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Archive for September, 2010

DVD Report – September 28th

All this week’s new DVD releases hover between tiers 4 and 6, which is pretty much synonymous with that phrase we all throw around: “Meh, looks alright, but I’ll wait for the DVD”. Well, the DVDs are here so get watching! Surprisingly, given the mediocre reviews it got, Iron Man 2 is the week’s strongest new arrival.

Iron Man 2Average Tier 5.67
Wealthy inventor and former weapons maker Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) continues to fight crime as his alter ego, Iron Man, taking on villains intent on destroying humanity in Jon Favreau’s action-packed superhero sequel based on Marvel comic book characters. But Stark’s battle with the bottle may be his toughest challenge yet. Don Cheadle co-stars as Col. James Rhodes, with Samuel L. Jackson reprising his role as Nick Fury. Iron Man 2 @ Amazon

Get Him to the GreekAverage Tier 5.38
Ambitious young record company intern Aaron Greenberg (Jonah Hill) will let nothing get in the way of his planned rise to the top in the music business — not even the unruly rock star (Russell Brand) he must escort to Los Angeles for the start of his world tour. Doing whatever it takes to get the rocker from Point A to Point B, Aaron encounters all manners of mishaps. Get Him to the Greek @ Amazon

The Killer Inside MeAverage Tier 4.91
A deputy sheriff is slowly unmasked as a psychotic killer. The Killer Inside Me @ Amazon

FrozenAverage Tier 4.31
In this taut survival thriller, three skiers are forced to confront mortality head on when they become stranded on a chair lift – and battling the elements may be the least of their problems. Frozen @ Amazon

Chanel Coco & Igor StravinskyAverage Tier 4.22
Chronicles the romantice relationship between Stravinsky and Chanel. Chanel Coco & Igor Stravinsky @ Amazon

Oh No, Uwe Boll Made a Holocaust Film

I originally dismissed this as a joke, but it’s true. Uwe Boll has made a movie called Auschwitz. Surely I won’t need to tell you that it looks horrible. Just look at the evidence for yourself. Or don’t. It’s pretty awful.

Maybe there should be some sort of quality test that a director has to pass, before being given permission to make movies about sensitive topics. This is insulting.

DVD Report – September 21st

The best foreign language film of 2009, according to the Oscars, has finally hit DVD. If you haven’t seen Argentina’s The Secret in Their Eyes yet, you’re missing out on a classic, superbly-told mystery. Check it out.

Robin HoodAverage Tier 4.80
The story of an archer in the army of Richard Coeur de Lion who fights against the Norman invaders and becomes the legendary hero known as Robin Hood. Robin Hood @ Amazon

Criticker Pick!
The Secret in Their EyesAverage Tier 7.73
A retired lawyer wants to write a novel about a crime he tried to solve thirty years earlier: a woman was raped and murdered. When the court decided to close the case for lack of evidence, he and his sidekick rely on one loose clue: a man looking at the victim, in an old photograph. (by KGB) The Secret in Their Eyes @ Amazon

OndineAverage Tier 4.62
The story of an Irish fisherman who discovers a woman in his fishing net who he believes to be a mermaid. Ondine @ Amazon

The Secret of MoonacreAverage Tier 3.68
When 13 year old Maria Merryweather’s father dies, leaving her orphaned and homeless, she is forced to leave her luxurious London life to go and live with Sir Benjamin, an eccentric uncle she didn’t know she had, at the mysterious Moonacre Manor. Soon Maria finds herself in a crumbling moonlit world torn apart by the hatred of an ancient feud with the dark and sinister De Noir family. Maria discovers that she is the last Moon Princess. (imdb) The Secret of Moonacre @ Amazon

UntitledAverage Tier 6.43
A Chelsea art gallerist falls for a brooding new music composer in this comic tale about the state of contemporary art. Untitled @ Amazon

Chris Klein – Acting Legend

We just saw this incredible video of Chris Klein’s performance in the recent world-changing mega-smash Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li. Of course you’ve already seen the movie, probably two or three times, at least. But, because the man’s performance is so engaging, his embodiment of the character so total, I never quite realized what a tour de force his turn as Charlie Nash truly was, until I saw the video which stitches together all his dialog. Enjoy… and learn from the best.

[via Slashfilm]

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DVD Report – September 14th

Not much noteworthy in this week’s batch of films new to DVD. Jake Gyllenhaal‘s turn as the Prince of Persia wasn’t terribly impressive. The only film marginally recommendable is Werner Herzog‘s bizarre horror/crime flick My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of TimeAverage Tier 4.12
When an evil nobleman threatens to enslave the world by obtaining the Sands of Time — a mystical hourglass that gives him control over the flow of time — Prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) and spunky Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) must join forces to stop the madman. Mike Newell directs this sweeping live-action adventure based on the popular video game. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time @ Amazon

Letters to JulietAverage Tier 4.25
By responding to a letter addressed to Shakespeare’s tragic heroine Juliet Capulet, a young American woman (Amanda Seyfried) vacationing in Verona, Italy, sets in motion a series of events that leads her — and the missive’s lovelorn author (Vanessa Redgrave) — in search of romance. Letters to Juliet @ Amazon

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye DoneAverage Tier 5.23
Inspired by a true crime, a man begins to experience mystifying events that lead him to slay his mother with a sword. My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done @ Amazon

Raging PhoenixAverage Tier 3.75
Deu, a drum-playing rich girl, is attacked while trying to drink herself to death and saved by Sanim and his friends, who must teach her the ways of break-dance martial arts, so she can help them battle a group of kidnappers. Raging Phoenix @ Amazon

Just WrightAverage Tier 3.33
A physical therapist falls for the basketball player she is helping recover from a career-threatening injury. Just Wright @ Amazon

Movies That Unintentionally Let the Villains Win

Cracked.com has an amusing look at 6 films where, if you think about it, the villains probably won in the end. Movies whose happy endings didn’t offer quite enough resolution… like Independence Day. I’ve thought about that myself. At the end, gigantic warships the size of entire counties explode. Fine, but what about any escape pods that the aliens might have had? Why wouldn’t hordes of aliens just parachute down to earth and, with their future-tech weapons, pulverize the hell out of us? We already saw how difficult it was to bring just one of them down, and Earth has only one Will Smith.


Well, that’s one down

Other targets on the list include Zoolander, Back to the Future and It’s a Wonderful Life. Are there other films you can think of, which wrap up with the heroes celebrating perhaps a bit too prematurely?

Cracked.com – 6 Movies That Didn’t Realize They Let The Villain Win

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