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Archive for August, 2011

DVD Report – August 30th

The pick of the week is The Perfect Host, starring Clayne Crawford and David Hyde Pierce. This thriller from first-time director Nick Tomnay didn’t get universal praise, but quite a few Criticker users found it chilling and funny, with a special appreciation for Pierce’s performance.

The Perfect HostAverage Tier 5.55
John Taylor (Clayne Crawford) is bleeding profusely, flooded with adrenaline and having an overall terrible day. He’s just robbed a bank, you see, and things, as they are wont to do, went nowhere near as planned. Now he’s stumbling through a posh neighbourhood dripping blood and in desperate need of cover. When he lands upon the luxurious home of a certain Warwick Wilson (David Hyde Pierce) and finds a postcard in the mailbox, he has all the information he needs to scheme his way inside. (Fantasia International Film Festival) The Perfect Host @ Amazon

PromAverage Tier 3.18
A group of teenagers get ready for their high school prom. Prom @ Amazon

WreckedAverage Tier 2.91
A man trapped in a car wreck at the bottom of a ravine must overcome incredible odds to survive. Wrecked @ Amazon

Madea’s Big Happy FamilyAverage Tier 3.00
Madea jumps into action when her niece, Shirley, receives distressing news about her health. All Shirley wants is to gather her three adult children around her and share the news as a family. But Tammy, Kimberly and Byron are too distracted by their own problems: Tammy can’t manage her unruly children or her broken marriage; Kimberly is gripped with anger and takes it out on her husband; and Byron, after spending two years in jail, is under pressure to deal drugs again… Madea’s Big Happy Family @ Amazon

SkatelandAverage Tier 5.00
In the early 1980s, in small-town Texas, dramatic events force a 19-year-old skating rink manager to look at his life in a very new way. Skateland @ Amazon

DVD Report – August 23rd

A few great films new to DVD this week… and no, that doesn’t include Jodie Foster’s hilarious-looking The Beaver, in which a possibly insane Mel Gibson uses a puppet to communicate with people (though, its ratings weren’t as bad as I’d expected). No, the films worth checking out this week areTroll Hunter, which is like a Norwegian Cloverfield, Win Win, starring Paul Giamitti (AKA The Man Who Can Do No Wrong), and Morgan Spurlock’s new documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, which tackles branding and product placement.

Troll HunterAverage Tier 6.18
THE TROLL HUNTER is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy. (trollhunterfilm.com) Troll Hunter @ Amazon

Win WinAverage Tier 6.62
Disheartened attorney Mike Flaherty (Giamatti), who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach, stumbles across a star athlete through some questionable business dealings while trying to support his family. Just as it looks like he will get a double payday, the boy’s mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything. Win Win @ Amazon

The BeaverAverage Tier 4.32
Suffering from a severe case of depression, toy company CEO Walter Black (Mel Gibson) begins using a beaver hand puppet to help him open up to his family. With his father seemingly going insane, adolescent son Porter (Anton Yelchin) pushes for his parents to get a divorce. Jodie Foster directs and co-stars as Walter’s wife in this family comedy The Beaver @ Amazon

The Greatest Movie Ever SoldAverage Tier 6.83
A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement The Greatest Movie Ever Sold @ Amazon

TrackerAverage Tier 4.17
An ex-Boer war guerrilla in New Zealand is sent out to bring back a Maori accused of killing a British soldier. Gradually they grow to know and respect one another but a posse, led by the British Commanding officer is close behind and his sole intention is to see the Maori hang. (imdb) Tracker @ Amazon

Rank Films from Filmmaker Page

We just released a new feature which extends the ability to rank movies to the page of each actor, director or screenwriter. Now, you can rank the movies found in Jim Wynorski‘s repertoire without having to click on each one individually. And since you’ve seen a lot of Mr. Wynorski’s films, this will save you a lot of time!

Hope you like this new feature… as always, let us know if something doesn’t work quite right!

DVD Report – August 15th

Despite solid reviews, a star-studded cast and a popular director in Robert Redford, The Conspirator was a disappointment at the box office, never even breaking into the Top Ten. Perhaps it will find more appreciation among film fans and history buffs on DVD.

