February's DVD Reviews,
Quick reviews from my Netflix queue and/or
I could forgive this musical's
one-to-one correspondence of character for character and plot point for
plot point with The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but though the campiness
here was great, the music itself wasn't. Excellent cast, however.
Ironically, I only rented it to see Kristen Bell, but her performance was
among the weakest precisely because she is too smart to play a character
as dumb as hers was supposed to be. Great on the eyes though.
Traffic is to drugs what
is to oil. Basically, it's refined but ubiquitous. Same as
you find at the pump.
There were some interesting visuals
involved in the transitions, but I didn't buy the premise for a second
and saw the end coming in 1990 when Jacob's Ladder came out.
Go rent that instead unless you're Dani and have a crush on Ewan McGreggor.
One of your usual later, not-too-terribly
funny films from Woody Allen. I know he's prolific, but I have a
long list of films by him I would recommend over this one.
Pretty good little crime caper
movie, but skip it unless you're me and you have a crush on Jodie Foster.
Season 1, Discs 5 and 6, 2005
Okay, I splurged on Kristen Bell
projects this month. The library had the last two in the season,
so I went for it. Good wrap-up, but too much too quickly. Save
something for next season, damn it!
The Dick Cavett
Collections of interviews with
people worth talking to back when talk shows did that: Show people talking.
You would think documentaries
(except perhaps medical ones) would be at the opposite end of the spectrum
from pornos, but this one is remarkably interesting in terms of how involved
the story is, and it pack quite a bit more material than your usual oral
histories. Wait. That sounded kind of dirty.
I Spit On Your
I am honestly at a loss.
I cannot tell you whether I love this movie or hate it. Let's just
say that if you thought Hard Candy was intense, you're in for some
That they stretched a 45 minute
episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents into a two hour movie...?
That, Ladies and Gentlemen, is magic!
The Hills Have
I'm surprised how little updating
they did to the original in the 2005 remake. Both are crap, notable
only for the phenomenal violence to plot ratio, thanks especially to the
demonimator here being lower than the demographic they were aiming for.
3: Disc 1, 2003
Honestly, I'm consistently amazed
at the way the show manages to keep itself fresh. It's always one
step ahead of me.
1: Disc 2, 2005
Ricky Gervais will hate me for
saying this because he likes surprises, and this won't be one: The show
is good, but The Office was so much better. I like this, but
I don't love it. I can be friends with it after a few more dates,
but I'm going to marry The Office.
This film gained notoriety as
the first NC-17 picture. But you know what? It is really, really
good. Contrary to some reviews, the sex is never gratuitous at least
in part since, after all, that's what the movie is about.
Season 5: Disc 5, 2004
They're running out of material.
Probably because the girls talk so fast than they've written about ten
seasons worth of dialogue to get them only this far.
Season 2: Vol. 1: Disc 2, 2002
Heh. Cute. Forgetable
fun, although that's not what the victims or their lawyers would call it.
In Old Arizona,
Speaking of a certain Old Arizona
Senator's position on Iraq, here's another case of stretching too little
material too far.
PICKS OF THE
LITTER: Henry & June because it was really, really, good
and I Spit On Your Grave because a cocktail of moonshine and battery
acid isn't this strong.
DVD Reviews, Part II
Quick reviews from my Netflix queue and/or
Veronica Mars, Season
2, Disc 1, 2006
There's only one girl to look
at on this one compared to Desperate Housewives, yet this series
is infinitely better at holding my interest after resolving most of its
first-season story arcs.
Kiss Kiss Bang
I only checked this one out because
someone at Lisa's birthday party swore it was good. Well, it was
pretty good, but it wasn't great. In other words, it wasn't much
more interesting than this review.
Six Feet Under,
Season 5, Discs 1 & 2, 2006
I love it. Don't think the
irony isn't lost on me. The show is explicitly about death and yet
it expertly handles the existential questions we all deal with in life.
That just kills me.
Season 2, Disc 5, 2006
It started to get interesting
again at the last, but I think they lost most of their viewers before this
point when it aired. I wouldn't have even paid attention through
most of this season had it not been for the miracle of the FF button.
Season 2, Disc 6, 2006
Just extras. They're interesting,
but nothing mind-blowing like what's really going on in your neighbors'
lives. Get out your binoculars if you doubt me.
Season 2, Disc 2, 2006
All the complaints I can come
up with about this show are mere nitpicking and have absolutely nothing
to do with her ass.
Greatest Hits, Vol 1, 2006
I tried watching the series from
the beginning when they started putting it out on dvd, but I didn't have
the time to sit through the awkward episodes before they found their stride.
It was nice to be able to jump in and catch the most talked about episodes
that once left me wondering what people were talking about.
The Ice Harvest,
Oliver Platt steals the show in
a supporting part, which is a good measure of how weak the rest of the
Season 2, Disc 3, 2006
Did I mention that I love her
ass? Yeah, there are more reasons to watch on the show than that,
but that tops my list.
Aside from a few sappy detours
that seemed like thought bubbles, it's like sitting through a college lecture
with a great teacher and good special effects. Of course, if you
didn't like college, then you'll probably be bored, but that doesn't mean
you don't have to know the material, okay?
The L Word:
Season 3: Disc 1, 2006
Yeah, I know it's just a soap
opera about lesbians, but it's so much fun to root for my favorite characters
that it never crosses my mind how little interest they would have in seeing
3: Disc 2, 2003
I honestly have no idea what's
going on sometimes. They've twisted so many threads around one another
that you can't see past the shroud they've woven out of everything.
That's pretty impressive for a show most people would already watch just
to see Jennifer Garner in the sexy disguise of the week.
This was just a nostalgia trip
for me since I saw it when I was a kid. It's nothing more than an
early version of the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, but far more interesting
was the included hour and a half of badly-made trailers to badly made Chinese
Season 2: Disc 4, 2005
I feel a lot like Jim. Lots
of funny things happen there, but the main reason I keep coming back to
this Office is because I'm in love with Pam.
Season 5: Disc 6, 2004
I know you need confused and emotional
characters to keep a show interesting, but when Rorie pulls her little
drama queen routine, I just want to slap her.
For Your Consideration,
Another ensemble Christopher Guest
movie. Big surprise this time though: It wasn't very good.
Check out any of his other films instead. They actually are
worth your consideration.
3: Disc 3, 2003
What can I say, I don't care how
his career is doing, Jennifer Garner makes me wish I was Ben Affleck.
Remember how good Monty Python's
Grail was? Well, here are all the left-over ideas that sat around
for a couple years. They weren't good enough to have been used to
begin with, by the time Terry Gilliam got around to putting them on film,
they were completely stale.
PICK OF THE
LITTER: Six Feet Under. This show has never failed to
captivate me and has never give me cause to complain. It's so unassuming
that I worry that it will be forgotten now that it has concluded its run,
and I don't want this review to be as substantial a headstone as it can