'90s Night In - 8 Movie Set'
(Will Ferrell, Salma Hayek, Dylan McDermott, Debra Winger, Katie Holmes, et al / 2-DVD / NR / 2014 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: An 8 Pack of 90's Nostalgia! Included in this 8 movie set are: 'Wilder Napalm,' 'Go!,' 'Threesome,' 'The Velocity of Gary,' 'Hexed,' 'Jersey Girl' and both 'The Suburbans' and 'The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human.'
DVD Verdict: In truth, I'm a HUGE "90's film" fan so I didn't need my wife with me on the sofa for her input on these - but she snuggled up regardless!
Just to give you a rundown of a handful that stood out, starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Salma Hayek, and Thomas Jayne, 'The Velocity of Gary' is just one of those movies where the three leads do amazing work! Vincent D'Onofrio is mesmerizing as the center of the love triangle, a character so full of life even as he's dying that he can't be contained. This was a brave role for the respected character actor, and it deserves to be seen. Salma Hayek turns in another great performance, and one scene in particular, breaks your heart. Valentino is dancing in a club with Gary and Mary Carmen, and when he turns his back on Mary Carmen for a second to bump and grind with Gary, the slow-motion shot of the pain, longing and jealousy in Hayek's eyes will rip your heart out. And Thomas Jane has never been better. For anyone who's only seen his work in Deep Blue Sea and that raunchy Cameron Diaz "comedy", brace yourself for an actor whose potential hasn't been tapped in his subsequent projects.
In the fast-(s)paced 'Go!,' starring William Fichtner, Katie Holmes, Jay Mohr, Sarah Polley, and Scott Wolf, 'Go!' is truly unlike any film you have ever seen (at that juncture of time) - and I loved every second of it! This unique comedy, from 'Swingers' director, Doug Liman, follows a bunch of people who connect in a supermarket and follow them on their craziest weekend ever. The story is told in four parts, and follow these inevitably connected people from four different angles. As each of their stories are told, the story gets clearer and even more hilarious. This movie was a first for many TV stars on the big screen like Katie Holmes, Scott Wolf, and Jay Mohr, but it's the newcomers like Sarah Polley and Desmond Askew that make this film work. Honestly, this film has everything. It's a great story, action-packed, and hilarious, I can't recommend it enough!
In 'Jersey Girl,' starring Dylan McDermott, Jami Gertz, Sheryl Lee, and written by Ben Affleck, the basic story of love comes to the fore. But oh so wonderfully, trust me! It's a love story about a small town Jersey girl looking for that Mr. Right and literally crashing smack dab into him! But has the one she has fallen for been on his high horse too long to realize true love is Mrs. Right standing there in front of him all the time? Or will he let her go because she's just not what he needs in his social climb?
And starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Craig Bierko, Amy Brenneman, and the always-comedic Will Ferrell, the HIGHLY under-rated 'The Suburbans' finds Hewitt playing Cate, a record company executive who comes up with the idea to revive an eighties one hit wonder pop group, The Suburbans, which basically imploded after suffering from the excesses that followed over night superstardom. This is met with reluctance from some of the members, but the more outspoken members drive what they see is a chance to see what they missed out on, believing that they can be successful. Donal Lardner Ward plays Danny, the quasi leader and lead guitarist who sees this as a sign relating his true path in life, especially since all of his post band ventures have failed.
Tony Guma is Rory, the overweight balding drummer who sees this as an opportunity to cash in on the band to make some much needed money, as his poor financial decisions cost him all the money he made some twenty years prior of their one hit. Craig Bierko plays Mitch, the good looking lead singer who has never given up on being a rock star, and craves the fame they once had. Rounding out the band is the bass player Gil, played by Will Ferrell, who basically goes along with the rest of the guys, not really needing the money or fame, as he's finically secure, but doesn't want to let the guys down. Watch this and cruise smoothly back to the 90's and enjoy every second of this under-the-radar (then and now) movie! These are all Full Screen Presentations (1.33:1) and enhanced for 16x9 TVs.