Dec 282009
 

A simple plot seemingly went a long way with this film since it made a ton of dough at the box office. And while some of it is clearly warranted, I really don’t see how this became the smash-hit with people calling it the best film of 2009.

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I vaguely remember a conversation with a friend of mine when The Hangover was released, and the conversation was about how I thought the movie would be a complete bomb. The fact that the cast was relatively unknown, the premise seemed ridiculous, and also it just didn’t appear to be funny to me from the trailers were the main reasons I considered it to flop. Little did I know that the film would go on to make more than $450,000,000 worldwide and spawn another sequel slated for 2011.

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 12/28/2009  Blu-ray Reviews, DVD Reviews Tagged with:
Dec 232009
 

I must have watched 10 Things I Hate About You 50+ times over the years and it never gets old. And of course with the passing of Heath Ledger it took on another angle seeing a great talent in his first Hollywood role, one that would catapult him into fame, a status he took seriously taking the road less traveled rather than going after the easy dollar doing more teen comedies. And that makes 10 Things even more special.

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 12/23/2009  Blu-ray Reviews Tagged with: ,
Dec 162009
 

extract

Mike Judge scored a cult hit with Office Space a film that did abysmal business at the box office but took on a life of its own speaking to all those who have endured the tireless daily gruel of the corporate office. Problem is, in what is only Judge’s third film in 10 years, Extract never quite strike the right chord despite a few funny scenes…

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Dec 082009
 

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

The sequel to the 2006 box office smash, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian starts off awfully slow referencing many of the events of the original that even those who saw the first one (like myself) still was quite unfunny. But as the film dragged on and the inane plot took some kind of shape, the movie manages to be some fun by the end.

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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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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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 11/18/2009  Blu-ray Reviews Tagged with:
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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