Dec 032009
 

deadline

In the latest in the line of direct-to-video horror-thrillers, Deadline pits two actresses who were on the rise in the late 90s/early 2000s, only to falter and rely on half-assed screenplays. […] However, neither actress has really risen to those lofty levels taking on some decent supporting roles […], before starring in some fairly lousy direct-to-video entries including The Ramen Girl and the incredibly awful Train.

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 12/03/2009  Blu-ray Reviews, DVD Reviews Tagged with: ,
Dec 012009
 

santabuddies

I vaguely remember a television show (probably “Family Guy”) talking about how bad direct-to-DVD films normally are. Yes, it’s quite apparent that they are just used for a quick cash-in by companies at the right time. Take for example Santa Buddies, which is targeted towards parents with kids in need of a movie that odds are the whole family can enjoy. Sorry parents to burst your bubble, your kids might enjoy this one but I guarantee you that it will fall short on your end and your wallet at the same time.

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 12/01/2009  Blu-ray Reviews Tagged with: ,
Nov 262009
 

kevinsmith

The Kevin Smith 3-Movie Collection includes high-def transfers of Clerks, Chasing Amy and Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back. While the transfers for each film aren’t all too impressive, the new features including a fascinating documentary on the making of Chasing Amy, are probably worth the upgrade…

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 11/26/2009  Blu-ray Reviews Tagged with: , , ,
Nov 202009
 

frailty

Frailty is a fine suspense-thriller that starts out strong but doesn’t hold up too well as it neared the end. It’s not because of the cast as both Bill Paxton and Matthew McConaughey, along with Matt O’Leary making his feature debut, all provide great and engrossing performances.

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Nov 202009
 

scrubs

After what many thought would be the series finale on NBC (a horrible Princess Bride spoof), the show was magically renewed for another, final season on ABC. Disney produces the show which aired on NBC so they are allowed to renew a show if the network cancels it. So here we are with the Final season of “Scrubs”… not. We all know by now after the second series finale aired ABC once again renewed the show (mainly for syndication reasons as the show makes bank, but also to appease Bill Lawrence who also has the new hit show “Cougar Town” airing on the network).

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Nov 192009
 

terminator4

Something donned on me half-way through the fourth movie in the never-die Terminator franchise. It was during a huge, awesome explosion that something rang in my ear: cha-ching, cha-ching, cha-ching. No, not the money the movie didn’t make at the box office (a disappointing $371m worldwide) but the amount of cash the studio spent for the special and visual effects extravaganza; yet, they apparently ran out of money to spend on a half-way decent script. It’s as if the studio needed to see where the money was being spent in the form of explosions rather than, oh I don’t know, characters with personalities…

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Nov 192009
 

godzilla

From Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the men who blew up the White House and destroyed every known landmark around the world in ID4 (and subsequently 2012) comes the 1998 monster-adventure that have split audience goers from being a totally awesome popcorn flick to one that completely raped their views on the big green creature. While I could care less how this compares to the Japanese versions, Godzilla has its own problems without making those comparisons.

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Nov 182009
 

up

Pixar is what Disney Animation used to be 50+ years ago. After last year’s fantastic WALL-E (probably my favorite film of 2008 and certainly one of the nicest Blu-ray’s) I wasn’t really looking forward to a Pixar film that focused on humans over animals, toys, insects etc. So I skipped the film in Theaters and awaited its eventual Blu-ray release. Right from the start of the film (a nice homage to the 30’s) I was hooked. Read More…

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Nov 182009
 

commandperformance

Everyone’s favorite action superstar Dolph Lundgren returns in yet another action-packed smash hit known as Command Performance. There’s not much else to say here, except for the fact that his latest is just like his past film I had to review, which I can’t remember the name of but I do remember it was good and violent. Okay, it was violent.

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Nov 172009
 

negotiator

The Negotiator – the 1998 suspense-thriller directed by F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen) – is well written with an amazing ensemble cast and two incredible lead actors in Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. It’s not particularly well polished in terms of the direction but the story is well laid out and despite what appears to be a bloated 139-minute running time, every minute is used to first set up the plot and second dramatically ramp up the mystery and suspense aspects for the second and third acts. Read More…

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Nov 162009
 

shorts

This will be a quick review. Shorts is a movie for kids made by a big kid in writer/director Robert Rodriguez continuing on from the modestly successful Spy Kids movies he made in between Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Planet Terror and Machete, oh and he has a fourth Spy Kids in the pipeline. I guess he figures while he’s making movies targeting adults, might as well give the kids something. Read More…

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Nov 142009
 

fourchristmases

Four Christmases, though at times funny, is filled with mostly unlikeable characters that you really could care less about, and that includes the two leads with Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon. And I like both of them even if they don’t exactly give stellar performances even in a romantic comedy genre that rarely produces anything of note (and of late). Read More…

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 11/14/2009  Blu-ray Reviews Tagged with: ,
Nov 142009
 

angelsanddemons

Angels & Demons, the sequel to 2006’s The Da Vinci Code, was originally slated for a 2008 release but due to the writers’ strike, it was delayed. Many, myself included, felt The Da Vinci Code was a bloated and boring adaptation to a controversial international best seller that told the story that Jesus took on a wife and his bloodline still existed. However, where there was extreme interest in Da Vinci, such controversies were basically non-existent with Angels & Demons. Read More…

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Nov 142009
 

monstersinc

“Monsters, Inc.: We Scare Because We Care”

Monsters, Inc. isn’t my favorite film in the Disney/Pixar line of mega-hits – that will remain with Toy Story 1 and 2 – but it is one of the most endearing animated movies with lots of fun that kids will love and one the adults will be thoroughly enjoy, meaning it’s not so kid-friendly that anyone over 13 will still laugh. Read More…

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Nov 142009
 

Taking of Pelham 123

Tony Scott’s latest thriller is a “remake” of a 1977 movie starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw. However, from all accounts, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 is not that similar with the original. Either way, I’m unsure exactly what to make of this film. You’ve got two great actors in Denzel Washington and John Travolta and the latter has proven to play cool villains in the past (see: Face/Off), and as good as these guys are, I think the direction and screenplay by a capable men lets them down. Read More…

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