: What are you watching on DVD these days?
2009-11-10, 10:02 AM
The movie is crafted like a comic book, most of the scenes seem to be deliberate copies of the graphic novel. The dialog is stilted yet often profound. ("this is the American Dream"). If your a sci fi fan its a winner. 4 stars:eek:
2009-11-14, 01:26 AM
In the Loop - Imagine The Office but instead of bumbling layabouts pushing paper products these are British and American cabinet ministers paving the path for war. Or are they? Only their communications advisors, led by the vitriolic, f-bomb dropping, vein-popping Peter Capaldi, know for sure. Or do they?
This acerbic, black comedy about the machinations of government, or lack thereof, is, at times, gut-bustingly funny. Other times, it's also frighteningly real.
2009-11-18, 10:19 AM
Seems like yesterday Gladiator won the 2000 Best Picture Oscar. After 10 years not quite as good as I remember, but still 5 stars.
2009-11-18, 11:57 PM
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard - Crass, tasteless, vulgar, rude, smutty and occasionally offensive. But then again, what do you expect from a comedy about used car salesmen? Jeremy Piven channels his Ari Gold persona from Entourage as the leader of a crack team of mercenary salesmen (and one woman) who swoop in to save foundering dealerships with their proven patter.
2009-11-21, 09:20 AM
Brüno - Ügh.
2009-11-22, 11:16 AM
The Limits of Control - An enigmatic stranger is sent on a mysterious journey around Spain during which he exchanges matchboxes with a beautiful woman wearing nothing but glasses, an albino woman in a trenchcoat, an intellectual woman on a bullet train, a crusty guitarist and a cowboy, all leading to a raging Bill Murray ensconced in a concrete bunker office.
Beware the movie that promises "a stunning journey in an exotic Spanish landscape that simmers with heat and suspense." The only suspense I felt was wondering when something interesting might happen. It never did.
2009-11-26, 01:18 AM
Adoration - When a high school student presents as fact a fictional story about his father planning a terrorist act, the repercussions of the tale begin to dredge up family skeletons. I almost bailed on Adam Egoyan's quiet rumination on loss and xenophobia, but with a little patience, the sad, unsettling film was ultimately worth the effort.
2009-11-26, 07:34 AM
I picked up the DVD set of Band of Brothers at Costco for $39 so I've been watching an episode a night. Seen it several times before but I still enjoy it.
2009-11-28, 10:52 PM
recently watched. nice additions to my collection. quality PQ, AQ.
Munich is a 2005 historical fiction film about the Israeli government's secret retaliation after the 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli Olympic athletes by Black September terrorists. The film stars Eric Bana and was co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg. It was written by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth.
Tears of the Sun is a 2003 war film, depicting a U.S. Navy SEALs rescue mission amidst a civil war in the West African country of Nigeria. Lt. A.K. Waters (Bruce Willis) commands the team sent to rescue U.S. citizen Dr. Lena Fiore Kendricks (Monica Bellucci) from the civil war en route to her jungle hospital. The film was directed by Antoine Fuqua.
Secret Window (2004) is a psychological thriller movie, starring Johnny Depp and John Turturro. It was written and directed by David Koepp, based on the novella Secret Window, Secret Garden by Stephen King, featuring a musical score by Philip Glass and Geoff Zanelli. The story appeared in King's collection Four Past Midnight. The film was released on March 12, 2004, by Columbia Pictures
The Last King of Scotland is a 2006 British drama film based on Giles Foden's novel of the same name. The Last King of Scotland tells the fictional story of Dr. Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy), a young Scottish doctor who travels to Uganda and becomes the personal physician to the dictator Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker). The film is based on factual events of Amin's rule.
I have the first three seasons of WEEDS on it's way. Got them for $10 each. One of my favourite shows.
2009-12-08, 10:58 AM
this movie quenched my thirst (and preference) for suspense, mystery movie .etc. i particularly enjoy the acting of anthony hopkins.
Fracture: is a 2007 legal/crime suspense film from both New Line Cinema and Castle Rock Entertainment, directed by Gregory Hoblit and starring Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling. Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) discovers that his wife has been having an affair. He then murders her and uses the justice system to prove his innocence. However, William Beachum (Ryan Gosling) is a determined lawyer bound to prove his guilt.
