Tuesday, June 28, 2011
New DVD Tuesday
A super CGI-y creation from the mind of Zack Snyder ("300") focuses on a group of girls who use fantasy (or dreams?) to plot an escape from the institution they've been thrown into. I didn't see "Sucker Punch" in theaters but the general consensus was the visual landscape is incredible, the story...not so much. I will see this and here's why: since "300", Snyder has done nothing to make me feel good about him directing the next "Superman" reboot. "Watchmen" was, for me, good the first time but got worse every time I happened to catch 10 minutes of it on HBO. "Legend of the Guardians" was a mess. I need to see good things in "Sucker Punch" to ease my fears about "Man of Steel." We'll see.
Season of the Witch (2011) - Nicholas Cage, Ron Pearlman
During the Black Plague, two knights (Cage, Pearlman) are charged with taking a captured witch to a group of priests. And then she kills everyone. Except probably Nicholas Cage. Also, Cage probably has a weird accent that he can't pull off. So...this is clearly a horrible, horrible movie.
Beastly (2011) - Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgins
A modern twist on the "Beauty and the Beast" story finds a cocky high schooler (Pettyfer) who is cursed by a witch and must find true love with a former classmate (Hudgins) before the curse becomes permanent. Terrible teen actors plus a tired storyline equals no interest from this guy.
The Warrior's Way (2010) - Dong-gun Jong, Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush
Ninjas meet cowboys and fight. The end.
Blu Ray Pick of the Week or Whenever I Feel Like Picking One
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Extended Edition (2001, 2002, 2003) - Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellan, Elijah Wood, et al
The day is here, dear nerds! The second greatest fantasy trilogy of all time is FINALLY available in BRD format in their true form. I'm really not one of those snobs who insists that the director's cut is better than the original film; there's usually a good reason the fat gets trimmed. This is one of the few times, however, where there's simply no question that Peter Jackson's extended cut is "The Lord of the Rings." I won't even watch the theatrical cuts because, while those are excellent films, they're just not the same movies. I've preordered the set and will pick it up in the morning, after which I might completely nerd out and watch the entire thing in one sitting. I love science.
New to Blu
Jumangi (1995) - Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt
Zathura (aka Jumangi in Space) (2005) Josh Hutcherson, Kristen Stewart, Dax Shephard
Barney's Version (2010) - Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike
Rizzoli and Isles: Season 1 (2010) - Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander
Warehouse 13: Season 2 (2010) - Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek