: What are you watching on DVD these days?
2008-01-08, 11:33 PM
Watched "Fracture" last night starring Anthony Hopkins. It wasn't a bad movie although I did spot a couple of glaring errors.
e.g. (1) one of the detectives picks up the suspected murder weapon and jacks back the slide ejecting a shell then deposits the gun into a plastic evidence baggy with his bare hands!
(2) the victim was shot with a Glock .45 at close range yet the bullet remained inside her skull. This is a very rare event for such a powerful weapon but is not uncommon with less potent calibres such as a .22, .25, or even a .32.
2008-01-09, 10:20 AM
OZ Season 1 and 2.
Finished 1 last night. I used to watch this in the late ninteys on Showcase.
What an amazing show.
Better than both 24 and Lost (My current 2 fav. shows on TV)
2008-01-09, 07:32 PM
I just watched 2 seasons of DEXTER. What a great storyline!!!! If you love Psychos and Vigilante this is the tops!
2008-01-10, 09:50 PM
Just watched part of the 2nd season of Two and a Half Men. Great show, but the quality on DVD done poorly IMO. The video seems grainy likes its been compressed too much and the audio isn't Dolby. I get better quality from my Bell HD.
2008-01-13, 12:56 AM
Eagle vs. Shark - Lilly is infatuated with Jarrod, but before he can return her affections, he must first go on an adventure to avenge the bullying he suffered when he was a kid. A quirky geek-romance from New Zealand with the funkiest soundtrack since Juno.
2008-01-13, 02:50 PM
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0238924/) - A group of Catholic school friends, after being caught drawing an obscene comic book, plan a heist that will outdo their previous prank and make them local legends.
2008-01-13, 03:38 PM
The Lives of Others: Absolutely fantastic movie. It's been viewed and reviewed by other forum members previously, but I wanted to add to the chorus.
2008-01-15, 01:53 AM
Deep Water - This documentary chronicles the remarkable and sad journey of Donald Crowhurst, an unlikely contender with outsized ambitions in the Golden Globe, the first solo around-the-world sailing race, in 1968, before there was GPS and satellite phones. To say much more would spoil the many twists and turns this tale takes; the story is told with a combination of grainy archival footage and newly-filmed interviews with some of the real-life characters. Compelling, enthralling and heartbreaking. The dvd also features an excellent array of extras including filmed biographies of all the racers, a photo tour of Crowhurst's cabin.
2008-01-15, 09:02 AM
Chaplin (1992) - written and directed by Richard Attenborough, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Chaplin, and a large and extraordinary cast. A semi-biographical look at the life and times of this man, and stunning depiction of a bygone era when Hollywood was at its most glamorous.
First look at this one, and we really enjoyed it. Well-written and directed, and great performance by Downey.
2008-01-18, 09:54 AM
Eastern Promises -
Good but not great movie. I love N Watts and Vincent Cassel was great as always. Was a bit slow in the middle, great ending though.
3:10 to Yuma tonight.
2008-01-20, 12:14 PM
Sicko: A good, but flawed Michael Moore documentary about the American healthcare system (or lack thereof).
Ratatouille: My wife and I can't believe we waited so long to watch this one. Great movie from a story perspective, and it really shows how far ahead Pixar is with their digital animation compared to other studios. From the rendering and texturing to just about every other aspect of the technical AND emotional merits of this movie, this one is great.
The Host: A Korean monster movie that I remembered seeing the trailer to on HDNet's "Nothing But Trailers". The trailer sold it as a comedy, but after watching the movie it is definitely not a comedy, although there were some comical bits. And due to a subtext of the movie the only part I truly enjoyed was the film's acknowledgement of South Korea's less-than-democratic past and history of civilian protest and resistance, and how yesterday's protesters have sold-out in order to share in South Korea's economic prosperity. This is a movie I would not recommend.
2008-01-21, 01:13 PM
The hype over "Cloverfield" made me seek out another "Monster" movie and contrary to "Cyclism's" opinion, I LOVED THIS FLICK !
Not to spoil much, but it's essentially a Korean Godzilla like flick but with a lot more human/family drama then any other similar horror flick out there. I loved the directoral style and cinematography of the action set pieces..they were truly unique and provided genuine scares.
The agility of the monster was unique but the look of it was a bit underwhelming.
The family story was interesting and the social/political underpinning commentary was great too.
I love these foreign horror films as Hollywood has long ago forgotten how to do them right !
Highly recommend it if you're a fan of the genre..if you're not into monster movies/horror..it may not be your bag..
2008-01-21, 05:33 PM
A bunch, so here's a quicky update:
Hot Fuzz - Funny and action packed. B+
The Island - Needed a Speilberg/Minority Report touch. B-
Crank - Auful. D
The Departed - Excellent movie. A
Still Crazy - Aging rockers make great movies. B+
Kung Fu Hustle - Probably the most enjoyable Chinese movie I've 'read'. B-
2008-01-24, 02:24 AM
7 Dias - A small-time concert promoter hopes to pay off a big gambling debt by bringing U2 to Monterrey, Mexico. But a competitor and a bunch of thugs looking to collect on the debt have other ideas. A promising concept that suffers from a lack of energy, tight direction, and a sense of humor. The promoter's girlfriend is a babe, though.
2008-01-24, 10:39 PM
What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?[This movie] combines documentary interviews and a fictional narrative to posit a connection between science and spirituality. Computer-animated graphics are featured heavily in the film. The film intersperses interviews about quantum physics and spirituality with the fictional story of a deaf photographer as she struggles with her life. The film employs a panel of interviewees who speculate about the impact of human consciousness on physics and chemistry. Many are affiliated with New Age organizations, and some hold academic degrees.
This isn't as much a movie as it is a really bad infomercial for inane, pseudo-scientific New Age "spiritualism". I wasted fifteen perfectly good minutes on this piece of cr*p! :rolleyes:
I felt much better after putting on "Snatch" and watching that instead. :cool:
2008-01-26, 10:42 PM
3:10 To Yuma (2007) - In exchange for a fee that will help him save his ranch, a struggling rancher joins the posse that will escort a captured outlaw to the town of Contention and put him on the 3:10 train to Yuma Prison. Along the way - with the outlaw's gang hot on their heels - both captor and captive learn something about each other and about themselves.
I expected to enjoy this film, but I was disappointed. The story and dialogue were fairly straightforward Western fare, none of the performances - not even those of Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, both of whom I like - was particularly stirring and the ending was as feeble as it was incongruous.
Please see this thread (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=70000) for a more positive take on the movie. ;)
2008-01-27, 11:52 AM
No way, 3:10 to Yuma was great.
You're in the minority there. The sound alone on a high end system is worth the price of admission. Especially at the end with the gun shots booming. My room sounded like the southside of Chicago!
2008-01-27, 12:48 PM
I'm well aware that I'm "in the minority" - that's why I posted a link to Tom_Joad's thread about the film. The audio was alright, but the shootouts were as ridiculous as any you'd see in a Schwarzenegger or Stallone flick (where hundreds of bullets are flying but the "good guys" don't get a scratch on 'em). Anyway, to each his own. Glad you enjoyed the movie.
2008-01-27, 10:02 PM
Finished OZ season 1, 2 and 3. Half way through 4.
Dare I say this is the best "TV Show" ever???
2008-01-28, 11:24 AM
I watched saw 4 yesterday and by far its the worst one yet.