April's DVD Reviews 

Doctor Who: Season 2 - Yes, I liked Christopher Eccleston last season, but they finally got the right Doctor this time 'round.  It's still campy as fuck, but there's the blend of energy and humor without punchlines to maintain the suspension of disbelief even when it's unbelievably silly at times.

Christmas on Mars, 2008 - A backyard (literally) movie put together by members of The Flaming Lips who are creative, sure, but this isn't exactly entertaining.  Not much substance here, just the awkwardness of first-time movie makers trying to stretch too little footage into something resembling a story.

Lost: Season 4 - Again, a bit over the top in spots, but I like this season.  It has gotten increasingly experimental without delving into abstraction or doing anything transparently manipulative, and yet I still can't wait to find out what happens next.

Entourage: Season 4 - I think this HBO show about shallow people in an image-minded city suffers from the same core problem as Sex and the City, that other HBO show about shallow people in an image-minded city: The 30 minute format that leaves little room for development at the periphery of the season's story arc, especially while trying to cover multiple aspects of characters of an ensemble cast.  Like that last sentence, it's just too much.

The Goonies, 1985 - At the time it was released, this was criticized as something of a Little Rascals rip-off, but you know what?  The cineplex has been missing Little Rascals-styled adventures like this for somewhere approaching a century now.  Why has no one gotten it right before or again since The Goonies in the interim?

The Rocker, 2008 - Cute but uninspired.  Skip it.

PICKS OF THE LITTER: Lost continues to kick ass, which isn't surprising considering this is by the guy who actually made Trek cool.  And you know how I love exploring, I'm sure, so you get the attraction to The Goonies, but adventure, solving mysteries, searching for buried treasure?  Those are universal concepts we lock into in stories like this one.  I think this is an under-appreciated classic.

Copyright 2009 Ale[x]plorer.
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