2009-12-08, 01:25 PM
Kevin Costner with hair and Morgan Freedman as a medieval ninja. The DVD copy often looked like it was filmed digitally, a little washed out and fuzzy.
Otherwise it stands up well, likely the best telling of this iconic tale.
2009-12-13, 09:22 PM
Unbreakable is a 2000 psychological thriller film written, produced and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film stars Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright Penn and Spencer Treat Clark. Unbreakable tells the story of Philadelphia security guard, David Dunn, who slowly discovers that he is actually a real life superhero. The film is a study on the dimensions of comic books; it explores the analogies between the real world and the mythology of superheroes.
2009-12-14, 11:30 AM
While the series continues to artfully create a willing suspension of disbelief, as a viewer who has not read the books and is 50+, I am a little weary, and it is difficult to follow the story. Three stars out of five, but I doubt I will ever re watch any of the Potter movies.
2009-12-18, 01:18 PM
Bought this box set from Costco.
I must say for an IMAX collection, I was disappointed. I will eventually look to give them away to a nephew or a niece.
- The DVD's are 4:3. Why would they format an IMAX film to 4:3?
- Each DVD is about an hour - 40 to 45 mins for the main film plus extras. They could easily have put 3 of those on one dvd and reduced the total no. of disks (like Planet Earth or The Universe)
There are some good moments but overall disappointing. In hindsight, I should checked for reviews etc before buying - got fooled by the IMAX name.
2009-12-21, 11:52 AM
Not a masterpiece but worth a look on the big screen. If you like sci fi action you will like this flick. I cant see why it was savaged by the critics.
2009-12-26, 10:53 PM
Julie & Julia - In 1950s Paris, Julia Child's passion for cooking leads her to earn a diploma from the Cordon Blue school and eventually to co-author the classic cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". In 2002, Julie Powell - a New York writer stagnating in a job as a government clerk - decides to resolve her self-esteem crisis by paying homage to her idol: She commits to preparing within twelve months every one of the 524 recipes in Child's cookbook, and to blogging about her experience. Bring on the butter!
This movie would have been much better had it simply been about Julia Child. Her gregarious persona, her heartwarming relationship with her husband, Paul, and her passion for cooking make for a thoroughly enjoyable story. Meryl Streep's performance is absolutely wonderful, and she and Stanley Tucci - who turns in a solid performance as Paul - have tremendous chemistry.
By contrast, Julie is a self-absorbed whiner who spends most of her time wallowing in uncertainty and self-pity. The half of the movie dedicated to her is an irritating waste of time. Pity.
2009-12-27, 01:13 AM
Taking Woodstock - Ang Lee tells the story of Woodstock through the eyes of Elliot Tischenberg, whose family motel became Ground Zero for the organization of three day of peace, love and music. Great set design, great costumes and a great spirit through the first two-thirds of the movie, but then Lee decides to spend a little too much time pursuing tangents to his central story and the film bogs down a bit.
A fun, worthwhile watch, but it could have been something really special if only Lee had maintained his focus a little more.
2009-12-27, 10:19 PM
The Cove - Rick O'Barry used to train dolphins that performed in the old Flipper tv show. In fact, he feels responsible for the whole commercialization of dolphin shows as aquariums around the world started cashing in on the popularity of Flipper by capturing and training dolphins for their own live shows. Now an environmentalist trying to raise awareness about destruction to marine ecosystems, O'Barry leads a crack team of marine biologists, filmmakers and freedivers to Taiji, Japan to expose the slaughter of tens of thousands of dolphins by fisherman who herd them into a secluded cove where the water eventually turns red from their blood. The cove, and its secrets, is zealously protected from outside scrutiny by an ongoing security force of fisherman and a complicit local constabulary and government officials, so their mission will take cunning, stealth and derring do.
Save the whales meets Jason Bourne in this excellent documentary that packs as much tension and suspense as a fictional spy thriller.
2010-01-04, 07:53 PM
2001: A Space Odyssey
Widescreen - Blu Ray: The way a masterpiece is meant to be seen.
The add-ons and interviews are excellent as well.