December's DVD Reviews,
Quick reviews from my Netflix queue and/or
This movie is beautiful in more
than just the homoerotic ways you're imagining (but there's some titties
in it too, don't worry). It's just an amazing piece of work for anyone
who appreciates art. No Greco-Roman fetish required.
Not as good as I was hoping, but
if you're a chick and/or like Harry Potter or Lion, the Witch,
and the Wardrobe, you'll dig it. There'll sequels, so you might
as well get on board now instead of playing catch-up later.
I grew up watching serial killer
hunt tv movies of the week with my federal investigator dad, so maybe there's
a soft spot in my heart for detective stories of this variety, but that
being said, this is just an awesome flick (though many will find it overly
long since they didn't trim a lot of the details).
1, Disc 3
More of the same. It's a
soap opera, I'll admit, but one where you're guaranteed nudity.
Cute. I'd say more about
it, but I'm catering here to the reading level of the target viewship.
I saw this years ago when it first
hit video (back when there weren't many videos at all, really), and I liked
it. Honestly, it does a better job of being faithful to the source
material (i.e., EC Comics) than other anthology films like The Twlight
Zone that were "updated" to the point they were unrecognizable.
The Facts of
Lucille Ball and Bob Hope contemplate
having an affair. Given how usexy and unfunny that premise and combination
are, respectively, you have less reasons for watching it than I have regrets
for having done so.
Season 3: Disc 1, 2006
I'll say it again, I loved the
BBC version so much that I wanted this one to fail. But it never
does. It's a different brand of magic here than the original, but
it casts a spell over pretty much everyone who watches it, incluing Dani
A really neat flick by Welcome
to the Dollhouse writer/director Todd Solondz. He manages to
make you alternately uncomfortable and then get you laughing. By
the end, you're experiencing seemingly incompatible emotions simultaneously.
He should patent that.
Christopher Reeve actually made
Superman IV so the studio would finance this. I don't know if it
was worth that much of a sacrifice, but this was an interesting enough
picture that I'm recommending it.
The Complete Series: Disc 1, 1977
It's just Jason of Star Command
with different characters who have even less personality.
Back when it first came out, this
really didn't look all that interesting to me, so I didn't get around to
it until recently. Even if Juliette Lewis wasn't so smokin' hot and
naked through most of this that I forgot she was a scientologist for a
minute, I would still recommend it. Not a masterpiece, but it's a
pretty solid movie.
30 Rock: Season
1: Disc 1, 2006
Personally, I'd be more into this
show if it was Amy Poehler instead of Tina Fey, which is a surprise that
I'd go for the blonde from this pair, but it really isn't bad at all.
Good writing. I'm not sure why I'm not as into is as Dani is.
Some Kind of
Okay, you caught me. I only
watched this because Mary Stuart Masterson plays the tomboy. Still,
it's enjoyable enough and I'm probably preaching to the choir anyway because
no one under 40 hasn't seen this and at least three or four movies written
by John Hughes.
This one slipped under my radar,
but it's Christopher Nolan's first film, and is a pretty good one.
I'm not telling you what it's about either, so you know that it must be
My Blue Heaven,
Yet another one that I missed
out on growing up. It just didn't look very good. It really
isn't, although Steve Martin actuall does quite a lot with a character
that's very two-dimensional as he's written. The movie does alright
through the first two acts, then falls flat when the end manages to tie
things up entirely too neatly in too short a dismount.
PICKS OF THE
LITTER: A lot to chose from here, but if we break it down by demographics,
then Following for the independent film fans, Zodiac for
the David Fincher fans (Yes, much overlap; rent both then), Strange
Days for anyone who hasn't had cable in the last decade, and 300
for the gay men (including the ones trapped in a woman's body; btw call
DVD Reviews, Part II
Quick reviews from my Netflix queue and/or
Actually, I saw this once before
and forgot it entirely. No kidding. This has almost never happened
to me before. Probably not at all coincidentally, the second movie
in this series was one of the only I was actually ready to walk out of
in the theater on.
Maybe it's because I jumped in
with Volume 5 of this series, but I didn't see any reason to care enough
to puzzle out who these characters were or why I should care (sorry, Brindle).
I guess I missed the episode(s) that delivered the essential pathos.
Season 3, Disc 1
Maybe it's because I haven't seen
the show in about a year that I'm okay with it again. Personally,
I think you can safely skip Season 2 and really have missed almost nothing,
unless you're watching it for reasons that would be unaffected if you turned
the sound down (i.e., Eva Longoria in, well, anything form-fitting).
1, Disc 4
Not as good as that other HBO
show about Italians, but there's plenty of sex and violence.
Surprisingly effective and much
more developed a story than the source material (a very short story by
In the comics, Spiderman the character
is supposed to be funny. Instead, the movie tries to be a comedy
in too many spots to take it seriously when the filmmakers want me to.
Sadly, I don't think much of what I thought was a joke was intentionally
written as such.
Yes, I'm only just getting around
to catching onto the source of the oft-parodied whip cream bikini.
Much of the movie is laughable for the over-acting and over-the-top direction,
but it seems to work because (or possibily in spite of) this. Score!
Katherine (who loaned me this)
and I agree: The critics can go fuck themselves. This is actually
a pretty decent movie, and that's saying a lot considering it had to transcend
my ambivalence toward the three principals in the cast.
Not worth the hype, but it does
actually get to the core kid in you even if robot cars weren't fixtures
of your childhood. I mean, seriously, how can you not like giant
robots fighting and destroying the city. As Darwin and Stephen Hawking
would probably put it: Burt Reynolds -> Arnold Schwarzenegger -> Optimus
Unless you have a Sean Connery
fetish (which I don't get, but okay, whatever), then the only reason to
watch this is seeing Ed Harris' performance as a completely apeshit fundamentalist.
PICKS OF THE
LITTER: I'm guessing if you were ever going to get around to watching
the Transformers flick, you probably did already (or at least have
it in your queue), so give Candyman or The Mexican a shot
depending which you have the balls for.