: What are you watching on DVD these days?
2009-05-30, 12:03 AM
Elegy - Middle-aged university professor David Kepesh is forced to examine his life and re-evaluate his Lothario-esque ways when he finds himself falling in love with an attractive young student who is equally smitted with him.
Although this is, overall, a decent, leisurely "character" flick, with fine performances by Ben Kingsley (as always), PenÚlope Cruz and Patricia Clarkson (an under-rated actress), it's just a little too slow and a little too long, and it's marred by a rather weak subplot involving Kepesh's son, played by a bland-but-irritating Peter Sarsgaard.
2009-06-07, 08:16 PM
And The Band Played On
HBO movie from 1993 that is a must-see. Politics, ego, science and the HIV virus. How the powers-that-be refused to acknowledge its discovery/existence and ignored the threat to the blood supply. How politicians dismissed AIDS simply as a "gay disease" and that infection via blood transfusion was impossible. Simply amazing how much efforts it took just to take this disease seriously, but it was too late for too many people. But also a very good movie with solid performances.
2009-06-30, 11:15 PM
The Mist - Evil things lurk in the dense mist that has descended upon the quiet town of Bridgton, Maine. Trapped in the local grocery store, a number of people fight for survival against nightmarish creatures and their own desperation. When the mist lifts - if it ever does - will any of Bridgton's citizens be left alive to see it go?
Despite a decent concept, a few good scenes and a great downer ending, this film turned out to be rather disappointing. It felt a lot like a "TV movie of the week", with lethargic pacing, mediocre acting and an overly-long run time. Oh, well...
2009-07-19, 02:54 PM
Rendition - After a suicide bomber inadvertently kills a CIA operative in Cairo, Egyptian-born Anwar El-Ibrahimi - a chemical engineer and a solid American citizen - becomes a victim of "American justice": Returning to the U.S. from a conference in South Africa, he is extraordinarily rendered to a facility in Cairo to undergo "enhanced interrogation" for his suspected ties to "terror". The CIA analyst who is sent to observe the torture has his doubts about El-Ibrahimi's guilt. Abasi Fawal, the ruthless Egyptian secret police chief, does not. Desperate to track down her "disappeared" husband, El-Ibrahimi's pregnant wife contacts an old friend who works for a congressman, but there are limits to what even those in power are willing to do to help others. Meanwhile, Fawal's daughter is falling in love with young, idealistic Khalid - an innocent but illicit relationship that is to have dire and far-reaching consequences.
Although it pulled a few punches and featured some unimpressive acting - Gyllenhaal looked bored and Sarsgaard was pretty bland (although not nearly as irritating as he was in "Elegy"), this was a decent political drama. Omar Metwally, Yigal Naor, Moa Khouas and Zineb Oukach delivered solid performances.
2009-07-20, 11:38 AM
Morgan Freeman, Antonio Badaras
Damm fine heist movie 3 stars
Diamonds are Forever
Sean Connery as James Bond, Jill St John as Bond Girl, I watched a restored version, some of the dark scenes where washed out. The movie holds up resonably well. 2.8 stars, a good timewaster
Masterpiece Irish Mob movie by Sorcesse, with Jack, Leo and Matt Damon, 4 stars, and a special nodd to soundtrack for introducing me to the Dropkick Murphys. If you loved Goodfellas this is almost as good.
2009-07-21, 12:43 AM
Great Movie. I really enjoyed Clint Eastwoods Character in this movie. He was great. Both myself and my wife thought it was a great movie. More of a story movie than big action. But what a great story.
2009-07-28, 03:00 PM
I just watched Superbad. Without a doubt the best movie I've watched in a long time. It was hilarious!
2009-07-29, 01:58 AM
The Great Buck Howard - John Malkovich channels the Amazing Kreskin as the Great Buck Howard, a magician and "mentalist" riding the coattails of his glory days as a frequent guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson as he plays half-empty auditoriums in two-bit towns while Colin Hanks works to keep his waning career on the rails as his erstwhile assistant in this heartfelt homage to the fickle nature of celebrity. The occasionally uneven script is saved by the magnetic performance of Malkovich and several cameos by other has-been celebrities clinging to the last threads of their fame.
2009-08-01, 01:36 AM
Two Lovers - Joaquin Phoenix vacillates between two women, Gwyneth Paltrow and Vanessa Shaw, both of whom seem to have self-esteem issues. Kinda dull.
