Grosse Pointe Blank/A-,A-
A clever idea
is carried out to maximum fulfillment as hitman Martin Blank returns to his ten year high
school reunion. John Cusack is terrific as the hitman with a conscience and Minnie Driver
is perfection as his long lost love. Joan Cusack has some magic moments as Blank's
efficient secretary and Dan Aykroyd manages to stay within the bounds of his
character. Even the explosions are well-timed and the shoot-outs choreographed with a nod
to John Woo.
The laser disc is bright, sharp and
dynamic. The surround information is outstanding, with bullets flying in every direction
and best of all is the driving beat of the op song soundtrack. Grosse Pointe Blank
is outstanding in execution and treatment.
The biopic of
legendary World War I hero Alvin York, Howard Hawks' film shows us all sides of York and
dishes out equal measures of romance, drama, action and comedy. The scenes in the back
hills of Tennessee are stylized and often the outdoor backgrounds look staged with painted
drop-backs The writing is first rate for a movie of this kind and York's story moves
gracefully from Tennessee to the battlefields of Europe.
Gary Cooper is perfectly
married to the down-home material. Everything revolves around his Academy Award winning
performance and he delivers. It's a great role and a great performance.
The source material for the laser disc is inconsistent with some
scratches and dirt. Contrast levels are consistent and the image is sharp. The mono sound
is all right. This classic film is a worthy addition to any collection.
Romy and Michele's High
Ten years out
of high school and still together, best friends Romy and Michele still haven't got a clue.
Their blithe of reality is hilarious and their return from LA to Tucson for
the reunion is consistently outrageous. The film is filled mostly with funny bits that
represent the make-up of the girls. It's often easy satire, but Mia Sorvino and Lisa
Kidrow succeed in making the air-head twins thoroughly likable.
in a pod. ãTouchstone
The colorful transfers compliments the daffy nature of the material. There are some
moments of softness in the image, but overall it's as clear as the girls. The soundtrack
has plenty of snap with bass rhythms accompanying the girls on their journey to the past.
A highly enjoyable evening's entertainment. You might not want to live with either of
these girls, but a visit is worth the effort.
Whole Wide World/B,B
rural Texas circa 1930s right down to the dust on the running boards of cars, The
Whole Wide World relates the romance of Conan the Barbarian pulp author Robert Howard
and school teacher Novalyne Price. Revolving around the eccentric personal rhythms of
Howard, the courtship of the two artistic young people is charming, yet there is a
fatalistic sense that pervades almost every scene. Rene Zellweger captures the
wisdom and sweetness of the young Price to a tee. Vincent D'Onofrio in the expansive role
of Howard is very good. Written and directed by Dan Ireland, this "small" movie
manages to share the personal experiences with its audience, no small achievement.
love affair.ãColumbia Tristar
feel of the movie results in some grainy sequences, but overall the transfer is clean.
Images are sharp. Colors are slightly muted, but again, this seems artistic intent.