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Something About Sex

Review A comedic roller coaster ride through the love, sex, trust monogamy and cheating rituals of three seemingly happy couples, all observed by one cynical bachelor played by Jason Alexander.
Kill Switch

Review John Melendez (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno announcer) wrote, stars and produced this hilarious tale of one man's quest to find the girl of his dreams. The challenge...to find a girlfriend who is willing to have another girl join them in the bedroom.
Rendez-Vous

Review LAST HAND - DVD Movie
E-Love

Review Cold Heart
Spread

Review A dying scientist has dropped a bioweapon canister into the hands of an ice cream deliveryman and a convenience-store clerk and now they are on a race to get it to a military base before the assassins get them.
Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Rating: R
Release Date: 7-SEP-2004
Media Type: DVD
Face the Music

Review Someone must have really shown Cuba Gooding Jr. the money for him to risk his Oscar cachet on this derivative buddy movie that never quite gets up to Speed despite its blatant ripoff of that breakneck thriller's gimmick. Instead of a bomb-rigged bus forced to maintain its speed of 50 mph, here we have Elvis, a chemical weapon that must be kept cooler than 50 degrees. Standing between us and flesh-melting defoliant devastation are the requisite mismatched antagonists Mason, a short-order cook (Skeet Ulrich), and Arlo, a thief (Gooding).

Elvis was created by Mason's fishing buddy, Dr. Richard Long (David Paymer), a biologist still shaken up by a deadly test 10 years earlier that went awry and killed 18 soldiers. Instead of Long, "thorn in the side" Captain Andrew Bryner (Peter Firth) took the fall and went to prison. Now, the embittered Bryner has been released and is understandably vengeful. A ticking time bomb himself, the demented Bryner leads the relentless pursuit of Mason and Arlo, who have been compelled by Long to transport Elvis to a military base 90 miles away in--get this--Arlo's ice cream truck.

Gooding works hard for the money, although he was shortchanged by the script ("I'd like to kick your ass like last year's underwear" is a sample bon mot). Still, he makes his exuberant Oscar acceptance speech look restrained. And Firth makes an effective villain. "Your lives will end on this miserable road to nowhere," he warns the duo, "and I can't guarantee the end will be quick." Hardly a Factor at the box office, this thriller is fine for action fans who want to put their brains on cruise control and just chill at home. --Donald Liebenson


The Japanese Wife Next Door (Edited Version)

Review A comedic roller coaster ride through the love, sex, trust monogamy and cheating rituals of three seemingly happy couples, all observed by one cynical bachelor played by Jason Alexander.
In a Small World

Review John Melendez (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno announcer) wrote, stars and produced this hilarious tale of one man's quest to find the girl of his dreams. The challenge...to find a girlfriend who is willing to have another girl join them in the bedroom.
Bang Gang

Review LAST HAND - DVD Movie
Almost Anything

Review Cold Heart
Pleasurecraft

Review A dying scientist has dropped a bioweapon canister into the hands of an ice cream deliveryman and a convenience-store clerk and now they are on a race to get it to a military base before the assassins get them.
Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Rating: R
Release Date: 7-SEP-2004
Media Type: DVD
Bite Me

Review Someone must have really shown Cuba Gooding Jr. the money for him to risk his Oscar cachet on this derivative buddy movie that never quite gets up to Speed despite its blatant ripoff of that breakneck thriller's gimmick. Instead of a bomb-rigged bus forced to maintain its speed of 50 mph, here we have Elvis, a chemical weapon that must be kept cooler than 50 degrees. Standing between us and flesh-melting defoliant devastation are the requisite mismatched antagonists Mason, a short-order cook (Skeet Ulrich), and Arlo, a thief (Gooding).

Elvis was created by Mason's fishing buddy, Dr. Richard Long (David Paymer), a biologist still shaken up by a deadly test 10 years earlier that went awry and killed 18 soldiers. Instead of Long, "thorn in the side" Captain Andrew Bryner (Peter Firth) took the fall and went to prison. Now, the embittered Bryner has been released and is understandably vengeful. A ticking time bomb himself, the demented Bryner leads the relentless pursuit of Mason and Arlo, who have been compelled by Long to transport Elvis to a military base 90 miles away in--get this--Arlo's ice cream truck.

Gooding works hard for the money, although he was shortchanged by the script ("I'd like to kick your ass like last year's underwear" is a sample bon mot). Still, he makes his exuberant Oscar acceptance speech look restrained. And Firth makes an effective villain. "Your lives will end on this miserable road to nowhere," he warns the duo, "and I can't guarantee the end will be quick." Hardly a Factor at the box office, this thriller is fine for action fans who want to put their brains on cruise control and just chill at home. --Donald Liebenson



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