Brave (2012) – 27 Second Review

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Written by: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Irene Mecchi & Steve Purcell, based on a story by Chapman
Directed by: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman & Steve Purcell
Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Craig Ferguson

Review: Given my Scotch-Cajun heritage, half of me has been very excited about Pixar doing something distinctly Celtic. As usual, they did not disappoint (just ignore all that recent Cars business). The animation was especially rewarding with all the scenery they got to play with, and Billy Connolly fights a Demon Bear. Which I’m sure has always been on his bucket list.

Time: 16 seconds

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By | 2017-09-24T22:30:55+00:00 July 9th, 2012|27 Seconds, Reviews|0 Comments

Win Last Chance Harvey Swag!

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Last Chance Harvey stars Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson as two people looking for a second chance at life and love. And, you know, Golden Globes, since they’ve both been nominated. That’s the poster up there–click it to embiggen.

The movie’s out in limited release now and swings wide on January 16th. Here’s the trailer so you know what to look for. And be patient, we’ll get to the swag part of all this in a moment…

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By | 2017-09-24T23:07:25+00:00 January 5th, 2009|Contests|1 Comment

Disney Schedule Through 2012

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Disney has announced the ten animated feature films that make up their new release schedule through 2012. Plus some Tinker Bell direct to video bits. And you really don’t want the hoobah of the press release talking about how great it is and ooh aren’t we lovely. No, let’s cut straight to the list.

Oh, wait. You do want to know this bit, though:

Starting later this year with the release of Disney’s “Bolt,” all Disney and Pixar animated features will be presented in state-of-the-art Disney Digital 3-D(TM). Additionally, newly converted 3-D versions of the beloved classics, “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2,” are set to debut in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Films are not presently scheduled past 2012 due to the impending singularity, or as John Hodgman would call it: Ragnarok.

That last part we had mentioned previously. And I’ll go ahead and tell you: Incredibles 2 is not on the list. Damn you, Disney. Damn you for breaking my heart. Again.

Oh, one last thing–where is Chazzie-award winning director Brad Bird? Making a live action co-produced film for Warner Brothers and Disney/Pixar, apparently, so he’s not on the list. Come back, Brad! Bring me my Incredibles sequel! Please!

Okay, list. What follows is trimmed from their press release. Our additions and comments are in italics.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:20:28+00:00 April 8th, 2008|Headsup|2 Comments

Sense and Sensibility (1995) – DVD Review

Sense and Sensibility DVD Book Edition

Film:
DVD:

Written by Emma Thompson, based on the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Ang Lee
Starring Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet, Emilie François, Hugh Grant, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Laurie, and James Fleet

Features:

  • Running audio commentary with Thompson and producer Lindsay Doran
  • Running audio commentary with director Lee and co-producer James Schamus
  • Video of Thompson’s Golden Globe acceptance speech
  • Deleted scenes
  • The original novel

Released by: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
Rating: PG
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Own it…unless you already do.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:53:24+00:00 October 19th, 2005|Reviews|0 Comments

The Tall Guy (1989) – DVD Review

tall guy dvd cover

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Richard Curtis
Directed by: Mel Smith
Starring: Emma Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Rowan Atkinson

Features:

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

My Advice: Rent it.

Dexter King’s (Goldblum) life is at a low point. He’s been the suffering barely-noticed straight man to the egomaniacal comic Ron Anderson (Atkinson) for over six years; he’s been dating a succession of increasing insane women, and his hay fever has reached Category 5 strength. The cure is a series of injections, and his fear of needles is overcome by his fascination with the lovely nurse Kate Lemmon (Thompson) administering them. Because of or despite his inept and idiotic attempts to get a date, Kate takes pity on him and decides to give him a go. After having the most destructive sex they’ve ever experienced, they become a couple. With romantic success comes professional success: he’s just been cast as the lead in the new musical based on the life of John Merrick, the “Elephant Man.” Will Dexter screw up his big chance, will Kate forgive him if he does, and what is with the singing underwear?

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By | 2008-12-19T02:34:54+00:00 November 6th, 2002|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments