Prince Caspian (2008) – 27 Second Review

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Written by: Andrew Adamson & Christopher Markus, based on the novel by C.S. Lewis
Directed by: Andrew Adamson
Starring: Liam Neeson, Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley, Skander Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Peter Dinklage, Eddie Izzard, Sergio Castellitto

Review: NINJA FAUNS!!!!!!! VIOLENT MICE!!!!!!!!! FULL! AUTO! CATAPULTS!!!!!

Ahem. Sorry. There’s a story and stuff too. The four leads have improved, probably due to some much needed acting lessons. I’m sure the flow would be better if some scenes were kept in that we can assume were left out because they connected the plot points too well and took focus away from FULL AUTO CATAPULTS!!!!! Can I have one?

Time: 22 seconds

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By | 2017-09-24T23:18:25+00:00 May 31st, 2008|27 Seconds|1 Comment

Weekend Recommendations: Books and CDs

Each weekend, Needcoffee.com’s staff of whackos will wrack our brains to give you interesting and new things to do over the weekend. Books, movies, whatever. We’ll throw them out, you do with them what you will. And hey…if you have something you want to recommend–whatever it is–drop us a line.

Incidentally, we’ve provided links where we can for you to buy the stuff or find out more if you’re interested, courtesy of those Amazon types.

Hey, come on, we can’t be totally selfless in this, can we?

Audiobook of the Week: The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Alan Jacobs. Well, as Aslan’s roar destroys the box office, some of you might be looking for more reading material along those same lines. Why not go to the real primary source material–i.e., the life of Lewis himself. This Harper Audio release is read by the author, who wants to use the life of Lewis to tell you how and why Narnia came about as it did. Interesting background info for fans of the man and of the series. (Buy it)

Biography of the Week: Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy by Mark A. Vieira. If you are a fan of the actress, then this Abrams release is going need to hit your coffee table. Focusing on her filmography, it’s part biography part excuse to trot out an incredible array of photos, some never before published. Like I said, the fan should go ahead and give in and buy. (Buy it)

Comedy Book of the Week: Mommy Knows Worst: Highlights from the Golden Age of Bad Parenting Advice by James Lileks. Lileks rocks the house. He simply does. If you haven’t seen his take on the food of yesteryear or the home decorating styles of yesterday then you have no idea how much of your ass is going to be laughed off by his take on the experting parenting advice of days gone by. It’s amazing our parents (or anyone else for that matter) survived. This Three Rivers Press release is a must-have for Christmas, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Or just to chortle at by yourself. Trust us. (Buy it)

Anthology of the Week: The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Second Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois. If you want to play catch-up on the latest in the genre, this St. Martin’s Griffin release is definitely for you. Benjamin Rosenbaum, Vernor Vinge, Christopher Rowe, Catilin R. Kiernan, Michael F. Flynn and many more grace the pages, and at almost 700 pages, it can also be used as a blunt instrument in the wake of an EMP assault by aliens. Bonus. (Buy it)

Book of the Week: The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil. Kurzweil is the guy who thinks the future is going to get here faster than most would suspect…and all signs that I’m aware of point to the fact he’s right. In fact, it’s his idea of the singularity that informs a lot of the background for Dark Blue Monstropolis. In this book it’s when the line between technology and biology blur that things are really going to take off. Are you ready for immortality? Where the hell do I sign? Check out this release from Viking. Fascinating, mind-bending stuff. (Buy it)

Collection of the Week: Hank Ketcham’s Complete Dennis the Menace: 1951-1952. Fantagraphics gets much respect. Not only are they bringing us the complete reprints of Peanuts, but forty-four years of Dennis are in the offering. If you’re smart, you’ll get in on the ground floor of this one, which has all the entries from the first two years. There’s nothing like getting to see these strips we’ve grown up with (usually in the comic strip version of “syndication” or “reruns”) develop as they did as time passed. Most excellent. (Buy it)

