Dune, Planet Terror, Deep Blue Sea

Lady Botox
Film critic, soberingconclusion.com

The 2006 re-release of David Lynch’s Dune contains both the extended version that you could previously only see on TV and the original theatrical release. This is an amazing movie staring Kyle McLaughlin, Sean Young, Patrick Stewart, and Sting, and written by Frank Herbert. The DVD also has good documentaries on special effects, miniature models, and wardrobe.

If you’re in the mood for something more refined, try Titus. This modern-day take on Shakespeare’s play is visually stunning and perfectly cast.

Finally, try the documentary series Planet Earth. The Discovery Channel took years to film this epic exploration of Earth; the result is stunning. From the beauty of underground caves and forests to the danger and excitement of watching a shark launch after a seal, this series is truly entertaining and far beyond educational.

Dune (Extended Edition)
(USA) 1984, Universal

(USA/England) 1999, 20th Century Fox

Planet Earth - The Complete BBC Series
(England) 2007, BBC

Hungry Hank
Founder and film critic, soberingconclusion.com

The Lookout, last year’s most underrated film, combines excellent acting (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels, Matthew Goode), a smart script, and good direction. I wish more films would try that. Oh, and it has Isla Fisher as the beautiful Luvlee Lemons. Need I say more?

What do you get when Samuel L. Jackson delivers a killer monologue about ice, LL Cool J plays a chef, and The Punisher (Thomas Jane) is all that stands between you and three genetically altered, hyper-intelligent sharks? Deep Blue Sea, that’s what.

Leprechaun in the Hood is the fifth in the masterful film series that is the Leprechaun franchise. This one sets Warwick Davis loose on some wannabe rappers. There’s also a cameo by Ice-T, which is never something to miss — especially if he’s going to pull weapons out of his afro. And, yes...the Leprechaun does spit a few rhymes.

The Lookout
(USA) 2007, Miramax

Deep Blue Sea
(USA) 1999, Warner Home Video

Leprechaun in the Hood
(USA) 2000, Lionsgate

Power Surgeon
Film critic, soberingconclusion.com

Here’s a Robert Rodriguez three-pack. His films always have energy, action, and hot women — a perfect combination. Desperado brought him into the American cinema zeitgeist (since many had never heard of El Mariachi). The film solidified Antonio Banderas as a star (until he married Melanie Griffith). It also has Danny Trejo throwing knives and Salma Hayek in the buff, which is okay by me.

From Dusk Till Dawn combines many of my favorite elements: vampires, gore, and Salma Hayek. Somehow, Rodriguez managed to make a film with Juliette Lewis worth watching, and there’s nothing like Fred Williamson announcing that he was once in ’Nam.

While I liked Tarantino’s half of Grindhouse better, Rodriguez’s Planet Terror has great elements. It’s campy, bloody, and have I mentioned he likes to cast beautiful women? The only thing I might recommend is that you shouldn’t be eating or have just eaten a large meal.

Desperado (Special Edition)
(USA) 1995, Sony Pictures

From Dusk Till Dawn (Dimension Collector's Series)
(USA) 1998, Dimension

Grindhouse Presents, Planet Terror - Extended and Unrated (Two-Disc Special Edition)
(USA) 2007, Miramax

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Okay, so we're reviewing movies from back when.... If you love Jaws, then Deep Blue Sea is what you want. With LL Cool J, Samuel L. Jackson and Thomas Jane in this, GREAT perfomances. I mean you couldn't ask for a better cast. The action and suspense of everything, you can't keep your eyes off the screen. Though I had to admit, I did do one of those look through you hand thing. I didn't even want to stop watching when it got "bloody". This movie will keep you on your seat with all the action packed, drama and suspense you find yourself yelling at the movie telling them what they should and shouldn't do. If you haven't seen this yet, get some family and friends and watch this. NOT suitable for children under 12 though my oldest says it wasn't scary for him and he was 10 in 2005 when he saw this. So get some popcorn and enjoy!

"Dusk til Dawn" was the most icky movie that I watched. I mean to have 2 brothers and a family that they took hostage and go to Mexico and "do some business" and get stuck with hundreds of vampires trying to kill you and you can't get out of the "bar". Have to admit though Salma Hayek was HOT! Not to mention George Clooney, what's not to like we all love bad boys, he's great in all that he does. The performance of Quinton Tarantino was extrodinary. I couldn't believe that was him acting that way, WOW. Can't give away the end of the movie, but his is something to watch. This will have you think twice about going to another country or state, having to deal with trying to save your life or someone else's is difficult. This movie will have you on the edge of your seat as well. DEFINITELY NOT FOR THE KIDS!!

As for "Grindhouse's Planet Terror" I couldn't even tell you what the movie was about. I couldn't even get into it. It's just not for me... a woman, Rose McGowan, looses a leg and her "boyfriend" jams a machine gun into her stump. They fight off "zombies". I mean come on. Rose McGowan, no matter how far fetched the roles she takes on, she makes them her own. She is a great actor. I can see her in any charater that she brings onto the screen. Okay, I'll try to watch again. No promises. I'll come back and write again a review.

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