So the podcast returns (earlier than I expected–I just now realized it’s only been one week since the first episode–criminy, what a week). This one covers music and other transgressions and is co-hosted by Rob Levy, Tuffley and myself. Let us know what you think.
This episode’s central topic is “The Difficult Second Album.” Within you will find the the discussion of some bands that didn’t get second albums and should have, along with some bands that did that probably shouldn’t have. Also discussed: break-up songs, “We Are the World,” musical biopics, Roy Orbison, Grammys, Edison, and a serious request for Warren Ellis to take steps.
Written by: Stuart Beattie, David Elliot, Paul Lovett, and Michael Gordon
Directed by: Stephen Sommers
Starring: Ray Park, Marlon Wayans, Channing Tatum, Dennis Quaid, Rachel Nichols, Byung-Hun Lee, SaÃ¯d Taghmaoui, Joseph-Gordon Levitt, Christopher Eccleston, Sienna Miller, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Arnold Vosloo, Jonathan Pryce
Review: Casting Ray Park as Snake Eyes earned them a lot of leeway. I was even willing to forgive the fact that they put lips on his mask. It’s the ninja equivalent of Bat-Nipples. But they countered that with a good deal of brilliant homage, as well as enough kicksplode to entertain me for the two hours needed. Even if they twisted a fond childhood memory a bit (Accelerator Suits…? The hell?), the action made it a fun movie. Not a great movie by any means, mind you, but a fun one.
Time: 21 seconds
Series Created by Sydney Newman
Written by Russell T. Davies, Mark Gatiss, Robert Shearman, Paul Cornell, & Stephen Moffat
Starring Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, John Barrowman, Noel Clarke, Camille Coduri
- All thirteen episodes of the 2005 series, including running audio commentaries on every episode by cast and crew
- Interviews with Davies, Eccleston, Piper, and Barrowman
- Thirteen episodes of Doctor Who Confidential
- FX Notes/ footage, Designer Notes, Cast and Crew Video Diaries
- Pre-series launch trailers, series finale trailers
- Making-of section with Davies
- Behind the scenes of Doctor Who Christmas Invasion
- Opening trailer storyboard
- Multiple featurettes
- Cast bios
Released by: BBC Home Video.
My Advice: Own it.
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
- “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.
My Advice: Real car freaks might want to rent it just to look at the pretty pretty autos. Everybody else walk away.
Written by: Alex Garland
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Megan Burns, Christopher Eccleston
My Advice: Don’t Miss It.
A group of animal activites break into a primate research facility, ostensibly to release the test subjects. Trouble is, they don’t really understand what they’ve gotten themselves into: the primates here have been infected with a virus that changes the infected into rage-driven killing machines. And thanks to the eco-freaks, this virus has been unleashed upon the world. Enter Jim (Murphy). He wakes up in hospital, twenty-eight days after it all got started–and now England has been evacuated. Someone forgot to tell him, though. And there are many, many infected people left behind also–and they want murder.
Written by: Michael Hirst
Directed by: Shekhar Kapur
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Joseph Fiennes, Christopher Eccleston, Richard Attenborough
- Audio commentary with Director Kapur
- “The Making of Elizabeth”
- “Elizabeth” featurette
- Theatrical teaser and trailer
- Cast and crew bios
- Photo gallery
Released by: Polygram USA Video
My Advice: Own It.
Directed by Shekhar Kapur
Written by Michael Hirst
Starring Cate Blanchett, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Richard Attenborough
My Advice: Don’t Miss It.
Henry VIII is dead and Queen Mary Tudor (Kathy Burke) isn’t feeling too good herself, which leaves young Elizabeth (Blanchett) to take the throne. There are some complications, not limited to the fact that she is Protestant in a land of Catholic rule and also the fact that she loves Robert Dudley (Fiennes) despite many attempts by her head advisor, Sir William (Attenborough), to get her to marry someone else and get on with the business of producing an heir.
First and foremost, a big round of applause to not only Kapur for orchestrating this enjoyable historical jaunt, but Remi Adefarasin for the evocative cinematography, Alexandra Byrne for the gorgeous costume design, and John Myhre for the beautiful production design. They all provided the environment for the movie to work in, and damn if they didn’t do jobs worthy of multiple Oscar nods. Voluminous rooms, strategic use of curtains and lighting, and absolutely stunning garb work with the unique camera angles to bring England of the day to light.