: What are you watching on DVD these days?
2006-12-26, 12:47 AM
Miracle on 34th Street - This 1947 "Christmas classic" was nice, but not quite as enjoyable as the 1994 remake, or as timeless as "It's A Wonderful Life".
The Devil Wears Prada - An even fluffier puff piece than expected. It was, at best, mildly entertaining and inoffensive.
Kinky Boots - The heir to a small-town shoe factory partners up with a London drag queen to create fetish footwear. A charming comedy of the type the British do so well.
The Da Vinci Code - The movie based on Dan Brown's best-selling pop fiction novel regarding the secret bloodline of Christ. The book was better.
2006-12-26, 10:40 PM
Munich - "Iinspired by" a book based on the events surrounding the Israeli retaliation against members of "Black September", the terrorist organization which carried out assassinations of Israeli athletes in Munich in 1972.
It was an interesting, well-paced drama which deftly addressed the moral ambiguity of the actions and reactions that exist within, result from and drive conflict. Well worth watching.
2006-12-27, 10:31 AM
Dreamland - In a small, dusty trailer park somewhere in the desert of New Mexico, each of an enclave of damaged characters (including the "I'm a Mac" guy) looks for independance in their own way. I'm a big fan of character-driven movies set in isolated communities, and this one certainly has some nice performances, but the script is just a little too precious, a little too verbose and mellow to be a total success. A promising debut for a first-time director, Jason Matzner.
2006-12-29, 10:20 PM
Bon Cop, Bad Cop - A drama-comedy that attempts to play off Canadian cultural and linguistic differences for its "tension" and "laughs".
I had heard good things about this movie, but my wife had not. As it turns out, and contrary to the positive reviews, c'était vraiment un piece of cr@p.
2006-12-31, 11:10 PM
The Matador - A chance encounter between an assassin (Pierce Brosnan) and a businessman (Greg Kinnear) leads to hilarity.
Yeah, right. Kinnear's character - a Walt Disney-style buffoon - is so gratingly idiotic that Brosnan - who does a great job of making his character affably obnoxious and fairly interesting - is barely able to salvage the movie
2007-01-02, 04:39 PM
Watched a bunch of movies over the last couple of days:
Transamerica: A really excellent movie. Felicity Huffman's performance was remarkable given she was a woman playing a man trying to become a woman. This must have been an extremely difficult role to play but she managed to pull it off and then some. A few laughs, a few tears, highly recommended.
The Descent: The wife and I are horror fans and this one didn't disappointment. The basic premise is 6 female weekend adventurers end up in an unexplored cave system where human-like creatures have evolved into vicious cave-dwelling beasts who don't like visitors. The movie was really well done. I'm not scared easily but the first time the creature appears on camera I jumped like a girl. Great stuff.
X-Men: The Last Stand: Given the caliber of the first two X-Men movies we had high expectations and were a bit disappointed with the way the story developed. One can only hope that Mystique gets her mutant powers back somehow. I thought this movie could have been much better especially the last half an hour.
Lucky Number Slevin: A couple of my friends had recommended this movie and I'd have to agree that it was worth watching. A tad confusing at times but it all made sense in the end. Josh Hartnett was great, Bruce Willis was, well Bruce Willis.
2007-01-02, 05:00 PM
Since New Years Eve celebrations were more or less rained out for my wife and I and our friends as we had planned to go to Nathan Philips Square (torrential downpour in Toronto) we spent the night and day indoors and watched movies.
Little Miss Sunshine - Great Movie. For those used to seeing Steve Carrell in "guy" movies, his acting here is subtle and quiet and perfect. Alan Arkin is hilarious as a caring grandfather, and the little girl turns in a priceless performance and makes you pull for her and her dysfunctional family all the more.
Jet Li's Fearless - Don't bother. There have been better Jet Li martial arts movies, with better wushu (kung fu) and with more cohesive stories. If this was truly Jet Li's "last" motion picture, it's a shame because it sucked.
Jackass - Number 2 - Ah, a truly cerebral masterpiece, right up there with Citizen Kane.
Well, of course I'm just kidding, but apart from the sequences where I was thoroughly grossed out, there were the sequences where I couldn't breath from laughing so hard.
Munich - One of Spielberg's better films, but not quite up there with Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan, but an excellent film nonetheless. And a hell of a lot better than Crash and Brokeback Mountain which, unfairly, got all the press for the Academy Awards last year.
The Devil Wears Prada - Yeah, I had to watch this one as payback for making my wife watch Jackass 2 with me. You could pretty much predict the entire story before you even watch it. To draw an analogy, it is the equivalent of all the sports underdog movies that guys like so much, but for girls.
Meryl Streep is great in this movie, however.
2007-01-02, 09:44 PM
I had heard an interview with Henry Hill on the Howard Stern show and realized that I had never seen Goodfellas so I just watched it.... wow!
I had never seen Goodfellas so I just watched it...wow!
Better late than never. You would probably like "Casino" and "Once Upon a Time in America" if you haven't seen them.
2007-01-05, 09:56 PM
Transamerica - Felicity Huffman stars as a pre-operative transsexual who, upon discovering that she has an inadvertently-fathered son, flies out to New York to pick him up. On the drive back to L.A., the two learn a lot about each other and about themselves.
Well, not exactly. Aside from a couple of poignant scenes and about ten minutes of earnest emotion, the movie plays like a quasi-comedy, with oddball characters and a number of predictably goofy situations.
My wife and I were expecting / hoping for a somewhat serious film, so this turned out to be quite a disappointment.
2007-01-07, 01:22 AM
United 93 - In a thankfully understated yet utterly compelling manner, this movie weaves together both the factual and the necessarily fictionalized events of September 11, 2001 from the points of view of the air traffic controllers, the FAA, the military and, most dramatically, the passengers aboard downed flight 93.
My wife and I were quite impressed by this film, which far exceeded our expectations. It's definitely worth viewing.
2007-01-07, 10:17 AM
Last night we watched the Imax version of 'Apollo 13' from the two disc Anniversary edition.
Hands down the the best PQ of any DVD I've seen. My new reference disc.
A wonderful story too !
2007-01-07, 11:21 AM
and it looks even better in HD DVD.
2007-01-07, 12:19 PM
Invinicible - pretty good, light family film... feel good movie /pc
2007-01-07, 02:13 PM
yesterday i watch nacho libre.
for some reason i found it somewhat funny!
2007-01-08, 02:46 PM
The Unrated version of The Descent. Damn decent little horror film. The new ending - eh.
2007-01-08, 03:26 PM
Watched this the other day.
Best sounding and looking DVD in my collection.:)
Definately an audio reference DVD for me.
2007-01-08, 08:11 PM
"Bad things happen to good people – unfortunate, yes, but an inescapable fact of life. Events occur, fate intervenes and upstanding individuals are often left with shattered, strewn-about lives, left to pick up the pieces and wonder why them. A finely wrought piece of sweaty Southern Gothic, British documentarian James Marsh's feature debut The King takes this axiom and runs with it, building a potent little character study about a man whose past returns with a vengeance."
Ouch!! it worked for us!! We enjoyed this film, and especially after our viewing "thoughts and discussions" about what we had just witnessed!!
Much better than I thought it would be. It has some humour and some chick flick characteristics.
Black Hawk Down
2007-01-10, 06:05 PM
The video and audio are top notch quality.The movie is ok.Lots of action once the snakes get out.