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Wednesday, November 4, 1998
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 52

PlayStation Reviews

About the Cougar

Godzilla stomps into video stores; Unlike Titanic, Bullock movie 'floats'

The Video Vixen

Rattaya Nimibutr

The summer flop of gigantic proportions, Godzilla, is heading into video stores, and believe me, if you were disappointed with the second installment of Jurassic Park, you won't enjoy this flick either. Kids will definitely dig it, but I recommend sticking with Deep Impact.

Also being released are Robert Redford's adaptation of Nicholas Evan's best-selling, heartfelt drama The Horse Whisperer and director Bille August's newest version of Les Miserables, starring Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman and Claire Danes.

Bullock Floats on top

Last week's top rentals chart was dominated by Sandra Bullock's romantic comedy Hope Floats, which also starred Harry Connick Jr.

In second was the sci-fi flick The X-Files, followed by the mystery murder A Perfect Murder starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Michael Douglas, and finally Natasha Henstridge's Species II.

For the limited-release rentals (the indie flicks), riding high is The Spanish Prisoner starring Campbell Scott. Next comes Kenneth Branagh's The Gingerbread Man, followed by Catherine McCormack's Dangerous Beauty. In fourth is The Last Days of Disco, with Tim Roth's no-famer flick Deceiver rounding out the top five.

On the tube

Ted Danson's latest series debuted Monday. Becker has CBS crossing its fingers that this one will work.

Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible will be aired at 8 p.m. Thursday night on ABC, while The Discovery Channel will present actual real-life ER scenarios (rather than ones with George Clooney and Anthony Edwards), calling it Real ER. You can catch this sure-to-be entertaining show at 10 p.m.

Video of the week

To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday gets the spotlight this week. So when you're tired of too much action and drama, this nice little feel-good film may offer a delightful replacement.

David Lewis (Peter Gallagher) learns that his obsession with his late wife Gillian has damaged his precious relationship with his teenage daughter Rachel (Claire Danes) in To Gillian on her 37th Birthday.

Nikki Ansin/Columbia Pictures

Starring Peter Gallagher as a widowed husband and Michelle Pfeiffer as his dead wife, whom we see appear as a ghost in Gallagher's imagination and obsession, Gillian has been brilliantly adapted from the Michael Brady's stage play.

Also starring Claire Danes as Gallagher's daughter, we see both characters dealing with the death of Pfeiffer's character. Directed by Michael Pressman, Gillian is a small, decent film that I highly recommend checking out.

Quote trivia
Last week's quote was from The Breakfast Club, and the clue was brat-packer Ally Sheedy, who recently starred in High Art with Radha Mitchell and Patricia Clarkson.

Now, try to guess this one. It's fairly easy, and if you know this or have even heard of the movie, then you'll definitely know the answer right away. Hint: The director of this movie also directed Jack Nicholson in The Shining.

"It had been a wonderful evening and what I needed now, to give it the perfect ending, was a little of the Ludwig Von." 

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