October 24, 2013

Ruthless people

When loathesome millionaire Sam Stone's wife is kidnapped by inept kidnappers, Sam cries tears of joy and refuses to pay the ransom. And when the abductors threaten to kill the abrasive heiress, Sam celebrates.
Danny DeVito, Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater, Bette Midler.
Touchstone Films: written by Dale Launer; produced by Michael Peyser; directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker.
Music, Michel Colombier ; editor, Arthur Schmidt ; cinematography, Jan de Bont.

An outstanding comedy. It's very eighties. Danny and Bette are wonderful together. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 48152-D Released in 1986 93 minutes

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October 03, 2013

if i were you

After Madelyn and Lucy meet by chance, they make a pact to fix their unhappy lives: they will only do what the other one says and ignore their own instincts. But Madelyn has a secret. She knows her husband is sleeping with Lucy, a much younger and beautiful woman. Madelyn's plan backfires when Lucy, an aspiring actress, orders her to play King Lear in a very amateur production with Lucy playing the fool.
Special features: cast interviews; theatrical trailer.
Marcia Gay Harden, Leonor Watling, Aidan Quinn, Joseph Kell, Michael Therriault, Gary Piquer, Valerie Mahaffey.

This is a very funny and topical movie. I loved it and so did my wife. If you want to enjoy something that is just fun, mind the F bombs, this movie is for you. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 60868-D Released in 2012 115 minutes

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August 28, 2013

Identity Thief

Mild-mannered businessman Sandy Patterson travels from Denver to Miami to confront the deceptively harmless-looking woman who has been living it up after stealing Sandy's identity.

A fun film with the message, protect your identity. Jason Bateman is great as the straight man and Melissa McCarthy is, as always outrageous. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 60700-D Released in 2013
Unrated version (121 min.) theatrical version (112 min.)

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August 19, 2013

The Americanization of Emily

A cynical American naval officer (Garner) is assigned a lovely young English widow (Andrews) as his driver in this comedy set in London during World War II. Despite their differences they fall in love, but his superiors seem to have nasty plans for him involving D-day!

An interesting look at the conflict between Americans and Brits while preparing for D-Day. Also a "mod" (I use mod because James Coburn is in the film) anti-war film. Shot in the 1960s it is in black and white. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 40126-D Released in 1964 115 minutes

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April 02, 2012

Big Trouble in Little China

Jack Burton is a big-talking, wisecracking trucker who goes beneath the streets of San Francisco's Chinatown to battle an army of spirits when his friend's fiancee is kidnapped.

This is a great film from the 80s. One of my favorite John Carpenter projects with Kurt Russell. The silly, fun, action story line may seem a little out of time today but the parody type format is used to perfection. Kurt Russell is a wonderful over the top Jack Burton, somehow like Snake Pliskins little brother. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 32931-D 99 minutes 1986

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Nothing Sacred

Hazel Flagg is the small-town girl who mistakenly believes she's dying of radium poisoning. Sensing a great human interest story, exploitative journalist Wally Cook brings Hazel to New York City and turns her into a media darling, but Wally's strategy takes a sudden turn when he starts having feelings for the vulnerable Hazel.

A fun and quirky comedy about greed, love and no character redemption; Hazel wants to leave her small town and being misdiagnosed by her doctor starts a series of events that take her to New York as the latest tragic public spectacle. She is not sick and it takes a team of 1930's stereotypical Germen specialists to diagnose her properly. Upon finding out this information the Newspaper, Governor and others scramble to save their jobs. Carole Lombard and Fredric March provide outstanding performances. The support case is from the A list of character actors. This is a classic “screwball comedy”. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library Blu-ray 57280-B and DVD 56651-D 73 minutes 1937

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February 01, 2012

The Guard

An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is teamed up with an uptight FBI agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.

A quirky Irish "Buddy" film. The Guard, Brendan Gleeson, is an Irish police officer who puts honesty above all else while executing his duties. Don Cheadle in the role of the FBI agent. While corruption takes hold these two will risk their lives to stop the drug-dealers. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56854-D 96 minutes 2011

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December 08, 2011

Skidoo

"Tough Tony Banks, a retired gangster ... reluctantly comes out of retirement to silence his old friend and squealer. ... Tony's [San Francisco] suburban haven comes crashing down as his daughter ... takes up with a hippie ... and [Tony's] wife ... gives them permission to move into their house with their hippy friends. The all-star cast includes ... Groucho Marx in his final role as the mob boss named God".
Cast:
Jackie Gleason, Carol Channing, Frankie Avalon, Fred Clark, Michael Constantine, Frank Gorshin, John Phillip Law, Peter Lawford, Burgess Meredith, George Raft, Cesar Romero, Mickey Rooney, Groucho Marx, Austin Pendleton, Alexandra Hay, Luna.

Directed by Otto Preminger. This is a charming late '60s farce. With such huge names you would think it would be a perfect film, well as most '60s farces do it falls apart, mostly at the end when Carol Channing sings the title song during a chase. This type of movie always resorted to the chase and most of the time it does not work. In the spirit of vaudeville and stand up routines this is a well done, enjoyable spectacle. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 53659-D 98 minutes 1968

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October 24, 2011

The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

A small-town girl goes overboard with war-time patriotic zeal and marries a soldier she's only met once. He disappears after one night, then she thinks she's pregnant... but she just can't remember her husband's name.
Special features: Preston Sturges and the Miracle of Morgan's Creek; Censorship: Morgan's Creek vs. the production code.

It's more likely that she is pregnant than married. Released in 1944 this is a humorous, cautionary tale albeit a very important topic. As usual Sturges' work is outstanding he wrote, produced and directed this work while fighting the censors every step of the way. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 41202-D 98 minutes 1944

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September 07, 2011

Zonad

A thief escapes from a rehab clinic and convinces a local family that he's Zonad, a voyager from outer space. Ensconced in their comfy home, the pretend alien finds that the most tempting pleasure is Jenny, the family's beautiful teenage daughter. Anxious to experience love, but unable to convince her rich boyfriend Guy to go all the way, Jenny finds Zonad a more-than-willing lover. But soon Zonad's fellow escapee Bonad turns up to get in on his buddy's good fortune.

Despite the initial "this can't be good" feeling and running home to watch it. I found it is a very funny and sweet movie. ~Mike

Released Jul. 19, 2011.

Askwith Media Library 55807-D

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April 18, 2011

Phantom of the Paradise

An outrageous horror-rock comedy cult movie and satire on the music business. A freak accident leaves a meek rock composer horribly disfigured. He hides his face beneath an eerie mask and haunts the Paradise Theatre, seeking revenge.

Wonderfully entertaining. ~Mike

Released in 1974

Askwith Media Library 54291-D

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April 06, 2011

The Trotsky

Leon Bronstein is a young man who has made the discovery that his birth name is the same as that of Leon Trotsky, the celebrated Russian revolutionary and socialist theorist. This coincidence leads Leon to believe that he is the reincarnation of Trotsky and it is his destiny to follow his path as closely as possible; which is a bit difficult when you have rich parents and attend an upscale private school in Montreal.

An enjoyble, fun viewing experience, even if you are not a communist. ~Mike

Released in 2009

Askwith Media Library 53487-D 113 minutes

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March 22, 2011

Four lions

A whip-smart, laugh-out-loud comedy that takes aim at the war on terror. Follow five clueless buffoons as they plan to strike a blow on their own turf, showing that while terrorism is supposed to be about ideology, it can also be about idiots.

Very funny however in some sense sad. ~Mike

Released in 2010

Askwith Media Library 54187-D 102 minutes

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The infidel

Meet Mahmud Nasir, loving husband, doting father, and something of a relaxed Muslim. He may not be the most observant, but in his heart he is a true Muslim. After his mother's death, Mahmud finds his birth certificate, which reveals that he was adopted at birth and he's Jewish, with the real name of Solly Shimshillewitz!

