|Meet Joe Black 1998 PG-13, 174 min.|
Genre: Fantasy / Drama / Mystery / Romance
Director: Martin Brest
Cast: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani, Jake Weber, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeffrey Tambor, Gene Canfield, David S. Howard, Lois Kelly-Miller, Jahnni St. John, Richard Clarke, Marylouise Burke, Diane Kagan, June Squibb, Suzanne Hevner
Wealthy William Parrish (Anthony Hopkins) suffers a heart attack and then is visited by Joe Black (Brad Pitt) who is really the angel of death coming to warn William that he will soon be dying. Joe makes a deal with William in which William will have time to settle his affairs and Joe will be taken to William's meetings and parties. Joe falls in love with William's daughter, Susan (Claire Forlani), and, as long as Joe is in love, William will remain alive.
|A Prairie Home Companion 2006 PG-13, 105 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Musical
Director: Robert Altman
Cast: Garrison Keillor, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Tommy Lee Jones, Lily Tomlin, John C. Reilly, Woody Harrelson, Lindsay Lohan, Virginia Madsen, Maya Rudolph, Marylouise Burke, L.Q. Jones, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Tom Keith
The action takes place at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, during the last broadcast of the fictionalized version of GK's (Garrison Keillor) radio show. Onstage, singing cowboys (Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly) perform, and aging sisters (Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin) sing of the past. Meanwhile, the theater's security agent, Guy Noir (Kevin Kline), searches backstage for a mysterious blonde (Virginia Madsen). Just like in real life, people talk over and interrupt each other, but the show goes on.
|Series 7: The Contenders 2001 R, 88 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy / Thriller
Director: Daniel Minahan
Cast: Brooke Smith, Glenn Fitzgerald, Marylouise Burke, Michael Kaycheck, Richard Venture, Merritt Wever, Angelina Phillips, Nada Despotovich, Donna Hanover, Danton Stone, Tom Gilroy, Stephen Michael Rinaldi, Alex Yershov, Joseph Barrett, Mark Woodbury
This parody on reality-based TV shows centers on the TV program "The Contenders" on which contestants, selected at random by the lottery, find they must kill or be killed–all for the glory of winning the game.
|Sideways 2004 R, 123 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy
Director: Alexander Payne
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh, Marylouise Burke, Jessica Hecht, Missy Doty, M.C. Gainey, Alysia Reiner, Shaun Duke, Patrick Gallagher, Shake Tukhmanyan, Shaun Duke, Robert Covarrubias, Stephanie Faracy
Suffering from failed professional and personal lives, former college roommates Miles (Paul Giamatti) and Jack (Thomas Haden Church) take a trip through California's wine country. But, while Miles plans to play golf and drink wine, Jack has very different plans: he is looking for one last fling before marriage and plans to drag Miles along. The film won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and received four other nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actress (Virginia Madsen) as the waitress who Miles falls in love with, and Supporting Actor (Thomas Haden Church).
|1. Meet Joe Black (1998)|
2. A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
3. Series 7: The Contenders (2001)
4. Sideways (2004)
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