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Christopher McDonald: List of Movies, Films and TV Shows

  • Requiem For A Dream [2001] Requiem For A Dream | DVD | (06/08/2001) from £3.99  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Fantasy mixes with the harsh reality of addiction and the desire for hope in Requiem for a Dream. Beginning at the dawn of a new summer in Coney Island, the film charts the relationship of Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) and her son Harry (Jared Leto)--two characters who are lost with in a world of the self-absorbed desire to feed their addictions at the cost of hope and love. With a sublime score (performed by the Kronos Quartet) accompanying some intense visual imagery, the film sets up an almost fairy-tale wash over the characters' lives, with every hit of their chosen drug turning them into beautiful people surrounded by a haze which enhances all their features. However, unlike films such as Trainspotting which turn the dream into a nightmare then end with a huge dose of hope, Requiem for a Dream forces the viewer through all loss of hope and the descending madness of reality, as winter begins. Darren Aronofsky's follow-up to the critically acclaimed Pi is a movie which exposes not only the terror caused by addiction of any kind--be it TV or Heroin--but also offers a powerful insight into the destruction caused by the desire to achieve "the American Dream". Based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr, the film sacrifices dialogue in favour of imagery and movement: the editing and cinematography are reminiscent of MTV, however the movie takes this very aggressive style and moulds it to its own needs, adding a beautifully haunting narrative and powerful performances by its four main characters (Burstyn just missing out on an Oscar for Best female lead to Julia Roberts). Ultimately the viewer is left with a sense of desperation and despair: Requiem for a Dream exposes drugs and addiction in the most powerful and truthful way a film has ever managed, leaving no stone unturned. On the DVD: This disc is bursting with excellent special features. The anamorphic widescreen picture makes the most of the film's stylish visuals, and the soundtrack offers choice of either Dolby Digital 5.1 or 2.0. As well as offering the obligatory theatrical trailer, scene selection and a fantastic director's commentary, there's also a "making-of" featurette, TV trailers charting the reviews and success of the film, an "Anatomy of a scene", and a wide range of deleted scenes. By far the best feature is Hubert Selby Jr's interview with Ellen Burstyn, which offers the writer a chance to put across not just his opinions on his work but also on life as a whole. All these features are placed within an impressively formatted menu. --Nikki Disney

  • Thelma & Louise--Special Edition [1991] Thelma & Louise--Special Edition | DVD | (06/05/2002) from £4.25  |  Saving you £7.74 (64.60%)  |  RRP £11.99

    Thelma and Louise is as extraordinary and admirable a film in retrospect as it was when it was first shown. Nothing has dated about its tale of two waitresses who decide that being outlaws and eventual death on their own terms is better than putting up with any more nonsense from husbands, boyfriends, rapists and offensive strangers. Ridley Scott's direction is almost impeccable; Callie Khourie's script is intelligent, without being patronising, about the lives of blue-collar women; and the central performances from Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon are finely judged in the way they show hidden capacities in two ordinary people gradually opening up. The secondary performances are remarkable as well, most notably Harvey Keitel as the policeman with a heart who tries and fails to save them, and Brad Pitt as the beautiful boy whose casual thievishness dooms them even further. On the DVD: Thelma and Louise comes to DVD in its original widescreen ratio of 2.35:1 and with high quality Dolby 5.1 sound that brings out fine details of the Country score and the atmospheric noises of fast cars and lonely places. This special edition also comes with two commentaries, one in which Ridley Scott discusses his conception of the film in painstaking detail, and a delightful one in which Khourie, Davis and Sarandon charmingly bitch their way through the whole film. There is more of this in the excellent making-of documentary, "The Last Journey", which includes a subtly different alternate ending, as well as a comprehensive set of deleted scenes, notably a more tender alternate version of the Davis/Pitt love scene. --Roz Kaveney

