Requiem for a Dream to say the least isn’t entirely a pleasant movie but with the great performances, especially Ellen Burstyn, with the compelling enough storylines, my second viewing of this was more positive.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the date and released artwork for the animated superhero action-adventure, Justice League: The New Frontier starring the voice talents of David Boreanaz, Miguel Ferrer, Neil Patrick Harris, Lucy Lawless, Jeremy Sisto and others. Click on the link below or image to the left to check out the features and artwork.
The Nice Guys didn’t quite match my expectations but the laughs still were there and I did enjoy the bro chemistry that developed between Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling to the point I was able to overlook a story that seemed to get stretched a bit too thin, especially going into the third act. It’s no Kiss Kiss Bang Bang but still well worth watching.
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London isn’t a good movie and where the first at least had the fun factor, this one is left with bad writing and below average acting since it doesn’t have the benefit of featuring the likes of Angie Harmon, Ian McShane or even Darrell Hammond as presumably the studio wanted to cut costs.
Birds of Paradise is an average, down-the-road, direct-to-video flick attempting to take advantage of high profile movies, in this case duplicating Rio. As cheap entertainment, it’s OK but the animation isn’t great though the audio/video transfers are adequate enough and at the one featurette isn’t terrible.
Volcano isn’t exactly a memorable disaster movie as it utilizes every cliché in the book but Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche and, to a lesser extent, Don Cheadle, each give admirable performances slugging through stilted dialogue and utterly laughable situations. Still, it’s passable entertainment but don’t go in, or leave, with anything more than what it is. The Blu-ray is a quick release by Anchor Bay, through Twentieth Century Fox, as they didn’t even bother putting in a menu system.
Meet Monica Velour is an uneven film between a story that never quite gels and a central character seemingly taken directly (at least in the looks department) from Napoleon Dynamite but still a worthwhile venture just for Kim Cattrall’s great performance. The Blu-ray has above average audio and video and although there’s only a handful of deleted scenes, the commentary more than makes up for the lack of features.