A very enjoyable clash of cultures comedy.

Released in 2010

Askwith Media Library 53398-D 105 minutes

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March 21, 2011

Pootie Tang

Women just can't resist him. Pootie's the hip hop hero with style and a language all his own. He is a hit-record maker, criminal empire busting, rabbit-fur shirt wearing superhero who is idolized by kids and love starved women everywhere. But with his one-man war against greed, injustice and unwholesome consumer products begin to cut into the profits of corporate America a demented CEO swipes Pootie's magical villian-whupping belt. Will Pootie buckle under the pressure?

Excellent pop culture parody. When Pooty speaks no one understands.

Released 2001

Askwith Media Library 54163-D 81 minutes

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August 20, 2010

George Lopez

One of the premier comedic talents in the entertainment industry makes his HBO solo debut live in front of a packed house at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix, Arizona.
Bonus features: Never-before-seen footage from the HBO Comedy Special; "A conversation with George Lopez."

Askwith Media Library 45884-D

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August 18, 2010

Rumba

Fiona and Dom have only one other passion in their lives besides each other - dancing. When a car accident turns their lives upside down, they stop at nothing to continue their dreams of competitive dancing.

This is a very quirky comedy. The first 15 or 20 minutes there is really no dialog. The film is hysterical and at times perplexing. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 50854-D

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Girls will be girls

Follow the hysterical triumphs and pitfalls of three women on different rungs of the Hollywood ladder as they try to claw their way into the spotlight-- even if it means clawing at each other!

Wonderfully funny movie. The wife enjoyed it. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 50698-D

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August 17, 2010

Matinee

Movie promoter Lawrence Woolsey bring his unique brand of flashy showmanship to the unsuspecting residents of Key West, Florida. Fifteen-year-old fan Gene Loomis can't wait for Woolsey's arrival, who is in town to promote his latest offering of atomic power gone berserk. His vision takes on a sudden urgency as the Cuban Missile Crisis places the real threat of atomic horror just 90 miles off the coast.

John Goodman is Lawrence Woolsey. Perfect part for Mr. Goodman.

This is a fun movie. The only problem is when the kids have a kissing scene. He looks 16 years old and she almost 9 years old. It is a pretty creepy and uncomfortable scene. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 52512-D

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April 07, 2010

Ruggles of Red Gap

A comedy classic concerning a British manservant who finds himself in the Wild West when his master loses him in a card game.

A young, dashing Charles Laughton demonstrates his fine acting ability in this 1935 production. His acting is always wonderful and with this you can see a very young actor on his way. Early 20th century American and British stereotypes are portrayed. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 51524-D

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March 23, 2010

10 items or less

Once the center of Hollywood, an aging actor finds that his fear of failure has made his career dry up, and he is now forced to consider a role in an independent film. While researching the role, he meets Scarlett, a check-out clerk at a Latino community market. The two begin a trek through Los Angeles finding unexpected situations, chance encounters, and personal revelation that neither could ever have anticipated.

Askwith Media Library 50804-D

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March 17, 2010

Putney Swope

A comical satire which charts the rise and fall of a Madison Avenue ad agency previously controlled by Whites and is taken over by Blacks who are dedicated to the downfall of the White Establishment. The picture is mostly a parade of vignettes, dealing with people and campaigns of the advertising world.

Askwith Media Library 43345-D

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Schizopolis

Fletcher Munson, a corporate drone and speechwriter for a New Age guru, discovers he has a doppelganger in the crazed dentist Dr. Jeffrey Korchek. A deranged comedy of confused identity, doublespeack and intrigue. Starring director Steven Soderbergh.

Askwith Media Library 37291-D

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OSS 117

Secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117 who in the tradition of Maxwell Smart and Inspector Clouseau somehow succeeds in spite of his ineptitude. After a fellow agent is murdered, Hubert is ordered to take his place.

Askwith Media Library 50243-D

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