  • Happy Gilmore [1996] Happy Gilmore | DVD | (20/09/1999) from £4.45  |  Saving you £5.54 (55.50%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Adam Sandler fans are sure to enjoy this no-brainer comedy, but everyone else is strongly advised to proceed with caution. Before scoring a more enjoyable hit with his 1998 comedy The Wedding Singer, the former Saturday Night Live goofball played Happy Gilmore, a hot-tempered guy whose dreams of hockey stardom elude him. But when he discovers his gift for driving golf balls hundreds of yards, he joins a pro tour to win the prize money needed to rescue his beloved grandma's home from repossession. The trouble is, Happy's not so happy. He's got a temper that frequently flares on the golf course (he even dukes it out with celebrity golfer Bob Barker), but a retired golf pro (Carl Weathers) and a compassionate publicist (Julie Bowen) help him to perfect his putting game and adjust his confrontational attitude. How much you enjoy this lunacy depends on your tolerance for Sandler's loudmouthed schtick and a shocking number of blatant product-placement endorsements, but if you're looking for broad comedy you've come to the right tee-off spot. --Jeff Shannon

  • About Last Night [DVD] [2014] About Last Night | DVD | (28/07/2014) from £2.99  |  Saving you £17.00 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Kevin Hart Michael Ealy Regina Hall and Joy Bryant star in this hilarious romantic comedy about what men and women really want. Bernie (Hart) and Joan (Hall) are two fiery flirters who are passionate about everything from hookups to breakups. When he sets up his best friend Danny (Ealy) with her roommate Debbie (Bryant) the sparks soon fly as they try to navigate the relationship minefields from the bar to the bedroom.

  • Lilo & Stitch 2-Stitch Has a Glitch Lilo & Stitch 2-Stitch Has a Glitch | DVD | (22/08/2005) from £5.19  |  Saving you £13.84 (69.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Familial love proves all-powerful when Stitch gets a glitch that encourages bad behavior and threatens his relationship with Lilo in Lilo and Stitch 2. Like the first Lilo and Stitch, this straight-to-DVD sequel focuses primarily on Stitch, Lilo, and Lilo's sister Nani. Stitch's nightmares about misbehaving prove prophetic when he begins experiencing moments of uncontrollable badness. Unfortunately, Stitch's unruly actions always seem to interfere with Lilo's important preparations for the May Day hula competition--a competition that Lilo desperately wants to win in her mother's memory. Jumba goes to work creating a fusion chamber that will re-charge Stitch's molecules and purge his badness, but he can't seem to build one that works. In the end, it's Lilo's faith in herself and the power of Ohana that offer the only chance to cure Stitch and fill his goodness level to the top. (Ages 3-12) --Tami Horiuchi, Amazon.com

  • Flubber Flubber | DVD | (05/02/2001) from £3.99  |  Saving you £14.00 (77.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Wacky Professor Philip Brainard (Robin Williams) has just invented a revolutionary new compound. Its green it flies and it looks like rubber. Its Flubber! And it has the ability to save his financially troubled college as well as his broken engagement to his girlfriend Sara. That is until the gooey substance is stolen right from under the nose of his beloved but jealous robot assistant Weebo! Now the professor's got to get the goo and the girl back where they belong. Mix one

  • Fair Game [1996] Fair Game | DVD | (24/01/2000) from £3.35  |  Saving you £4.01 (28.70%)  |  RRP £13.99

    She's a lawyer. He's a cop. Some former KGB-types with a wide variety of slippery accents and enough sophisticated technological surveillance gadgets to make one wonder how the Soviet Union could have possibly failed, want her dead. The cop (William Baldwin) is the only man who can save her. It helps that the high-powered attorney is played by Cindy Crawford, who gives new meaning to the phrase "habeas corpus." So the plot doesn't make any sense: first, they try to kill her, no questions asked. Then they capture her and spill their guts about all the details of their nefarious plan. Logic is not what Fair Game is about. It's about explosions, car crashes and more explosions. The only pauses in the action are for showers (one for Baldwin, two for Crawford) and a change of clothing (Crawford slips out of a tight T-shirt into an even tighter tank top). The best feature of the DVD is the addition of a Gallic track. With very little actual sex in the movie, having the main characters conversing in French definitely adds some sauciness to the dialogue scenes. --Richard Natale, Amazon.com

  • The Collection [DVD] The Collection | DVD | (29/04/2013) from £5.89  |  Saving you £7.10 (54.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    From the writing-directing team Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (Saw IV, V VI and 3D) comes The Collection, a suspense horror film with nonstop thrills at every turn. Directed by Dunstan and starring Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises, The Collector), Emma Fitzpatrick (The Social Network) and Christopher McDonald ('Boardwalk Empire,' Requiem for a Dream), the film centers on a traumatized man forced to help rescue a beautiful woman who has become the latest obsession of a crazed killer who 'collects' humans in a booby-trapped house of horrors.

