December's DVD Reviews 
Yeah, didn't watch much this go round on account of traveling and other projects.



Part I

30 Rock: Season 2, Disc 1
Consistently funny.  Not like, "Oh, that was clever."  No, this is LOL shit where I actually laugh out loud instead of sit there and type it like people do when they write sitcoms I wouldn't watch.

Sleepers, 1996
Meh.  Everybody stars in a mediocre thriller that effectively places Kevin Bacon at the center of the acting universe.  Then it turns into the weakest courtroom drama you've ever seen with an even weaker conclusion.  "Sleepers" = "viewers."

This American Life: Season 2, Disc 1
Getting better at what they always did (and still do) great on the radio.  The season opener is one of the most moving pieces of tv I've ever seen.  Seriously.

Next, 2007
Ugh.  I don't know why I hate Nick Cage, but maybe it's got something to do with the fact he makes movies that make me go, "That couldn't been a lot better."  This is one of those.

Street Fighter, 1994
Really bad, but unlike everyone involved with every movie Nick Cage has been in this decade, it knows it.  And then it says, "Fuck it.  People are going to laugh at this anyway; let's make it a comedy!"  And they do.  Really!

Robinson Crusoe on Mars, 1964
Ummm... I guess it isn't the worst movie you'll ever see.  The first half is basically Castaway with a monkey in a spacesuit instead of a volleyball, so I can only imagine what the MST3K guy and robots could've done with this.  Instead I kept wondering why I wasn't doing something else instead.

PICKS OF THE LITTER: With the possible exception of The Office, I'm going to say 30 Rock is the best tv you aren't watching (because it goes without saying that you must be watching Battlestar Fracking Galactica by now).  And Street Fighter?  An unrecognized comedy classic.


Part II
Sunshine, 2007
Combine 2001, 2010, Event Horizon, Alien, Core, and Solaris, and some overly experimental cinematography, and you'd think this would be just some hack job, but it's much more than the sum of its parts.

Zombie Honeymoon, 2005
Another unintentional comedy in a long line of zombie movies that elicit unintended laughs.  Unfortunately the laughs are attenuated by the sympathy you feel for filmmakers struggling with a negligible budget, and you're better off renting Shaun of the Dead in any case, even if you aren't a fan of zombie movies.

10,000 BC, 2008
Some great visuals dress up this really, really dumb story that will leave anyone with the faintest sense of history saying, "Huh?  Awww, that's bullshit."

Invader Zim: Discs 5&6
Great series right up until the shark-jumping xmas/last episode.  WTF?  Stop before you get to that one and you'll end on a high note even though there's no resolution plot-wise.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 2007
It's just okay.

3:10 to Yuma, 2007
Wasn't bad until the last 30 minutes (i.e., 2:40 Yuma time) whereupon I totally stopped buying one character's motivation and therefore everything that was happening onscreen right through to the credits.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, 2007
It's an unexpectedly good character study on an unlikely and unlikeable character.

The Simpsons Movie, 2008
I enjoy the show, but I don't hold it in any great esteem.  The movie is just an extension of that, and I don't see how anyone can go on about it, honestly.

PICKS OF THE LITTER:The Assassination of Jesse James seems to go on a bit too long until you get who the film is really about, then you appreciate the journey you've been part of, but Sunshine was just plain out there.  I mean, I don't know why, but it stuck with me and kept me thinking.


Copyright 2008 Ale[x]plorer.
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