December's DVD Reviews
Yeah, didn't watch much this go round on account
of traveling and other projects.
30 Rock: Season
2, Disc 1
Consistently funny. Not
like, "Oh, that was clever." No, this is LOL shit where I actually
out loud instead of sit there and type it like people do when they
write sitcoms I wouldn't watch.
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."
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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."
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
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 2007
It's just okay.
3:10 to Yuma,
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.
of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, 2007
It's an unexpectedly good character
study on an unlikely and unlikeable character.
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