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Ryan Phillippe and Salma Hayek

in 54

Salma Hayek in "54"

"54"

This is a re-creation of '70s life at the notorious New York nightclub Studio 54. ONE LINE COMMENT : Disco daze '54' can't keep a '70s beat

Once located at 54th Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan, Studio 54 attracted unlimited celebrities, as well as fawning spectators who just wanted to get close to the celebs. Only the physically beautiful gained entrance to the hedonistic club whose assorted male workers -- waiters, bus boys and bartenders -- worked the place half-naked. No one may have noticed at the time, but Studio 54's allure was that it was, by definition, just another gay bar, only more glorified.

The hero in "54" is also a small-town kid -- Shane O'Shea, a grease monkey from New Jersey with star-crossed pretensions. Newcomer Ryan Phillippe plays him.Once Shane reads about Studio 54, he just has to go. Luckily, Shane is a budding hunk and Rubell personally selects him for entrance to the place, making him a bus boy and then a bartender. Rubell is played by a toned-down Mike Myers. Myers gets one good line. When the IRS agents raid the place, his Rubell says, "Even in the dark, their suits look cheap."

The movie hints at how Rubell liked to seduce his vast number of male employees, but something's missing. "54" goes for a dull heterosexual triangle, now playing up the weird but cozy familial set-up of Shane, Anita and Greg. And in a grotesque effort to further "normalize" the material, it introduces the character of Disco Dottie (Ellen Albertini Dow from "The Wedding Singer"), a cute little grandmother with a secret life: Dottie likes to do drugs at 54.

Stupid stuff. There's still a strong movie to be made about Studio 54, but this isn't it. It's difficult to care for dopes pleading (and willing to humiliate themselves) to get inside Studio 54, and even harder to muster up sympathy for people like Shane, willing to do anything for fame. There is also something dead and nerveless about "54." It has no narrative strength whatsoever, and it's surprisingly unsexy.

If you still want to go b`coz u want to see Salma Hayek I suggest... you just visit one of her many fan club pages filled with photos and hang your tongue out!!


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Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan in City Of Angels

REVIEW BY : Balki

Synopsis: What happens when an angel falls in love with a mortal? In this Hollywoodized version of Wim Wenders' "Wings of an Angel," the romance is as longing and deferred as it was in "Sleepless in Seattle."

My Thoughts : I saw this movie sometime back in the summer and I am not sure if its worth seeing (unless ofcourse you are desperate!!). Both Meg and Nicolas Cage (this guy is tooo good) have sterling performances as usual.

The story : Meg is a doc, saving lives... .. and has a passion for it. Cage, is the angel who comes to escort one of her patients. That's when he sees this "cute" doc's defiance to accept the inevitable. She blames herself for the patient's death. Cage kows this is not true and wants to help her.... in the process falling in love with her. He reveals himself to her and keeps following her. (Maan I would think it would be kinda spooky if someone just kept showing up.. all around the place!!) But Meg (who is having a difficult time with her boyfriend) finds it all rather fascinating. She finds out the truth and realises she has fallen in love with Cage. Cage meanwhile has to make a decission to forgo his "angelic" powers to become human. He decides to make the jump to be with Meg. After a desperate search, he finds and confronts Meg, who acknowledges her love for him. But the story takes a nasty twist.

(I have purposefully left out the ending.... I dont want to spoil it for you)

MY  RATING : 6 / 10

Cast and Credits: Starring: Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Andre Braugher, Dennis Franz, Colm Feore

Directed by Brad Silberling. Distributed by Warner Bros. Produced by Charles Roven. Written by Wim Wenders.