November 24, 2006

Diane Lane Photo Of The Week

...a day early and all weekend long.

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How do ya like them apples?

And this week's Diane Lane Netflix Pick of the Week:

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The Outsiders: The Complete Novel (Extended Edition) (1983)

Synopsis:
Acclaimed filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola breathes new life into his beloved 1983 coming-of-age tale based on the novel by S.E. Hinton. This restored version features 22 minutes of previously unreleased footage, including a new beginning and ending; a new soundtrack (with tunes from Elvis and Van Morrison); director commentary; and remarks from cast members Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe and Diane Lane.

Gary's take: A red-haired Diane Lane is the sweet spot that shines in what is otherwise basically a sausage convention of teen heartthrobs. An old 80's favorite that's worth another look for the extra footage put back into the film. And of course, Diane Lane in that fuzzy sweater. Whoo-Hoo!

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November 18, 2006

Diane Lane Photo Of The Week

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And this week's Diane Lane Netflix Pick of the Week:

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The Perfect Storm (2000)

Synopsis:
Veteran fisherman Billy Tyne (George Clooney) has had a run of disappointing catches and is determined to change his luck by going beyond the normal reach of New England fishing boats to the remote Flemish Cap. Once out at sea, he hears about a huge storm building up, but is convinced he can beat it back to Gloucester, taking an enormous catch with him. If he doesn't try, his crew will come away empty-handed on this last trip of the season.

Gary's take: Honestly, if you had this honey waiting for you back on dry land would you really get on this boat of doom? Screw that! Time for a new job. Any woman who looks like Diane Lane and is willing to put up with a guy who smells like fish all the time is a keeper. An exciting film, but I can't get over the depressing ending (which was already so popularized by the novel that everyone knows going into it). Mark Wahlberg and John C. Reilly are the stand-outs in the cast though even Clooney does well enough in this one that you forget what an asshole he is.

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November 11, 2006

Diane Lane Photo Of The Week

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And this week's Diane Lane Netflix Pick of the Week:

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Vital Signs (1990)

Synopsis:
A group of medical students experience life's ups and downs while struggling to complete their residencies in this drama. Guided by head surgeon Dr. David Redding (Jimmy Smits), the group includes married student Kenny (Jack Gwaltney) and doctor's son Michael (Adrian Pasdar), both of whom compete for the attention of their beautiful colleague Gena (Diane Lane). Meanwhile, students Bobby and Suzanne become more than merely study buddies.

Gary's take: A bunch of surgical interns having sex when they should be focusing on learning medicine. Sheesh. Before there was "Grey's Anatomy", there was this flick. It took me half the movie to figure out why this one was rated "R" - a stand-up against-the-wall sex scene featuring...guess who? And the only movie I can recall where Diane Lane had such light blonde hair.

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November 04, 2006

Diane Lane Photo Of The Week

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And this week's Diane Lane Netflix Pick of the Week:

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Unfaithful (2002)

Synopsis:
In Adrian Lyne's erotic thriller, Diane Lane is Connie, a wife and mother who lives in a beautiful house with her handsome husband, Edward (Richard Gere). But their marriage has lost its sexual spark, and when Connie literally runs into handsome book collector Paul (Olivier Martinez), he sweeps her into an all-consuming affair. But Edward soon becomes suspicious...

Gary's take: I'm not sure what 20th Century Fox Studios was thinking when they scheduled this film's release date - one week before "Spider-man" and two weeks before Star Wars, Episode II (another movie distributed by Fox) - but this one didn't do nearly as well at the box office as I feel it could have had it not had that kind of competition. Face it, guys. This one is a guilty pleasure. And yes I own a copy on DVD. I always thought Diane was sexy. But in this one she was a different kind of sexy, the down and dirty kind.

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