A critical guide to the week's videos
Saturday 28 June 1997
Andrew Davis's shambolic, Capra-esque fairytale about good and bad identical twins, Ruben and Robby Martinez. Saintly Ruben wears his hat back to front, despite inheriting a multi-million dollar estate in Santa Barbara. Robby wears a white cowboy hat, smokes a cigar in the Jacuzzi and plots how to wrest the land from his brother and flog it for real estate. Broad character strokes are matched by an even broader political message about giving the land back to the native Latinos (a bunch of barely differentiated native types). Undoubtedly a worthy project for the Cuban Andy Garcia (above), who plays both brothers, but not a great career move. Even if, as he revealed just before the film's cinema release, he was born a Siamese twin.
Virtuosity (15) CIC, retail, on release, pounds 10.99. Like Strange Days, this millennial thriller concerns itself with virtual reality and cyber- violence, wrapping such fashionable concerns around the standard action movie scenario of a maverick cop redeeming himself through a dangerous assignment. Character development takes a back seat to flashy video- game effects, and it doesn't help that lead Denzel Washington and love- interest Kelly Lynch have names that sound like they've been randomly generated by a computer (Parker Barnes and Madison Carter, no less). Still, Denzel's pursuit of an escaped cyber-monster is handled professionally enough, with well- paced chase sequences building towards a suspenseful, if not entirely original, climax.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid To Ask (15) Warner Home Video, retail, pounds 12.99, 30 Jun. What is the collective noun for a group of Woody Allen movies? A complex? A schtick? Whatever. In a lame week, Warner has flooded the retail video market with a slew of early works from Sleepers, Interiors and Stardust Memories to this dated but still intermittently amusing sex comedy. Allen stars as his usual nebbish, sexually frustrated neurotic in a series of daft sketches designed to parody a sex manual. The highlight is seeing Allen playing a reluctant sperm in the inspired sci-fi parody What Happens During Ejaculation? Lynn Redgrave, Anthony Quayle and Allen's first wife, Louise Lasser, are among the ensemble players.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Rape threats, death threats and a police investigation after video poking fun at an Islamic Party in Malaysia goes viral
- 2 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 3 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
- 4 6-year-old writes ice cold Valentine's card to his stepmother
- 5 Syrian child photographed 'surrendering to camera because she thought it was a gun'
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Top Gear live to go ahead: Jeremy Clarkson to join Richard Hammond and James May... just don't call it Top Gear
Ryan Reynolds interview: The actor is branching out with Nazi art-theft drama Woman in Gold
Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
Katie Hopkins reported to the police for race hatred by Labour MP Simon Danczuk after tweet about Pakistani men