Coraline (2009) – Widge’s Movie Review

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Written by: Henry Selick, based on the book by Neil Gaiman
Directed by: Henry Selick
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Keith David, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Ian McShane

My Advice: Don’t miss it

Coraline (voiced by Fanning) is a young girl who finds herself uprooted from her friends and school by her parents, instead living in a converted house in Oregon called The Pink Palace. Her mother (Hatcher) is a bit domineering and her father (Hodgman) is a bit distracted (and unhealthy looking…Jesus, even I look better than that…WTF, Mr. Selick?) but it appears they’re preoccupied but loving and trying to get by. Coraline, though, being bored and trapped in a new place, desires more. And she finds it in spades when she discovers a hidden door–it leads to a world populated by her Other Parents. Everything’s perfect over there–her parents exist just to entertain her and feed her and clothe her and love her…but what’s the price for all this attention? And what does it mean to her real parents and real life?

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By | 2017-09-24T23:05:45+00:00 February 22nd, 2009|Movie Reviews|3 Comments

Coraline (2009) – Rox’s Movie Review

Coraline movie poster

Written by: Henry Selick, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman
Directed by: Henry Selick
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Keith David, John Hodgman, Ian McShane
Music by: Bruno Coulais with a song by They Might Be Giants

My Advice: See it Twice. Once in 3D and once in 2D.

Coraline Jones (Fanning), a bored and precocious girl, moves to Oregon where her very busy parents (voiced by Hatcher and Hodgman) write a gardening catalog. She goes outside to investigate her new surroundings. There she finds a boarded up well, a mysterious cat (David), a very talkative boy named Wybie (Robert Bailey Jr.) and eventually an odd doll that resembles her, which Wybie brings from his grandmother’s house.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:05:51+00:00 February 17th, 2009|Movie Reviews|1 Comment

Push (2009) – Movie Review

Push movie poster

Written by: David Bourla
Directed by: Paul McGuigan
Starring: Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Djimon Hounsou

My Advice: Um. No.

Dear Dakota Fanning. Congratulations on having a heckuva career for somebody who’s just fourteen. But your career won’t live much longer if you pick crap like this movie in your adult career.

The story involves a bunch of brilliant psychically gifted American kids who are on the lamb from The Division, an evil and covert government agency that is out to do them harm. Their special powers would sure come in handy if used by the wrong people.

Fortunately the kids are in the sprawling city of Hong Kong which provides (in theory) ample hiding places to escape. But alas no, The Divison is wily and shrewd as they chase our heroes through the streets, markets and alleys of the city, blissfully ignoring the laws of physics along the way.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:05:59+00:00 February 10th, 2009|Movie Reviews|4 Comments

Neil Gaiman’s Xmas Gift to Everyone

The Neil provided a great present for his fans: an extraordinarily tasty snippet of the movie Coraline:

This is directed by Henry Selick (who did, among other things, Nightmare Before Christmas) and stars the voices of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Keith David, Ian McShane and French & Saunders. If you have not read the original book, you owe it yourself to buy it now. It’s probably the best YA dark fantasy/horror book I’ve ever read. You can read my review of it here.

Direct link for the feedreaders.

To see it in high-res Quicktime, check it out here.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:23:28+00:00 December 25th, 2007|Animation|0 Comments

Headsup: Thrillers from Columbia/Tristar

Anatomy 2. Joachim is an ambitious driven medical intern full of idealism and disregard for bureaucracy. This draws the attention of Dr. Müller-LaRousse, the head innovator of the hospital. He and his little clique of medical acolytes invite Joachim into their special research. The main project is developing artificial muscles which will make you stronger, faster, better. The research group is so enthusiastic about their project that they implant the muscles in themselves. Now the students are busy shooting up with whatever meds they can get their hands on to counter the massive amounts of pain. They are also killing anyone who wants to expose their independent study project. If the project fails, it will destroy more than their GPA, it could destroy their lives. This German medical thriller comes with a commentary from the director and the cast, deleted scenes that come with commentary from the director, a making of featurette, a gallery of photos and production artwork, filmographies, screen tests, and trailers.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:37:09+00:00 December 19th, 2006|DVD, Headsup|0 Comments

Uptown Girls (2003) – DVD Review

Film:
DVD:

Written by Julia Dahl, Mo Ogrodnik, and Lisa Davidowitz, based on a story by Allison Jacobs
Directed by Boaz Yakin
Starring Brittany Murphy, Dakota Fanning, Marley Shelton, Donald Faison, Jesse Spencer, Austin Pendleton, and Heather Locklear

Features:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • “The Lowdown of Uptown” Featurette
  • “Rockin’ Style” Featurette
  • Video Stills Gallery
  • “Time” Music Video with Chantal Kreviazuk

Released by: MGM Home Video
Rating: /b> PG-13
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Rent it.

Molly (Murphy) has lived a very free lifestyle and she has never seen a party she didn’t like. There’s only one problem–she just ran out of money. Enter Roma (Locklear). She needs a nanny for her daughter, Ray (Fanning). Since Ray has been basically raised by an ever growing list of nannies, she’s very mature for her age. And, since Molly has essentially never had to grow up, she’s definitely lacking in maturity. The two will help each other find out that there’s more to life than what they know.

Well, this is not the best movie ever made. Murphy is playing a role that almost any actress her age could play blindfolded, and she’s having to overcome the “cute” factor of Fanning. The story follows a very popular formula in Hollywood, where the two people who have a huge gap between them grow together only to have their new found friendship put to the test and survive even stronger than before. Really, there’s nothing new about this one at all. They don’t even try to disguise the formula from you. There are no outstanding performances, although I have point out how odd it was that Heather Locklear was playing the role of the mother in this movie. Maybe it’s just me, but she still looks too good to be playing someone’s mother in a movie.

The DVD has some pretty weird special features on it. It’s like it tried to shoot for a demographic of living human beings between the ages of four and eighty-four. Kinda hard to pull off, as you might expect. First of all, there are two featurettes that really don’t give you any idea of what to expect from the movie whatsoever. Okay, let me be fair, the first, “The Lowdown on Uptown,” does talk about the movie a little bit, but only in the sense that it gives the cast and crew the opportunity to talk about how working on this movie changed their lives forever and that everyone who worked on it are the most creative people the world has ever known. The usual crap.

The other featurette is a little better than the first. It’s called “Rockin’ Style” and it focuses on the costume design for the movie. This featurette could have been better if the designer had attempted to create some kind of personality for the filming of it. No real surprises from the deleted scenes either. Had they not been cut, the movie would have been just as bad only longer. There is also one of those odd video slideshow of some behind-the-scenes stills. It doesn’t last long enough to be worth anything and some of the pictures don’t stay on the screen long enough to be seen.

Rent this one. It’s just not worth shelling out the dough to add it to your collection.

Buy it from Amazon.
Buy the soundtrack from Amazon.

By | 2017-09-24T23:39:59+00:00 September 17th, 2006|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

War of the Worlds (2005) – 27 Second Review

War of the Worlds movie poster

Written by: Joseph Friedman & David Koepp, based on the novel by H.G. Wells
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins, Justin Chatwin, Miranda Otto

Review: Spielberg brought us a walking scrotum that heals with a touch, some human abductors who play the trombone, and communication through mashed potatoes. Honestly, for all I know this movie might have sucked horribly, I didn’t notice. Because of all that goes BOOM! Hahaha! BOOM! Just like that! Go see what it truly means to rip them a new asshole! Hahahahaha! BOOM!

Time: 18 seconds (more or less…my stopwatch went BOOM! Mahahaha!)
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By | 2017-09-24T23:57:21+00:00 July 2nd, 2005|27 Seconds, Reviews|0 Comments