August's DVD Reviews,
Quick reviews from my Netflix queue and/or
I love desperate movie sequels.
Once they've exhausted the original idea in the first film or two, they
move on into the realm of the ridiculous. It's probably the silliest
thing ever written by Peter David, and that's saying a lot.
Count of Monte
A bit too soap-operaish (or telenovellaish)
by the time it's over, but this really is quite a story and not bad as
far as adaptations go.
Pirates of the
Carribean 3: At the World's End, 2007
The story and (to a lesser extent)
the direction takes risks greater than the pirates themselves. In
the opinion of most, it isn't the movie they expected this to be.
I'm of the opinion that if you make the movie everyone expects, your movie
I'm Not There,
Experimental and therefore interesting,
but not especially engrossing. There are several noteworthy performances,
however. Watch it for yourself and pick your own favorites.
Billed as a "fairytale for adults,"
this is the first fantasy film I've liked since my pre-teen years.
2007: Extras Disc
At least as bizarre and inexplicable
as the film itself. Extras include almost another film's worth of
outtakes and shorts such as behind the scenes and even (believe it or not)
a segment of Lynch cooking his favorite dish punctuated seemingly in real
time with him sitting in the living room telling stories with added sound
Cartoon adaptation of the "Death
of Superman" storyline... for which it really doesn't do truth or justice,
but that's the American way. More noteworthy than the "movie" is
the lengthy extra featuring all the creators involved in comics during
that time explaining the process and fallout of one of the most talked-about
storylines in the series.
His name isn't Earl, but it's
easy to see the genesis of that series here. It's at least as funny
as that series and more so for being first.
PICKS OF THE
LITTER: Some movies have something magical about them that transcends
their parts, and Stardust is one of those, but Raising Arizona
is a classic of its own.
DVD Reviews, Part II
I quit Nexflix for the time being while I work
my way through the backlog of dvds borrowed from friends. I didn't
even have time for any from the library lately. These are courtesy
of Kat and AleC.
The influence of all the robotic
ass-kicking movies that preceded it (e.g., Robocop, Terminator, etc.) is
abundantly evident, but it still works somehow... largely because or in
spite of the cheesey jokes and over-the-top acting/dialog, etc.
Possibly the last '80s movie,
one that happened to have been made halfway into the next decade.
It reminds me of forgotten comedies re-run in the middle of the night on
TBS, only you don't need to be an insomniac to partake in the thoroughly
unoriginal and unconvincing premise or humor.
It takes quite a few episodes
before the series moves past the one-joke premise of an alien hiding in
plain sight, but then they find their stride. In the meantime, the
animation and art direction is very original and always interesting.
I've never been a Family Guy
fan precisely because the references to other movies are a distraction
from their story. Here it works because this is obviously what they'd
rather be doing than making their own show.
The Craft, 1996
Even though there's nothing much
original here, it's very effective at telling the story... until it runs
out of material somewhere into the third act. Then it becomes just
a remake of the climax to the 1978 made-for-tv version of Dr. Strange
that's only good for laughs. In other words: no craft.
Along Came a Spider, 2000
Thrillers are caught in a Catch
22. You have to make things complicated in order to keep the audience
guessing. And yet, at some point, that complexity delves into the
preposterous. This is one of the latter cases.
Surprisingly held my attention
all the way through... and then kept surprising me when I figured I had
it all figured out.
PICKS OF THE
LITTER: The fact that I liked
Frailty in spite of the fact Matthew
McConaughey was in it ought to speak volumes as a recommendation.