  • Thelma And Louise [1991] Thelma And Louise | DVD | (01/02/2000) from £3.59  |  Saving you £11.00 (68.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Thelma & Louise is a feminist manifesto writ large on the big screen, a smart and funny gender reversal of the standard Hollywood buddy formula, a road movie extraordinaire, with characters who became instant cultural icons. No matter how you define it, Ridley Scott's 1991 box-office hit pinched a nerve and made the cover of national news magazines for tweaking gender politics like no movie before or since. Callie Khouri's screenplay overhauls the buddy formula with its story about two best friends (Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis) who embark on a liberating adventure that turns into an interstate police chase after a traumatic incident makes both women into fugitives; they are en route to a destiny they could never have imagined. The perfect casting of Sarandon and Davis makes Thelma & Louise a movie for the ages and Brad Pitt became an overnight star after his appearance as the con-artist cowboy who gives Davis a memorable (but costly) night in a roadside motel. --Jeff Shannon

  • Best Of The Best: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray] Best Of The Best: The Complete Collection | Blu Ray | (14/11/2016) from £13.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (44.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The 4 film true cult classic series released for the first time on Blu-ray. Best of the Best Alex Grady (Eric Roberts), an Oregon welder and widowed father of a five-year-old son is chosen for the US National Karate Team. He finds himself in the company of Travis Brickley (Chris Penn), an urban cowboy with an attitude and a host of other off beat characters and their coach Frank Kouzo (James Earl Jones), a hardened veteran of high-powered Karate competition. It's a team with rough edges and problems that must be resolved if they're to win the international competition and become the Best of the Best Best of the Best 2 A classic sequel to the brilliant original. Alex Grady (Eric Roberts) is a martial arts champion who, along with Tommy Lee (Phillip Rhee), is seeking revenge for the death of his friend Travis (Chris Penn). He finds out that Travis has gotten involved in a secret, high-priced, gambling event in which fighters go to the bloody extremes, attempting to become the champ. This is another breath taking action film that is punctuated with the fight scenes. Best of the Best 3 No Turning Back Tommy and another former members of the US National Karate Team join forces to avenge the death of their friend, who was brutally slain in competition at an underground Las Vegas fighting club. An initial confrontation between the revenge-minded pair and the murderer leaves the evildoer with a horrible facial scar, and he vows to bury the two former internationals. After he makes a few attempts to gun the duo down, they finally settle the score in a bloody grudge match at the club. Best of the Best 4 Without Warning Russian mobsters have stolen a computer disk which will allow them to print money, and have hijacked a truck containing blank currency paper. Unfortunately for the mobsters the disk is accidentally slipped into the possession of Tommy Lee. Desperate to get the disk back, the mobsters kidnap Tommy's daughter, and in order to rescue his child Tommy must face deadly temptresses, high- tech gadgets and an array of explosive weaponry.

  • The Iron Giant [1999] The Iron Giant | DVD | (17/04/2000) from £3.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (79.00%)  |  RRP £18.99

    This gentle reworking of Ted Hughes's 1968 novella was the unseen gem of 1999. Hogarth, a young boy who lives in the Maine woods during the cold war, befriends a giant robot. As with ET, the iron giant is a misunderstood outsider who becomes a child's best friend and Hogarth does his best to hide the massive figure from his mom (voiced by Jennifer Aniston) and the local scrap-yard beatnik (Harry Connick Jr.). Soon the suspicions of neighbours and a government agent (Christopher McDonald) spell trouble. With no songs, no sidekicks and no cheap ending, The Iron Giant is a refreshing change--like an off-Broadway production compared to the glitz of Disney's annual animated extravaganzas. Director Brad Bird may have Family Dog and The Simpsons to his credit but this film doesn't have that brand of scatological humour. As with the best family entertainment, there are gags that adults will howl at while the kids are watching something else (see Bird's interpretation of cold war propaganda). And the star is one cool piece of animated magic. Voiced by Vin Diesel (Saving Private Ryan's hulking Private Caparzo) and filled with more gadgets than a Swiss army knife, the giant is a grand thing to behold. And like another famous cinema tin man, our hero--and the movie--has heart. Superb entertainment for ages 5 and up. --Doug Thomas

