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Archive for October, 2008

Movie Merchandise: Last Unicorn Hat – Exorcist Bobblehead – Obsessed with Star Wars

Obsessed with Star Wars

obsessed with star wars

Obsessed with Star Wars Electronic Trivia is the book you’ve been looking for. Even the most die-hard Star Wars fans will find themselves challenged by this entertaining new approach to the details of the saga. And there’s no turning to the back to see if your answer is right with this book – you’re quizzed and guided by the little electronic module in the book (you can select questions by number or at random and the module will keep score). With 2,500 original questions covering little known facts, entertaining quotes, and tough trivia from all six episodes, Obsessed With Star Wars will have you dominating the galaxy in no time.

More info: Star Wars Trivia Book

King Kong Bank

king-kong-statue

When it comes to money, you should never monkey (King Kong) around. Put your precious quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies in this miniature replica of the Empire State Building and rest assured that King Kong will ward off predators like little brothers or sneaky roommates. Beautifully made with keen attention to detail, this solid bank has a wonderful weight and antique finish, evoking another age.

More info: King Kong Piggy Bank

Lady & The Tramp Lighted Shadow Box

lady and tram lighted box

Lady and the Tramp…featuring a pedigreed Cocker Spaniel and a scruffy mongrel from the wrong side of the tracks. Definitely the type of mongrel that we try to keep our young daughters from dating! After run-ins with the dog keeper, daring escapes, and finally gaining the acceptance of her family, they go on to breed their own mutts…we wonder what her parents would have thought?

Each charming miniature scene is presented in a specially lit shadow box format made of resin, then exquisitely framed and protected by glass.

More info: Lady & The Tramp Lighted Shadow Box

Exorcist Bobblehead

exorcist bogglehead

Why can’t I get enough of Exorcist Bobbleheads? It’s as though some evil power within me is ordering me to buy them all. There’s a whole collection.

More info: Exorcist Bobblehead

The Last Unicorn Hat

last unicorn

Shedding tears while watching The Last Unicorn is cool. And now you can show off with this very hip and fashionable hat. Wear it to a bar, and be astounded as babes swoon over your stylish sensitivity.

More info: The Last Unicorn Hat

DVD Report – October 28th

This week’s most popular film is also its most highly ranked — Brazil’s Elite da Tropa (Elite Squad). In a rare honor for a high-octane action flick, it picked the Golden Bear at the most recent Berlinale Film Festival, and Criticker’s users have not shy in heaping praise on it. The film was never released properly into American theaters, so its appearance on DVD will be a lot of people’s first chance to see it — don’t miss it! In other new releases, Jenna Jameson stars in Zombie Strippers. I don’t know who’s supposed to be excited about that — can’t we please keep our porn stars focused on what they do best?

Elite Squad128 Rankings – Average Tier 6.69
In 1997, before the visit of the pope to Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento from BOPE (Special Police Operation Battalion) is assigned to eliminate the risks of the drug dealers in a dangerous slum nearby where the pope intends to be lodged. Captain Nascimento is trying to find a man to replace him because his wife is pregnant and he intends to quit the command and become a trainer of the new recruits… Elite Squad @ Amazon

Journey to the Center of the Earth63 Rankings – Average Tier 3.60
On a quest to find out what happened to his missing brother, a scientist, his nephew and their mountain guide discover a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the earth Journey to the Center of the Earth @ Amazon

Zombie Strippers32 Rankings – Average Tier 3.50
In the not too distant future a secret government re-animation chemo-virus gets released into conservative Sartre, Nebraska and lands in an underground strip club. As the virus begins to spread, turning the strippers into “Super Zombie Strippers” the girls struggle with whether or not to conform to the new “fad” even if it means there’s no turning back. Zombie Strippers @ Amazon

Hell Ride15 Rankings – Average Tier 3.47
The story deals with the characters Pistolero, the Gent and Comanche and the deadly, unfinished business among them. Hell Ride @ Amazon

Death Defying Acts7 Rankings – Average Tier 4.71
During Harry Houdini’s tour of Britain in 1926, the master escapologist enters into a passionate affair with a Scottish psychic. The psychic and her daughter attempt to con Houdini during a highly publicized séance to contact his mother whose death has haunted him for many years. However all does not go to plan… Death Defying Acts @ Amazon

Friday the 13th Remake – Trailer

Thanks go to user Jeb, who’s posted a trailer for the new Friday the 13th remake over at the forums.

What do you think? Jeb wasn’t impressed by the trailer and, to be honest, neither am I. The director is Marcus Nispel, who also brought us the terrible remake of another horror classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Not a good sign…

The folks at HorrorBid.com have uncovered some on-set photos that show Jason without his hockey mask. Ooohhh!! He’s disfigured! And here I thought a smiling Zac Efron might be hiding underneath. Now that would be terrifying.


I breakdance on your corpse!

DVD Report – October 21st

HULK SMASH NEW DVDS! Hulk Is Good Movie? NO! All new DVDs is BAD! The Strangers? Hulk LAUGH! Flight of the Red Balloon? Hulk SLEEP! Expelled? Hulk SMASH Ben Stein! Even Hulk know Ben Stein liar!!

But this do give Hulk excuse to feature HULKEY POKEY toy. Watch Hulk Smash, Spin and “Dance”! Hulk not know why “Dance” in quotation, and Hulk not care! BUY!

Now you look other DVDs! BUY ALL!

The Incredible Hulk391 Rankings – Average Tier 5.28
Depicting the events after the Gamma Bomb. ‘The Incredible Hulk’ tells the story of Dr Bruce Banner, who seeks a cure to his unique condition, which causes him to turn into a giant green monster under emotional stress. Whilst on the run from military which seeks his capture, Banner comes close to a cure. But all is lost when a new creature emerges; The Abomination. The Incredible Hulk @ Amazon

The Strangers107 Rankings – Average Tier 3.88
After returning from a wedding reception, a couple staying in an isolated vacation house receive a knock on the door in the mid-hours of the night. What ensues is a violent invasion by three strangers, their faces hidden behind masks. The couple find themselves in a violent struggle, in which they go beyond what either of them thought capable in order to survive.Strangers, The @ Amazon

Flight of the Red Balloon52 Rankings – Average Tier 6.87
Suzanne (Juliette Binoche) is charming but she is a mother snowed under by obligations. With her puppet shows, the classes she teaches and the two children, Simon and Louise, that she has been raising alone since their father left, she hasn’t got a minute to herself. To help her, she takes in a young Taiwanese babysitter, Song Fang, who is a student at Paris University… Flight of the Red Balloon @ Amazon

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed14 Rankings – Average Tier 2.57
Big Science has expelled smart new ideas from the classroom. What they forgot is that every generation has its rebel… Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed @ Amazon

To the LimitNot Enough Rankings
To The Limit is a film about the human body. Premiering in 1989, the film marked the first collaboration of NOVA and the Museum Film Network, a consortium of 14 international science museums. The film focuses on human performance through the stories of three athletes: rock climber Tony Yaniro, downhill skier Maria Walliser, ballerina Nina Ananiashvili, and track and field athlete Carl Lewis. Innovative microscopic photography shows how their bodies respond to their quest for a personal best. (sanfrancisco.mrmovietimes.com) To the Limit @ Amazon

Forum Watch: Best So Bad It’s Good Films

One of the more entertaining topics at the Criticker Forums is an extended study on the Best “So Bad It’s Good” films. Although applying the word “best” to any of these films is a serious stretch…

Truth or Dare

Truth or Dare: A Critical Madness was suggested by fudgieb — kudos to anyone who can watch that video without laughing (I broke at 1:36). There are a lot of other gems in this 4-page thread, and plenty of video evidence of exquisite suckery.

Samurai Cop

You don’t have to see the poster for Samurai Cop to know that it’s going to blow … but TheDenizen uploaded it, so that we could all be sure. Still, it might have the best tagline ever.

Anaconda, American Commando Ninja, Silent Night Deadly Night 2 (“Garbage Day!”), and of course The Alternate and Rollerball, which TheAlliance highlighted in the topic’s first post. There are a lot of stinking, shit-covered treasures here. Can you add to the pile?


DVD Report – October 14th

Indy, Schmindy. For true value in this week’s batch of releases new to DVD, it’s better to look outside of Hollywood, at least according to the users of Criticker. The three best-rated new releases come from Romania, Germany and Kazakhstan (yes: Kazakhstan). In particular, the abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days received massive praise from both critics and public, and racked up all sorts of awards, including the Golden Globe for best foreign-language picture. Powerful & unforgettable … don’t miss it.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull913 Rankings – Average Tier 5.09
Famed archaeologist/adventurer Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones is called back into action when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull @ Amazon

Criticker Pick!
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days245 Rankings – Average Tier 7.50
A drama set in Bucharest during the “golden” years of Communism, about the horrors of the Securitate, and the brutality and absurdness of its methods used. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days @ Amazon

Edge of Heaven, The87 Rankings – Average Tier 6.91
Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali’s choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter’s university studies. Yeter’s sudden death distances father and son… Edge of Heaven, The @ Amazon

Mongol58 Rankings – Average Tier 5.53
In twelfth-century Mongolia, nine-year-old Temudgin, who will grow up to become the warrior known as Genghis Khan, must flee his home shortly after choosing the spirited Borte as his bride when his father is murdered and a rival seizes power. With the help of his blood brother, tribal prince Jamukha, the adult Temudgin battles his rivals and works to unite the region’s warring clans under his authority. (oscar.com) Mongol @ Amazon

War, Inc.30 Rankings – Average Tier 3.97
A political satire set in Turaqistan, a country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former US Vice-President (Aykroyd). In an effort to monopolize the opportunities the war-torn nation offers, the corporation’s CEO hires a troubled hit man (Cusack), to kill a Middle East oil minister… War, Inc. @ Amazon

Focus on Mike Leigh

Criticker has just switched its front-page focus box onto British filmmaker Mike Leigh, whose new drama Happy-Go-Lucky has just arrived in American theaters.

Mike Leigh talks about Happy-Go-Lucky

Mike Leigh will be a familiar name to any movie fan who appreciates intelligent, character-driven dramas. Since the 70s, Leigh’s been writing and directing wonderful films, often in conjunction with Britain’s excellent Channel 4 (the USA needs a Channel 4!) The honest, true-to-life characters are what stand out most in his movies — nobody is a caricature, as he resists painting people as 100% good or evil. His is engaging cinema, worth multiple viewings.

We’ve decided to share Leigh’s top 5 ranked films at Criticker. Did your favorite make the list?


Naked

1. Naked (1993)
2. Secrets & Lies (1996)
3. All or Nothing (2002)
4. Life Is Sweet (1990)
5. Vera Drake (2004)

 

It must be mentioned that 1973’s critically-acclaimed Hard Labour also got high marks, but very few Criticker users have seen it, so we didn’t include it in this list.