"The trouble with life in the fast lane is that you get to the
end in an awful hurry."
SMALLER BLACK SCREEN ALIGHT WITH COLOURS
AND THE RESULTING PATTERNS INTERPRETED AND COMMENTED ON
by Richard Karsmakers
For the past year I have been a member of the Dutch "CD Music
Club". It's one of those things where you sign up and get four
CDs at a ridiculously low price, and then you have to buy one
item per two months for a period of at least one year. I did some
calculating before I joined, which resulted in there being some
kind of benefit in it for me to join for, well, the minimum
required time of one year. I was feeling very Dutch, or Scottish,
or, well, generally stingy anyway.
I didn't buy a lot of CDs, for the stuff they offered was far
too poppy, and the metal music they sold was distinctly
mainstream. They did sell videos, too, though, which is how I
bought, at a reasonable price, a couple of films.
This fact, combined with the fact that at Karin's student house
they have Filmnet, has supplied me with enough material to write
about in this column for a bit.
Dumb and Dumber
Although I haven't seen "Batman Forever" to judge that, I think
"Dumb and Dumber" is probably the least of the films starring Jim
Carrey, the man with the rubber face. "Dumb and Dumber" sees him
starring with Jack Daniels (I am not sure about that name though)
as two halfwits who unwittingly stumble on a suitcase that Carrey
insists has to be brought back to the original owner, a girls
that he seems to have fallen totally in love with. Little does he
suspect that in fact the suitcase is full of money and was
dropped intentionally to pay a ransom fee for one of her family
members (or was it her hubby/boyfriend?) being kidnapped. What
follows is a crazy journey through the States to where the girl
has flown off to, somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, with the both
of them tailed by hired guns.
The film is bursting with funny moments, and Carrey looks like a
total and utter geek, but the best bits are rather more subtle,
and you have to see them to enjoy them. I started off with saying
that this film is probably the worst with Jim Carrey in it
(unless he did something I don't know of), but that doesn't mean
it's bad, for indeed it isn't. It's a prototype good film to rent
one evening when you need some laughs.
One of the "CD Music Club" videos I ordered. You may already
know that the best book I've ever read is Stephen King's "The
Stand", followed close on its heel by "Needful Things", also by
King. About a year ago I got "The Stand" (all 6 hours of it) on
video, and I reckoned I could do worse than getting "Needful
As with "The Stand", the film is inferior to the book, though it
is still a really commendable affort. "Needful Things" is 'just'
two hours in length, so you can actually watch it without having
to have dinner somewhere in the middle, or pop 'upper' pills.
Starring Max von Sydow as the evil Leland Gaunt and Ed Harris as
sheriff Alan Pangborn, type-casting is sufficient - though Bonnie
"Bruce's wife in Die Hard I&II" Bedelia is not at her most
credulous as the arthritis-ridden sheriff's girlfriend. Some of
the scenes are quite different, particularly the scene where
Netty Cobb and Wilma Jerzyk slaughter each other, as well as the
ending (although it has to be said the ending was a bit too
supernatural in the book). But all the magic of the book comes
flowing back when watching the film, and although the video
doesn't quite address the interhuman relationships as intricately
as the book and a few colourful characters are left out
completely, the film is an immensely enjoyable one to view. But
read the book first.
Another "CD Music Club" purchase. Probably the most cult film of
the past couple of years, immensely entertaining despite the
rather extremely violent subject matter. Quentin Tarantino wrote
the script and directed it, and the soundtrack is viciously cool
as well (Karin has it on CD, thankfully). What can I say that you
shouldn't already know? Well, maybe that the video needs the
sound to be turned up a bit for optimum enjoyment. Just go and
"CD Music Club" again. I had expected this film to lose a lot of
its power when viewing it on TV, but remarkably it virtually
doesn't (the end does a bit, though, with the subway cart). Keanu
Reeves and Sandra Bullock get on and - after a long while - off
a bus, and the action never relents. Dennis Hopper looks really
evil again, just like he did in "Waterworld".
Speaking of "Waterworld"...can anyone help me to find out the
date of birth of Jeanette Tripplehorn (the date please, as I
already know the year)? The details aren't in any of the
reference books I tried...
"True Lies" does get across rather less on the small screen.
From beginning to end it's action-laden, with loads of explosions
that need to be burned on your retina, of which the sounds need
to make your trousers legs flap. And the bit in the end, with the
Harrier jets, is also a lot less incredible. I remember having
said "oh" and "wow" at several instances during the film when I
saw it on the silver screen, but now it's just moderately
impressive. Still, it's a film you have to have seen (like
"Terminator II", as it were) and if it's not in the cinema
anymore, then video is your final chance. If you have a home
theatre setup, it might come quite close to the real thing.
And that's finis.
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