  • Midnight Run For Your Life [DVD] Midnight Run For Your Life | DVD | (06/06/2011) from £2.99  |  Saving you £1.78 (35.70%)  |  RRP £4.99

    Lorna Bellstratten (Walters), a waitress with dreams of being in show business, is duped by her drug-dealer boyfriend Michael Vega (Guastaferro) into delivering a bomb to an undercover cop. Though Lorna survives the explosion (intended to kill her and the cop), she finds herself - as the only material witness to the crime she unwittingly abetted - wanted by both the cops and the mob (Vega's employers). Distraught, Lorna flees to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and takes out a contract on her own life (suicide-by-hitman.) Meanwhile, Vega (posing as Lorna's father) hires Los Angeles bail bondsman, Eddie Moscone (Hedaya) to send in a bounty hunter to bring her back to LA alive...

  • Breakdance - The Movie [1984] Breakdance - The Movie | DVD | (06/04/2009) from £9.99  |  Saving you £3.06 (19.10%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Three aspiring dancers take their best shot - and pop and lock - at the big time in this invigorating romp that features a cameo by Ice-T! Lucinda Dickey Adolpho Shabba-Doo Quinones and Michael Boogaloo Shrimp Chambers pump up the jam as a struggling trio of dancers - jazz for her break for them - taking on a rival street gang in a professional dance competition. Packed with fast-paced moves and furious jives and featuring smash hits 'Breakin'... There's No Stoppin' Us and Freakshow on the Dance Floor this heart-in-your-throat dance movie is a nonstop floor show of excitingly staged... solid fun (San Francisco Chronicle)

  • Requiem For A Dream Blu-Ray Steelbook Requiem For A Dream Blu-Ray Steelbook | Blu Ray | (28/03/2016) from £27.69  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Fantasy mixes with the harsh reality of addiction and the desire for hope in Requiem for a Dream. Beginning at the dawn of a new summer in Coney Island, the film charts the relationship of Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) and her son Harry (Jared Leto)--two characters who are lost with in a world of the self-absorbed desire to feed their addictions at the cost of hope and love. With a sublime score (performed by the Kronos Quartet) accompanying some intense visual imagery, the film sets up an almost fairy-tale wash over the characters' lives, with every hit of their chosen drug turning them into beautiful people surrounded by a haze which enhances all their features. However, unlike films such as Trainspotting which turn the dream into a nightmare then end with a huge dose of hope, Requiem for a Dream forces the viewer through all loss of hope and the descending madness of reality, as winter begins. Darren Aronofsky's follow-up to the critically acclaimed Pi is a movie which exposes not only the terror caused by addiction of any kind--be it TV or Heroin--but also offers a powerful insight into the destruction caused by the desire to achieve "the American Dream". Based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr, the film sacrifices dialogue in favour of imagery and movement: the editing and cinematography are reminiscent of MTV, however the movie takes this very aggressive style and moulds it to its own needs, adding a beautifully haunting narrative and powerful performances by its four main characters (Burstyn just missing out on an Oscar for Best female lead to Julia Roberts). Ultimately the viewer is left with a sense of desperation and despair: Requiem for a Dream exposes drugs and addiction in the most powerful and truthful way a film has ever managed, leaving no stone unturned. On the DVD: This disc is bursting with excellent special features. The anamorphic widescreen picture makes the most of the film's stylish visuals, and the soundtrack offers choice of either Dolby Digital 5.1 or 2.0. As well as offering the obligatory theatrical trailer, scene selection and a fantastic director's commentary, there's also a "making-of" featurette, TV trailers charting the reviews and success of the film, an "Anatomy of a scene", and a wide range of deleted scenes. By far the best feature is Hubert Selby Jr's interview with Ellen Burstyn, which offers the writer a chance to put across not just his opinions on his work but also on life as a whole. All these features are placed within an impressively formatted menu. --Nikki Disney

  • Happy Gilmore [Blu-ray] Happy Gilmore | Blu Ray | (25/10/2010) from £7.00  |  Saving you £10.99 (61.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Adam Sandler fans are sure to enjoy this no-brainer comedy, but everyone else is strongly advised to proceed with caution. Before scoring a more enjoyable hit with his 1998 comedy The Wedding Singer, the former Saturday Night Live goofball played Happy Gilmore, a hot-tempered guy whose dreams of hockey stardom elude him. But when he discovers his gift for driving golf balls hundreds of yards, he joins a pro tour to win the prize money needed to rescue his beloved grandma's home from repossession. The trouble is, Happy's not so happy. He's got a temper that frequently flares on the golf course (he even dukes it out with celebrity golfer Bob Barker), but a retired golf pro (Carl Weathers) and a compassionate publicist (Julie Bowen) help him to perfect his putting game and adjust his confrontational attitude. How much you enjoy this lunacy depends on your tolerance for Sandler's loudmouthed schtick and a shocking number of blatant product-placement endorsements, but if you're looking for broad comedy you've come to the right tee-off spot. --Jeff Shannon

  • Superhero Movie [2008] Superhero Movie | DVD | (13/10/2008) from £2.79  |  Saving you £15.20 (84.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    From the creators of Naked Gun and Scary Movie come the uproarious comedy Superhero Movie! After being bitten by a genetically altered dragonfly high school loser Rick Riker (Drake Bell) develop superhuman abilities like incredible strength and armored skin. Rick decides to use his new powers for good and becomes a costumed crime fighter known as 'The Dragonfly'. However standing in the way of his destiny is the villainous Lou Landers (Christopher McDonald). After an experiment gone wrong Lou develops the power to steal a person's life force and in a dastardly quest for immortality becomes the supervillain 'The Hourglass'. With unimaginable strength unbelievable speed and deeply uncomfortable tights will the Dragonfly be able to stop the sands of The Hourglass and save the world?

  • The Skulls [2000] The Skulls | DVD | (05/10/2009) from £4.18  |  Saving you £5.81 (58.20%)  |  RRP £9.99

    For Luke McNamara (Joshua Jackson) an invitation to join the prestigious secret college organization The Skulls is a dream come true. Acceptance into the Skulls would ensure Luke a place at the table and guarantee him both the financial means and the connections to make it into law school. But after the suspicious suicide of his friend Will Luke is forced to confront the possibility that he was murdered for attempting to reveal the secrets of The Skulls and he embarks on a deadl

  • Requiem For A Dream [DVD] Requiem For A Dream | DVD | (05/10/2015) from £7.69  |  Saving you £8.30 (51.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Emotional drama set in Coney Island, New York about the lives and aspirations of four people compromised by drug abuse. Stars Oscar-winner Ellen Burstyn and Jared Leto as mother and son.

  • Breakdance - The Movie [1984] Breakdance - The Movie | DVD | (12/04/2005) from £11.79  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Breakin': A struggling young jazz dancer Kelly (Lucinda Dickey) aspires to be a dancer and is working her way through dance school to make this happen. However she becomes increasingly bored by the dancing taught at the school and begins to look else where. When a friend introduces her to the breakdancing scene she realises she has found her calling.meets up with two break-dancers. Soon she becomes the sensation of the street crowds. Features ICE-T in his film debut as a club MC.

  • Terminal Velocity [1995] Terminal Velocity | DVD | (12/02/2001) from £4.15  |  Saving you £10.84 (72.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    While investigating the mysterious circumstances of a beautiful student's demise, a maverick skydiving instructor finds himself entangled in a murderous conspiracy involving Soviet spies and a lost shipment of gold. Logical it ain't, but this entertainingly daft thriller does offer some good-natured satiric riffs on standard action star conventions. Charlie Sheen (throughout most of the film, this not-especially-heroic hero displays the approximate intelligence of a bag of doorknobs) stars along with Nastassja Kinski in a welcome return after a long absence from the screen. Terminal Velocity is good fun for adrenaline junkies, with a boffo climax involving a midair escape attempt from a free-falling convertible. Writer David Twohy went on to direct Sheen in the considerably more accomplished The Arrival. --Andrew Wright

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