: What are you watching on DVD these days?
2009-03-02, 09:58 PM
Blindness is based on a nobel prize winning novel, so I doubt very much that it is a 28 days later imitator.Prize-winning or not, I referred to it as an imitator because, like "28 Days Later", "Blindness" is a movie about a group of humans fighting to stay alive - and to remain civilized - in a dystopian future where disease has struck and civilization has collapsed. (Unlike "28 Days Later", however, it was terrible.)
I haven't seen the movie and I hear it isn't very good but the book is astonishing.It wouldn't be the first time a perfectly good book was turned into a crappy movie.
^^ im certainly not arguing that!! :)
2009-03-05, 10:06 AM
I've Loved You So Long - Kristen Scott Thomas continues to reinvent herself as a French actress in this finely performed but otherwise sullen story about a woman trying to reconnect with life after spending 15 years in prison. The rather mundane plot, in which she moves in with her sister, tries to get a job, meets with her parole officer, who spends their time together waxing poetically about the Orinoco River, and flirts with a possible suitor, is driven by the mystery of her crime.
2009-03-08, 01:10 PM
The Classic Dumb&Dumber :)
2009-03-09, 07:09 PM
Australia (2008) ... we wanted to eject the disc before even 10 minutes of viewing, but looked at each other, shook our heads, and decided to bear with it, and continue. Not sure why, or how, but we actually made it to the end. What a soppy mess of a movie!!
After that viewing, it's back to the classics for us, where romance and splendor are done well and right!!
2009-03-11, 02:00 AM
The Boy In the Striped Pajamas - A snapshot of the holocaust is presented through the eyes of a young German boy, the son of an Nazi SS commander of a concentration camp, who befriends a Jewish boy in the "farm" behind his family's countryside compound. What could have been a heartfelt parable of lost innocence instead comes across as a clunky history lesson that lacks any subtlety, pounding us over the head with broadly stroked characters and a cloying soundtrack.
2009-03-12, 09:27 AM
Quiet Man... John Wayne / Maureen O'hara, Excellent.
ZULU....Stanley Baker / Michael Caine
2009-03-13, 11:11 PM
Milk - Having moved from New York to San Franciso and settled into a new life there, popular gay rights activist Harvey Milk eventually becomes the first openly-gay man to be elected to public office in California, speaking out, until his murder by a fellow official, against hateful fundamentalist campaigns such as "Save Our Children" and California's "Proposition 6".
This is a simple, yet graceful biopic, with a strong story, some fine acting across the board and a truly wonderful and moving performance by Sean Penn.
That such mindless hatreds existed - and, incredibly, continue to exist - is profoundly disturbing.
And as far as movies addressing the topic of homosexuality go, this one makes Brokeback Mountain look like the mildly-entertaining fluff piece it was.
2009-03-14, 01:00 AM
Happy Go Lucky - Poppy's indomitable spirit and outlook carry her through almost any crisis, a sullen sister, a troublesome pupil in her class and maybe even her psycho driving instructor. Sally Hawkins gives a winning performance as Poppy, as time and again she brings her character just to the brink of annoying before reigning her in.
2009-03-15, 12:31 AM
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People - It would have been more apt to call this How to Lose Fans and Alienate Viewers; Simon Pegg plays a cynical British journalist whose desire to hang with the Hollywood hoi poloi lands him a job at Sharps magazine, where he's supposed to write fawning features about the latest "It" actress or director. Alas, that's not the career trajectory Pegg envisioned when he signed on, and what could have been a sharp satire about celebrity, descends into farcical slapstick with a bit of an awkward romance with Kirsten Dunst thrown in.
2009-03-15, 06:22 PM
A cant miss director ( Ridley Scott) and cast (Russel Crow, DiCaprio) in a well plotted thriller, with some action thrown in. 4 stars.
2009-03-16, 07:46 PM
It moves up to 5 stars. Without spoilers it triggered some deep thoughts. Thoughts about players, and bulls in a china shop.
2009-03-17, 10:31 AM
Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter or Transporter -
I love all these films with many special effects but i even though prefer them watching in the cinema!
2009-03-18, 02:16 AM
Now i am watching Watchmen
2009-03-18, 07:16 AM
It's out on DVD already?! :o
2009-03-20, 03:20 AM
Nobel Son - Alan Rickman is an irascible, philandering university scholar who's just been awarded a Nobel Prize. As he and his wife, played by Mary Steenbergen, are leaving Sweden, his son is kidnapped by his alleged half-brother, who demands a ransom of $1 million from the newly-minted laureate. Of course, that plot would be too simple from this trying-to-be-too-cool-for-its-own good black comedy that even manages to thrown in a bit of cannibalism to its Italian Jobesque caper.
2009-03-20, 09:51 PM
Transporter 3 - Frank Martin is forced to zoom around Europe with a pouty Ukrainian package, in an automatic Audi with cool LFE, biding his time until he can ditch the explosive bracelet and kill the bad guys.
Among other things, this piece of cr@p sequel features a mediocre story, an attractive but irritating female lead, some truly horrendous dialogue and (purposely?) terrible editing of the disappointing fight scenes. I really hope this is the last entry in the series.
2009-03-22, 09:25 PM
The Mother - May, a recently-widowed housewife, moves in with her emotionally-fragile daughter and finds herself drawn to Darren, the married carpenter with whom her daughter is carrying on an affair. Liberated by her husband's death and revitalized by the awakening of a long-dormant passion, May's sense of responsibility to her daughter is soon overwhelmed by her renewed lust for life and her desire for Darren. The pleasure, for a while at least, is hers; inevitably, the pain will follow...
This is a well-scripted, well-paced, well-acted, low-key and thoroughly-enjoyable British drama.
2009-03-27, 08:59 AM
Twilight - we watched the first 2/3 of the movie last night. I am not impressed.
The story is good, albeit done to death these days. However, the presentation is not good. Both my gf and I agreed that it was very poorly done.
The acting is wooden, unenthusiastic, and so bad at times that you would swear that they are looking past each other and reading from a teleprompter.
The special effects for when the vampire is scaling very very tall trees is unrealistic - it looks like a special effect, not like someone climbing a tree. They did a great job of removing the wires or whatever is supporting the actor, but they really needed to make it look like he is in contact with the tree.... :(
We will watch the movie to the end, I think, but only in the hope things pick up. I don't mind a slow moving movie, as long as it draws you in and makes it feel like you are viewing something that might have happened. That involvement is totally lacking.
I suspect that the sequal is being made on the premise that the actor can do better......?
2009-03-27, 10:12 PM
The Classic Dumb&Dumber
i haven't watched that in ages.. should do that sometime soon
Now i am watching Watchmen
It's out on DVD already?!
on the shelves at first markham place.. 7 for $10...
i haven't watched anything recently [no time :(] but i have really been craving half baked...