June's DVD Reviews, Part
Quick reviews from my Netflix queue and/or
Rawks! Saw it at the theater
even. With the possible exception of Batman Begins, this is
the first superhero flick that achieved proper suspension of disbelief
by actually devoting the appropriate amount of time to the awkward beginnings
of an emerging superhero character. Bonus: Unlike the two-dimensional
version in the comic books (<--pun?), this Tony Stark actually has the
personality we're all hoping to see from Heath Ledger's Joker when the
movie season next crests.
Sex and the
Nah, I'm fucking with ya.
Maybe I'll rent it when it's free from the library, but in the meantime,
I'll stick to watching comedies that are actually funny and not filled
with neurotic, aging women who I wouldn't even want to see naked at this
point. For example...
It never seemed to find the audience
it deserved, but it is honestly this generation's Porky's.
5, Discs 3&4
A somewhat abrupt and anti-climactic
finish to an otherwise consistently good (if consistently over-the-top)
series. Unlike 99% of the tv-to-movie spin-offs currently in production,
I would welcome this one if they ever went that route.
4, Discs 3&4
Out of desperation, the writers
are alternately going two very different paths: really bad or somewhat
experimental. My advice: I don't care if it isn't AMA approved, only
one of these two choices isn't really bad.
Guns N' Roses: Appetite for Destruction, 1991
Wow. Total crap. Lots
of discussion by complete outsiders about a band they've likely never even
met. No discussion about the music, just armchair psychoanalysis
of Axl that we all finished with sometime around when they made this.
Even the title is a lie (no pun on my part on the 2nd album) since they
devote almost as much time to the entire back catalog as the first album.
Disc 2, 1993
I've heard G'n'R described as
the band with the most squandered talent. Well, this is something
different, a project with lots of potential squandered by an almost complete
lack of talent on the part of everyone involved.
A depressing hour-long sort-of
documentary/sort-of comedy concert (at a small venue) that is largely improvised,
and it just plain doesn't work. Seriously, this looks like a series
of outtakes with only occasional flashes of inspiration, mainly from Zach
playing his fictional twin brother in portions of the mockumentary.
The rest of the time the audience squirms through an uncomfortable series
of experiments that don't warrant the presence of a camera crew... or that
poor audience for that matter. There are a lot of bad comics I wish
were dead, but watching one of the ones I usually root for die on-stage
for this long in one viewing is not my idea of a good time.
Woman in the
In general, I like watching the
movie and then the deleted scenes separately. After all, there's
usually a reason why they're deleted. Here, with all of them restored
from their rightful place on the cutting room floor, it feels like the
in-flight movie on a trip to the moon and back in a film that really wasn't
that great to begin with.
Good, but depressing Best Foreign
Film nomination. I don't even want to revisit it with this description.
Here's all you need to know: Africa and AIDS. Yep.
Buffy the Vampire
Slayer: Season 2: Disc 3, 1997
I'm hanging in here because there's
a legion of Buffy die-hards who swear this show gets better eventually.
If they're lying, I'm getting a wooden stake.
Season 7: Disc 3, 2006
I see where they're going here.
Very slowly, but I get it no matter how fast they talk about everything
else to distract me.
PICKS OF THE
LITTER: Iron Man is quite honestly the blueprint for any decent
superhero movie that follows from here on out, while Superbad is
quite the opposite of what its title suggests to anyone who doesn't speak
jive. Also, you should be watching Battlestar Fracking Galactica
even when I haven't had time to watch any in the last couple weeks.
Reviews, Part II
Quick reviews from my Netflix queue and/or
III: Extinction, 2007
The zombies move pretty fast,
and Mila's hot (as always), but it goes nowhere in a hurry, sadly.
The Number 23,
It takes some really fun numerology
tricks that make you question the structure of the universe and turns them
into a small story that in the end leave you questioning why you bothered
watching this when the last time Joel Schumacher and Jim Carrey teamed
up, it was a Batman flick.
Orange: Special Edition
I just watched the extras.
Not a lot new when something like this is packaged posthumously with respect
to Kubrick, but there's some interesting stuff on Malcolm McDowell and
his career that honestly has little to do with the movie.
The Farrelly Brothers actually
do a grerat job of updating the hell out of this one, even if in spots
it's a bit too reminiscent of Something About Mary including the
casting of the one guy less likable than original lead Charles Grodin:
Lacks the personality of the I
flicks, but the action sequences are pretty damned good and comprise about
80% of the movie. Not a bad ratio since that's the only reason to
Cult low budget sci-fi classic.
It's got it all including the budget saving plot device: time-travel back
to LA of the present plus a synth soundtrack and Helen Hunt back when she
was making movies.
Season 1, Discs 3&4
Really great show, honestly.
This one continues to impress me by slowly morphing from a live-action
cartoon into a fast-paced comedy with surprising depth.
Poorly-made documentary about
zoophilia's lowest hour: a much-publicized incident in which a guy dies
after sex with a horse ruptures his colon. The film doesn't explain
much more than a typical news report or Wikipedia article, so consult the
latter instead if you care.
Season 7: Disc 4, 2006
Well, I like it.
The girls wear lots of jeans this season, so obviously my letter-writing
Season 2: Disc 1, 2005
Better special effects than the
original series(es), but otherwise it's still the same show, even with
a new Doctor this season.
Famous as an early lesbian-friendly
picture, you'll enjoy it if you're a straight guy too, even if you aren't
much on women's sports. The (paradoxically) understated sensationalism
aside, it does a good job of looking at the complexities of the characters'
relationships both romantic and professional.
Zeta One, 1969
Sexploitation sci-fi spy comedy.
I really can't make up a description that good nor a movie this unentertaining.
I kept glancing to the lower right corner of the screen for two robots
and a smart-alec guy to provide the appropriate commentary, but there was
nothing to elevate this above the cheese it's always been.
Takes a while to get started and
the acting is somewhat amateurish in spots, but then it gradually reveals
itself to be honestly the most original and intentionally humorous attempt
on film to look at the complexities of gender and sexuality. I'm
not jerking you off here.
PICKS OF THE LITTER:Zerophilia
doesn't go too deep, but it gets you thinking about the structure of society
and the dynamics between the genders, which is much more than you typically
expect from something that presents itself as nothing more than a teen
sex comedy. Trancers is pure fluff, but so's popcorn, and
you'll enjoy pairing these two. Same with The Heartbreak Kid.
Finally, Ugly Betty deserves attention other than what she gets
with her looks.