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  1. DVD Review: Painkillers

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    I've always been a sucker for a good, hard-boiled sci-fi/action thriller - and while some plots in the past have left me scratching my head in disbelief, and in the case of director Peter Winther's PAINKILLERS, although the plot was generally easy to traverse, the overall product suffered as a result of a few subpar performances.

    Following a group of soldiers winding their way through the snow-topped mountain range of Afghanistan, led ...
  2. Candyman Returns: "Farewell to the Flesh" (1995)

    The Candyman (Tony Todd) arrives in New Orleans and sets his sights on a young woman whose family was ruined by the immortal killer years before.

    So, how did this sequel come to be? Bernard Rose, who had made the original film, had written the first draft of the script, and it is interesting because Candyman never actually appears in it. (Apparently about this time he was also working on a script for "Midnight Meat Train", but the eventual film was written by Jeff Buhler, ...
  3. Oscar Preview #2: Shaun the Sheep

    When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it is up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.

    This film is the perfect example to illustrate the difference between an Oscar nomination and an Oscar win. In most categories, getting a nomination is an honor in itself, whether you win or not. Each ...
  4. Cult Film History: "Alice in Wonderland: An X-Rated Musical Fantasy" (1976)

    Alice (Kristine DeBell) enters in a world of wonder... but not the kind of wonder that you remember as a kid. The Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Queen and others (even Tweedledee and Tweedledum) show Alice some things about her body -- and other people's bodies -- that might be quite wonderful. A tale of love and lust the likes you have never seen.

    The story of how Kristine DeBell got involved with this is interesting. According to her, she was a model at the Ford Agency and saw ...
  5. "The Guardian" (1990): Not One of William Friedkin's Best

    Phil and Kate Sterling have moved into one of the remote canyon areas of Los Angeles. Within the year, Kate gives birth to their first baby, who they name Jake. Within a few weeks of the delivery, they make the decision for Kate to return to work as a designer immediately, which means hiring a full-time, live-in nanny.

    The development of "The Guardian" is a story in itself. Starting off as a book called "The Nanny", it was handed off to Sam Raimi. In retrospect, ...
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