December's DVD Reviews,
Quick reviews from my Netflix queue and/or
Season 2: Disc 1, 2006
They could have ended this series
with the first season. Much like finding out "who killed Laura Palmer"
effectively killed off Twin Peaks, this series lacks any cliffhangers
precarious enough for the protagonists to skin themselves on. We're
just following the lives of people around the neighborhood, and I can do
that already with a pair of binoculars and my parabolic microphone.
Season 2: Disc 1, 2005
You know, I had it in for this
show after seeing the (still) superior BBC version, but the show is excellently
crafted; it just has a lot to live up to for me. I will admit to
a huge crush on Pam though, even though she's completely wrong for me.
If you are the type to come away
from those kinds of subtle artsy flicks with a negative reaction due to
your inability to form an opinion, then you definitely need to see more
movies like this.
Season 2: Vol. 1: Disc 1, 2002
As creative as the visuals are,
the puppets aren't nearly as funny as the candid audio of people getting
jerked around. Or maybe I'm just a sadist with an over-developed
sense of humor? This stuff never gets old for me.
The Da Vinci
Not as bland as I expected after
having read the book and seen the ending retrodden by every news magazine
expo on the vercity of the supposed big secret (that everyone who works
within a mile of a water cooler already knows by now). Still, if
you have an IQ above 70, you can find a better way to spend a couple hours.
Season 5: Disc 1, 2004
The entire cast of the show is
fast-talking, with the title characters being the wittiest, most sarcastic
girls in town, forever making Dennis Miller-level references over everyone's
head. The plotlines are very ordinary (should she break up with goodie-goodie
Dean to go out with bad-boy Jess?), but the dialogue is always funny.
Still, the best episodes for me are the ones where the mom wears jeans.
Season 1, Disc 3, 2005
Why does the "invasion" have to
happen sooooo sloooooowly?
The Hills Have
I never saw the original.
This was basically a glossier version of any of the Friday the 13th
series. It was a series of people I never cared about getting killed
in various ways. Pretty much like how any reality show would be if
I was allowed to run it. I want the cast of Survivor to really
earn that mantle.
Variously described by fans and
critics as the ultimate car chase movie, this is, in fact, the ultimate
car chase movie. Seriously, that's the entire movie. A car
chase. I can't break this down any simpler. If I go any slower,
the police will catch me. Check it out, if only for the great scenes
of the hot hippy chick nude on the motobike. Oh, that got your attention,
1, Disc 2, 1999
The show still hadn't found its
stride in these early episodes, but it's been so long since I saw them
that it's like looking at a gawky stage you went through in your old photo
albums and somehow still feeling nostalgic for it.
I liked this one a lot... up until
the third act. They obviously didn't know how to end a movie with
so much going on, which is a shame because half the fun of a film with
so many interwoven threads is to tie the audience up and have your way
with them. I got loose before the climax. Don't you hate it
when that happens?
PICK OF THE
LITTER: Casanova. I was suprised that I liked it, even
though it abandoned me just as I was growing attached. Just like
the real Casanova would have done. Damn it.
DVD Reviews, Part II
Quick reviews from my Netflix queue and/or
Back Mamma, White Mamma,
Why is it the white chick still
gets top billing over Pam Grier even 30+ years later dispite the fact Pam
Greir has made ten times as many movies and has ten times the graviational
pull toward her chest? My quick take on the movie: Too many gun fights
and not enough shower scenes with a lacivious voyeuristic lesbian prison
2, Disc 1, 2005
The only reason to watch this
is Ari. Unfortunately, I'm equal parts him, Monk, and Larry David,
so I have to contend with Dani saying, "You." at the end of every scene
Kingdom Hospital: Discs 1 and 2, 2004
Why are all the characters in
every one of his projects a bunch of cartoon characters? It isn't
a very good effort, but it's very busy with many characters and no clear
idea what to do with them. I would rather watch writers who flail
around helplessly because they're too stubborn to fall back on cliches
than those who are complete hacks. Apparently even Stephen King has
some standards, despite criticisms to the contrary.
The Hot Rock,
This is a great crime caper I
saw as a kid. There isn't anything terribly original here, but it
manages to insert a lot of humor into scenes where you wouldn't expect
it, yet without seeming cloying. Steal a copy if you can find one.
(another random disc in the series), 2002
This is one from somewhere in
the first season, somewhere around the point where it started to find itself
and stopped beating the audience over the head with establishing the characters
by over-playing their archetypes.
Okay, you know I just wanted to
see a well-muscled Demi Moore for a bit. The plot is entirely too
predictable (I hoped in vain that there would be a twist I couldn't see
around from a mile up the road, but there wasn't). However, the meat
of the film (i.e, training) is pretty good stuff. Notable is Viggo
LordOfTheRingstern in a great (and unexpected) performance as the drill
Will & Grace:
Season 1, Disc 2, 1998
Jack steals the show. Hell,
I'd do him if all I was looking for was talent. Ironically, I'm more
attracted to Grace precisely because she has (as she puts it) the chest
of a 12 year-old boy.
I didn't get around
to watching much more than this though due to traveling over Xmas.
Pick of the
Litter: Probably The Hot Rock. It's a different
kind of crime caper. Not as sophisticated as your typical Elmore
Leonard adaptation, but better than average.