: What are you watching on DVD these days?
2008-11-06, 01:09 AM
When did you last see your father - A successful poet (Colin Firth) tries to reconcile his troubled relationship with his father (Jim Broadbent) who is dying from bowel cancer. A slow, delicate portrait of father-son miscommunication that is anchored by the usual fine acting skills of Broadbent.
2008-11-09, 01:16 AM
The Incredible Hulk - An accidental overdose of gamma radiation causes scientist Bruce Banner to change into a powerful creature whenever he is angered. As he tries desperately to find a way to reverse the effects of the overdose, Bruce finds himself running from the military - which wants to use his blood as a serum to create super-soldiers - and battling a mad, ruthless commando who has turned himself into a lethally twisted version of Bruce's radiation-altered persona.
Decent special effects aside, this was an unnecessary and disappointing "re-start" to the franchise. I enjoyed 2003's The Hulk and would have liked to see both Eric Bana and Jennifer Connelly reprise their roles.
2008-11-15, 02:47 PM
Hellboy II After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it’s up to the planets toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders.
Watched it with the kids (12, 13, & 9) years old and everyone quite enjoyed it. Del Toro certainly knows how to make creepy monsters and sets. Enough humour to keep our 9 year old from getting too scared. Great workout for the sound system, especially when the stone giant awakes in Ireland.
2008-11-16, 08:30 PM
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - ...this slow, solemn film is both stirring and well-acted.A stunning, profound film worthy of every award it gets - this is an amazing movie that harkens back to Bergman circa 1966 (it even has Max Von Sydow in it) but is very modern in its visual flair. I didn't find it at all slow, just deliberate. Gripping, too.
2008-11-17, 07:40 AM
I meant "slow" in the "deliberate" sense of the word. :)
2008-11-17, 11:44 AM
Definitely not an action flick, but one of the most cerebral (literally!) films to come out in quite awhile. :)
2008-11-17, 03:18 PM
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - I finally relented and rented this movie. I'm glad I didn't buy it.
All the Indiana Jones movies require a booster shot of suspension of disbelief, and I'm willing to accept that. The action scenarios in the series are meant to be pulse pounding regardless of how improbable. After all, in previous movies our hero Indiana survived a drop out of an airplane with only a liferaft as a parachute, so why shouldn't he survive three dumps over HUGE (Niagra like) waterfalls. And the quasi mystical/legend element is acceptable as well.
But this one goes well beyond that. Now the viewer is expected that Indiana can bend the laws of physics as well? Magnetic gunpowder? Really?? (Forget the fact that other highly magnetic metals in the scene were completely unaffected :rolleyes:)
Other than that, the story dragged in places and was even predictable when it shouldn't have been, but had a few lighter moments that were reminiscent of the original movies. But the series should have been left as a trilogy.
A casual time waster if you have nothing else to watch.
2008-11-19, 01:41 AM
Before the Rains - As British colonialism in India enters its waning days in the 1930s, a British developer building a road to open up new tea plantations lets his own selfish desires divert him from his ambitions, with tragic consequences for all involved. A sometimes overly-melodramatic tale of forbidden love and the clash of cultures, this Merchant Ivory production is richly photographed and nicely acted.
2008-11-20, 11:53 AM
Have to agree that the latest Indy is a crock. What a pity.
2008-11-21, 10:26 PM
Hellboy II: The Golden Army - Hellboy and his friends must stop an Elven prince from reactivating a long-dormant army of indestructible mechanical warriors and taking over the Earth.
Sequel-itis strikes again! There's more and bigger action, and more amazing special effects, but not a trace of the fun, the charm and the simple humour of the first film. What a disappointing piece of crap.
But it looked good on my 100" screen... :p
2008-11-25, 02:12 AM
Flashbacks of a Fool - Daniel Craig is a self-indulgent, narcissistic actor whose career is hitting the skids (hmmmm, foreshadowing perhaps?) when a call with bad news from back home in England sends him on a nostalgic journey of self-reflection. An interesting little film that feels a little like a self-indulgent vanity project (Craig is a producer and the director is apparently his good buddy), but that doesn't detract from some fine performances and lush cinematography.
2008-11-26, 01:18 AM
Diminished Capacity - Matthew Broderick is a newspaper editor in Chicago whose job performance is slipping since suffering a concussion in an accident. When he gets word that his beloved uncle Rollie (Alan Alda) is starting to struggle with the early stages of alzheimers, he travels home for a few days to help out, and maybe reconnect with some old friends and family. But Rollie has other ideas; his entire nestegg is a rare baseball card his grandfather gave him, and he wants to sell it. So back to Chicago they go, to see what the card is worth.
A good cast, which also includes Virginia Madsen, is pretty much wasted in this little movie that tries too hard to be quirky and ends up being mostly annoying.
2008-11-28, 08:14 PM
The first 1/2 hour was painfully boring and unfunny. But the last 45 minutes saved the movie. It was rather funny. Good Cast. Tom Cruise was hillarious.
2008-11-29, 12:25 AM
Get Smart - After CONTROL headquarters are sacked by KAOS operatives, analyst Maxwell Smart finally gets promoted to the status of Agent 86. Together with attractive but tough-as-nails Agent 99 - and with the help of other members of CONTROL - 86 must race against the clock to stop Siegfried and his KAOS henchmen from blowing up New York City...and the rest of the world!
This was a movie that definitely did not need to be made. It tried far too hard to be funny but - notwithstanding a couple of chuckles and Bernie Kopell's cameo (the highlight of the movie, in my opinion) - it never really succeeded. Carell and Hathaway were alright; Terence Stamp - with his typically dull delivery - was a really boring Siegfried.
2008-11-29, 05:48 AM
I'm currently watching Season 1 of X-Files on DVD... and man the contrast/brightness is really bad on it.
2008-11-29, 06:20 AM
Tropic Thunder! ........... I fell off my chair laughing so hard at those idiots
and I loved the role by Robert D Jr.... he played that character sooo well lol
2008-11-29, 06:21 AM
Get Smart.... Steve Corell was perfect for the character of Max...
hey what did you think of the COS Cone of Silence? lol....... that cracked me up
Shottas - In the lines of Scarface, tells the story of 2 Jamaican kids who grow up and rule the Florida drug scene. With great action, good soundtrack (if you like Reggae)
2008-11-29, 04:28 PM
Get Smart was a horribly stupid movie.
2008-12-02, 05:41 PM
Hancock - John Hancock is a superhero...but, unfortunately, he's also an alcoholic, carelessly destructive and a public disgrace. Ray Embrey is an ambitious public relations hack who wants to help Hancock become the hero he should be, the hero everyone needs him to be. Mary, Ray's wife, has a secret - one that will have a profound impact on Hancock...and which could destroy them both!
A lot of negative things have been said about this movie (including in this thread (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=96586)), but I found it to be surprisingly decent. The characters were fun, the twist was intriguing, and although it wasn't delved into too deeply, it effectively drove the last third of the movie. And Charlize Theron was in it. :D My only quibbles are the somewhat over-the-top, "Matrix"-style fight scene and the Hollywood "happy" ending. (The more sombre "tragic" ending would have provided a much more powerful and effective conclusion to the film.)