Welcome to Hollywood

welcome-to-holly-woodGet ready to see the City of Angels in a way you haven t before through the eyes of Nick Decker. An ambitious but unknown actor Decker plunges headfirst into Hollywood s notorious star making maze in the hope of finding fame and celebrity. But Nick quickly learns that LA is always full of surprises and you never know who s going to make it.System Requirements:Running Time: 89 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: R UPC: 692865361336 Manufacturer No: T-3613

Two if by Sea

two-if-by-the-seaA comedy of love, laughter, and larceny. With the FBI hot on their trail, a petty thief (Denis Leary) and his long-tim girlfriend (Sandra Bullock) take up temporary residence in a beach house on a posh island, where their love for each other is put to the ultimate test. “The best romantic comdey, caper, date film of the year.” (Norman Mark, WMAQ-TV/Chicago).

The Net

the-netThe Net, the first of Hollywood’s big cyberthrillers of the mid-1990s, was also the most successful, thanks in large part to the natural appeal of star Sandra Bullock. Still riding high from Speed and While You Were Sleeping, Bullock plays a computer expert victimized by sinister cyberforces who steal her identity for reasons unknown. It’s a clever combination of high-tech paranoia and Hitchcockian references (including Jeremy Northam as a romantic stranger named Devlin, after Cary Grant in Notorious). Film historians may look back someday on films like this–Roger Ebert calls them “hacksploitation”–to see what they reveal about our society’s reaction to the increasing role of technology in our lives, just as we now study the fears of Communism and the atom bomb reflected in films of the 1950s. Dennis Miller and Diane Baker costar. –Jim Emerson

While You Were Sleeping

while-you-were-sleepingIf you don’t mind a heavy dose of schmaltz and sentiment, this romantic comedy has a gentle way of seducing you with its charms. While You Were Sleeping was the first starring role for Sandra Bullock after her blockbuster success in Speed. In a role that nicely emphasizes her easygoing appeal, Bullock is the reason the movie works at all. She plays Lucy Eleanor Moderatz, a Chicago Transit tollbooth clerk who’s hopelessly smitten with a daily commuter, Peter Callaghan (Peter Gallagher). She saves the object of her affection from certain death after he’s mugged and falls onto the train tracks. While Peter is in a coma, she lets his family believe that she is his fiancĂ©e, and surprisingly finds herself drawn to his brother (Bill Pullman), for whom the attraction is definitely mutual. How Lucy gets out of this amorous predicament is what makes this pleasant movie less predictable than its familiar ingredients would initially indicate. It’s feel-good fluff, with characters and performances that keep you smiling through the drippy plot mechanics. –Jeff Shannon


speedEverything clicked in this 1994 action hit, from the premise (a city bus has to keep moving at 50 mph or blow up) to the two leads (the usually inscrutable Keanu Reeves and the cute-as-a-button Sandra Bullock) to the villain (Dennis Hopper in psycho mode) to the director (Jan De Bont, who made this film hit the ground running with an edge-of-your-seat opening sequence on a broken elevator). This is the sort of movie that becomes a prototype for a thousand lesser films (including De Bont’s lousy sequel, Speed 2: Cruise Control), but Speed really is a one-of-a-kind experience almost anyone can enjoy. –Tom Keogh

Demolition Man

demolition-manSearching for new directions, Sylvester Stallone starred in this farcical, 1993 SF piece about an ex-cop (Stallone) freed from 36 years of forced hibernation to help catch a criminal (Wesley Snipes) who released himself from a similar incarceration. The futuristic story finds Los Angeles a sea of Taco Bells and enforced peace, and within that satiric overview Stallone’s character becomes a gun-toting fish out of water. The film plays like a live-action cartoon, and while there is nothing particularly wrong with that, Demolition Man is a rather flat experience. The irony of a peaceable society that both requires and despises its bloody saviors has been captured far more profoundly in movies like Dirty Harry. Sandra Bullock costars. The DVD release has optional full-screen and widescreen presentations, production notes, theatrical trailer, Dolby sound, optional Spanish soundtrack, and optional French and Spanish subtitles. –Tom Keogh

