Stars: Ally Sheedy Steve Guttenberg Fisher Stevens Austin Pendleton G. W. Bailey Brian McNamara
Plot: Steve Guttenberg and Ally Sheedy co-star in this high-tech comedy adventure about Number Five, a robot who escapes into the real world after he short-circuits in an electrical storm and decides that he's human. Because he's carrying destructive weapons, the Defense Department and his designer (Guttenberg) are desperate to find him. But Number Five is being protected by a young woman (Sheedy) who is teaching him a gentler way of life.
Extras: Scene Access
My Thoughts: This is a movie I haven't seen in many years! So much so that going into it all I could remember is brief bits and pieces of the movie. I am so thrilled I finally added to this one to my collection. It is still a lot of fun. And I must admit... Johnny Five was right about one thing... Ally Sheedy... Nice Software! The movie definitely held up great for me. There was several times I literally laughed out loud. Unfortunately the DVD Release leaves some to be desired. It could be worse.... at least it is in widescreen... but there is absolutely no extras on this what so ever. Not even trailers for other movies let alone a trailer for this. Which makes me very upset considering I just got this and I now find out there is indeed a special Edition out for this movie for only a few dollars more then what I paid for this one!
Based on a true story, Raymond Fernandez (Jared Leto) and Martha Beck (Salma Hayek) are two psychopaths with a passion for hot-blooded sex and cold-blooded murder. Placing ads in singles magazines, they prey on a series of rich, lonely women, whom they later swindle and kill. Leaving a trail of bodies that stretches from New York to Michigan, Raymond and Martha believe they're literally getting away with murder, until homicide detectives Elmer C. Robinson (John Travolta) and Charles Hildebrandt (James Gandolfini) pick up their trail. Co-starring Laura Dern, Scott Caan and Alice Krige.
Gritty fact based crime drama, with a stand-out performance by Salma Hayek as the psychotic lover. The pace isn't electric, but surely it mirrors the true story and as such any further editing would have left out key elements. The period settings were convincing, and the cast all deliver excellent performances. I will look out for the Honeymoon Killers now, to compare that portrayal of the Lonely Hearts killers against this film.
First I thought about a re-run of Smallville but I have watched this in the middle of last year and it's been a while since I've watched Stargate SG-1.
In order to watch Stargate SG-1, one has to watch Stargate first.
Kurt Russell ... Col. Jonathan 'Jack' O'Neil James Spader ... Dr. Daniel Jackson Alexis Cruz ... Skaara Viveca Lindfors ... Catherine Mili Avital ... Sha'uri John Diehl ... Lieutenant Kawalsky Leon Rippy ... General W.O. West Erick Avari ... Kasuf French Stewart ... Lieutenant Ferretti Jaye Davidson ... Ra
Synopsis: Dr. Jackson is not very renowned in the scientific community. But he is convinced that the great pyramids weren't build during the fourth dynasty 5,000 years ago. He believes that they are much older. A digging back in 1928 confirms his suspicions: buried in the sands of Egypt under a great cover stone with unknown symbols - not hieroglyphs - the Door to Heaven Stargate was found. The Stargate is an ancient device to open an intergalactic connection to the planet Abydos. Dr. Jackson and Colonel Jack O'Neill (and a group of soldiers) go there. O'Neill's job is to evaluate the danger of the situation they are facing.
My Opinion: Unfortunately I haven't seen this movie in the theatres (I went to Star Trek: Generations instead). The idea that alien cultures have been to Earth and have had an influence isn't new, but it was interestingly presented. I also liked that the Abydosians really spoke abydosian (a variant of ancient egyptian) and not just english. The fights were very well choreographed, too, I didn't have the feeling that the weapons of the humans were a match to the ones of Ra's.
To adopt the story for the series they had to make some adjustments (this contains spoilers in regard to the pilot of the series):
In the movie, Ra is portrayed as the last of his kind, in the series he is one System Lord amongst many - although the most powerful one
In the movie, Ra is no Goa'uld, his alien body looks totally different
In the movie, Abydos is in another galaxy, in the series it's the planet closest to Earth
In the movie, the Stargate is a point-to-point connection to Abydos, in the series it's one in a great network of Stargates
Ra's Jaffa (who aren't called Jaffa in the movie) don't have an abdomen pouch in which they carry a Goa'uld larva (the term Goa'uld is also an invention of the series)