Wayhomer Review #31: Salt

Angelina Jolie in Salt

Episode #31 for Salt, in which our protagonist talks about a very deadly twig, the obvious and immediate answer to the question posed in the promotional materials for the film and how to deal with superspies.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:49:40+00:00 July 23rd, 2010|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|3 Comments

Wanted (2008) – DVD Review

Wanted DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas and Chris Morgan, based on a story by Brandt and Haas, which was in turn based on the comic book by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones
Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov
Starring: James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann

Features:

  • Extended scene
  • Cast and characters featurette
  • L Train stunt featurette
  • Two stunts featurettes
  • Graphic novel featurette
  • Director featurette
  • Eight motion comics
  • “Little Things” music video
  • Video game making-of

Released by: Universal
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Nice, but wait for the deluxe version.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:08:02+00:00 December 22nd, 2008|DVD Reviews|0 Comments

Wanted (2008) – Movie Review

Wanted poster

Written by: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas and Chris Morgan, based on a story by Brandt and Haas, which was in turn based on the comic book by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones
Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov
Starring: James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann

My Advice: Matinee

What are you when you’re less than nobody? Whatever that is, it’s Wesley Gibson (McAvoy). He works a cubicle job, has a girlfriend who’s being bent over by his best friend anytime Wesley’s out of eyeshot, is constantly browbeaten by his supervisor, and has to take anti-anxiety medication because he’s just a complete and utter waste of flesh. Then one day he gets contacted by a mysterious woman named Fox (Jolie) who tells him the truth: the father that he never knew? Was one of the greatest assassins of the modern age. And said father has been recently put down by a rogue assassin who now is trying to put Wesley down. And the balance of the world rests on Wesley’s shoulders: learn how to kill or learn how to be dead. The latter is frighteningly simple. The former…not so much.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:13:56+00:00 August 17th, 2008|Movie Reviews|2 Comments

Wanted (2008) – 27 Second Review

Wanted Movie Poster

Written by: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas & Chris Morgan, based on a story by Brandt & Haas, which was in turn based on the comic book series by Mark Millar & J.G. Jones
Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov
Starring: James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp, Marc Warren, Common, and Thomas Kretschmann

Review: I’ve compared this movie to drowning in a spewing vat of molten awesome. Start with Matrix style action, then turn it over to Office Space. Then back to Matrix. They have bullets with separating sections like the space shuttle, and they have Morgan Freeman saying “Motherfucker.” Stay tuned for the Morgan Freeman/Sam Jackson Saying “Motherfucker” Cage Match! Place! Your! Bets!

Time: 15 seconds (more…)

By | 2017-09-24T23:16:00+00:00 July 10th, 2008|27 Seconds|0 Comments

Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) – DVD Review

Gone in 60 Seconds DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by Scott Rosenberg
Directed by Dominic Sena
Starring Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Delroy Lindo, Will Patton, Christopher Eccleston, Chi McBride, and Robert Duvall

Features:

  • Trailers
  • “Zero to 60” script-to-screen featurette
  • Car stunts featurette
  • Behind the scenes featurette on the chase sequence
  • Character featurettes
  • Action montage
  • Interview with Bruckheimer
  • Music video by The Cult

Released by: Touchstone.
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Real car freaks might want to rent it just to look at the pretty pretty autos. Everybody else walk away.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:55:58+00:00 August 7th, 2005|Reviews|0 Comments

27 Second Review: Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Written by: Simon Kinberg
Directed by: Doug Liman
Starring: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vince Vaughn, Adam Brody, Kerry Washington

Review: There are few things hotter than a woman who can look good with the faint gleam of bloodlust in her eye. It’s true that sex drives this movie, but it has other quality features. Like the complete destruction of everything in sight. Or hand to hand combat that severely pushes the limits of chivalry. Go see it if you want to be entertained. Not enlightened. Fun Drinking Game of the Week: Take a drink whenever you recognize a shot used by a tabloid as proof of Pitt’s infidelity!

Time: 21 seconds

By | 2017-09-24T23:57:40+00:00 June 12th, 2005|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) – DVD Review

Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Dean Georgaris, based on a story by Steven E. deSouza and James V. Hart
Directed by: Jan de Bont
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Ciarán Hinds, Chris Barrie, and Noah Taylor

Features:

  • Running audio commentary with director de Bont
  • Deleted/Alternate scenes (with optional commentary by de Bont)
  • 5 Featurettes
  • Gerard Butler’s Screen Test
  • Music Videos
  • Korn: “Did My Time”
  • The Davey Brothers: “Heart Go Faster”
  • Original Theatrical Website Archive
  • Released by: Paramount
    Region: 1
    Rating: PG-13
    Anamorphic: Yes

    My Advice: Rent it.

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    By | 2017-09-25T00:00:36+00:00 April 7th, 2004|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

    Original Sin (2001) – DVD Review

    Original Sin DVD cover art

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written by: Michael Cristofer, based on the novel by Cornell Woolrich
    Directed by: Michael Cristofer
    Starring: Angelina Jolie, Antonio Banderas, Thomas Jane, Jack Thompson, Gregory Itzin

    Features:

    • Running audio commentary by director/writer Cristofer
    • Music Video "You Can’t Walk Away from Love" by Gloria Estefan
    • Animated Photo Gallery
    • Original Theatrical Trailer

    Released by: MGM
    Region: 1
    Rating: NR
    Anamorphic: Yes

    My Advice: Borrow it.

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    By | 2017-09-25T00:02:47+00:00 December 7th, 2003|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments