rather than just symbols or stock players to fill up Maggie's world. The friendship that develops between Lila and Judy is one of the best parts of the film. Maybe this is just me, but I find that Maggie is a totally unsympathetic character. She's whiny and immature and even snotty at times. I care the least about her of all the characters in the film.. which is unfortunate because this is really a film revolving around her and the way her relationships (and those of her friends and family) work. I just wish that the role had been cast differently or spun a bit differently.. it would have brought a lot more to the film. Ultimately, I enjoy the film. The relationships and issues dealt with in the film are difficult to deal with, but the film does a reasonably good job. ... Read more


20. Escape Velocity
Director: Lloyd A. Simandl
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2-0 out of 5 stars A Classic Case of Missed Opportunities
From glancing at the film summary, the general setting of Escape Velocity- an enormous, scarcely populated Cygnus-style space station precariously close to a star on the verge of transforming into a supernova apparently equipped with some extraordinary anti-gravity device to safeguard its perilous position- invites comparisons to an updated version of the Black Hole. However, it becomes increasingly clear during the film that Escape Velocity is much closer to an intergalactic version of the thriller Dead Calm. Notwithstanding the obvious discrepancies in setting, there are numerous similarities between these films: both feature a homicidal killer unsuspectingly picked up (and in the case of Escape Velocity, awoken from hibernation) by a small crew of good samaritans, who briefly befriends his gracious benefactors before abruptly turning upon them in order to utilize the capacities offered by their ship. Likewise, the maniac expels the husband or male patriarch (Sam Neill and Patrick Bergin in each film respectively) and terrorizes the wife (and her daughter in Escape Velocity) in the meantime until the captain returns and with uxorial assistance, kills the heartless assailant.
Apart from these divergent details and sequences, overall Escape Velocity and Dead Calm are remarkably alike- unfortunately except in terms of production and execution. Whereas the latter film is tautly made and edited, Event Velocity plods in pacing and suffers from abrupt and clumsily executed plot changes.
Doubtlessly the most awkward moment of Escape Velocity is where the assailant, Nash (Peter Outerbridge) having failed to apprehend Billie (Wendy Crewson) and Ronnie (Michelle Baudoin), implausibly proceeds to resurrect his minions, who, like himself, have also been in hibernation for fifteen years. Although the film did previously indicate that Nash escaped from the penal colony along with his cohorts, it is assumed that they must have died during the voyage since Billie and Cal (Patrick Bergin) never observed, let alone mentioned, that other passengers on Nash's ship likewise lingered in suspended hibernation. Surely such a critical factor could not have been ignored by a purported eminent scientist like Cal. In addition to needlessly complicating the action, the resurrection of these minions throws the whole storyline off balance. Ironically, instead of augmenting the odds against our beleaguered heroines, they actually diminish them as Billie is able to overpower all of them (except, of course, for their ringleader, Nash) with relative ease. (While their incompetence could stem from disorientation engendered by hibernation hangover, the fact the film overlooks this notion entirely makes these characters more pathetic than threatening.)
Unlike the Black Hole, which made deft use of panoramic sets to simulate the majestic interior of the Cygnus as a wondrous space city, in Escape Velocity the space station is unnecessarily large and its size never reflected in the cloistered, claustrophobic sets which supposedly depict its interior. As the filmmakers did not have to go through the ordeal of constructing an ornate ship model as in the Black Hole, it seems that the ship here is enormous essentially to exhibit the handsome computer simulation. (Since it's not a cargo ship, what is all that extra space used for, extra reserve fuel to escape the gravitational pull of the red giant?)
It is also contrived that the red giant is continuously stagnant throughout the film and should only explode at the very moment when Nash is pursuing the crew. (Isn't a red giant supposed to be continuously swelling in size before swiftly contracting on the verge of a supernova?) Moreover, although Cal's space dingy becomes alarmingly proximous to the red giant (thanks to Nash's tampering with the controls), the absence of scenes depicting Cal experiencing any sweat or his ship's hull being charred from the star's immeasurable heat fails to provide basic suspense as well as to stupefyingly defy rudimentary laws of astronomy (obviously viewers don't watch these cosmic flicks for scientific accuracy, yet some adherence to common sense sure could have provided some much needed credibility which would definitely have enhanced the film.)
Given these inconsistencies it is no surprise that incontestably the best (as well as the only decent) part of the film is the twenty minutes which elapse from our introduction to the space station's crew to Nash's backstabbing ploys against them. When we first meet the crew, we encounter an ostensibly tranquil yet emotionally frustrated menagerie with each individual possessing foibles which are promising vehicles for strong character conflict: Cal's disappointment with the stagnant development of the erstwhile red giant, Billie's haunting by her husband's death and her ignominious discharge from the military (an intriguing backstory sadly never adequately explained), and her restless, sexually-starved daughter Ronnie feeling the cumulative toll (pehaps a form of cosmic cabin fever) of prolonged isolation due to the voyage. When Nash is discovered and revived, the stage has effectively been set for his arrival to intensify the tension which already exists among the crew. The tragedy of Escape Velocity is that all of these potentially intriguing character angles are effortlessly scuttled once Nash psychotically turns upon the crew, whereby the film sadly degenerates into a pedestrian cat and mouse hunt with the space station's innumerable compartments providing ample labyrinthine sets for several contrived action scenes.
Escape Velocity stands as a classic case of a film which, had concerted efforts been made to allow the characters to freely develop and not fall into regimented stereotypes of the hunter and hunted, could have become a cut above the standard direct- to- video space thriller. Unfortunately, neglect of these considerations place it squarely in this largely undistinguished film subgenre.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Space SuperChicks (and Man) Fight Villain & Company !
Hi ! I'll drone on a little while, or you can let my Review Title sum things up !!

I'd first like to say, apart from Wendy Crewson and Michelle Beaudoinne as two of Deep Space's Most Heavenly Bodies, ESCAPE VELOCITY shines as pleasant, sit-back / surrender-to-Suspension-of-Disbelief Happy Happy Joy Joy.

Sure, here -are- a heap o' lil' hysterical idiosyncracies to giggle over, but ESCAPE VELOCITY, as before I've noted, is a FUN flick you can leave your Cerebellum OFF-hook for. So, curl up next to your Sweetie and indulge each other in her favorite snacks and beverages, Men !!

Beautifully TRUE to Tradition, ESCAPE VELOCITY boasts a Pistol Packin' Space Mama holding off the Baddies *singlehandedly* whilst her Nubile, Goodie, At-LAST-I-Can-Drink! Daughter take turns fritzing out between bombs and bullets, Carol Lynley / POSEIDON ADVENTURE style.

Where, for you uninitiated, is Our Loving But Tough Step Dad / Commander in the meantime ? Why, CALMLY - and I mean, CALMLY - removing some outerwear so as to most -comfortably- tank-up the (Archaic) Fighter Craft rapidly falling into Gravity Well Hell. ....

... there's even a "Wet T-shirt Contest" ...... but you must bum or buy ESCAPE VELOCITY to see WHO the Lucky Lady (or is that us Men ?) is !!

This is DEFINITELY the Kind of Movie you *and* your Girl can get into, Age Irrelative. Frilly FUN -- NO Final Exam !! ... Read more


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