City of Ghosts
City of Ghosts is a 2002 American crime thriller film co-written, directed by and starring Matt Dillon, about a con artist who must go to Cambodia to collect his share of money from an insurance scam. The film was made in locations that include Phnom Penh and the Bokor Hill Station. Jimmy is a conman, working for an insurance company in New York City that the FBI is investigating since it cannot pay policyholder claims following a hurricane; the mastermind of the scheme and his mentor, Marvin, is in Thailand. In Bangkok, Jimmy learns from Joseph Kaspar, a partner in the scheme, that Marvin is in Cambodia, where he is involved in a casino scheme; the roads are not safe. There, he hires a cyclo driver named Sok, to take him to his destination, a run-down bar and hotel owned by a Frenchman named Emile, he learns to trust the word of Sok when attempting to make contact as there are unsafe places and people. He meets an NGO worker named Sophie and dabbles in romance with her while attending a rave party at an ancient temple.
Marvin turns up, but the scam he is trying to put together – involving corrupt Cambodian government officials, high-ranking military and the Russian mafia – turns out to be more risky and dangerous than was anticipated. Made on a budget of $20 million, the film only gained a limited release, made $450,781 at the box office. City of Ghosts received mixed reviews from critics. Many critics praised the score, the performances of Dillon and Caan, as well as Dillon's stylish direction; the film holds a 47% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 66 critics, with a consensus stating "Atmospheric, but that's about all." The soundtrack for City of Ghosts features an eclectic mix of music that includes 1960s-70s Cambodian rock and roll, French pop and American pre-World War II blues and jazz. City of Ghosts on IMDb City of Ghosts at AllMovie City of Ghosts at Rotten Tomatoes
Babylon 5 is an American space opera television series created by writer and producer J. Michael Straczynski, under the Babylonian Productions label, in association with Straczynski's Synthetic Worlds Ltd. and Warner Bros. Domestic Television. After the successful airing of a test pilot movie on February 22, 1993, Babylon 5: The Gathering, in May 1993 Warner Bros. commissioned the series for production as part of its Prime Time Entertainment Network. The first season premiered in the US on January 26, 1994, the series ran for the intended five seasons, costing an estimated $90 million for 110 episodes. Unlike most television shows at the time, Babylon 5 was conceived as a "novel for television", with a defined beginning and end; the series consists of a coherent five-year story arc unfolding over five seasons of 22 episodes each. Tie-in novels, comic books, short stories were developed to play a significant canonical part in the overall story; the series follows the human military staff and alien diplomats stationed on a space station, Babylon 5, built in the aftermath of several major inter-species wars as a neutral focal point for galactic diplomacy and trade.
Babylon 5 was an early example of a television series featuring story arcs which spanned episodes or whole seasons. Whereas contemporary television shows tended to confine conflicts to individual episodes, maintaining the overall status quo, each season of Babylon 5 contains plot elements which permanently change the series universe. Babylon 5 utilized multiple episodes to address the repercussions of some plot events or character decisions, episode plots would at times reference or be influenced by events from prior episodes or seasons, unusual at the time. Many races of sentient creatures are seen frequenting the station, with most episodes drawing from a core of a dozen or so species. Major plotlines included Babylon 5's embroilment in a millennia-long cyclical conflict between ancient, powerful races, inter-race wars and their aftermaths, intrigue or upheaval within particular races, including the human characters who fight to resist Earth's descent into totalitarianism. Many episodes focus on the effect of wider events on individual characters, with episodes containing themes such as personal change, subjugation, corruption and redemption.
Babylon 5, set between the years 2257 and 2262, depicts a future where Earth has a unifying Earth government and has gained the technology for faster-than-light travel. Colonies within the solar system, beyond, make up the Earth Alliance, which has established contact with other spacefaring species. Ten years before the series is set, Earth itself was nearly defeated in a war with the intellectual Minbari, only to escape destruction when the Minbari unexpectedly surrendered at the brink of victory. Among the other species are the imperialist Centauri. Several dozen less powerful species from the League of Non-Aligned Worlds have diplomatic contact with the major races, including the Drazi, Vree and pak'ma'ra. An ancient and secretive race, the Shadows, unknown to humans but documented in many other races' religious texts, malevolently influence events to bring chaos and war among the known species; the Babylon 5 space station is located in the Epsilon Eridani system, at the fifth Lagrangian point between the fictional planet Epsilon III and its moon.
It is 0.5 -- 1.0 mile in diameter. The station is the last of its line, it contains living areas which accommodate various alien species, providing differing atmospheres and gravities. Human visitors to the alien sectors are shown using breathing equipment and other measures to tolerate the conditions. Babylon 5 featured an ensemble cast which changed over the course of the show's run: Michael O'Hare as Commander Jeffrey Sinclair: The first commander of Babylon 5 assigned to be Earth's ambassador to Minbar. Bruce Boxleitner as Captain John Sheridan: Sinclair's replacement on Babylon 5 after his reassignment, a central figure of several prophecies within the Shadow war. Claudia Christian as Lt. Commander Susan Ivanova: Second in command to Babylon 5. Jerry Doyle as Michael Garibaldi: Babylon 5's Chief of Station Security. Mira Furlan as Delenn: The Minbari ambassador to Babylon 5. Born Minbari, she uses a special artifact at the start of the 2nd season to become a Minbari-human hybrid. Richard Biggs as Doctor Stephen Franklin: Babylon 5's chief medical officer.
Andrea Thompson as Talia Winters: A commercial Psi-Corps telepath that works aboard the station. Stephen Furst as Vir Cotto: Diplomatic aide to Centauri Ambassador Londo Mollari. Bill Mumy as Lennier: Diplomatic aide to Minbari Ambassador Delenn. Tracy Scoggins as Captain Elizabeth Lochley: Babylon 5's station commander following Ivanova's departure. Jason Carter as Marcus Cole: A Ranger, one of a group of covert agents who fight against the Shadows. Caitlin Brown and Mary Kay Adams as Na'Toth: Diplomatic aide to Narn Ambassador G'Kar. Robert Rusler as Warren Keffer: Commander of the Zeta Wing, one of Babylon 5's small fighter fleets. Jeff Conaway as Zack Allan (guest season 2, main
Desperate Hours is a 1990 remake of the 1955 William Wyler crime drama of the same title. Both films are based on the novel by Joseph Hayes, who co-wrote the script for this film with Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal. Desperate Hours stars Mickey Rourke, Anthony Hopkins, Mimi Rogers, Kelly Lynch, Lindsay Crouse, Elias Koteas and David Morse, it is directed by Michael Cimino, who had worked with Rourke on the films Heaven's Gate and Year of the Dragon. In Utah, Nancy Breyers is a defense lawyer, inexplicably in love with client Michael Bosworth, a sociopathic convict. During a break from a courtroom hearing, Nancy sneaks a gun to Bosworth. After Bosworth snaps a guard's neck and Nancy slip away. Bosworth tears at Nancy's clothing and leaves her behind, where she will tell authorities Bosworth held her at gunpoint during his escape, he speeds off in a car with his brother Wally, their partner, the hulking, half-witted Albert changes cars with one Nancy has left for him in a remote location. In the meantime, decorated Vietnam veteran Tim Cornell arrives at his former home with his ex-wife Nora, who have two kids—15-year-old May and her 8-year-old brother Zack.
Tim and Nora separated due to his infidelity with a younger woman, Tim shows up trying to reconcile with Nora, with whom he is still in love. Needing a hideout until Nancy can catch up with them, the Bosworth brothers and Albert settle on the Cornells' home with a "For Sale" sign, picked by Bosworth at random. Somehow, Bosworth picks up intimate details of the Cornells, one by one all of them find themselves the prisoners of the Bosworth brothers and Albert. Nancy's innocent act does not fool FBI agent Brenda Chandler, who puts surveillance on her every move. Nancy cuts a deal with Chandler to have charges against her reduced by betraying Bosworth; as young Zack tries to escape through a window, a friend of the Cornells who visits the house by chance meets him. Bosworth makes the family friend enter inside by force, as they discuss, Bosworth shoots him makes Albert dispose of the body as Albert gets anxiety-ridden and decides to go off on his own; as Albert leaves while covered in blood, he intercepts two college girls, who expose his presence to a small gas station owner.
The owner calls the authorities. Albert is killed by the police on a river bank. Nancy begs Agent Chandler to give her a gun; as she goes to the Cornells' house, the house gets surrounded, as a shootout starts by Bosworth, Wally is fatally wounded in a barrage of FBI bullets and falls on top of a shocked Nancy. Wally's gun is taken away by Tim. Bosworth is prepared to use it if Tim interferes, he is unaware. Tim drags the criminal outside, where Bosworth ignores the FBI's order to surrender, is fatally shot. Mickey Rourke as Michael Bosworth Anthony Hopkins as Tim Cornell Mimi Rogers as Nora Cornell Kelly Lynch as Nancy Breyers Lindsay Crouse as FBI Agent Chandler Elias Koteas as Wally Bosworth David Morse as Albert Shawnee Smith as May Cornell Danny Gerard as Zack Cornell Matt McGrath as Kyle Gerry Bamman as Ed Tallant Parts of the film were shot in Salt Lake City, Echo Junction, Orem and Capitol Reef in Utah; the film, directed by Michael Cimino, was received split reviews. Critic and movie historian Leonard Maltin referred to the film this way: "Ludicrous...
With no suspense, an at-times-laughable music score, Shawnee Smith as a daughter/victim you'll beg to see cold-cocked." The film holds a 36% "rotten" rating on the reviews aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes based on 11 reviews. Christopher Tookey, reviewing the film for the Sunday Telegraph called Desperate Hours: "One of those films which should never have been released on parole - a danger to itself." Mickey Rourke earned a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actor for his performance in the film, but lost to Andrew Dice Clay for The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. According to some official sources, Michael Cimino's original cut of Desperate Hours was mutilated by the film's producers, resulting in a badly edited film filled with plot holes; the only known proof of any deleted scenes are some stills which show a few of them. List of films featuring home invasions Desperate Hours on IMDb Desperate Hours at Box Office Mojo Desperate Hours at Unofficial french website
Too Young the Hero
Too Young the Hero is a 1988 American made-for-television drama war film directed by Buzz Kulik and starring Rick Schroder. It premiered on CBS on March 27, 1988; the film tells the true story of a 12-year-old boy who forges his mother's signature to join the United States Navy during World War II. It is based on the real life of Calvin Graham, the youngest American serviceman of the war; the film was produced by Trucon Productions in Virginia Beach, Virginia and in Wilmington, North Carolina for CBS. Calvin Graham, a 12-year-old boy who looks older than his age, shows up at a naval base in uniform with a set of sealed orders. After his orders are reviewed, he is arrested and taken to the brig. In prison, he has a series of flashbacks during which he forges his mother's signature to enlist in the U. S. Navy, completes basic training and is assigned to the USS South Dakota. Graham unsuccessfully tries to get himself released from prison by saying he is underage, but nobody believes him, he learns that he's in prison for desertion and, as a result, is unable to get any messages out.
When Graham is asked about a wound in the back of his head, he remembers the USS South Dakota fighting in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. One of Graham's shipmates is killed, several others, including Graham, are wounded. Lauding Graham's bravery, the ship's captain recommends him for two Purple Hearts. Graham's ship enters port in New York City for repairs, but when Graham learns that his grandmother has died, he asks to go to Texas to attend her funeral; the ship's executive officer, who has assumed command, gives Graham a four-day pass, knowing he cannot make it back in time. He tells Graham to turn himself in when the pass expires. Graham reports as directed, expecting his story about being underage to be verified so he can be released. However, as depicted in the opening scenes, he is arrested instead. Graham spends his 13th birthday being nearly worked to death by abusive guards who refuse to believe him. Meanwhile, his sister receives an anonymous phone call telling her that Graham is in the brig.
After pleading with the Provost Marshal gets her nowhere, she goes to the newspaper, which gets her brother released. As Graham is reunited with his sister, the viewers learn that in 1978, Graham's medals were restored and he was given an honorable discharge, while his veteran's benefits were still pending. Ricky Schroder as Calvin Graham Jon DeVries as Captain Thomas Gatch Rick Warner as Holbrook Mary-Louise Parker as Pearl Spencer Debra Mooney as Calvin's mother Ron Shelley as Cracker Christopher Dioni as Avila Carl Mueller as Sargent Shriver Tom Wood as Cluff Christopher Curry as Laslo Too Young the Hero on IMDb Too Young the Hero at Rotten Tomatoes
The Client (TV series)
The Client is an American drama series that aired on CBS from September 17, 1995 until April 16, 1996. It aired for one season, premiering with a two-hour movie pilot on September 17, 1995, airing new episodes through April 16, 1996; the series was based on the 1994 eponymous film The Client, itself adapted from the 1993 John Grisham eponymous novel. It starred JoBeth Williams, John Heard, Polly Holliday in the roles created in the film by Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Micole Mercurio, respectively; the leads of the series were played by JoBeth Williams as Reggie Love, John Heard as Roy Foltrigg. As series regulars, Polly Holliday as Big Momma and David Barry Gray as Clint McGuire are the only other characters to appear in all 20 episodes. JoBeth Williams as Reggie Love John Heard as Roy Foltrigg Polly Holliday as Momma Love David Barry Gray as Clint McGuire Ossie Davis as Judge Harry Roosevelt Besides Micole Mercurio, who played Big Momma in the film and guest-starred in the fourteenth episode, Winning, as Naomi, the only other actor to appear in both the series and film was Ossie Davis.
His portrayal of Judge Harry Roosevelt in the film, led him to recreate that part in 13 of the 20 first-season episodes of the series. The following actors were considered recurring, with many of them portraying characters created in the book and/or movie: Valerie Mahaffey as Ellie Foltrigg Mac Davis as Waldo Gaines David Michael Mullins as Lewis Maddox Burke Moses as Jackson Love William Converse-Roberts as Dr. Gus Cardoni Derek McGrath as Arnie Thom Barry as Judge Waite-Barkley Brixton Karnes as Officer Brill Harry Lennix as Daniel Holbrook Emilio Borelli as Nick Allen Williams as Howard Straithe Timothy Carhart as Walon Clark Emmanuelle Bach as Nicole Ray McKinnon as Lenny Barlow While the series lasted 20 episodes, it reached a larger audience when the TNT Network rebroadcast the series five nights a week, March 1999 through February 2001, to solid ratings. While the full series is not yet available on DVD or Blu-ray, the 1995 pilot episode of the series was included as a bonus feature on the 2013 Blu-ray release of the 1994 film.
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Grand Rapids is the second-largest city in Michigan, the largest city in West Michigan. It is on the Grand River about 30 miles east of Lake Michigan; as of the 2010 census, the city population was 188,040. In 2010, the Grand Rapids metropolitan area had a population of 1,005,648, the combined statistical area of Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland had a population of 1,321,557. Grand Rapids is the county seat of Kent County. A historic furniture-manufacturing center, Grand Rapids is home to five of the world's leading office furniture companies, is nicknamed Furniture City, its more common modern nickname of River City refers to the landmark river. The city and surrounding communities are economically diverse, based in the health care, information technology, automotive and consumer goods manufacturing industries, among others. Grand Rapids is the childhood home of U. S. President Gerald Ford, buried with his wife Betty on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in the city; the city's main airport is named after him.
For thousands of years, succeeding cultures of indigenous peoples occupied the area. Over 2000 years ago, people associated with the Hopewell culture occupied the Grand River Valley. A tribe from the Ottawa River traveled to the Grand River valley, fighting three battles with the Prairie Indians who were established in the area; the tribe split, with the Chippewas settling in the northern lower peninsula, the Pottawatomies staying south of the Kalamazoo River and the Ottawa staying in central Michigan. By the late 1600s, the Ottawa, who occupied territory around the Great Lakes and spoke one of the numerous Algonquian languages, moved into the Grand Rapids area and founded several villages along the Grand River; the Ottawa established on the river, which they called O-wash-ta-nong, or far-away-water due to the river's length, where they "raised corn, melons and beans, to which they added game of the woods and the fish from the streams". In 1740, an Ottawa man who would be known as Chief Noonday and become the future chief of the Ottawa, was born.
Between 1761 and 1763, Chief Pontiac visited the area annually, gathering over 3,000 natives and asking them to volunteer to fight the British in Detroit, which would culminate into Pontiac's War. The Potawatomi attacked the Ottawa in 1765, attempting to take the Grand River territory but were defeated. By the end of the 1700s, there were an estimated 1,000 Ottawa in the Kent County area. After the French established territories in Michigan, Jesuit missionaries and traders traveled down Lake Michigan and its tributaries. At the start of the 19th century, European fur traders and missionaries established posts in the area among the Ottawa, they lived in peace, trading European metal and textile goods for fur pelts. In 1806, Joseph and his wife Madeline La Framboise, Métis, traveled by canoe from Mackinac and established the first trading post in West Michigan in present-day Grand Rapids on the banks of the Grand River, near what is now Ada Township, they were Roman Catholic. They both spoke Ottawa, Madeline's maternal ancestral language.
After the murder of her husband in 1809 while en route to Grand Rapids, Madeline La Framboise carried on the trade business, expanding fur trading posts to the west and north, creating a good reputation among the American Fur Company. La Framboise, whose mother was Ottawa and father French merged her successful operations with the American Fur Company. By 1810, Chief Noonday established a village on the west side of the river with about 500 Ottawa. Madeline La Framboise returned to Mackinac; that year, Grand Rapids was described as being the home of an Ottawa village of about 50 to 60 huts on the west side of the river near the 5th Ward, with Kewkishkam being the village chief and Chief Noonday being the chief of the Ottawa. The first permanent European-American settler in the Grand Rapids area was Isaac McCoy, a Baptist minister. General Lewis Cass, who commissioned Charles Christopher Trowbridge to establish missions for Native Americans in Michigan, ordered McCoy to establish a mission in Grand Rapids for the Ottawa.
In 1823, McCoy, as well as Paget, a Frenchman who brought along a Native American pupil, traveled to Grand Rapids to arrange a mission, though negotiations fell through with the group returning to the Carey mission for the Potawatomi on the St. Joseph River. In 1824, Baptist missionary Rev. L. Slater traveled with two settlers to Grand Rapids to perform work; the winter of 1824 was difficult, with Slater's group having to resupply and return before the spring. Slater erected the first settler structures in Grand Rapids, a log cabin for himself and a log schoolhouse. In 1825, McCoy established a missionary station, he represented the settlers who began arriving from Ohio, New York and New England, the Yankee states of the Northern Tier. Shortly after, Detroit-born Louis Campau, known as the official founder of Grand Rapids, was convinced by fur trader William Brewster, in a rivalry with the American Fur Company, to travel to Grand Rapids and establish trade there. In 1826, Campau built his cabin, trading post, blacksmith shop on the east bank of the Grand River near the rapids, stating the Native Americans in the area were "friendly and peaceable".
Campau returned to Detroit returned a year with his wife and $5,000 of trade goods to trade with the Ottawa and Ojibwa, with the only currency being fur. Campau's longer brother Touissant would assist him with trade and other tasks at hand. In 1831 the federal survey of the Northwest Territory reached the Grand River.