2009-08-01, 11:51 AM
Similar to The Devil Wears Prada in that the story is about an outsider trying to break into and rise up within a high culture magazine -in this case, a celebrity-centric publication called Sharp. It's an enjoyable movie as a rental, but isn't nearly as good as Prada.
The story flip flops between the main character's (Sidney Young) often humourous attempts trying to fit in (or not) into the celebrity/hollywood culture, while at the same time tries to develop a romantic subplot with a co-worker, which I think takes away a little bit from whatever message the film is trying to deliver.
There are a lot of funny bits in the movie (the 'Teresa' movie trailer ;)), especially in the first half. The story becomes quite predictable and formulaic towards the end, but gets a healthy boost of Megan Fox dressed in various wet/see-through/cleavage-revealing outfits to keep viewers interested (the male viewers, at least).
At the end of the movie, I find myself thinking, it must be quite a nice problem to have, having to choose between Megan Fox or Kirsten Dunst!
2009-08-01, 04:52 PM
I believe it's in Hindi with English sub-titles. It is a slow thought provoking movie. One of the better movies in my mind, that I have seen in a long time. Be warned though, it's not a hack or slashfest, but more of a "Warrior reaches spiritual enlightenment after some trials and tribulations". I would heartly recommend it.
2009-08-04, 06:46 PM
Just watched KNOWING with Nicholas Cage last nite. Incredible Sound effects and great picture quality.
2009-08-06, 06:20 PM
We've been mostly into viewing some previously-watched movies, and some new to us tv-via-dvd series.
Most recent re-watched movies include: Notes on a Scandal (3'rd viewing) and The Bucket List (2'nd viewing) -- both thoroughly-enjoyed, and like wine, better with the aging!!
Our most notable recent tv stuff (via dvd) includes: MADMEN (S1) ... only one episode left (to be watched tonight!!), and then it's on to S2 - what a great show, can't believe we waited this long to try this one!! and BIGLOVE (S1) .. being viewed for the second time, to ensure I want to spring for S2 .. it's actually very good, though a touch more to the liking of my other half, than me! :-) and ER (S11) .. again, mostly for my partner in all this viewing, she loves the medical stuff!! And just for some "fun and laughs", Barney Miller (S3), Night Court (S2), and 3'rd Rock from the Sun (S5). Good stuff!!
Happy viewing all!!
2009-08-07, 10:05 PM
I had heard so much hype about '310 to Yuma' and it was OK, but just OK. Appaloosa was excellent, and I hadn't even heard much about it. This was the 'best western in the last 10 years' by far.
2009-08-07, 10:32 PM
Synecdoche, New York - A pathetic theater director re-creates his pathetic life inside of a giant warehouse in New York City.
Wow, what an over-wrought, self-indulgent and tedious piece of cr@p! Despite the star-studded cast - and another solid performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman - this movie is nowhere near as interesting or enjoyable as some of Kaufman's other works ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind", "Being John Malkovich").
2009-08-08, 11:18 PM
Dark Matter - A Chinese graduate student's obsession with dark matter derails his promising future, so he......goes on a shooting rampage and kills everyone.No one should waste his/her time watching this movie which, in addition to being crappy, beats the phrase "dark matter" to death. ("My goodness, I can't even look at the sky anymore without thinking about dark matter!") What was Meryl Streep doing in this dud?! :o
2009-08-10, 10:00 PM
Wendy and Lucy - Not a lot happens plot-wise in this little film about a young woman on the road to Alaska with her dog, Lucy, until she gets bogged down in Oregon, but Michelle Williams' subtly heartbreaking and courageous performance make this a compelling 80 minutes that also can remind us how close we all walk to losing everything.
2009-08-11, 01:44 AM
Gomorrah - A raw, sprawling look at the organized crime syndicate in Naples, Italy, told through five interlocking stories of characters who are touched by that syndicate. Violent, visceral, dense and, at times, a little confusing, the film almost feels like a documentary.
2009-08-13, 12:03 PM
Takes a while to get going but a nice SF timewaster. Ancient evil machine is unearthed in a Dystopian 2700 AD. Doom players will love to see the machine in motion. 2.5 stars out of 5
2009-08-14, 01:22 AM
Paris - Stories of life, love and loss in Paris are told by a myriad of characters who loosely intersect through a dancer confined to his apartment because of a heart condition. After flagging a little through the middle, the story regains its spirit in the last act. Not quite Paris, Je t'aime, but a worthy postcard of a most beautiful city. Juliette Binoche is luminous as ever and some fine performances by some familiar French character actors.