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There’s a lot of stuff that comes out all the time, with the companies lobbying to snag your coin. Take this as your quick reference guide that will help you with answering the all important question: Should I throw money at it or save my coin? If you find the info here to be of use, do us a favor and purchase stuff from Amazon through us. Especially if you were going to buy the stuff anyway. That gives us kickbacks, which help pay for things. Like the server. And coffee. And therapy. Thanks.

Agatha Christie Hour Set 2 DVD
Man in a Suitcase Set 1 DVD
Wish Me Luck Series 2 DVD

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By | 2017-09-24T22:43:32+00:00 March 2nd, 2011|Headsup|1 Comment

Headsup for February 23, 2008

An ongoing attempt to make sense of the onslaught of new swag that people want you to buy. Should you? I’ll try and help.

The Aristocats Special Edition DVD Cover Art
Margot at the Wedding DVD Cover Art
Becoming Jane DVD Cover Art

The Aristocats is back in a special edition, and while it’s not one of Disney‘s full-on Platinum Editions, it has a little bit to warrant it. A little, anyway. Mostly, the transfer is updated and looks a lot better than the previous release. But beyond that, there’s just bits and pieces that would interest us, since most kids find DVD player games about as interesting as a shoe that they can’t see. You get a deleted song, four minutes with the Brothers Sherman talking about the songs from the film (four minutes!), a gallery, and then two other pieces that are included because they have cats in them. First, a bit from the Disneyland series with Walt talking about cat history and the short “Bath Day” which has Figaro the cat in it. And that’s it. No commentary. Granted, this isn’t ranked up there with a Snow White or a Sleeping Beauty, but at least give us something. Ideally, Disney needs to start selling DVDs that appeal to both adults and children–like their classic films do. Put the hardcore Criterion-esque stuff on one disc, put the kid-friendly stuff on the second disc. I can solve problems like this–my rates are very reasonable. Anyway, if you don’t already own this, it’s worth having just for the film and the new transfer, especially if you have kids. (Click here to buy it from Amazon.)

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By | 2017-09-24T23:21:24+00:00 February 23rd, 2008|Headsup|0 Comments

King Kong (2005) – Movie Review

Film:
Kicksplode:

Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson, based on the story by Merian C. Cooper & Edgar Wallace
Directed by Peter Jackson
Starring Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, Jack Black, Andy Serkis, Jamie Bell

My Advice: Matinee.

Carl Denham (Black) has a vision. Okay, well, Leonard Cohen would call it a scheme. He’s known for going and making safari movies, but now his backers want more. So he’s lined up a name actor (Kyle Chandler) and a name actress…oops, she’s dropped out of the project. Denham has to find a replacement actress (Watts), get his screenwriter (Brody) to finish his work, and somehow convince everyone that they’re filming in Singapore, when in fact they’re headed to a place called Skull Island with nothing but a strange map of how to get there and a load of bad checks. Once there, however, they’re going to get much more than they bargained for. Much more indeed. Mooha.

Okay, it’s nearly pointless to worry about spoilers for a film, at least for major plot points. The only thing more ridiculous would be being concerned about the end of Hamlet or something. We know where this is going. So the trick with this film is to make the ride to get there an enjoyable one. With Jackson on board to make the film he’s been wanting to make since before Lord of the Rings, can the ride be worthwhile?

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By | 2017-09-24T23:51:04+00:00 December 18th, 2005|Movies, Reviews|2 Comments

King Kong (2005) – 27 Second Review

King Kong (2005) poster art

Written by: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson, based on the story by Merian C. Cooper & Edgar Wallace
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Starring: Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, Jack Black, Andy Serkis, Jamie Bell

Review: Quite simply, it rocked hard. Unlike most remakes, it pays great homage to the original. And then of course it has enough balls-to-the-wall destruction to make you piss yourself with glee. So bring an extra pair of shorts.

Time: 9 seconds

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By | 2017-09-24T23:51:08+00:00 December 15th, 2005|27 Seconds, Reviews|0 Comments

The Two Towers (2002) – Movie Review

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers movie poster

Written by: Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Stephen Sinclair & Frances Walsh, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Starring: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom

My Advice: Matinee

The second installment in the adaptation of Tolkien’s trilogy has arrived–and everybody is in deep orc manure. Frodo and Sam (Wood and Astin) are still on their way to Mordor, being stalked by the lovable, huggable Gollum (voiced by Andy Serkis). Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli (Mortensen, Bloom and John Rhys-Davies) are still on the track of the other two hobbits, Merry and Pippin (Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd), who got snatched up by the Uruk–which are, as you might recall, ostensibly orcs on PCP. All of this to try and stop Saruman (Christopher Lee) from tag-teaming with Sauron to kick the ass of Middle Earth.

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By | 2011-11-20T17:59:11+00:00 December 19th, 2002|Reviews|0 Comments