Silk Stalkings (dvd) Review

Nominated for only one Emmy, the entertainment quality of Silk Stalkings is nevertheless evidenced by its nine season run which is one of the most enduring ever for an original cable TV series. Partly responsible for this lack of critical acclaim is that Silk Stalkings was a trailblazer in the cable genre, and handing out Emmys to original cable series didn’t become fashionable until the late-1990s when Sex And The City and The Sopranos broke the cable barrier for good. Another contributing factor to the lack of peer recognition is that Silk Stalkings lasted about four seasons longer than it should have, given that nearly the entire cast and crew were replaced after the first five seasons. Regardless, this hour-long drama series set in Palm Beach, Florida contains all the necessary ingredients for a hit show – beautiful people in a beautiful setting with lots of murder, violence, and intrigue. Silk Stalkings offers everything one could ask for in a TV drama, and the show’s success helped pave the way for additional original cable series such as Monk and The Shield?

Silk Stalkings follows the exploits of two Palm Beach, Florida detectives who investigate murders and other high profile crimes in an elite community which is no stranger to fame and fortune. Sgt. Chris Lorenzo (Rob Estes) and Sgt. Rita Lee Lance (Mitzi Kapture) are partners on the local Palm Beach Police Department, and each episode they must investigate one or more high-profile crimes. The dynamic relationship between Chris and Rita is a focal point of the show, and the two will overturn every stone and use every tactic at their disposal to bring justice to those who, either due to fame and/or wealth, believe they are above the laws that governor average people? Veteran entertainer Ben Vereen plays their boss, Capt. Hutchinson, in seasons one through three before being replaced by Charlie Brill (Capt. Harry Lipschitz) for the remainder of the series? Overall, Silk Stalkings is a finely scripted investigative drama cut from the same mold as Law & Order SVU?

The Silk Stalkings DVD features a number of dramatic episodes including the series premiere in which Chris and Rita investigate the case of model murdered in her townhouse. The main focus of the investigation centers around the model’s husband, and the couple’s impending divorce proceedings only serve to place him under greater suspicion. Digging further, Chris and Rita link a cold case file to the murder, but a wrench is thrown in their investigation when the ex-cop who investigated the case is himself murdered? Other notable episodes from Season 1 include “Dirty Laundry” in which Chris and Rita investigate the mysterious death of a congressmen found on the beach near his home, and “Internal Affair” in which Chris becomes embroiled in police brutality controversy when he shoots and kills a suspect during a burglary in progress?

Below is a list of episodes included on the Silk Stalkings (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (Pilot) Air Date: 11-07-1991
Episode 2 (Going to Babylon) Air Date: 11-14-1991
Episode 3 (S.O.B.) Air Date: 11-21-1991
Episode 4 (In the Name of Love) Air Date: 11-28-1991
Episode 5 (Men Seeking Women) Air Date: 12-05-1991
Episode 6 (Dirty Laundry) Air Date: 12-12-1991
Episode 7 (Hard Copy) Air Date: 12-19-1991
Episode 8 (Curtain Call) Air Date: 01-02-1992
Episode 9 (The Brotherhood) Air Date: 01-09-1992
Episode 10 (Blo-Dri) Air Date: 01-16-1992
Episode 11 (Intensive Care) Air Date: 01-23-1992
Episode 12 (Squeeze Play) Air Date: 01-30-1992
Episode 13 (Shock Jock) Air Date: 02-06-1992
Episode 14 (The Sock Drawer) Air Date: 02-13-1992
Episode 15 (Internal Affair) Air Date: 02-20-1992
Episode 16 (Witness) Air Date: 02-27-1992
Episode 17 (Domestic Agenda) Air Date: 03-05-1992
Episode 18 (Lady Luck) Air Date: 03-12-1992
Episode 19 (Working Girl) Air Date: 03-19-1992
Episode 20 (Powder Burn) Air Date: 03-26-1992

Classic Movie Posters Are Getting The Popularity Vote On Campus

It is not hard to spot the latest fashion trends. Just visit any college campus. But will this year’s hot new trends be unique or will they be reruns from seasons long past? The lava lights and psychedelic posters of the 70’s were once again easy to spot in the mid 90’s and the slap bracelets and big sun glasses of the early 90’s have been seen again as recently as 2006. What past fashion accessories will be popping up this semester?
From UCLA to Hudson University and all points in between vintage movie posters seem to be the thing. Even girls who were not even thought of when “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” debuted are very much into posters of Audrey, dark sunglasses and pearls. A-list hits such as “scarface” and D-list hits like “Evil Dead are popping up on walls daily. Movie memorabilia is not referring to just black and white posters anymore.
What is the reason that twenty year old men and women are reaching back to the days of drive in movies and black and white pictures? No one knows for sure, but maybe they are yearning for a more simple time when humor was light hearted and times were easier to understand or maybe it is just the allure of classics that caught a hold of them again.
Smart marketers are not only making money on the vintage movie posters, they are making a huge profit on merchandising. At local shopping malls and department stores, you can purchase figurines, accessories, such as jewelery and sunglasses, and even catch phrase t-shirts. College campus bookstores are selling out of vintage movie posters faster than posters for newer films. These vintage posters are more popular than ever.
Posters may bring back the magic of some other time and a fantasy of what may have been. They help to capture the spirit of an age that you wish you’d lived in or else they help to keep memories alive. Some students will put up posters to remind themselves of their childhood or high school years, while some will put them up to let others know just who they are. Independent art/film posters and vintage film posters used to be displayed only on film students’ walls, but now the audience for them is a great deal larger.
If you are looking for the perfect gift for your niece or nephew, son or daughter, or that special college student in your life, look no further than a movie poster displaying Faye Dunaway or Elvis. They were popular then and they are popular now. Watch them unroll the poster and reveal a smile and don’t forget to hang onto the posters you love today. Who knows, in twenty years, they may be the next hot trend.

Gilmore Girls (dvd) Review

Nominated for 1 Emmy and 1 Golden Globe in its first five seasons, Gilmore Girls has experienced much greater success among TV viewers than among industry critics. In fact, the show is the first script supported by the Family Friendly Forum’s script development fund to go on and become a regular television series. Part of an initiative between The WB Network – maker of such hits as Dawson’s Creek (1998), Felicity (1998), Angel (1999), and Smallville (2001) – and fellow industry executives, this push for more family-oriented programming resulted in a series showcasing a unique mother-daughter bond and the various people they encounter on their life voyage of discovery. Set in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, Gilmore Girls utilizes many of the same sets as the hit series The Dukes Of Hazzard (1979) – another successful Warner Brothers production from years past?

Gilmore Girls is set in a small idyllic community in Connecticut filled with a wide range of diverse characters and eccentric personalities. Against this backdrop, Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) attempts to raise her daughter and best friend, Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel), to carve out a better life for herself. Having made a number of youthful mistakes, Lorelai made the decision to raise her daughter by herself at a young age (the same age as Rory when the series begins), and she’s bound and determined to make sure that Rory makes better decisions for herself. As Rory prepares to go off to college, she displays many of the same likes and dislikes as her mother – especially when it comes to the opposite sex, and that’s what worries Lorelai the most? A borderline soap opera, Gilmore Girls is more of a serial drama that focuses on the love, friendship, and shared growth of a mother and daughter as they live out their dreams in modern day America?

The Gilmore Girls DVD features a number of touching episodes including the series premiere in which Rory is accepted to a very prestigious prep school named Chilton. But Lorelai struggles to come up with the tuition money necessary to send her, so she contacts her estranged parents for a loan. They agree to provide Rory with the tuition if Lorelai will agree to have a family dinner with them every Friday. Meanwhile, Rory has developed a crush on a recent transfer student, making her apprehensive about attending Chilton. When Lorelai finds out that a boy is the source of Rory’s uncertainty, the two get in a fight with Lorelai fearing that Rory will follow in her own path of bad decisions. However, after the family dinner with Lorelai’s parents, Rory realizes the sacrifice her mother has made in asking for the loan, and the two make up? Other notable episodes from Season 1 include “Forgiveness and Stuff” in which a feuding Rory and Lorelai settle their differences just in time for Christmas, and “The Third Lorelai” in which Emily opposes her mother-in-law’s offer to set up a trust fund for Rory because she’s afraid it will mean an end to her contact with her granddaughter?

Below is a list of episodes included on the Gilmore Girls (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (Pilot) Air Date: 10-05-2000
Episode 2 (The Lorelais’ First Day at Chilton) Air Date: 10-12-2000
Episode 3 (Kill Me Now) Air Date: 10-19-2000
Episode 4 (The Deer Hunters) Air Date: 10-26-2000
Episode 5 (Cinnamon’s Wake) Air Date: 11-02-2000
Episode 6 (Rory’s Birthday Parties) Air Date: 11-09-2000
Episode 7 (Kiss and Tell) Air Date: 11-16-2000
Episode 8 (Love and War and Snow) Air Date: 12-14-2000
Episode 9 (Rory’s Dance) Air Date: 12-20-2000
Episode 10 (Forgiveness and Stuff) Air Date: 12-21-2000
Episode 11 (Paris is Burning) Air Date: 01-11-2001
Episode 12 (Double Date) Air Date: 01-18-2001
Episode 13 (Concert Interruptus) Air Date: 02-15-2001
Episode 14 (That Damn Donna Reed) Air Date: 02-22-2001
Episode 15 (Christopher Returns) Air Date: 03-01-2001
Episode 16 (Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers) Air Date: 03-08-2001
Episode 17 (The Breakup, Part 2) Air Date: 03-15-2001
Episode 18 (The Third Lorelai) Air Date: 03-22-2001
Episode 19 (Emily in Wonderland) Air Date: 04-26-2001
Episode 20 (P.S. I Lo?) Air Date: 05-03-2001
Episode 21 (Love, Daisies, and Troubadours) Air Date: 05-10-2001

Douglas And Zeta-jones To Make Monsoon Film In India

Over two decades after the original, Michael Douglas is making another sequel to his 1984 film Romancing the Stone. The first sequel, 1985�s Jewel of the Nile was a rather lacklustre movie, but the new sequel, which is called Racing the Monsoon, will feature Douglas� Oscar-winning Welsh wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, as well as Bourne Identity star Matt Damon, so it promises to be much better. Douglas and Zeta-Jones will be relocating to Indian in order to film the sequel in Mumbai, Kolkata and Jaisalmer and the film promises to provide a real boost to the already-thriving Indian film industry.

It is thought that Racing the Monsoon will be an action adventure movie that tells the story of a diamond heist that takes place onboard an Indian train. The film signifies the first fully-fledged Hollywood-Bollywood co-production to date.

Ms Zeta-Jones said that she was excited about shooting the film and spending some time in India, she said: “I’m looking forward to going to India. Michael and I are developing a script that will be set in India. We will take our kids and all of us will come there, set up camp in India and shoot a film.” Douglas also said that he was pleased to be going to India, declaring that he had been closely studying Indian culture. He said: “India is making a large impact in the US, be it culture, design, fashion or films which are splashed everywhere in the world. I have been closely following and studying Indian culture and I�m fascinated by it.”

Michael Douglas� own production company, Further Films, and Indian production house Percept Picture Company (PPC), which is co-run by Shailendra Singh – a friend of Douglas�, will finance the �30 million film. Ms Singh said: “Michael being a friend, had approached us to partner him and we agreed. Percept will raise the cost for the Indian part of the production.” Michael said that he was happy to be working with the Percept Picture Company, he explained: “When the subject of films came up, Percept showed interest. As I was looking for partners in India to do films here, I was happy things worked out.”

Ms Singh believes that making Racing the Monsoon in India will have a positive impact on the Indian film industry as a whole. She said: “With more films like Racing the Monsoon coming to India, imagine the kind of exposure, interaction and employment that will be generated for Indian technicians and artists.”

Steve Carr is expected to be announced as director of Racing the Monsoon. His previous credits include Daddy Day Care, Next Friday and Doctor Doolittle 2.