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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 11/19/2009  Blu-ray Reviews Tagged with: , ,
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…

 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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 11/18/2009  Blu-ray Reviews, DVD Reviews Tagged with:
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…

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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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…

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…

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…

Nov 142009
 

franklyn

Gerald McMorrow’s oddity, known as Franklyn, channels Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko with a little A Beautiful Mind thrown in for good measure. Franklyn isn’t the weirdest movie I’ve seen but it certainly has strange moments but when it all comes together, even though it doesn’t strike a perfect chord, I still found it to be an entertaining little film which originally was released in the UK earlier this year and then finding a home on the United States’ DVD market. Read More…

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Nov 142009
 

christmasvacation

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is one of my all-time favorite holiday films, a true classic in fact. What makes this movie so timeless is no matter how many times I’ve watched it (and if it’s on TV, I can’t help but put it on if only for a couple of minutes), it is still as funny as it was the last time. Read More…

 11/14/2009  Blu-ray Reviews
Nov 142009
 

One of the most essential films for the teenage audience of the 80’s is finally available on Blu-ray. I’ve seen the film several times (the last being a few years ago) and enjoyed each and every viewing. There is something about Cusack that brings me back to the film with a smile on my face. The deadpan delivery of some of his lines is extraordinary. Take the whole ‘process’ scene where it’s pretty obvious he is trying to act smart but towards the end just comes across as someone who is likely repeating something he had heard before and now calling it his own. Read More…

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Nov 142009
 

iceage3-1

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, the third entry in the modestly successful series, is a little too simple and convoluted for my taste, but still a whole lot of fun for the whole family. It’s funny, sweet and features a good voice talent pool. I think if this were a Pixar movie with high Pixar expectations, this would’ve only received an average score, but because it’s from Fox Animation, those expectations are lower. Read More…

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Nov 142009
 

Get this, Two Girls and a Guy is about, well two girls and a guy. Go figure. The movie begins outside of a NYC apartment where two chicks, Carla (HEATHER GRAHAM) and Lou (NATASHA GREGSON WAGNER), are waiting for their boyfriends. But after comparing notes, they discover they are dating the same man, an actor/singer named Blake Allen (ROBERT DOWNEY JR.). Read More…