November's DVD Reviews, Part I
Quick reviews from my Netflix queue and/or the library.

Rome, Season 1, Disc 1, 2006
It seems inevitable that Showtime would find a period in history to adapt that was most like itself.  They don't do a great job, but you're going to watch it for the gratuitous nudity anyway, aren't you?  No need to crucify yourself over it.

Alias, Season 4, Discs 5&6
They should make a drinking game out of the deus ex machinae in this season, but that doesn't make it any less entertaining.  I mean, if you buy Jen Garner as a multi-linguial superspy, your disbelief is beyond suspended; it's incarcerated without the possibility of parole.

Breach, 2007
Speaking of spies.  For as small a movie as this is, it's surprisingly entertaining, and Chris Cooper is better here than in almost anything I've seen him in, which makes sense since he had to fool the CIA for years.

Mission: Impossible III, 2006
Finishing out the spy trifecta, we have a case of the worst actor in history posing as someone in a profession built around acting.  Yes, it's yet another movie in an entire series you can just go ahead and skip the fuck out of.

Starcrash, 1979
The blueprint for how to take every element George Lucas used to make Star Wars, and turn it into one of the worst movies ever made.  No, that's exactly why you should see it!

Candid Camera: 5 Decades of Smiles: Disc 1, 1949
I am perhaps biased because I love watching pranks, but no other show makes me laugh so hard or as often as this one.  Candidly.

Marjoe, 1972
Documentary about a corrupt preacher (is there any other kind?) bilking the faithful idiots (sorry, another redundancy) and then explaining behind the scenes precisely how he does it while he literally counts up the cash.

Star Wars: Clone Wars: Vol. 2, 2004
Entirely too short, but it's a good fix of Sttar Wars by filling in some of the events leading up to Revenge of the Sith.  Not great, but better than good if you're a Star Wars geek (Guilty!).

PICKS OF THE LITTER: I'm going to recommend Candid Camera because everyone's an amateur social psychologist, and this is a video textbook on how to perform a scientific study of humanity.

November's DVD Reviews, Part II
Quick reviews from my Netflix queue and/or the library.

Rome, Season 1, Disc 2
 More of the same.  Try the first disc and see if that's a good thing for you or not.  Me?  Still ambivalent.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, 2006
I'm a reluctant Will Ferrell fan.  It doesn't help that this is actually pretty fucking funny.  Nor that Amy Adams is in it and she's hot and pretty fucking funny as well.

Entourage, Season 3, Part I, Disc 3
The show's kind of losing steam for me.  I mean, I still want to hang out with the guys, but I'm okay if I don't see them for a while in between, you know?

Wired for Sound: A Guitar Odyssey, 2000
Propaganda for Gibson Guitars posing as a documentary about electric guitars.  Or maybe it just somehow escaped the filmmakers that even if they flirted with Gibsons early on, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, George Harrison, Eric Johnson, Bonnie Raitt, Richie Sambora, and Stevie Ray Vaughn spent the remainder of their careers playing Strats.

The Arrangement, 1969
Mediocre early attempt to make American Beauty that's really only notable for featuring a fair amount Faye Dunaway's naked flesh.

Mallrats: 10th Anniversary Edition, 1995/2005
If this was nothing but dialog, then you'd have a decent movie.  Ironically, it's the action that brings this picture down so much so that it's hard to like it through all the overacting and cartoonish reaction shots.

Candid Camera: 5 Decades of Smiles: Disc 2
Okay, this is a different kind of prank.  This disc?  The 30 minute first episode of the show.  That's it.  No extras unless there's some sort of auto-loading spyware that films your reaction via your webcam and sends it back to the studio for them to laugh at when you discover you wasted a spot in your Netflix queue on a disc that is only interesting for historical reasons, not terrible funny, and (did I mention this already?) ONLY 30 MINUTES LONG!

Inland Empire, 2006
David Lynch movies are weird.  This is weird even for a David Lynch movie.  It's almost amateur time with a first-time director using a DV camera.  Because that's what he's doing now and eschewing film altogether (supposedly forever).  I can't exactly recommend it, but at the same time, it's too different from most else for anyone looking for something different to pass on.  Oh, and even Lynch admits it really doesn't make any sense, so don't get yourself all Mulholland Dr. this time around.

The Sarah Silverman Program: Season 1, 2007
Holy fuck, this chick loves to talk about poop!  I thought I married the only girl this obsessed with excrement.  WTF?

PICKS OF THE LITTER: I still hate to admit it, but Talladega Nights was pretty fucking funny, ya'll. Sarah Silverman too, though it's a bit too much of the same after a few episodes (so far).

Copyright 2007 Ale[x]plorer.
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