PriestAverage Tier 3.04
A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.Priest @ Amazon

Jane EyreAverage Tier 6.70
A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he’s hiding a terrible secret. Jane Eyre @ Amazon

Something BorrowedAverage Tier 2.78
When successful single lawyer Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) learns that her best friend, Darcy (Kate Hudson), is engaged to Dex (Colin Egglesfield) — the same guy she’s pined after for years — she’s determined to maintain her loyalty. But things don’t go quite as planned. Instead, she and Dex wind up in bed on the night of her 30th birthday party. Not surprisingly, the fallout from their romantic “slip” generates awkwardness for all concerned. Something Borrowed @ Amazon

The ConspiratorAverage Tier 6.59
Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life. The Conspirator @ Amazon

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. EvilAverage Tier 2.17
Red Riding Hood is training in the group of Sister Hoods, when she and the Wolf are called to examine the sudden mysterious disappearance of Hansel and Gretel. (imdb) Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil @ Amazon

View Film Update History

We’ve just added a bit new functionality to the Film Information page, which allows you to view the history of film updates. When available, just click on the link which says “View Update History”, and you’ll get a list of all the updates which various users have made to the film.

Hope you enjoy this little improvement to the site.

DVD Report – August 9th

A bunch of mediocre flicks this week on DVD, with the highlight probably being Super. Rainn Wilson stars as an everyman who decides to become a superhero called The Crimson Bolt. Criticker users were fairly divided in their opinion, with some lauding the black comedy, while equal numbers were turned off by its tonal inconsistencies. Also, the beloved duo of Frost & Pegg finally take a misstep with Paul.

PaulAverage Tier 5.14
Nick Frost and Simon Pegg star as two science-fiction freaks who, while on a quest to discover what lies at the heart of Nevada’s infamous Area 51, cross paths with an alien (voice of Seth Rogen) on the run from earthly authorities. Paul @ Amazon

SuperAverage Tier 5.71
After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, though he lacks for heroic skills. Super @ Amazon

Your HighnessAverage Tier 4.17
When Prince Fabious’s bride is kidnapped, he goes on a quest to rescue her… accompanied by his lazy useless brother Thadeous. Your Highness @ Amazon

Mars Needs MomsAverage Tier 3.13
A young boy named Milo gains a deeper appreciation for his mom after Martians come to Earth to take her away. Mars Needs Moms @ Amazon

Jumping the BroomAverage Tier 4.67
Two very different families converge on Martha’s Vineyard one weekend for a wedding. Jumping the Broom @ Amazon

DVD Report – August 2nd

Gawd, the cheese is on this week. Take your pick between Swiss, Monterey Jack or Limburger. The inspiring story of some surfer chick who got her arm bit off! The inspiring story of a Mexican little league team who won the championship! The inspiring story of a father who reconnects with his brain damaged son through music! It’s weeks like this that make me long for something like Machete.

RioAverage Tier 5.07
When a cooped-up macaw named Blu leaves the confines of his birdcage behind for the tropical climes of Rio de Janeiro, he’s forced to wing it and re-examine everything he knows about life — and being a bird. Rio @ Amazon

Last NightAverage Tier 4.97
The story follows a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he’s attracted. While he’s resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love. Last Night @ Amazon

Soul SurferAverage Tier 5.30
From director Sean McNamara comes this inspiring film that dramatizes the real-life story of Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb), a Hawaiian teen who bravely returns to competitive surfing after losing her left arm in a vicious shark attack. On the road to recovery, the gutsy young wave-rider relies on determination, faith and family, including her mom (Helen Hunt) and dad (Dennis Quaid). Soul Surfer @ Amazon

The Perfect GameAverage Tier 2.80
Based on a true story, a group of boys from Monterrey, Mexico who become the first non-U.S. team to win the Little League World Series. The Perfect Game @ Amazon

The Music Never StoppedAverage Tier 4.75
Tale of a father who struggles to bond with his estranged son Gabriel, after Gabriel suffers from a brain tumor that prevents him from forming new memories. With Gabriel unable to shed the beliefs and interests that caused their physical and emotional distance, Henry must learn to embrace his son’s choices and try to connect with him through music The Music Never Stopped @ Amazon