Monday, September 26, 2011
DVD Roundup - 9/27
The discovery of an artifact on the moon leads to an arms race between the Autobots and the Decepticons with the fate of the human race hanging in the balance. There are two parts to Dark of the Moon: the first 90 minutes that attempts to be a serious drama-action and the final 90 minutes that plays out like a typical Michael Bay explosion fest. That first half is ATROCIOUS; one of the worst movies I've ever seen and I am not exaggerating. But the back half, when Bay gets into his comfort zone, is actually pretty solid as far as Michael Bay movies go. There is a ton of total foolishness to be sure but the action sequences (which is basically one long, drawn out scene that takes over an hour to conclude) is highly entertaining and unintentionally humorous.
In Home Viewing Recommendation: Movies like Dark of the Moon keep me up at night because I can't exactly recommend a film that is filled with bad acting, awful dialogue, and a plot that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. But at the same time, the point of this film is to entertain and I confess that back half entertained me. So...I don't know, you make the call.
The Ledge (2011) - Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Terrence Howard
A Fundamentalist Christian (Wilson) forces his wife's (Tyler) lover (Hunnam) up onto a high rise to choose between his life and the life of another. Or something like that. Honestly, never have I seen an IMDB page that had a more dramatic difference between the one line summary at the top of the page and the full summary further down. Wow. I'd also like to note that The Ledge cost $10 million to make and made a STAGGERING $5,176 in the US. So there's that.
IHVR: This could be an option on Netflix Instant but I definitely wouldn't go out of my way to pay for it.
How I Met Your Mother: Season 6 (2010) - Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Radnor, Jason Segel
I've got to be honest here: from week to week, season to season, the How I Met Your Mother model is wearing on me. I've watched this show from the beginning and I've loved it. It began to drag, however, in season five and season six was frustrating at times. But the thing about HIMYM is this: when it is on, it's almost unbeatable. The whole is only above average but five or six times a year it comes up with a spectacular episode and completely nails it (very similar to the last couple years of The Office). It's a fun show and much smarter than you might think.
IHVR: The whole HIMYM series is worth your time if you've never watched it.
New to Blu Pick of the Week
Ben-Hur (1959) - Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd
Sold into slavery by his friend, a Jewish prince (Heston) earns his freedom and seeks his revenge against the man who betrayed him. Fun fact about Ben-Hur: it won 11 of the 12 Oscars it was nominated for, losing only Best Adapted Screenplay, written by Karl Tunberg. My question is, how'd you like to be Tunberg? You wrote the script to a movie that freaking KILLED the competition that year and set everyone else up for a multitude of awards but you get left out in the cold. Harsh, man. Anyway, Ben-Hur is awesome and if you haven't seen it, you should.
Also New to Blu
Mimic (1997) - Mira Sorvino, Josh Brolin, Charles S. Dutton (Guillermo del Toro's first English-language film.)
Footloose (1984) - Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow (I hate this movie so I'll not say another word about it.)
Heathers (1988) - Christian Slater, Winona Ryder (I've never seen Heathers but Christian Slater in his prime was pretty awesome.)
Nirvana: Live at the Paramount (Just watched this on vh1 Classic. Incredible.)
CSI: Season 11 (2010) - Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads
CSI Miami: Season 9 (2010) - David Caruso, Emily Procter
CSI: New York: Season 5 (2010) - Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper
Law and Order: SVU: Season 12 (2010) - Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni
The Middle: Season 2 (2010) - Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn
The Cleveland Show: Season 2 (2010) - Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan