Leap of Faith (1992) – DVD Review

Leap of Faith DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by Janus Cercone
Directed by Richard Pearce
Starring Steve Martin, Debra Winger, Lolita Davidovich, Liam Neeson, Lukas Haas, Meat Loaf, and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Released by: Paramount
Rating: PG-13
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Eh, rent it if there’s nothing else.

Jonas Nightingale (Martin) is a faith healer and he’s a good one. There’s only little problem. He’s only in it for the money. The only faith he has is for the suckers who fill his tent every night to receive salvation. He travels across the county with his tour bus and tractor trailer rigs full of equipment looking for places to set up his tent and separate people from their money. His team has got this down to a science. The ushers who are seating people are writing down little bits of information that they overhear and pass them along back to Jane (Winger) who is connected to Jonas via a wireless speaker that he wears in his ear during the show. She passes along the information to make it look like Jonas is actually communicating with the Holy Spirit. The local sheriff (Neeson), who also has a thing for Jane, is on to Jonas and vows to shut him down one way or another. All of their lives are changed when a little boy with bad legs (Haas) sets foot on the stage and is really healed.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:35:32+00:00 March 2nd, 2007|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice

Sloshing through the swamp of pop culture so you don’t have to. We bring you ideas for how to waste your weekend.

Of course, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting me use their absolutely badass song, “Promoter (of earthbound causes)” as my theme music for this.

Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find “Promoter”. Buy their latest album, Pitchforks and Lost Needles. Send them love and coin.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:35:34+00:00 February 25th, 2007|DVD, Podcasts, Recommendations|0 Comments

Hidalgo (2004) – DVD Review

Hidalgo DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by John Fusco
Directed by Joe Johnston
Starring Viggo Mortensen, Zuleikha Robinson, Omar Sharif, Louise Lombard, and Saïd Taghmaoui

Features:

  • “Sand and Celluloid” making-of featurette
  • “America’s First Horse” enhanced computer featurette

Released by: Touchstone Home Entertainment
Rating: PG-13
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Rent it.

Frank Hopkins (Mortensen) is a Pony Express rider whose best friend is his horse, Hidalgo. Hopkins and Hidalgo have earned a national reputation for being champions of endurance races in the late 1800s. While he’s performing with Buffalo Bill Cody’s (J.K. Simmons) Wild West Show, his reputation is picked up by a Sheik (Sharif) who challenges them to race the 3,000 mile race across the deserts of the Middle East. They accept the challenge. Along the route of the race, they are challenged with bands of raiders who are very proud of their pure-bred horses and look down upon the infidel and his mixed-breed horse from America. They take this race and their breeding rights very seriously–enough to kill men and horses to make sure they win the race.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:35:35+00:00 February 25th, 2007|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice

Sloshing through the swamp of pop culture so you don’t have to. We bring you ideas for how to waste your weekend.

Of course, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting me use their absolutely badass song, “Promoter (of earthbound causes)” as my theme music for this.

Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find “Promoter”. Buy their latest album, Pitchforks and Lost Needles. Send them love and coin.

BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab this feed here.

Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed is here.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:35:39+00:00 February 18th, 2007|DVD, Podcasts, Recommendations|0 Comments

The Century of Warfare (1994) – DVD Review

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Film:
DVD:

Produced by Philip Nugus and Jonathan Martin
Narrated by Robert Powell

Released by: The History Channel
Rating: NR (some warfare footage inappropriate for younger audiences)
Region: 1
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Find some wet paint to watch dry instead

The 20th Century saw some amazing changes to the way that we wage war. Needless to say, we became more and more efficient at killing one another regardless of the justification. This documentary focuses on those changes and goes from one major war to another, spanning the globe.

Sadly, this is one of the most boring things I have ever seen. It’s organized very well, but it’s a bit like watching someone’s doctoral thesis in world history. The first episode sets up the rest of the episodes nicely, lining up what we are going to be watching for the next twenty-six hours. It seems to contain every scrap of stock footage from every major battle since WWI and is not shy about showing you every last second of this footage. Powell’s narration is some of the most mind numbingly boring that I’ve ever heard. It’s not just his fault–no, the writing for this documentary is the aural equivalent of an watching houseflies mate.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:35:41+00:00 February 17th, 2007|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

Adverse Video Review: Zardoz

Zardoz

Oh, Sean, Sean, Sean, how I loved thee in this film, let me count the dead bodies.

Okay, everyone wants to be Bond or at least they pretend they are in the shower so they can kick ass and take names while humming that notorious Bond tune. But I have some bad news for you folks: on one occasion or another our Bonds have disappointed us. Granted, Zardoz does have its brilliant moments, trying to get over Sean Connery with long hair in a braid and a red Speedo running around killing people is a hard thing to do. And no, ladies, the film was not made when he was young and buff and the Bond we oh so love. The film was made in 1974, that’s 3 YEARS AFTER Diamonds are Forever!

I’m going to say it. That’s right, I am going to say it. Connery’s performance in this is worse than Roger Moore playing an over-the-top gay guy who hits on Cuba Gooding Jr. in Boat Trip.

Bringing new meaning to 1970s films, Zardoz takes British avant garde, fantasy, and what-the-hell to a new level. On paper, this UK blunder has potential, in practice just try to get all the way through it without grinding your teeth.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:35:44+00:00 February 15th, 2007|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

Gigli (2003) – DVD Review

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Film:
DVD:

Written & Directed by Martin Brest
Starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Lenny Vinito, Justin Bartha, and Christopher Walken

Released by: Columbia TriStar
Rating: R
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Avoid it.

Larry Gigli (Affleck) is a muscle man for a young, up-and-coming thug in L.A named Louis (Vinito). He’s been tasked with kidnapping and holding Brian (Bartha), the mentally challenged brother of a federal prosecutor. The hope is that the kidnapping will put some pressure on the prosecutor to cut a deal on the prosecution of a friend of Louis’ back in New York. It seems, however, that Louis doesn’t think that Gigli is quite up to the challenge, so he hires Ricki (Lopez) to help Gigli make sure the job is done right. Ricki is pretty hot, but there’s a bit of a snag; she’s a lesbian. Will they be able to learn to work together?

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By | 2017-09-24T23:35:48+00:00 February 4th, 2007|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

Adverse Video Review: The Last Dragon

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I sought the Master and have found him!

On a shy quest to get his glow-you-got-to-know and his banana peeled, Bruce Leroy (Taimak

[IMDB linky]) is…The Last Dragon.

If you haven’t ever wanted to be a badass, you will after seeing this film. To learn how just take your cue from any of the baddasses–and yes, I do mean multiple baddasses. This parade of badassery includes: Taimak, Vanity, Faith Prince, Mike Starr, Julius J. Carry, III and the coolest kung fu kid ever, Ernie Reyes Jr.–you know, the kid from Red Sonja! There’s a reason why Motown CEO Berry Gordon and Michael Schultz gathered to create this outrageous kung fu-80s-harlem-cult-classic-bonanza, The Last Dragon.

There’s also a reason why Busta Rhymes, badass that he is, pays homage to Carry’s character Sno’Nuff in his music video for “Dangerous.” The line quoted? “Who’s the baddest mo-fo, low down, around this town? Sno’nuff.” Perhaps now I have gotten across to you the badass foundation and now the review can continue.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:36:22+00:00 January 14th, 2007|DVD, Reviews|1 Comment

Amateur (1994) – DVD Review

Amateur DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written & Directed by Hal Hartley
Starring Isabelle Huppert, Martin Donovan, Elina Lowensohn, Damian Young, Parker Posey

Features:

  • “Making of” Featurette

Released by: Sony Pictures Classics
Rating: R
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Nope.

My Advice: Rent it if it’s your thing.

Thomas (Donovan) has amnesia. Then he meets up with Isabelle (Huppert). She’s an ex-nun who has found her niche writing pornography. She vows to help him find out who he is and how he got amnesia. What he doesn’t know is that he is a pornographer who has made his wife, Sophia (Lowensohn), into a world-famous porn queen. It seems she’s been running because she thought she killed Thomas. His sordid past, not to mention some bloodthirsty henchmen, are going to go their best to kill him.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:36:50+00:00 January 7th, 2007|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special (1984) – DVD Review

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Film:
DVD:

Written by Bob Forward & Don Heckman
Directed by Bill Reid & Ernie Schmidt
Starring the voices of John Erwin, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gary, Lana Beeson, Melendy Britt

Features:

  • Two documentaries
  • Two collectible 4″x6″ art cards by artists Phil Jimenez and David Mack
  • “I Have the Power” music video
  • A Montage of Morals
  • The Complete “A Christmas Special” script (on DVD-ROM)

Released by: BCI
Rating: NR (suitable for all audiences)
Region: 1
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Just try to forget it ever happened…

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By | 2017-09-24T23:36:59+00:00 December 30th, 2006|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments