Surviving Christmas, a review by KinkyCyborg
Director: Mike Mitchell
Length: 91 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1, Pan & Scan 1.33:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, French: Dolby Digital: 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
It's madness, mischief and mayhem when rich executive Drew Latham (Ben Affleck) decides to rent himself a family for the holidays. Tired of spending Christmas alone, Drew makes the Valcos (James Gandolfini, Christina Applegate and Catherine O'Hara) an offer they should have refused. Now their annoying guest and his outrageous demands are turning their Noel into a nightmare in this hilarious slapstick comedy that puts the fun in family dysfunction.
Atrociously bad movie through the first hour that only improves a smidgen in the last half hour. While I realize that Ben Affleck's performance was intentionally over the top in his portrayal of a weird rich guy who rents a family for Christmas, it was so detestable that you pray for it to end.
A great supporting cast including James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara and Christina Applegate who provide the few and far between laughs that were to be had but it wasn't even remotely enough to salvage an even average movie watching experience.
(From KinkyCyborg's Random Reviews 2011 on April 6th, 2011)
Moonlighting Wives, a review by Jimmy
MOVIE / DVD INFO:
Title: Moonlighting Wives
Director: Joe Sarno
Video: Full Frame
Audio: English (Mono)
Tammy Latour - Mrs. Joan Rand
Gretchen Rudolph - Nancy Preston
John Aristedes - Al Jordan
1960s suburbia becomes a hotbed of rampant adultery and illicit sexual encounters in legendary sexploitation director Joseph Sarno’s early erotic classic, Moonlighting Wives.
Joan Rand (Tammy Latour) is a shrewd, sexy, disgruntled housewife and mother who yearns for the better things in life. Unbeknownst to her husband, and with the help of a friend, Joan turns her office stenography service into a thriving yet well-concealed prostitution ring that has local law enforcement (including character actor Joe Santos in an early role) baffled. Needing more and more willing young housewives to grow her business with wealthy clientele and to satisfy the town’s increasing demand for naughty female fun, Joan gives adulterous and well-connected golf pro Frank a piece of the action. Joan’s appetite for the good life soon leads her on a sensual and glamorous odyssey of blackmail, wife-swapping and orgiastic nightlife as she and her stable of gals mingle and swing with the country club set. As the money continues to roll in, Joan’s dereliction of her domestic responsibilities leads her disgusted husband straight into the arms of a nubile, 18-year-old babysitter…and brings her one step closer to the police.
Interview with Joe Sarno
Joe Sarno Trailer Vault
My Thoughts:Joe Sarno is one of the best director when we talk of 60's exploitation pictures and like you already know those movies are some of my favourite. The majority of my collection is made of those sixties and seventies movies and I blind buy a lot of them. This one is base on a true story and countains the usual theme of wife-swapping who appear in the majority of the Sarno's films. The story is well construct and play like a regular sixties movie that's not a surprise that it was a succesfull one financially. The acting is superior to what we find usually in the exploitation pictures : Tammy Latour and John Aristedes are particullary good, but this is Gretchen Rudolph (credited here as Jan Nash) who steal the show as a young woman manipulated for joining the prostitution ring. The soundtrack is made of jazz music and it's give a good atmosphere to the film. Don't expect anything really shocking the movie countains no nudity or violence, but the subject was a touchy one 40 years ago. Not as good as « The Swap and How They Make It » who is my favourite film made by Joe Sarno, but it's one of his best. This is a movie recommanded if you share my taste, but if this isn't the case don't look at it since the risk are high that you will find it boring.
Rating : 3,5/5
Not really a trailer, but this is the intro of the movie
(From My review - unseen and unwatched january marathon on January 24th, 2008)
Smallville Marathon #2, a review by DJ Doena
ArrivalSynopsis: Accidentally Chloe has been transported to the Arctic where the united stones have just built the "Fortress of Solitude" for Clark. Clark is allowed to rescue her and to fight a new enemy that has arrived with the meteor shower but he has to return until sunset. Meanwhile Lana and Lex meet these newcomers.
My Opinion: Sure, they were lazy, but I still thought that it was too easy for Clark to get rid of those two(!) Kryptonians. I really would have liked a scenario where Lana wouldn't have been knocked out and would have witnessed the entire scene (with or without Clark's knowlegde). But maybe the writers thought it to be too soon to let yet another person in on Clark's secret.
I wonder - if this were for real - whether Chloe and Clark have recapitulated their past, unfolding all the events where only Clark knew the whole truth, or if he told her that she already knew his secret (Rush).
MortalSynopsis: Three patients can escape from Belle Reve and they take Lana, Martha and Jonathan hostage. They force Clark - who has lost his powers because he disobeyed his father - to break into LuthorCorp and steal an experimental Kryptonite-based drug. In the past this wouldn't have been much of a problem, but this time it turns out to be a good thing that he doesn't have his powers.
My Opinion: It's always funny to hear Clark saying, that he's not to keen with heights. I also liked the comparison of Pete and Chloe in their role as "sidekick".
But I also think, that the concept of "Belle Reve" and Lex's influence there is a bit of a plot hole. Lex may not believe one particular loony in there but if he really has spoken with a few of them and promised them something and they would have told him all the same story about Clark Kent's abilities (and there are quite a few in there that could tell such a story) then he wouldn't need to resort to such crude investigation methods - especially when he adds his own experiences with Clark.
HiddenSynopsis: Clark is still human and he and Lana have slept together and are very happy. Can it get any better?
In 60 minutes Smallville gets nuked and Clark lies in the hospital, dying from a gunshot wound. Can it get any worse?
My Opinion: Lionel takes up the role of Jor-El. In a weird way, Lex and Clark are now actually brothers. This episode marks the climax (pun intended) of Clark's and Lana's relationship. From now on it will go downhill.
What's even more interesting about this episode, are the discussions on the internet about it. For example, people were seriously offended that he didn't tell her about his true nature before they were sleeping together, because he is an alien. There were sentences like "If Lana were my child I would want to know that she's sleeping with an alien.".
AquaSynopsis: Lois is back in Smallville and she moves back to the farm. On a warm sunny day she, Chloe, Lana and Clark go swimming in the Crater Lake. Suddenly Lois nearly drowns and gets rescued - by Arthur "AC" Curry. AC can swim fast, even faster than Clark. But his motive to be in Smallville is not to rescue drowning girls but to save the oceans from a terrible weapon, created by LuthorCorp.
My Opinion: After the events in Arrival Lex has gone into full defense mode. It's pretty ironic that he who wants to defend this planet from aliens will become the planet's greatest threat by the end of the season.
I really liked the appearance of "Aquaman" and the hints they implanted in the script, especially when AC proposes the foundation of a "Junior Lifeguard Association" and Clark replies that he isn't ready for the JLA yet.
And Tom seriously has to reshape his washboard abs, he looked pale in comparison to Alan Ritchson (AC) and he is supposed to be Superman.
(From Smallville Marathon #2 on June 8th, 2008)