September 2008

L.A. Confidential

by Alan Rapp on September 30, 2008

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: L.A. Confidential
  • IMDB: link

“Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush.”

The year was 1997 and the film was L.A. Confidential. Based on the James Ellroy novel of the same name the film tells the story of corruption and murder in 1950’s Los Angeles.

The film follows the investigations of three distinctly different cops.  The first is the ambitious career-mined Det. Lt. Edmund Exley (Guy Pearce) who makes a name for himself on honesty and a willingness to throw those who don’t agree to the wolves.

The second is Officer Bud White (Russell Crowe) a blunt instrument with a strong desire to help women in trouble and more brains than most people, even himself, give him credit.

And the third, Det. Sgt. Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey), is a fame obsessed cop drunk on the Hollywood scene, his small role as a consultant for the cop show Badge of Honor (think Dragnet), and his ties to sleazoid magazine editor (Danny DeVito).

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Beauty and the Beast

by Alan Rapp on September 30, 2008

in DVD Reviews 

How many shows can you name which center around lawyers, doctors, cowboys, explorers, families and space travelers?  Now how many prime time fairy tales do you remember from television?  Here’s one…

  • Title: Beauty and the Beast – The Complete First Season
  • tv.com: link

“We’re below the city, below the subways.  There is a whole world of tunnels and chambers that most people don’t even know exists.  There are no maps to where we are.  It’s a forgotten place.  But it’s warm and it’s safe, and we have all the room we need.  So we live here and we try to live as well as we can, and we try to take care of each other.”

After being attacked society girl Catherine Chandler (Linda Hamilton) is nursed back to health in the bowels of New York City by Vincent (Ron Perlman).  Here begins a fairy tale love story between a beautiful Assistant District Attorney and her protector, a beast with the soul of a poet.

This first season introduces us to the world of “down below” and the characters who will become staples of the series.  It also sets up Catherine’s world above with her boss Joe (Jay Acovone) and her on-again, off-again, suitor Elliot Burch (Edward Albert).  “Son of Orpheus” reveals Father’s (Roy Dotrice) past and his reasons for retreating from the world above and creating the underground society.  “An Impossible Silence” and “China Moon” are set in the distinct worlds of a deaf girl (Terrylene) and Chinatown.  “The Alchemist” introduces the recurring villain of Paracelsus (Tony Jay), and Vincent’s childhood friend returns in “Promises of Someday”.  The nature of the lovers relationship is put to the test in “A Happy Life

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I Will Remember You

by Alan Rapp on September 30, 2008

in Music News & Reviews

Hitting stores next week is singer/songwriter and Lilith Fair founder Sarah McLachlan‘s new “Best of” album Closer which includes “Aida,” “Angel,” “Sweet Surrender,” “Building a Mystery,” and “I Will Remember You” (which you can watch her performing live in this vid below.  Enjoy!

This Week in Film

by Alan Rapp on September 29, 2008

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Blindness
  • IMDB: link

Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo star in this adaptation of the Jose Saramago novel about a city struck by an epidemic of unexplained blindness.  Alice Braga, Danny Glover, and Gael Garcia Bernal also star.  Check out the official site.  After two weeks in limited release the film opens wide on Friday.  Larger trailer available inside the Full Diagnosis.

This Week in Documentary Film

by Alan Rapp on September 29, 2008

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Religulous
  • IMDB: link

In the documentary comedian and talk-show host Bill Maher travels around the country interviewing people about God and religion.  Check out the official site and the Wikipedia page.  The film opens in limited release in select cities on Friday.  Larger trailer available in the Full Diagnosis.