Written by John Fusco
Directed by Joe Johnston
Starring Viggo Mortensen, Zuleikha Robinson, Omar Sharif, Louise Lombard, and SaÃ¯d Taghmaoui
- "Sand and Celluloid" making-of featurette
- "America's First Horse" enhanced computer featurette
Released by: Touchstone Home Entertainment
My Advice: Rent it.
Frank Hopkins (Mortensen) is a Pony Express rider whose best friend is his horse, Hidalgo. Hopkins and Hidalgo have earned a national reputation for being champions of endurance races in the late 1800s. While he's performing with Buffalo Bill Cody's (J.K. Simmons) Wild West Show, his reputation is picked up by a Sheik (Sharif) who challenges them to race the 3,000 mile race across the deserts of the Middle East. They accept the challenge. Along the route of the race, they are challenged with bands of raiders who are very proud of their pure-bred horses and look down upon the infidel and his mixed-breed horse from America. They take this race and their breeding rights very seriously--enough to kill men and horses to make sure they win the race.
Holy crap. That's a freaky looking shark. You can see the full picture here, and that's the thing with its protrusible jaws...um, fully protusibiliated. That is the technical term for it. One's even been caught alive recently, though it died after being put on display. It was probably picking up Clear Channel stations through its forehead attachment there. If I was stuck in an aquarium with Ryan Seacrest in my head, I'd probably die too. Gladly, even.
Over at Chris' Invincible Super-Blog (which gets bonus points for featuring Punisher punching a polar bear up top--probably the best image to come out of Marvel in years), there's something that will save you a lot of time and headaches: he's taken Marvel's atrocious, badly-plotted, poorly-conceived, flat-out-ridiculous-even-for-spandex Civil War and reduced it to its most basic bits of badness. And in the process, made it last about as long as the series deserves: 30 seconds.
So it's some stop motion arcade classics, all created with candles. And yes, it only lasts about a minute and a half with only part of that being actual gameplay...but really, how much of it would you be able to pull off before getting bored and going back to working on that pebble bed reactor in your basement?
The site 2Bangkok has taken a partial tour of the former Russian embassy in Bangkok. I say partial because some of the rooms you can see from the outside appear to have no way to access them from the inside. Then there's the stairs that go nowhere at all. Then there's the place where the owner of this axe sleeps. Cree-py.