The Langoliers, a review by addicted2dvd
Something bizarre has happened aboard flight #29...a nightmare so chilling, so frightening, so unrelenting it could only come from the mind of Stephen King. Now the master storyteller of our time gives terror a new name in THE LANGOLIERS. A jet leaves on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Boston. But early in the flight, ten passengers awaken to a startling realization: All of the other passengers have vanished - and the ground below is only...ground. But once they manage to land the plane, the situation doesn't improve. No one is there...the air is still...the clocks have stopped...and a dread, evil presence bent on their destruction is headed straight for them. Based on the novella from the best-selling anthology 'Four Past Midnight', Patricia Wettig ('City Slickers II'), Bronson Pincho ('Beverly Hills Cop'), Dean Stockwell ('The Player') and David Morse ('The Getaway') stare into the jaws of oblivion in this nightmare from the mind of Stephen King.
This is a 3 hour Stephen King miniseries. It has a rather bleak look at time travel. Bronson Pincho's character Mr. Toomy is really off. And what is with that tearing of paper? It was almost like he was enjoying that a little too much... if you know what I mean. This is not one of my favorite King miniseries... though it has it's moments. Juast average... maybe slightly above average.
Out of a Possible 5
(From Weekend Movie Marathon: 1/16 - 1/18 on January 18th, 2009)
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, a review by addicted2dvd
Nicholas Schwerin as Young Dickie
Doris Roberts as Peggy Roberts
Dick Van Patten as Himself
David Spade as Dickie Roberts
Michelle Ruben as Ring Girl
John Farley as Referee
In the 1970's, Dickie Roberts (David Spade) held the keys to success as a child star with a hit TV series. Now the only keys Dickie holds are the ones that start the customer's cars that he parks as a valet attendant for a Hollywood restaurant.
Desparate to revive his acting career, Dickie tries to audition for a role in Rob Reiner's new movie but the director doesn't believe Dickie is normal enough to play the part. Determined to get the role, Dickie hires a "typical" family to give him the real-life upbringing he never had. But once Dickie moves in, the family's life becomes anything but normal as Dickie unleashes his wild inner child... and learns in the process some unforgettable lessons about fame, fortune and family values.
Co-starring Mary McCormack, Jon Lovitz, Alyssa Milano, and many former child stars including Danny Bonaduce, Barry Williams, and Leif Garrett.
My Thoughts:I really wasn't sure what to think going into this movie. I thought it looked pretty silly going by the trailer. And it definitely was that. But I enjoyed it quite a bit all the same. I found it to be just a fun show. Silly as can be in parts... but lots of fun. Of course it probably helped that I was familiar with a lot of the child stars that made appearances in this movie. And there is a lot of them that make an appearance. Matter of fact there is a montage of them right before the end credits where they all get together singing a song about being child stars. Not to mention a good handful through-out the movie as well. I did get a few good chuckles out of the movie. But those chuckles were pretty few and far between. I think recognizing the child stars was where I got most of my enjoyment from in this one.
Out of a Possible 5
(From What Movies I Been Watching on January 29th, 2012)
Life on Mars Marathon (US Version), a review by addicted2dvd
5. Things to Do in New York When You Think You're Dead
Sam partners up with Fletcher, his future police mentor, in 1973 to find a Puerto Rican man accused of throwing a black girl off the roof of a building—a case that has the black community up in arms and demanding retribution.
Lisa Bonet as Maya Daniels
Chris Bauer as Father Tim
Edi Gathegi as Young Fletcher Bellow
Clarke Peters as Captain Fletcher Bellow
An excellent episode! This one has so much. It has a very bad and sad situation that could evolve into a riot. It gives Sam the chance to work with a younger version of his mentor. It even has a special (uncredited) guest appearance of Whoopie Goldberg. This is a very powerful story... definitely one of my favorites of the series.
6. Tuesday's Dead
After a wild birthday party for Ray at the precinct, Sam receives a wild phone call that states he has until two o'clock to pull out of his coma before the doctor will pull the plug, just as his watch commander walks in with a hostage situation at a local hospital where the terrorists demands a dangerous operation be performed on the guy's brother.
Lisa Bonet as Maya Daniels
Brad William Henke as Michael H
Bill Irwin as Dr. Schwahn
Carmen Goodine as Erica
This is another great episode of this short lived series. The hostage situation at the hospital was well done. And they also hint at a relationship between Sam and Annie... the only female cop at the precienct.
7. The Man Who Sold the World
While investigating a child's kidnapping, Sam discovers some disturbing information about his father, as well as the real reason he disappeared for good on the day of Sam's fourth birthday party.
Jennifer Ferrin as Rose Tyler
Lee Tergesen as Lee Crocker
Dean Winters as Vic Tyler
Teddy Coluca as Uncle Butchie
This is another episode I have to give the highest rating. This is an excellent episode. Sam learns about the kind of man his father really was. Annie finds herself in trouble in the woods. And the episode has a great ending!
8. The Dark Side of the Mook
A mysterious phone call from a tipster leads Det. Sam Tyler to a headless body. A severed head is delivered to the precinct at the same time, thus leading to the discovery of a series of gruesome decapitations that might involve Det. Carling's brother, Eddie. The detectives are interviewed by someone tied to Aries Project.
Eric Balfour as Eddie Carling
Kevin Conway as Donovan Stamp
John Bedford Lloyd as Interrogator
Joel Marsh Garland as Seven Fifty
This is a good episode... though not quite as good as the previous few. I got to admit... I didn't like the lieutenant when I first started this series. I thought they made him too much of a hard ass. But you know... he really grows on you. You get to enjoy his tough cop style. I definitely got a laugh out of his International Cover-up drinking game in this episode. Ray's brother in this episode looked very familiar then I look at the credits to see that it is Eric Balfour. He played Milo on 24.
9. Take a Look at the Lawmen
A long standing competition between Lt. Hunt and the 125 and Anthony Nunzio and the 144 heats up as both investigate a bank robbery by the Russian mob. Meanwhile, Sam has a liaison in the file room, unaware of the woman's true identity.
Michael Aronov as Yuri Demidov
Vincent Curatola as Lt. Anthony Nunzio
Olek Krupa as Vasilli Lukin
Maggie Siff as Maria Belanger
This one is a good fun episode. Of course with the time being in the '70s there was no love for the Russians. And I must admit I loved where the cops put down their guns and fought them to take them in. It just added to the fun. Now Sam adds to his problems by (unknowingly) sleeping with the lieutenant's daughter. This man just can't get his crap straight!
(From Life on Mars Marathon (US Version) on January 4th, 2010)