The Driver is carrying an East Asian child who has been chosen for a strange rite. He must drive him through a dark night in the city to get to a monk's house, while eluding several U.S. ... See full summary »
In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self-help books and losing patience with her husband's lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holidays, escapes to the city to pursue an alluring rich girl from his prep school. And young, budding nymphomaniac, Wendy Hood, roams the neighborhood, innocently exploring the liquor cabinets and lingerie drawers of her friends' parents, looking for something new. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century. Things get bad.Written by
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The real ice storm portrayed in the film happened December 16-17 in 1973 and was named "Felix." See more »
In an early scene when Wendy and Paul are talking, one of them refers to their "parental units." This phrase became popular as the result of its use in the recurring "Coneheads" sketches on Saturday Night Live. The movie is set in 1973, however, whereas Saturday Night Live did not premiere until 1975, and the Coneheads sketches did not first air until 1977. See more »
Good morning ladies and gentlemen. This train, originating from New York's Grand Central Station, is back in service. Next stop will be New Canaan, Connecticut. New Canaan, Connecticut next stop.
In issue 141 of the Fantastic Four, published in November, 1973, Reed Richards had to use his anti-matter weapon on his own son, who Aannihilus has turn into the Human Atom Bomb. It was a typical predicament for the Fantastic Four, because they weren't like other superheroes. ...
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Too Late to Turn Back Now
Written by Eddie Cornelius
Used by permission of EMI Unart Catalog Inc (BMI)
Performed by Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from EMI Capitol Music Special Markets See more »
The first time I viewed this film I found it boring and pointless - actually falling asleep at one point. However, it left a sliver in my brain that just wouldn't go away.
A week later I watched it again, and realized what a brilliant film this is. Not boring but subtle.
Comparisons to American Beauty are quite valid, however the approach taken by Ang Lee is quite different and very effective. This is the 'American Dream' twisted and misguided. Beautifully showing what happens - what always happens - when we lose sight of the things that really matter in our lives for the sake of instant gratification and material desires.
Depressing as hell and worth every consideration.
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