Bulworth is a 1998 American political satire comedy film co-written, co-produced, directed by, starring Warren Beatty. It co-stars Halle Berry, Oliver Platt, Don Cheadle, Paul Sorvino, Jack Warden, Isaiah Washington; the film follows the title character, California Senator Jay Billington Bulworth, as he runs for re-election while trying to avoid a hired assassin. The film received positive reviews and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay but was a box office failure grossing $29.2 million on a $30 million budget. In March 1996, Democratic U. S. Senator Jay Bulworth of California is losing his bid for re-election to a fiery young populist. Bulworth's liberal views, formed in the 1960s and 1970s, have lost favor with voters, so he has conceded to more conservative politics and to accepting donations from big corporations. In addition, though he and his wife have been having affairs with each other's knowledge for years, they must still present a happy façade in the interest of maintaining a good public image.
Tired of politics, unhappy with his life in general, planning to commit suicide, Bulworth negotiates a $10 million life insurance policy with his daughter as the beneficiary in exchange for a favorable vote from the insurance industry. Knowing that a suicide will void his daughter's inheritance, he contracts to have himself assassinated within two days. Turning up in California for his campaign drunk, Bulworth begins speaking his mind at public events and in the presence of the C-SPAN film crew following his campaign. After dancing all night in an underground club and smoking marijuana, he starts rapping in public, his frank offensive remarks make him an instant media darling and re-energize his campaign. Along the way he becomes romantically involved with a young black activist named Nina, who tags along with him on his campaign stops, he is pursued by the paparazzi, his insurance company, his campaign managers and an adoring public, all the while fearful of his impending assassination. After a televised debate during which Bulworth drinks from a flask on air and derides insurance companies and the American healthcare system, he decides to hide at Nina's family's home, located in the South Central Los Angeles ghetto.
While there he wanders around the neighborhood, where he witnesses a group of kids selling crack, buys the group ice cream. After saving the group from a racially motivated encounter with a police officer, he finds out they are "soldiers" of L. D. A local drug kingpin to whom Nina's brother owes money. Bulworth makes it to a television appearance arranged earlier by his campaign manager, during which he raps and repeats verbatim statements Nina and L. D. have told him about the lives of poor black people and their opinions of various American institutions, like education and employment. He offers the solution that "everybody should fuck everybody" until everyone is "all the same color" stunning the audience and his interviewer. After Bulworth's TV appearance he escapes with Nina and goes with her back to her house where she reveals that she is the assassin he indirectly hired and will now not carry out the job. Relieved, Bulworth falls asleep for the first time in days in Nina's arms. Bulworth sleeps for over 36 hours, during which time the media is abuzz about his mysterious absence on election day.
During this time, various people are shown reacting to the TV coverage and the impact Bulworth's escapade is making on the political/social conversation in the country. Bulworth wins the primary election by a landslide; the next morning the press and Bulworth's campaign managers converge on Nina's house, all eager to talk to him. L. D. comes to Nina's house and, having had a change of heart, says he will let Nina's brother work off his debt instead of hurting or killing him. Bulworth emerges from the bedroom looking rested and, as he steps outside, he invites Nina to go with him. Bulworth and Nina begin to kiss as people cheer; as Bulworth accepts a new campaign for the presidency, he is shot in front of the crowd of reporters and supporters by an agent of the insurance company lobbyists, who were fearful of Bulworth's recent push for single-payer health care. Bulworth's fate is left ambiguous; the final scene shows an elderly vagrant, whom Bulworth met standing alone outside a hospital. He exhorts Bulworth, inside, to not be "a ghost" but "a spirit" which, as he had mentioned earlier, can only happen if you have "a song".
In the final shot of the film, he asks the same of the audience. The soundtrack was released on April 1998 by Interscope Records; the film received a positive reception from film critics. It holds a 75% approval score at Rotten Tomatoes based on 65 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10; the site's consensus states: "Star and director Beatty's ambitious take on race and politics in 20th-century America isn't perfect, but manages to provide more than its share of thought-provoking laughs." Writing in Time Out New York, Andrew Johnston observed: "More than anything else, Bulworth is descended from Preston Sturges's topical farces of the 1940s, which juxtaposed a deep belief in the promise of America with irreverent attacks on the hypocrisy of its institutions."In 2013, The New York Times reported that President Barack Obama had, in private, "talked longingly of'going Bulworth,' " in reference to the film. The Los Angeles Times commented th