: What are you watching on DVD these days?
2009-01-01, 09:55 PM
Hamlet 2 - Steve Coogan's acting gigs in bad tv commercials have dried up, and the drama program he teaches at a Tuscon high school for gas money is about to get shut down, so, at the suggestion of his nemesis, a young theater critic, he writes an original script, a sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet. Only problem is, everyone died at the end of the original. So Coogan comes up with a "device," a time machine. And he makes his production a musical.
It's hard not to think of that other ode to amateur theater, Waiting for Guffman, while watching Coogan's over-the-top romp. Unfortunately, so much is thrown at the screen that only some of it sticks, most notably the centerpiece musical number, Rock Me Sexy Jesus. A for effort, but only a D for execution.
2009-01-04, 01:48 PM
Away From Her
Watched on MC, not DVD, but got totally sucked in by the story. Going in thought it would be like a "TV movie of the week" melodrama but the melodrama is kept to a minimum and the intelligence of the script and the SUPERB acting by Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsett is just jaw dropping..they both deserve Oscars!
Though ultimately a sad film, there are sub-themes of redemption and a message of hope.
Highly recommend :cool:
2009-01-05, 10:05 AM
My wife and I watched Die Hard a little earlier this evening. It has held up quite well and remains a good action flick, arguably Bruce Willis' best.
The PQ is very good (no grain and no artifacts) and the audio is decent, with some solid rumble at appropriate moments.
I am assuming you are referring to the first Die Hard. The trilogy has to be in the top 5 of all time.(Star Wars, Indy, LOTR, Terminator) I bought Die Hard 3 and watched it yesterday. It stands up very well. As a blockbuster blast from the past it blows away Dark Knight. Also interesting is the first or earliest featuring of park cour.
2009-01-05, 10:42 AM
I am assuming you are referring to the first Die Hard.Yup. I plan to rent "Die Harder" and "With a Vengeance" at some point. It's been a long time since I've watched them.
2009-01-05, 01:23 PM
My mistake, I watched Die Hard 4(2007), Live Free and Die Harder. Nevertheless a five star action movie that might be the best action movie made so far.
2009-01-05, 01:33 PM
I watched Die Hard 4(2007), Live Free and Die Harder.That one hasn't been made yet... ;)
I thought Live Free or Die Hard (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=66020) was decent.
2009-01-05, 07:48 PM
War Inc - John Cusak plays a black-ops agent fronting the commercilization of war and product placement. Started to come together after the first 20 mins or so.
CSNY: Deja Vu - Tour film of their 2006 Freedom of Speech tour. Heartfelt insights to the music and the impact of differing opinions of fans along the way. Not nearly as much concert footage as I would have liked but a worthy reflection of the parallel between the Vietnam and Iraq wars and the human tolls therein.
2009-01-09, 10:27 PM
The One - If a person kills every counterpart of his in every parallel universe, does the multi- verse cease to exist...or does that person become a god? Former Multi-Verse Authorities agent Gabriel Yulaw is betting on the latter, and so far he's managed to kill every counterpart except for upstanding Los Angeles police officer and family man Gabe Law. Will agents from the MVA be able to stop Yulaw from fulfilling his quest to become The One?
The premise is interesting, but the execution is sloppy and trite. Jason Statham, who managed to do good work in "Snatch" one year earlier and in "The Transporter" one year later, is terrible in this movie (mostly because of his painful-looking attempts to effect an American accent).
2009-01-10, 02:40 AM
Towelhead - Thirteen year-old Jasira is undergoing all kinds of changes, physical and emotional, as she teeters on the cusp of womanhood, something her mother doesn't want to deal with. So she's sent to live with her father, who refuses to accept his daughter's adolescence. Meanwhile, others around her are only too eager to exploit her raging hormones and confusion about what's happening to her body, most creepily the next door neighbor, an army reservist who's about to ship out to Iraq.
This is a dark, challenging film that almost made me hit the STOP button on the remote a few times, but redemption comes in its second half when Jasira seeks refuge from a young couple about to have their first child. Not a light evening of entertainment by any stretch.
2009-01-10, 11:00 PM
The Visitor - During a trip to New York City to attend a conference, Walter - a lonely, jaded Connecticut college professor - befriends the two illegal immigrants living in his NYC apartment and begins once more to take pleasure in living. When Tarek, one of the immigrants, is arrested and threatened with deportation, Walter re-discovers a long-dormant selflessness which compels him to help Tarek, a compassion that enables him to provide friendship and solace to Tarek's widowed mother...and a desire to love once again.
This is a simple, gentle drama with heart-felt moments of humour and sorrow. Writer-director Tom McCarthy, who previously wrote and directed "The Station Agent", delivers another wonderful film. Performances are solid, but Richard Jenkins shines with his strong, yet understated portrayal of a man struggling to reconnect with life.
2009-01-11, 09:14 AM
Iron Man - Excellent movie. Great casting, with Downey, Jr., Daniels, Paltrow and Terance Howard. Hope there is more on the horizon.
Pineapple Express - Great Apatow movie. James Franco is great as the burn-out drug dealer.
2009-01-11, 09:58 AM
Iron Man 2 is on the horizon and Terance Howard was fired from the remake (and he's not happy).
2009-01-11, 10:48 AM
Horton Hears a Who!
Jim Carrey, Steve Carrell. Horton the Elephant struggles to protect a microscopic community from his neighbors who refuse to believe it exists.
Very much a family movie, but my wife and I enjoy animated films too! I thought this film ranks right up there terms of the animation technique. This was a well written script giving latitude to both Carrey (Horton) and Carrell's (The Mayor of Whoville) comedic talents! Overall, well done. There is also an interesting short story on the disc called "Surviving Sid" featuring Sid the Sloth of Ice Age fame and a vignette with a scene from the upcoming Ice Age 3 movie.
2009-01-15, 01:24 AM
Brick Lane - Trapped in an arranged marriage and a squalid London tenement, a Bangladeshi woman pines for passion through the letters she receives from her sister back home, which seem to chronicle a life of endless romance and adventure. But when her chance for passion comes knocking at her door, she must choose between her innermost desires and her duty to her husband and family.
A heartfelt film about the immigrant experience that occasionally veers down blind alleys with no real purpose to serve the story. Beautifully photographed.
2009-01-19, 11:16 AM
A very play like Movie, if your a Death of a Salesman lover, this movie is for you. Otherwise its a poorly acted downer.
2009-01-19, 11:24 AM
Since the days of Colusus the Forban Project I have loved dangers technology movies. Eagle Eye is not a classice like "Enemy of the State". However it has lots of eye candy, above average plot, believable characters, and gives the Neo-Cons a nice poke in the eye.
2009-01-22, 09:09 PM
Henry Poole Is Here - Given a grim medical diagnosis, Henry Poole (Luke Wilson) buys a house in the neighborhood where he spent his childhood to await his demise eating frozen pizzas and drinking vodka. But when his melancholy is interrupted by a neighbor who insists she can see a miracle in the stucco on his outside wall, he has a New-Agey crisis as to whether he should believe, or just bust down the wall once and for all. A nice performance from Wilson and a promising premise aren't quite enough to rescue this uneven quirky little movie that doesn't know what it wants to be.
2009-01-23, 02:20 AM
Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (Welcome to the Sticks) - Who knew there was regional bigotry in France! Philippe Abrams is a manager for La Poste who desperately desires a transfer to the Cote d'Azur, to keep his high-maintenance wife happy. But a snafu sends him to the country's northernmost outpost, where, he fears, it's dreadfully cold and populated by simple, beer-swilling boors who speak with a strange dialect. As with most stereotypes, though, the reality turns out to be quite different, in this funny, occasionally heart-warming little film that gives us a little insight into regional disparity in France and showcases a part of the country that's rarely portrayed in films.
2009-01-24, 02:18 PM
Traitor - Samir Horn is a U.S. citizen, a former Special Forces soldier, a devout Muslim...and a suspected terrorist who has managed to evade the FBI on several occasions and who appears poised to help execute another bombing plot. Will the Feds get their man in time to avert another tragedy, or will Samir be able to complete his grim assignment?
A decent, and occasionally disturbing, political thriller with a fairly solid performance by Don Cheadle.
2009-01-30, 01:39 AM
Tell No One - Alexandre Beck is a pediatrician deeply in love with his wife, whom he's known since they were kids jumping off the dock at a swimming hole. But one fateful night, she's taken away from him. Still mourning his loss eight years on, he gets an email out of the blue, with a link to a live webcam where he sees his wife getting onto an escalator. So begins this stylish, complex French thriller, based on a Harlan Corben novel.
The movie twists and turns as Alexandre tries to find his wife and unravel the mystery, while the police are hot on his trail, convinced they finally have the evidence to arrest him for her murder. As the dragnet tightens around him and his quest seems increasingly impossible, it's hard not to feel Alexandre's desperation.
Thanks to Seville, the film's Canadian distributor, we get this on dvd a full two months before its release in America.