The Video Tapeworm: October -- Week Two
CELTIC PRIDE (1996; $39.99/Rental, Rated PG-13 From Buena Vista).Daniel Home Alone Stern and Dan "No One's Home" Ackroyd ACCIDENTALLY kidnap a basketball star -- whoops! -- just before "the big game. Don't you hate it when that happens? Damon Wayans has a few good quips as (can you guess?) da' bassaball(cg) guy, but otherwise this is a long bomb from the 3-point line.DARK WARRIOR 2 (1996; $29.95/Rental, Unrated From Central Park Media).Highly anticipated anime sequel to last year's excellent Dark Warrior. Story gets darker, indeed, as the clone struggles with his own perceptions of identity while carrying out the vengeful task of his insane master. A little repetitive but worth a rental.FEAR (1996; $34.98/Rental, Rated R From MCA/Universal).Naive teen's parents don't like her new boyfriend, a vicious, older, wacked-out psychopath pretending to be just a normal Joe. He goes berserk and puts them all in danger. Seeeen it! Just a little better than the other 5,000 movies with this plot due to some clever casting including "Marky" Wahlberg as (surprise) the psycho and Reese Witherspoon as the yummy snack tray.THE STAR MAKER (1995; $39.99/Rental, Rated R From Buena Vista/Miramax).A fast-talking con man bilks gullible Sicilians out of their hard-earned lira by staging fake "screen tests" until a gorgeous teenage girl shows up, ready to do anything for a chance at stardom. This is a problem? The first half is strictly for voyeurs but there's a real movie tagged on at the middle -- and it's very good. May seem like you're in a Brooklyn bookstore, but it's just filmed in Italian with subtitles.