CD of the Week: Mad Dogs and Englishmen by Joe Cocker. What I decided a long time ago is that nobody…I mean nobody…can cover a Beatles song like Joe Cocker. Badass covers like “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” and “With a Little Help From My Friends” are just the tip of the iceberg on this two-disc remastered edition of the album, packed with lots of unreleased goodness and B-sides, just like all the deluxe editions from A&M and Universal Records. Snag it if you haven’t already. (Buy it)

Comedy CD the Week: Salvation: Oxford, November 11, 1992 by Bill Hicks. I’m of the opinion that you can never have enough Bill Hicks. So having a full-on two-disc unedited performance of his makes my eyebrows spin around with glee. On one hand, a lot of this you’ve heard snippets of spread across previous releases, but here you get the whole thing unexpurgated. Wonderful stuff where you really get to hear the gears in his head spin. This wonderment hits from Rykodisc. (Buy it)

By | 2017-09-24T23:51:03+00:00 December 18th, 2005|Recommendations|1 Comment

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) – 27 Second Review

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe movie poster

Written by: Andrew Adamson, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely & Ann Peacock, based on the novel by C.S. Lewis
Directed by: Andrew Adamson
Starring: Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes, Anna Popplewell, Tilda Swinton, Liam Neeson

Review: Well, the acting of the four leads left much to be desired, but the effects were awesome. Liam Neeson kicks ass even as a CGIed lion. And if you look closely, Aslan even looks like him. But what I really want to know is: why does the dwarf sound like Pearl from Blade?

Time: 9 seconds.
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By | 2017-09-24T23:51:04+00:00 December 18th, 2005|27 Seconds, Reviews|0 Comments

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) – Movie Review

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe movie poster

Written by Andrew Adamson, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely & Ann Peacock, based on the novel by C.S. Lewis
Directed by Andrew Adamson
Starring Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes, Anna Popplewell, Tilda Swinton

My Advice: Matinee. But only if you must.

England, during World War II, is getting the absolute crap bombed out of it. The decision is made to get the children of the cities the hell out of Dodge and out into the countryside where they will be safe(r). Thus the four Pevensie children head for the middle of nowhere, to stay with a professor (Jim Broadbent, in need of better facial hair) and his crotchety housekeeper (Elizabeth Hawthorne). While there, and bored, the youngest, Lucy (Henley) stumbles upon a magical wardrobe that opens onto another world: Narnia. There, she finds a kingdom frozen by the evil White Witch (Swinton), and she and her siblings will soon be caught up in a war between the forces of the witch’s evil and the forces of good, led by the lion Aslan (voiced by Liam Neeson).

Let’s address the question head-on, then. How do you take a straight-up Christian allegory, disguised as a children’s book, and make it into a mainstream movie? Well, this movie is one way, but the allegory portion of it simply clunks. Of course, it clunked in the book itself too, until finally Lewis couldn’t stand it anymore and, not content to merely hint around the bush any longer, threw the facade away in Book Seven, screaming “THE LION IS JESUS!!! GET IT???” and making lots of kids the world over feel betrayed. So the fact that the whole sacrifice portion of the movie is a little heavy handed can’t be blamed on the filmmakers here.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:51:14+00:00 December 7th, 2005|Reviews|65 Comments

The Question of God (2004) – DVD Review

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Film:
DVD:

Written by Leslie Clark
Directed by Catherine Tatge
Starring Simon Jones & Peter Eyre
Discussion led by Dr. Armand Nicholi
Roundtable: Jeremy Fraiberg, Winifred Gallagher, Douglas Holladay, Margaret Klenck, Frederick Lee, Louis Massiah, Michael Shermer

Features:

  • Discussion guide (in PDF form)

Released by: PBS.
Rating: NR.
Region: 1
Anamorphic: N/A; program appears in its original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: At least rent it. Deep thinkers among you will want it and the book.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:58:25+00:00 May 8th, 2005|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments