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DVD Report – September 29th

Rian Johnson continues his hot streak amongst Criticker users with The Brothers Bloom, his second feature film after Brick. As much an homage to Wes Anderson as Brick was to film noir, The Brothers Bloom didn’t fare very well at the Box office, despite big name actors like Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz. Still, Criticker community loved it, earning it the difficult-to-attain distinction of Criticker Pick. Perhaps it’ll enjoy a more successful second life on DVD.

Monsters vs. AliensAverage Tier 4.84
When a meteorite from outer space hits a young girl and turns her into a giant monster, she is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters also rounded up over the years. Monsters vs. Aliens @ Amazon

Away We GoAverage Tier 6.68
A couple who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover “home” on their own terms for the first time. Away We Go @ Amazon

Criticker Pick!The Brothers BloomAverage Tier 7.21
The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they’ve decided to take on one last job – showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world. (imdb) The Brothers Bloom @ Amazon

ManagementAverage Tier 5.03
A traveling art saleswoman tries to shake off a flaky motel manager who falls for her and won’t leave her alone. Management @ Amazon

Lies & IllusionsAverage Tier 2.75
A writer, torn between two lovers is hunted by spies in search of stolen diamonds. Lies & Illusions @ Amazon

DVD Giveaway: PVC-1

We have 3 DVDs to give away of the intense Columbian thriller PVC-1. It’s a film we mentioned briefly on the blog almost a year ago, as the winner of the Bangkok Film Festival. Based on an actual event, and directed in real-time by Spiros Stathoulopoulos, the movie is one continuous take, which never lets up on intensity or gives the audience time to catch its breath.

Basically, the plot involves a woman who’s become a ticking human time bomb, in a unique and brutal bit of domestic terrorism. PVC-1 has hardly been ranked by anyone at Criticker, which is a shame since it is a highly original and interesting piece of film-making. Besides its victory in Thailand, it won awards at Cannes and Sofia, and a whole slew of them at Thessaloniki’s festival, including Best Actor and the Audience Award.

If you’d like a pretty good shot at owning this film, send an email to raffle-AT-criticker.com with the subject PVC-1. The DVD is Region 1. The raffle will be on October 2nd, 2009, and we’ll notify the three lucky winners then.

Nicholas Cage Superman – so 90ies!

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This pictures was taken during a costume test for for Tim Burton Superman movie which (thank the lord) never got made. It would surely have been the most interesting Superman movie of all time, if Nicholas Cage’s seductive bedroom eyes, the shiny Masters of the Universe suit and the strange Frankenstein scar around his neck, are any indication.

On second thought, I really want to see this film.  Tim Burton, please, give us Superman.

Here, Kevin Smith talks about the failed 90’s Superman project:

[via: fünf filmfreunde]

Forum Watch: Top 10 favorite films

There is nothing that people love more than list-making. That’s meant literally… people love making lists more than hugging their own children. Top 10 lists, particularly, are hugely popular and spring up everywhere, on every conceivable topic.

In fact, the only Top 10 list you’ll never see, is the Top 10 Things People Love More Than Top 10 Lists (really, Google it: No Results).

So, it was just a matter of time before someone broached the topic on Criticker’s forums. Since BullyFanatic planted the seed in July, there have been 3 pages full of additions. A lot of the usual suspects show up (Kubrick, Tarantino), but there are some odd entries as well (Hula Girls?!)

Shows up a lot

The lists make for a few minutes of fun reading, so head over there, and don’t forget to contribute your own!

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Heroes of Contentiousness #25 – The Mist

If contentiousness had a patron saint, it’d probably have to be Stephen King, who has as many defenders as incredulous detractors. He’s the first “grown-up” author many people discover and, even though his novels can be really great — intelligent, exciting, moving, terrifying — many will always associate his name with adolescence. It’s frustrating for his educated, adult admirers (of whom there are plenty) to engage with those who have decided he writes silly monster stories for 15 year-olds.

So, it’s fitting that the 25th selection into our Heroes of Contentiousness is a film based on one of his short stories. 2007’s The Mist was directed by Frank Garabont, also behind the massively popular adaptation of King’s The Shawshank Redemption. With an ensemble cast that features Thomas Jane and Marcia Gay Harden, The Mist opened to mostly positive reviews and a mostly successful run in theaters.

At Criticker, the film is one of those that has nearly as many “red” rankings as “green”. With a FCQ of 48.88, it’s one of the most contentious films in our database (FCQ = Film Contentiousness Quotient; details on the math here). The positive reviews tend to emphasize the screenplay’s intelligence and psychological terror, while others couldn’t get over cheap-looking production values and unconvincing characters.

We still haven’t seen this film, which disqualifies us from voting or offering our valuable wisdom. But what did you think? Was The Mist great or terrible?

The Mist

  • Great! (75%, 30 Votes)
  • Terrible! (25%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

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Allow battling Criticker users to influence your decision!
Knowlesey – “While some might say this film may only be remembered for the ending I feel it was a very strong film overall. Slow in some parts yes, but the characters, especially Mrs. Carmody, really draw you in and make you pay close attention. Some stand-out acting as well, obviously from Marcia Gay Harden, and I also thought Lauire Holden did a very good job. As for the ending, it’s fair enough to say it will shock you like no ending had before. Well worth watching and overall a great film!”

Dean Franz – “Yawn inducing siege film with all the usual clichés intact. What the hell happaned to Marcia Gay Harden? She used to be solid. I blame Darabont for ruining one of the five or six good actresses in Hollywood.”

Last time, Bad Santa was put to the vote. You liked it! We’re glad.

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DVD Report – September 22nd

Another interesting week of new releases, the biggest of which features our generation’s comedy king, Seth Rogen, in perhaps his strangest role yet. Don’t let the middling “average tier” for Observe and Report discourage you, this film has a lot of strongly vocal supporters. At the bottom of the list, Lymelife, a well-received little comic drama starring Kieran Culkin, warrants a look.

Observe and ReportAverage Tier 5.16
Mall security guard Ronnie Barnhardt is called into action to stop a flasher from turning shopper’s paradise into his personal peep show. Observe and Report @ Amazon

Ghosts of Girlfriends PastAverage Tier 3.30
A bachelor is haunted by the ghosts of his past girlfriends at his younger brother’s wedding Ghosts of Girlfriends Past @ Amazon

O’ HortenAverage Tier 5.91
The moment the train leaves the station without train driver Odd Horten aboard, he realizes that the path ahead is a journey without printed timetables and well-known stations. Horten has retired, and the platform does not feel like a safe place anymore. With death as a metphor, the film draws a melancholy and humorous portrait of an aging man in situations most people probably will not get into, but hopefully will recognize. (Norwegian Film Institute) O’ Horten @ Amazon

Battle for TerraAverage Tier 4.36
A peaceful alien planet faces annihilation, as the homeless remainder of the human race sets its eyes on Terra. Mala, a rebellious Terrian teenager, will do everything she can to stop it. Battle for Terra @ Amazon

LymelifeAverage Tier 6.95
Set in the late 70’s, seen through the innocent eyes of a fifteen year old boy, SCOTT, “Lymelife” is a unique take on the dangers of the American Dream. This funny, sad, violent and sometimes tragic look at first love, family dynamics and divorce weaves an intricate tapestry of American life during a time of drastic economic and emotional change. Lymelife @ Amazon

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Merchandise: Terminator Fuel Cell Lighter – Stark Heart – Star Trek Wall Decals

Terminator Fuel Cell Lighter

terminator lighter

Celebrate your love for humanity’s extinction by getting one of these Terminator Fuel Cell Lighters. Made of die-cast, chrome plated metal, these lighters look just as fresh as the day the fuel cells they are replicas of were installed into the T-800 series of Terminators. These lighters are a wicked bit of movie memorabilia, and hey, they make fire too!

More info: Terminator Fuel Cell Lighter

Proof That Tony Stark Has A Heart

stark heart

Perhaps the most iconic prop from the smash-hit movie Iron Man, no expense was spared in replicating the details exactly. From the machined metal parts and copper wire to the high-intensity LEDs, you’ll own the definitive prop from this storied franchise and Marvel hero.

Based directly on the actual movie prop and with reference from Stan Winston Studios, the Arc Unit measures about 4 1/2-inches in diameter and is made from machined aluminum, stainless steel, and custom-molded plastic. It’s removable from the stand and includes a Plexiglas display case and full-color certificate of authenticity.

Link: Stark Heart

Star Trek Wall Decals

start trek wall decoration

Captains Log – Stardate two…four…[pause dramatically]… sevensixpointfive…Something strange is happening to my ship. I can’t be sure, but it appears some alien intelligence has duplicated the bridge of the Enterprise in near perfect detail.

More info: Star Trek Wall Decals