Monday, April 4, 2011
New DVD Tuesday
The much anticipated sequel to the 1982 cult classic that found Kevin Flynn's (Bridges) son Sam (Hedlund) sucked into the game that trapped his father so many years before. The visual effects are awesome and Hedlund himself was pretty solid. Bridges, though, seemed overly cheesy to me, a sci-fi caricature of The Dude and in all honesty there isn't much of a cohesive story here. It was fun but only some fun as opposed to tons of fun in my opinion. You can also get the original "Tron" this week for the first time on Blu Ray and the first time on DVD in quite some time.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) - Georgie Henley, Skander Keynes, Ben Barnes
The third installment of this treasured book series, "Dawn Treader" finds two of the four siblings from "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" (minus the older two) on an adventure to the end of the world with their annoying cousin. I very much liked the first movie and very much hated the second. I'm fine with a movie being different from the book but "Prince Caspian" was a travesty. Just awful. That bad experience soured me on the series and apparently I wasn't alone as this film lost a lot of money domestically. There's a good chance this will be the final film in the series which is a real bummer given the great subject matter they still have to draw from. Ah, well.
Little Fockers (2010) - Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro
Because "Meet the Fockers" was so awesome, we're now treated to a third Fockers movie, this one about Greg (Stiller) and his kids. Look, I quite like "Meet the Parents." It may not be smart or sophisticated, but it's funny. "Meet the Parents," though, is a classic example of what happens when a movie performs well above expectations and a sequel is hastily thrown together to capitalize. It's dreadful. The only thing it has going for it is that a friend of mine was on set as an extra during the wedding scene and I get endless enjoyment out of poking fun at him over this. But he's not in this one so, needless to say, I'm out.
New to Blu
Raging Bull (1980) - Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty
The boxing classic that won De Niro his second Oscar. Confession: never seen "Raging Bull." I've caught moments of it here and there but never the whole thing. This will be rectified soon, dear readers.
Fiddler on the Roof (1971) - Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey
The musical that almost every human on the planet has seen or at least heard of. I hate "Fiddler on the Roof" though I'm sure my mom is stoked about the Blu ray release. Still, it's FASCINATING to me that this movie was such a huge success. It made a stinking ton of money upon its release and has made a strong name for itself. If I had been blogging back in 1971, there's no way that I would have thought this thing could become such a big deal. So on some level, despite my personal feelings about the film, I have to tip my cap to the filmmakers.
A.I: Artificial Intelligence (2001) - Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, William Hurt
Spielberg's fittingly Kubrickian sci-fi epic about an android boy (Osment) who is bought to replace a dead child but whom finds himself drifting among the outcasts of the world. This is getting a second viewing from me. I watched/tried to watch when it first came to DVD and couldn't make it through. So slow. But, I'm older and at least slightly wiser now and I think, given my love of sci-fi, that I owe "A.I." another shot.
Also New to Blu
Arthur 1 and 2 (1981 and 1988) - Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli (Just wanted to note that "Arthur 2" has a 3.8 rating on IMDB. That's easily the lowest rating I've come across since starting this blog. Check that, "Mannequin 2" has a 3.2. Ah, the 80s/early 90s sequels.)
Babe (1995) - James Cromwell, Christine Cavanaugh
Mystic Pizza (1988) - Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts
Benny and Joon (1993) - Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn, Julianne Moore
Lars and the Real Girl (2007) - Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer
Friday Night Lights: Season 5 (2010) - Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton
I Love You Philip Morris (2009) - Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor
Casino Jack (2010) - Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper