Pick Me Up, a review by addicted2dvd
Pick Me Up
On a desolate stretch of mountain road, two urban myths collide in one night of chilling carnage - Wheeler ('Michael Moriarty' of "LAW & ORDER" and THE STUFF) is a friendly truck driver who enjoys slaughtering hitchhikers; Walker ('Warren Kole') is a charming hitchhiker who prefers to butcher anyone who gives him a ride. Caught in the dueling psychos' depraved game of cat and mouse, Stacia ('Fairuza Balk' of THE CRAFT and AMERICAN HISTORY X) must find a way to outwit Wheeler and Walker before it is too late. But is the most horrific twist of all yet to come.
'Laurene Landon' (MANIAC COP, HUNDRA) co-stars in this perverse tale written by 'splatterpunk' author 'David J. Schow' (THE CROW, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING) and directed by Master Of Horror 'Larry Cohen', the creator of IT'S ALIVE, BLACK CAESAR and Q: THE WINGED SERPENT.
This is another episode I like a lot. This one shows the dangers of hitchhiking. It has a bit of blood in it... but not really anything I consider gory. There is one problem I did have with this episode. I personally think that they went a bit too far with the twist at the end of the episode. I was able to get behind what was going on through-out the episode. But I just found the twist ending go to the extreme.
For those interested... here is the trailer
(From Masters of Horror Marathon on May 28th, 2008)
Auto Focus, a review by addicted2dvd
Title: Auto Focus: Special Edition
Director: Paul Schrader
Length: 106 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, French: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles: English, French
Academy Award® nominees GREG KINNEAR (As Good As It Gets) and WILLEM DAFOE (Shadow of the Vampire, Spider-Man) star in a provocative drama about the colorful life and mysterious death of legendary television actor Bob Crane.
Bob Crane (Kinnear) became well known as the star of the hit comedy series 'Hogan's Heroes'. With an abundance of fame, wealth andisuccess, Crane dove headfirst into theidarker, destructive side of theicelebrity lifestyle. He eventually teamed up withia video technician (Dafoe) who helped himito systematically document his copious sexploits with beautiful young women. But when the fast living and hard loving got out of control, the end result was a brutal murder that remains one of the most scandalous unsolved mysteries in Hollywood history.
I been wanting to check this movie out since I got it. I was never a huge fan of Hogan's Heroes... but I enjoyed it enough that I would watch it when I found it on TV. So I knew enough about it to know who Bob Crane was. But I didn't know till today about his exploits or the fact that he was murdered. I'm embarrassed to say that even till about half way into the movie I thought John Carpenter was THE John Carpenter (writer/Director of Halloween)... but then it became fairly clear it was not supposed to be him. I found this movie to be very interesting. But the whole time watching it I kept going back and forth on what rating I wanted to give this one... a 3.5 or 4. By the end of the movie it won me over a bit more. Definitely worth checking out if you never seen it. Though when I watch movies such as this one... I can't help but to wonder just how accurate it is to his actual life. But either way... it seems Bob Crane definitely walked on the wild side.
Greg Kinnear is another actor that I never cared much for in his past roles... but I must admit... he did a right good job in this one. And I always liked Willem Dafoe in the movies I seen him in... so he was a plus as Bob Crane's friend (John Carpenter).
Out of a Possible 5
(From Weekend Movie Marathon: Unwatched DVDs on January 28th, 2011)
Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom
The world's favourite detective has emerged from the fog... this is Sherlock for a new generation.
1.01 A Study in Pink
Writer: Steven Moffat (Writer), Steven Moffat (Created By), Mark Gatiss (Created By), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Original Material By)
Director: Paul McGuigan
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes), Martin Freeman (Dr John Watson), Rupert Graves (DI Lestrade), Una Stubbs (Mrs Hudson), Louise Brealey (Molly Hooper), Vinette Robinson (Sgt Sally Donovan), Tanya Moodie (Ella), Siobhán Hewlett (Helen), William Scott-Masson (Sir Jeffrey Patterson), Victoria Wicks (Margaret Patterson), Sean Young (Gary), James Duncan (Jimmy), Political Aides), * Ruth Everett), * Syrus Lowe), ), Katy Maw (Beth Davenport), Reporters), * Ben Green), * Pradeep Jey), * Imogen Slaughter), ), David Nellist (Mike Stamford), Louise Breckon-Richards (Jennifer Wilson), Jonathan Aris (Anderson), Lisa McAllister (Anthea), Stanley Townsend (Angelo), Peter Brooke (Taxi Passenger), Phil Davis (Jeff), Mark Gatiss (Mycroft Holmes (uncredited))
I bought this set because it was cheap and I heard good things about it. But I was still weary if it was my thing. To my surprise I enjoyed the first episode much more than I expected.
(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on March 25th, 2012)