While You Were Sleeping, a review by addicted2dvd
While You Were Sleeping
You'll fall in love with While You Were Sleeping, the hit romantic comedy that woke everyone up to adorable Sandra Bullock (Speed, A Time To Kill). As Lucy, a lonely subway worker, she becomes smitten with a handsome stranger (Peter Gallagher – Malice). But when she saves his life after he's been mugged and fallen into a coma, his hilariously offbeat family mistakes her for his fiancée! Soon the mix-ups escalate as Lucy fabricates a life between herself and a man she's never met! And when Lucy falls for his charming brother (Bill Pullman – Independence Day), the situation really gets uproarious – as she's forced to make a choice between the two!
This is another one of this month's blind buys. I bought it solely to add to my Sandra Bullock collection.... though I have had some people tell me this is her best romantic comedy role. I don't know if I would say "The Best"... there is still several I never seen... as well as a couple that I would rank right up there with it... but it is definitely one of her best. I did enjoy every minute of it. Unfortunately the only extra on this release is some trailers. But at least it does have the Theatrical trailer.
Out of a Possible 5
(From Movie Marathon on March 15th, 2009)
The Amityville Horror (Remake), a review by addicted2dvd
Title: The Amityville Horror (Remake)
Movie Count: 75
TV Ep Count: 26
Time Started: 6:45am
From Michael Bay, the producer of 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre', comes the true story of Amityville. In November 1974, a family of six was brutally murdered. Now, a year later, an unsuspecting young couple, George (Ryan Reynolds, 'Blade: Trinity', 'The In-Laws') and Kathy Lutz (Melissa George, TV's "Alias"), and their children move into the house that was the site of the horrific event and is now haunted by a murderous presence. What follows is 28 days of unimaginable terror. With demonic visions of the dead and relentless screams of terror, this is the haunted house story that isn't just a movie - it's real.
When I first heard that they were remaking "The Amityville Horror" I was rather worried that they would not do the original justice... or that they would make the same mistake they made with the "Psycho" remake.. and make it a carbon copy of the original just changing the actors. But this remake... I must admit... was done in the right way... kept enough the same to pay homage to the original... but changed enough to make it it's own movie.
For the most part I do not like to compare a remake to the original... as I like to judge every movie on it's own as a stand alone movie. But this is hard sometimes... especially when I enjoy the original movie as much as I do "The Amityville Horror." In this case though... I really enjoyed this remake... possibly as much as I liked the original. I think they did a wonderful job with it... and I really enjoy the actors that took over... I am a fan of both Melissa George and Ryan Reynolds. This is one remake that is definitely worth giving a chance... I don't think you will be sorry.
(From Month-Long Horror/Halloween Marathon on October 27th, 2007)
Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom
What would you do if you knew tomorrow's news today? If you knew the winning lottery numbers? Could you rescue people from accidents and certain death? That's what Gary Hobson (Kyle Chandler) asks himself every day. A Chicago stockbroker whose marriage is on the rocks, Hobson becomes a reluctant hero when he is delivered the news a day in advance. Chuck (Fisher Stevens) is Gary's best friend and not above using Gary's knowledge for personal gain, and Marissa (Shanesia Davis) feels Gary should use his information to better people's lives. Now Gary has the chance and difficult responsibility of using this mysterious gift to help others avert tragedy and misfortune.
Writer: Patrick Q. Page (Created By), Vik Rubenfeld (Created By), Ian Abrams (Created By), Bob Brush (Screenwriter), Ian Abrams (Screenwriter), Patrick Q. Page (Story By), Vik Rubenfeld (Story By), Ian Abrams (Story By)
Director: Michael Dinner
Cast: Kyle Chandler (Gary Hobson), Shanesia Davis (Marissa Clark), Fisher Stevens (Chuck Fishman), Milo O'Shea (Sherman), Ron Dean (Det. Marion Zeke Crumb), Felicity Huffman (Det. Tagliatti), Marc Vann (Phil Pritchard), Tom Noonan (Frank Price), Michael Bacarella (Fan), Maury Cooper (Homeless Guy), James "Ike" Eichling (Shaunnessey), Neil Flynn (Cop At Newsstand), Don Forston (Exterminator), Marianne Hagan (Marcia), Tracy Letts (Marksman), Malcolm Rothman (Guard at Bank), Jeff Still (Cop at Bank), Bill Visteen (Charlie), Alan Wilder (Friendly Guy), Linda Mac Lennan (Newscaster)
I enjoyed this series. Though I think it's a wonder that it survived four seasons. The pilot was a fitting introduction.
(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on April 10th, 2011)