August's DVD Reviews,
Quick reviews from my Netflix queue and/or
This Island Earth,
More '50s sci-fi. There's
a lot here to keep you interested, but the filmmakers don't do anything
with it, so it builds up to nothing, sort of the like Cold War that informed
much of the feel of the movie.
Flags of Our
Not what I expected and therefore
surprisingly effective. That's a good war strategy, by the way.
Clint knows what he's doing.
Two thoughts: This is unbelievably
corny and yet in spite of this, I can't get over how much like I liked
most of it. Really.
Only Peter O'Toole could be charming
playing what would otherwise be the part of a creepy old man. Very
cute, and I'm not just talking about the girl.
It's hard to hate a movie that
has a point to make, but I think it's fair for me to be ambivalent about
it on the basis of it not finding interesting ways to fill its time.
If you're having trouble in that department, this would not be a good candidate
for that position.
Documentary about the real-life
Jack Black from School of Rock. You'll find you can't decide
whether you kind of like the guy or completely hate him.... kind of like
the real Jack Black.
Prince of the
This would have been almost better
than Goodfellas if Treat Williams was as good as Ray Liotta.
It's still worth a watch, but it's uncomfortable how this falls short of
being an awesome movie on account of one performance.
Buffy the Vampire
Slayer: Season 1: Disc 1, 1997
The early episodes of some tv
shows make you squirm in that they aren't really sure yet what they're
going to do with this cast they've assembled. This is one of those.
Fortunately, the show didn't take itself anywhere as near as seriously
at this point as the fans ultimately would, so I'm giving it a chance.
Romeo is Bleeding,
Gary Oldman excels at playing
fucked-up, tortured souls, but his performance is second only to Lena Olin
who excels at playing the most fucked-up dangerous women you want fuck/avoid.
Season 1: Disc 2, 2005
More of the same. And with
it coming at you so fast, you get burned out on it fairly quickly, which
is probably why the episodes are only fifteen minutes. I just don't
typically take it out of the dvd-rom after doses that short.
Not a bad thriller, although there
are a lot of mediocre contenders in this particular category, so you'll
probably just it based on how burned out you are on how many of those you've
Music and Lyrics,
Speaking of mediocrity.
This is like one of those live-action Disney movies for grown-ups.
It's cute, but I can't think of any reason to recommend it even with Drew
Barrymore in it.
Penn & Teller:
Bullsh*t!: Season 1: Disc 2, 2003
As the hosts point out in the
very first episode, the nice thing about cable is that they get to call
all these piece of shit con artist fucks exactly what we would.
The Good Shepard,
Good one, but not an easy journey
(nor a short one, btw). Although presented as fiction, there is a
significant factual basis if you history buffs are interested.
PICKS OF THE
LITTER: Quite a few, but if I had to narrow it down to anything, it
would honestly be Rocky Balboa. I can't believe I'm saying
DVD Reviews, Part II
Quick reviews from my Netflix queue and/or
24: Season 1: Discs 3&4,
I guess they just assume the show
has so much going on that I won't notice the glaring inconsistencies and
leaps of (il)logic. That's true, but mainly because I'm too busy
playing the "Jack Bauer says 'dammit' a lot" drinking game in my head.
Original Sin, 2000
I guess they figured I'd be too
distracted by Angelina Jolie naked to notice that there's nothing original
or interesting here. It isn't as bad as most say, but there's no
reason to care if you already saw pretty much everything else she's naked
Sopranos: Season 6, Part I, Disc 4,
Still have no idea why I feel
compelled to watch this show since no one else I know does. It isn't
like someone's pointing a gun at me.
Alias: Season 4, Discs 3&4
I wouldn't like this show as much
if Jen Garner wasn't this hot, but I'd still watch it just because I've
got a guy crush on Marshall.
Letters to Iwo Jima, 2006
Kind of like Titanic, you
go into this knowing it isn't going to have a happy ending, but completely
Titanic, it's actually really, really good. The fact
that I like this in spite of how much I dislike depressing historical movies
is saying a lot.
Say Uncle, 2006
It takes on a difficult subject,
but with a simplistic approach and too little material to flesh out the
Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t!: Season
1: Disc 3, 2003
This ought to manditory viewing
in schools. There'd be a lot bleeped out though, not even counting
the four-letter words.
Wages of Fear, 1953
Best movie you've never heard
of. I went in skeptical, and walked away impressed at how emotionally
involved I was.
Monk: Season 5: Disc 1, 2005
More of the same. Here's
that's a good thing.
Saving Face, 2005
Check out Ang Lee's Wedding
Banquet instead for the same movie made better only about gay men instead
of lesbians. Then again, there aren't enough movies featuring leabian
love scenes. Priorities?
Rush: R30, 2005
Canadians! Yeah, I know.
Uh, but the instrumentals go on way too long (mainly because the ones they
picked for this set weren't my favs), but they still rock.
PICKS OF THE LITTER: Tie: Wages
of Fear and Letters to Iwo Jima, but stock up on the Prozac.