The Thing Called Love

the-thing-called-loveIf there was a universal collective, albeit repressed, dream, it would probably be to become a successful singer. People would take that singing in the car, singing in the shower, and even singing in the rain, and have it be their life’s love and work. The Thing Called Love uses this popular aspiration as its setting and examines the lives of four young people hoping to make it in the country music universe. At the center is earnest Miranda Presley–no relation–(Samantha Mathis), the pretty but untalented Linda Lue (Sandra Bullock), the intense and talented James (River Phoenix), and the sweet and prolific Kyle (Dermont Mulroney). Popular country stars make appearances: K.T. Oslin (as Lucy, the owner of the Bluebell, where open-mike auditions are held), Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Katy Moffatt, Jo-El Sonnier, Pam Tillis, Kevin Welch, and even Trisha Yearwood. The film’s not merely focused on the rich musical milieu and its talented cast. It also carefully examines the dynamic between friends who are also competitors, as well as a realistic love triangle between the leads. The Thing Called Love is primarily known as one of River Phoenix’s last performances, but even if curiosity alone brings audiences to the movie, they’ll soon be drawn into the fresh tale of four young people pursuing their dreams. –N.F. Mendoza

When the Party’s Over

when-the-party's-overSandra Bullock, Elizabeth Berridge, Rae Dawn Chong and Fisher Stevens star in this powerful and intimate look at success, friendship and sex in the 1990’s. A group of young, sophisticated and beautiful friends are bent on having it all. Living together in an exclusive section of Los Angeles makes life one ongoing party. Their bodies are beautiful, their beds are busy, their careers are rising fast – especially for M.J. (Chong). Her charm and sexy good looks allow her to manipulate and use everyone around her, even her closest friends. But what happens when the party’s over?

The Vanishing

the-vanishingIt’s not unusual for Hollywood to remake European hits. What is unusual is the director of the original getting the chance to helm the new version with an American cast, which is what happened with this film based on an intensely creepy Dutch film of the same name (both directed by George Sluizer). Kiefer Sutherland and Sandra Bullock are on vacation when, while stopped at a crowded rest area, she disappears. He devotes the next several years to discovering what happened to her, ruining his life in the process. When he does get a clue, it leads him to Jeff Bridges, who plays a bizarre and highly organized individual whose motives are almost as strange as he is. Bridges is spooky, but Sluizer ultimately is undone by Hollywood’s demand for a happy ending, which makes this film affecting but far less unsettling than the original. –Marshall Fine

Love Potion No. 9

love-potion-no.9The premise of Love Potion #9–that a magic potion makes the user irresistible to the opposite sex–could be the setup for the crassest sex farce imaginable. Instead, this film is a surprisingly subtle romantic comedy. Nebbishy scientist Paul (Tate Donovan) goes to a Gypsy fortuneteller (Anne Bancroft), who tells him she sees no women in his entire life. To make up for this depressing news, she gives him a few drops of a love potion–number 8. Paul, a biochemist, scoffs; but when his pet cat accidentally gets a taste and attracts every female cat in the neighborhood, he enlists fellow dweeby scientist Diane (Sandra Bullock) to analyze it. After experimenting on monkeys, they decide to test it on themselves; soon Diane is being pursued by handsome Italians in the street and comes close to marrying the Prince of England, while Paul gets a little revenge on a woman who previously rejected him, then embarks on his own love spree. Shortly they discover that they really want each other; but before they can get married, an old boyfriend of Diane returns with his own dose of love potion number 8. Paul’s only hope is to get something even more powerful. Love Potion #9 is genuinely clever and sweet, and both Donovan and Bullock work well with the low-key but effective humor of the movie’s well-written script. It’s a tribute to her talent and her girl-next-door looks that Bullock, unlike most pretty stars dressing down, is effective as both a lovelorn loser and the confident glamour-girl she becomes. Altogether, a charming and enjoyable film. –Bret Fetzer