[VIDEO REVIEWS] Space and Sex Spice This Week's Videos
Reviewed this week are "The Guilty," "Road Trip" and "Supernova," all recent videotape releases. Don't say we didn't warn you; anyone for a good book?
THE GUILTY (1999)
Directed by Anthony Waller. Starring Bill Pullman, Gabrielle Anwar, Devon Sawa, Angela Featherstone and Joanne Whalley.
Ambitious criminal defense lawyer Callum Crane (Pullman) has a cushy life. He has a respectable record of winning cases, a beautiful wife, two daughters by his wife's first marriage and an elegant home. As a part of his jet-setting lifestyle, he drinks a lot.
His new secretary, Sophie (Anwar), joins him for drinks. One night, they end up at her apartment, where he rapes her. Soon afterward, Crane fires Sophie. When he is appointed a federal judge, Sophie demands that he resign or she will publicize his crime.
Crane contracts with a teenage criminal, Nathan, to murder Sophie. What Crane doesn't realize is that Nathan is his son.
ROAD TRIP (2000)
Directed by Todd Phillips. Starring Tom Green, Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott, Amy Smart, Paulo Costanzo and D.J. Qualls.
"Road Trip" is a flashback narrative told by Barry (Green), an eighth-year student at the University of Ithaca in New York. He recounts the tale of one Josh Porter (Meyer).
Josh, a student at University of Ithaca, becomes frantic when his long-distance girlfriend, Tiffany, stops returning his phone calls.
He begins to suspect infidelity, and in a fit of desperation, sleeps with a beautiful blonde, Beth (Smart). Beth records the festivities on videotape.
The next morning, Josh discovers Tiffany failed to call because of a sudden family death. But Josh is about to be the victim of his own tragedy: One of his roommates has mailed the videotape to Tiffany.
So Josh sets out for Austin to intercept the tape, accompanied by three friends: E.L. (Scott), a sex-crazed party animal; Rubin (Costanzo), an intellectual stoner, and Kyle (Qualls), a geek with an overbearing father. And the thrills and spills begin.
Directed by Thomas Lee. Starring James Spader, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Lou Diamond Phillips and Wilson Cruz.
It's the 22nd century and the Nightingale 229, a medical rescue vessel, is in space on a routine patrol. All is quiet until the crew gets an emergency distress signal from a distant galaxy. In order to rescue the lone survivor from disaster on a rogue mining moon, the ship has to warp through different dimensions, a dangerous journey for humans.
In the process, the captain, A. J. Marley (Forster), dies, and Nick Vanzant (Spader) takes over. In this role, Spader combines both the evil yuppies he made his name with and the more likeable characters he has played recently.
The space journey affects the crew's sex drive, and the complications don't end there. They rescue Troy (Peter Facinelli), who brings aboard an alien artifact. A nearby star threatens to explode and destroy the ship, and someone is killing off crew members. Vanzant races against the clock to return home.
by Joe Yong-hee