September's DVD Reviews,
Quick reviews from my Netflix queue and/or
Starts off good, then crashes
and burns a couple hours out of your life that you'll never get back.
It's a slick but completely pointless film and thoroughly senseless waste
of time on the part of everyone involved. Seriously.
You think Costner deliberately
picked a genial serial killer character to give his baseless critics pause
before opening their yaps? If so, he had a good plan and a good script
that doesn't suffer from clichés or even the inexplicable presence
of Dane Cook.
Blades of Glory,
You can't miss when you cast the
three hottttttest ladies in comedy: Amy Poehler, Jenna Fischer, and Jon
Walk Hard: The
Dewey Cox Story, 2007
Tries but misses. Repeatedly.
I enjoyed seeing Jenna Fischer again though. It had been too long.
Not all it's knocked up to be.
I mean, it's not all that funny, but it does have its moments when questioning
the nature of family. Who would have thought they'd get more points
for existentialism than comedy?
Flight of the
Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane, 2007
Ostensibly a serious horror rip-off
of three films (see title for clues about the size of a 747), it's actually
the comedy Sam Jackson should have made instead of that motha fuckin' snakes
Castle of Freaks, 1975
Horror, again. No, again,
not in the way it was intended. Dr. Frankenstein works on a caveman.
No, bear with me. And there's another caveman living (appropriately
enough) in a cave beneath the castle. Where he's friends with the
dwarf. And there's a hot tub and the girls get naked. In spite
of all of this, I was bored stupider than the script.
PICK OF THE
LITTER: I want to hate Will Ferrell. I really do, but I can't.
The thing is Blades of Glory is just plain good and silly fun in
all the ways it's intended. There's none of this "new comedy" awkward
timing or one-liners. It's something straight out of the late-'70s/early-'80s
era of classics.