Last year, this Eddie Murphy-Steve Martin Hollywood parody was released around the same time as Albert Brooks' The Muse. Bowfinger is a silly slapstick patchwork with some moderately amusing moments, but it did great at the box office, while Brooks' more sophisticated take on the movie business faltered. No accounting for taste.
Don't Look Back (DVD) _ D.A. Pennebaker made documentaries on musicians before the genre was transformed into marketing fluff by MTV and others. In 1965, Pennebaker followed the squirrelly Bob Dylan on his tour of England. If you've only seen a scratchy 16mm version, check out the remastered DVD. The sound is first rate, and the disc includes a few extra songs and a great version of It's All Over Now, Baby Blue.
In Search of Kundun With Martin Scorsese _ The title doesn't exactly scream for attention, but this is a well-done documentary and should fascinate anyone who's interested in Scorsese's work, his fascination with Tibet, or the Dalai Lama. The latter gets considerable screen time and is as quietly persuasive as you might imagine _ but for movie fans, the behind-the-scenes footage of Scorsese at work may be the reason to rent the tape.
Feb. 1: Love Stinks (DVD), The Winslow Boy (DVD), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu.
Feb. 8: Blue Streak (DVD), Fist of the Legend, Romance, Absence of the Good (DVD), Ruby Bridges.
Feb. 15: Grey Wolf, Breakfast of Champions, Mob Queen, Big Fella (DVD), Song of Freedom (DVD), In Too Deep, Daughters of the Dust (DVD), Total Recall 2070, Entropy, Joe the King (DVD), The Lovers on the Bridge.
Feb. 22: Get Bruce!, Bats, Tail Lights Fade (DVD), Galaxina, Conspirators of Pleasure (DVD).
Feb. 29: Stigmata (DVD), Random Hearts (DVD), The Suburbans (DVD).
Kids video sales
1. The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland.
2. The Iron Giant.
3. Mary-Kate & Ashley: Passport to Paris.
5. The Prince Of Egypt.
6. Pokemon: Great Race.
7. Pokemon: Seaside Pikachu.
8. Pokemon: Pikachu Party.
9. Blue's Clues: Blue's Safari.
10. Muppets From Space.
1. American Pie.
2. The General's Daughter.
4. Notting Hill.
5. Summer of Sam.
6. The Matrix.
7. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
8. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.
9. Deep Blue Sea.
1. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
2. The Matrix.
3. The Iron Giant.
4. Saving Private Ryan.
5. Slipknot: Welcome to Our Neighborhood.
6. Shakespeare in Love.
7. Buena Vista Social Club.
8. Madonna: The Video Collection '93-99.
9. Big Daddy.
10. Yellow Submarine.