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Thin Ice Blu-Ray

It’s Thin Ice on Blu-Ray from Fox. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

Mickey Prohaska (Greg Kinnear) is a small-time insurance agent looking for a way to jump-start his business, reunite with his estranged wife (Lea Thompson) and escape the frigid Wisconsin weather. This self-proclaimed master of spin believes that salesmanship is about selling a story — all he needs is a sucker willing to buy it. He hits pay dirt with a lonely retired farmer (Alan Arkin) who is sitting on something much bigger than an insurance commission. But Mickey’s attempt to con the old man spins out of control when a nosy, unstable locksmith (Billy Crudup) with a volatile temper dramatically ups the stakes, trapping him in a spiral of danger, deceit and double-crossing.

The Thin Ice Blu-ray and DVD offers three bonus features including a behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes and a look at the Sundance premiere. The Blu-ray will feature both the theatrical and Director’s cuts of the film.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:31:23+00:00 June 14th, 2012|Contests|0 Comments

Watchmen (2009) – 27 Second Review

Watchmen movie poster art

Written by: David Hayter and Alex Tse, based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Billy Crudup, Malin Ackerman, Matthew Goode, Patrick Wilson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Carla Gugino, Robert Wisden

Review: His views on sexy costumes notwithstanding, Rorschach is my idol. So long as they did him right, I’d be willing to forgive a lot from this movie. And they did. They nailed the character I had come to love and admire so well, that I didn’t even realize that the rest of the movie was excellent as well. So there was nothing to forgive. Hey kids! Put on a mask and run around the rooftops to violently punish criminals! With fire! It’s fun, and easy to be your own vigilante! With fire!

Time: 23 seconds

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By | 2017-09-24T23:04:39+00:00 March 22nd, 2009|27 Seconds, Reviews|1 Comment

Watchmen (2009) – Movie Review

Watchmen movie poster

Written by: David Hayter and Alex Tse, based on the comic book by Dave Gibbons & Alan Moore
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Malin Akerman, Jackie Earle Haley, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Matthew Goode

My Advice: See it.

Welcome to 1985 in a world with superheroes. It’s a world that looks a bit like ours except the hero Ozymandias (Goode) has turned his mighty brain towards business and thus Veidt Enterprises is everywhere. Richard Nixon (Robert Wisden in some admittedly terrible makeup) is still the president. Vietnam was a victory for the U.S. thanks to the intervention of Doctor Manhattan (Crudup) the reality-bending full-on superman. And the Cold War with the Soviets could turn hot at any moment. Into the midst of all of this chaos, retired hero and badass, The Comedian (Morgan), winds up rather dead. This draws the attention of Rorschach (Haley) , the one vigilante still…um, vigilanting after “masks” were outlawed. Rorschach is convinced that there’s a conspiracy at work. And the best thing for everybody would be if he was just being paranoid. But if he’s right…

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By | 2017-09-24T23:05:10+00:00 March 8th, 2009|Reviews|8 Comments

Princess Mononoke (1999) – DVD Review

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Film:
DVD:

Written by: Hayao Miyazaki, translated into English by Neil Gaiman
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Billy Bob Thornton, Gillian Anderson

Features:

  • Featurette
  • Theatrical trailer

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

My Advice: Own it.

When a demon invades his village and sets in motion events that are certain to eventually claim his life, Ashitaka (voiced by Crudup), must accept his destiny and go forth to find the origins of the demon and end the evil. On his journey he meets the beautiful yet savage San (voiced by Danes), who, with her family of wolves, is at war with the Lady Eboshi (voiced by Driver). Eboshi wants all the wilderness destroyed so she can mine for iron ore, whereas San is the forest’s protector. They want to kill each other. Out of all of this conflict, Ashitaka must somehow find a way to bring all the sides in this war to peace–lest no one survive.

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By | 2011-02-24T22:35:54+00:00 December 21st, 2000|DVD Reviews|0 Comments

Almost Famous (2000) – Movie Review

Almost Famous movie poster

Written and Directed by: Cameron Crowe
Starring: Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Philip Seymour Hoffman

My Advice: Don’t Miss It.

William Miller (Fugit) is a young aspiring writer who is given music by his sister (Zooey Deschanel) as a parting gift when she runs off with her boyfriend to escape their mother (McDormand), who isn’t exactly domineering–let’s just say she cares a lot. He takes the music and makes it his life, and at the age of fifteen, William meets Lester Bangs (Hoffman). Bangs, an editor for Creem magazine gives William his first assignment–to write an article on Black Sabbath. While trying to get into the concert, he meets not only the band Stillwater but also their lead “band-aid”, Penny Lane (Hudson). His relationships with Lane, the band, and music journalism all come to a head as this young man comes of age on Stillwater’s tour.

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By | 2011-11-16T13:14:48+00:00 September 14th, 2000|Reviews|0 Comments