: What are you watching on DVD these days?
2006-04-29, 03:37 PM
Cold Mountain - An odd and shockingly dull film - set during the American Civil war - in which a mish-mash of uninteresting stuff happens. Thank goodness for the FF button...
I really liked cold mountain. I didnt find it boring/slow at all and enjoyed it start to finish.
2006-04-29, 06:33 PM
An Unfinished Life - mostly quiet, simple, and quite predictable stuff, but good actors, acting, and story, and beautifully-shot in some "Cariboo" country of BC. Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Lopez, Becca Gardner, et al. We highly enjoyed it.
2006-05-01, 12:53 PM
Aeon Flux. Avoid if you can. Nonsense script, full of cliches, bad acting etc. Even 12 beers can't save this film.
2006-05-01, 02:32 PM
The Brothers Grimm - I usually don't mind Damon, Ledger, or Gilliam, but this movie stank. Reeked. Total waste of time. I can't think of one single thing I liked about it except for the end credits.
2006-05-01, 11:05 PM
Howl's Moving Castle. If you like animation that's good for both adults and kids, with amazing imagination and artwork, this is a great movie. Very good soundscape too.
2006-05-08, 12:58 PM
Just watched King Kong last night. On the whole, I liked it but it was way too long and it took forever to get to Skull Island and for the real action to begin.
The stampede of the Brontosaurs was really over the top I thought. How could the crew members keep up with them and not get crushed as they were running through their legs etc.?
How could a crew member not get hit when his buddy was firing bursts from his Tommy gun (which has a cyclic rate of 800 rounds per minute) at him to try and kill those huge insects that was crawling all over his body?
How could Kong sustain hundreds and hundreds of bullet wounds from the attacking bi-planes and show so little blood, if any?
To me, the scale seemed not right e.g. it is mentioned several times in the movie that Kong was 25ft. tall yet the actress appears like a tiny doll when she's sitting in his hand!
I thought the visual effects were excellent i.e. none of that herky-jerky stuff from the original Kong that used stop-action photography.
Those amazing 1933 circa New York city street scenes.
It was hard at times to realize that it wasn't a real gorilla but an actor playing Kong in a lot of the scenes.
I think I found an error i.e. when the black actor was alone in the cave firing his Thompson at something; just as he emerges walking backwards, I thought I noticed a tall man on the upper right hand part of the screen watching the action. I replayed the scene again and sure enough, there he was!
2006-05-08, 08:38 PM
but an actor playing Kong in a lot of the scenes.
You mean Gollum, or Andy Serkis.
2006-05-09, 12:02 AM
You mean Gollum, or Andy Serkis.
Yes, that's his name. I read that he went to Africa to study gorillas in their natural environment so that he could imitate their walk and facial expressions correctly.
BTW I would edit out the Brontosaurs' stampede and Anne's lame dance she did for Kong at the edge of the cliff if I was asked what should be cut to shorten the movie.
2006-05-15, 11:31 AM
X-Men - Charles Xavier and the good-guy mutants must stop Magneto and his band of rogue mutants from wreaking havoc in the name of "justice".
Bought it recently for $10 because I vaguely remembered enjoying it, watched it on the weekend, thought it was dull, selling it for $4. (It must've just been Famke Janssen and Anna Paquin that I enjoyed. ;))
This movie was just one more reminder that HD DVD simply means (to me) that a crappy movie will always be a crappy movie...it'll just look better and cost more.
2006-05-21, 01:42 AM
Corpse Bride - A semi-musical black comedy about wedding vows gone wrong. Tim Burton's latest quirky creation features an all-star cast of voices (including Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson and Christopher Lee), terrific stop-motion animation and a bizarre but entertaining story.
2006-05-21, 07:12 PM
The Towering Inferno: Special Edition
Excitement reaches new heights in this all-new Special Edition DVD release of 'The Towering Inferno'. Packed with hours of explosive extras, including audio commentaries, dozens of extended/deleted scenes, in-depth featurettes and much more, this must-own 2-disc set towers above the rest! Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden and Faye Dunaway blaze a trail of action and suspense in this 1974 Oscar®-winning (Cinematography, Editing and Best Song) escape adventure about a sky-high building dedication ceremony that turns deadly when faulty wiring ignites a raging fire below!
2006-05-21, 11:57 PM
Lord of War - Although weapons merchant Yuri Orlov (Nicholas Cage) occasionally has doubts about the morality of his lucrative chosen profession, those doubts are assuaged by the realization that he's simply providing a service for which, unfortunately, there exists a very great demand...and that he's very good at what he does.
This is an interesting film with a thought-provoking message and a decent performance by Nicholas Cage to boot! Definitely worth watching.
2006-05-27, 03:22 PM
An Unfinished Life - mostly quiet, simple, and quite predictable stuff, but good actors, acting, and story, and beautifully-shot in some "Cariboo" country of BC.
"2 thumbs up"
Both my wife and I enjoyed it....
2006-05-28, 12:36 AM
Man on the Train (L'Homme du train) - A quiet little "character" movie about the intersecting lives of a wi****l, small-town poetry teacher and a transient bank-robber. The main characters are sympathetic, and the dialogue is gentle and, occasionally, even humourous.
Not a great film, but a nice one.
2006-06-03, 08:07 PM
The God Who Wasn't There- A 2005 documentary by Brian Flemming asks
the question: Did Jesus ever exist?
My daughter rented this and left it for my wife and I to watch and we found it quite interesting and thought provoking.
I never did get around to watching Mel Gibson's Passion of Christ and from the
bits of it that were shown in this film, I never will.
It is a little scary how people can be taught to believe whatever they are told without ever verifying the info on their own.
2006-06-03, 08:12 PM
Transporter 2 - Lots of action and car chases, etc. Many of the stunts
are very James Bondish, but fun to watch. As usual in today's action films,
there are way too many guys with automatic guns that fire millions of rounds per second and hit everything in sight, except the desired target.
How many more lamps and fruitstands have to die in these films?:D
2006-06-03, 08:14 PM
Derailed - Excellent flick! I thought all of the acting was very good. It was a good role for Jennifer Aniston. Kind of got her out of her 'Friends' motif. The movie has a great twist too!
2006-06-04, 03:40 AM
“Spartacus” the audio commentary tracks, with sub titles, region 2 DVD UK.
Darn good film, a classic epic!
2006-06-04, 10:19 AM
Mrs Henderson Presents - with Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins, directed by Stephen Frears. On the dvd cover it says "two hours of relentless heart-pounding pleasure" -- couldn't agree more!! A real delight of a movie. Nudity, variety, and high society, in 1930's London. We loved it!!
2006-06-04, 12:38 PM
(Mirrormask) - Picked it up last night and watched it with my daughter. She and I both found it somewhat creepy, not for small children, but very enjoyable. The visuals on my 40A10 were outstanding. The movie is primarily CG driven in order to bring Mr. Gaiman's vision to life.
(Ghost in the Shell 2: Innncences) - It was absolutely stunning on my up-conversion Samsung DVD Player. I thought at one point a balloon was going to come out of the screen.