July's DVD Reviews, Part
Quick reviews from my Netflix queue and/or
Season 2, Disc 4
It's like a dramatic Rubik's cube.
Just shuffle the pieces around until you get some lined up... only you've
mixed up the other parts in the process. Repeat until cancellation.
Cheese. But I liked it.
Extra Special Series Finale
Okay, the show never achieved
the heights of Gervais' original version of The Office, but as finales
go, this one comes close to the finale of The Office, and that's
a pretty high mark.
Season 3: Disc 5, 2006
...should just be called Battlestar
Fracking Awesome. If you aren't watching this show, you must
be a Cylon. Get him!
A charming little disaster of
an independent musical sci-fi sex comedy adaptation of a fairy tale.
It really isn't very funny in any of the ways it's intended. And
it isn't especially sexy by today's standards. But if the MST3K commentary
running in your head doesn't keep you laughing, you need new robots.
The Food of
the Gods, 1976
With the exception of a few of
the actors who genuinely try to sell this ridiculous premise, it's really,
really bad. And for precisely those reasons it's really, really funny.
Season 2: Disc 1, 1998
I'm sorry, but I just can't get
into this show. It's so 1998.
of Young Indiana Jones: Vol. 1: Disc 2, 1992
Again, sorry. It isn't that
bad, but it isn't that good if you're over, say, twelve years old.
It's perfect for anyone younger than that though.
49 Up, 2005
Seventh and latest installment
of Michael Apted's on-going "Up" series of revisiting (no longer) children
he first interviewed at age 7 and every 7 years since. If their reflections
on their lives don't make you question yours, you've flatlined.
6: Disc 1, 2007
People with OCD like things "just
so," and they prefer it not change. Hence this show is perfect for
them. If you liked the first episode, you'll be with the series until
your anxiety attack when it has concluded.
Season 7: Disc 5, 2006
Winding down to the end of the
last season. It's like Apted's series in slow motion only they talk
PICKS OF THE LITTER:Battlestar
Galactica, of course. Also, I didn't expect it, but the Extras
Series Finale was really something special. And seriously,
will have you asking better questions of yourself than whatever therapist
you've been going to.
Reviews, Part II
Yeah, didn't watch much this go round on account
of traveling and other projects.
The Dark Knight,
Pretty good, but I thought Heath
Ledger was supposed to be in it. I didn't see a trace of him.
Honestly, it isn't bad, but it's
a waste of David Cronnenberg's talent to be directing conventional stories
like this (no matter how good the cast is, how much backing the producers
are giving them, etc.).
Kind of like totally, completely
awesome. It's a movie that lies outside the basic run of the show,
but it definitely relies on the series' continuity (Hint: watch it between
seasons 3 and 4). An original story framed by lots of good backstory
that accentuates several aspects of the series, all done in a very original
way. Seriously, the show kicks ass, and this is a sucker punch.
In other words, prepare to be floored (especially fans of the original
series; a few surprises in there just for you).
I'll watch anything with Laura
Linney in it, even little character-driven independent movies like this.
It isn't a great film, but it has its moments.
Dr. Who spin-off. Not bad,
but it takes about half a season to find its footing (e.g., what the characters
are good for, how to milk the premise once the novelty dims, etc.), but
it's campy enough to be fun. There's much variety in the types of
stories besides, so it keeps itself fresh. BTW, beware of the spoilers
scattered among the extras. WTF, producers? Put those on a
later disc, duh! Not everyone's a time-traveler.
Buffy the Vampire
Slayer: Season 2: Disc 4, 1997
You're got tobe a freakin' immortal
to have the patience to put up with the glacial pace of the character developments.
and the Curse of the Dragon Queen, 1981
Nearly-forgotten attempted reboot
of the Charlie Chan series as a slapstick comedy. As with so many
movies of this kind, it's funny primarily for reasons other than intended
such as the casting of Peter Ustinov as the titular lead... with Richard
Hatch (aka Apollo from the original BSG) as his half-Chinese grandson.
PICKS OF THE
LITTER: Hailed by users of the IMDb as the greatest movie of
all time, The Dark Knight is probably the greatest movie of all
time. There I said it. On the other hand, if you aren't going
to venture out to the theater to see it, you can guess what I'm going to
recommend you sit home and wait for Netflix to send you, right? Yep,
Galactica: Razor. Honestly, if you're going to complain because
a series is this consistently good, just stick with the crap reality tv
you'd probably prefer instead.