Archive for July, 2010

James and the Giant Peach: Special Edition Blu-ray/DVD

James and the Giant Peach: Special Edition Blu-ray/DVD

| July 31, 2010

To my understanding, the special features on this Special Edition release are identical to Disney’s 2000 Special Edition DVD, with the exception of a BD game where you assault James’ obnoxious aunts with a rhino. The returning features are admittedly slim for a Special Edition, but they include the theatrical trailer, a Randy Newman music […]

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The Agatha Christie Hour: Set 1

The Agatha Christie Hour: Set 1

| July 30, 2010

No Miss Marple or Poirot here. The Agatha Christie Hour is a ten-episode series adapted from the lesser-known short stories by the “Queen of Crime.” Set 1 from Acorn Media compiles the first five episodes on 2 DVDs and is probably for Agatha Christie aficionados only, as the stories presented in these five episodes vary […]

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Dinner for Schmucks

Dinner for Schmucks

| July 29, 2010

Let’s be honest. If you sit through the first 15 minutes of Dinner for Schmucks and don’t know how it’s going to end, well, you’re a schmuck. That’s not so bad; it greatly increases your chances of liking the movie. Schmucks is a formulaic and mediocre glimpse into self-destruction. It’s the story of Tim, played […]

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

| July 26, 2010

Based on the graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley I stood alone in line for nearly 2 hours to see a screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World tonight. Fanboys abound as I read the latest issue of Wired. I ate before I left to save the hour’s wage the theater would suck from my […]

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Rain

Rain

| July 26, 2010

Rain is such an inspiring film, which has been billed as a movie “in the vein of Precious,” starring Monique. This movie does have some of the same elements as Precious, a mother and daughter who don’t get along well, and the daughter cleaves to a teacher to provide guidance and encouragement. But in no […]

Prime Suspect Box Set

Prime Suspect Box Set

| July 26, 2010

Dame Helen Mirren brings one of the most memorable dramatic roles to vivid life in “Prime Suspect,” written by Lynda LaPlante (Trial and Retribution). Shown over a number of years in mini-series format on the BBC and here in the States on PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery!, this stands as one of the defining and truly great […]

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Accidents Happen

Accidents Happen

| July 26, 2010

In Accident Happen, Geena Davis stars as Gloria Conway, mother of three teenage sons trying to make sense of the cruel and unusual jokes that life keeps playing on her family and those around her. The results of some of her youngest son Billy’s pranks have created misery but also have brought the family together. […]

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Operation: Endgame

Operation: Endgame

| July 26, 2010

Operation: Endgame is a government spy movie that doesn’t feature any exotic locations, get caught up in foreign intrigue or weigh itself down with a lot of fancy political jargon. Instead, the movie is more of dark, action-comedy that takes place pretty much in the same building. Joe Anderson(Across The Universe, The Crazies) plays ‘The […]

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The Losers

The Losers

| July 25, 2010

If you’re looking for a good action film this weekend, forget The A-Team and watch The Losers. This action movie is based on a comic book series published by Vertigo/DC between 2003 and 2006 and stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoë Saldana and Chris Evans as members of a Special Forces unit that was double-crossed by […]

Ip Man

Ip Man

| July 25, 2010

Ip Man is loosely based upon the life of Yip Man, considered the first martial arts master and an inspiration to a number of later masters and practitioners, include martial arts legend Bruce Lee. Born in 1893, Yip Man began learning Wang Chun, a martial arts style, when he was 13. Ip Man, the film, […]