Brokeback Mountain (2005) – DVD Review

Brokeback Mountain DVD cover


Written by: Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana based on a short story by Annie Proulx
Directed by: Ang Lee
Starring: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway


  • Featurette: “Sharing the Story: The Making of Brokeback Mountain”
  • Featurette: “Directing From the Heart: Ang Lee”
  • Featurette: “On Being A Cowboy”
  • “From Script to Screen: Interviews with Screenwriters Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana”

Released by: Universal
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Rent It


By | 2017-09-24T22:50:54+00:00 June 22nd, 2010|DVD Reviews|0 Comments

At Last, Doctor Parnassus Has a Trailer

Friend of Needcoffee Terry Gilliam has a new film in the works, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Soon it will overcome all obstacles and blast onto cinema screens everywhere. We earnestly hope. In the meantime, a trailer has been released to the wild via The Imaginarium of Doctor Plume, aka Quick Stop Entertainment.

Update: Of course, they’ve taken down the trailer. Free advertising for a film? Madness!

By | 2012-09-13T12:05:11+00:00 September 13th, 2008|Archives|0 Comments

The Dark Knight (2008) – Movie Review

Dark Knight poster

Written by: Christopher Nolan & Jonathan Nolan, based on a story by David S. Goyer & Christopher Nolan, which was based in turn on characters created by Bob Kane
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman

My Advice: Don’t miss it.

Batman (Bale) has been doing a good job cleaning up the streets of Gotham. In fact, he may be doing too good a job. Or too bad a job, depending on how you look at it. The organized crime collective is getting backed into a corner. Not only do they have Batman after their asses, but a new DA, Harvey Dent (Eckhart), actually wants to clean things up. And of course, Jim Gordon (Oldman) and his crew are fighting the good fight as well. Seeing no other way to deal with the situation, they accept the assistance of a newcomer: The Joker (Ledger). Trouble is, they don’t know what they’ve unleashed.


By | 2017-09-24T23:14:44+00:00 August 3rd, 2008|Reviews|7 Comments

The Dark Knight (2008) – 27 Second Review

The Dark Knight poster

Written by: Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, based on a story by David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan, based on characters created by Bob Kane
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Review: The best part of this movie wasn’t the fact that it was kickass in every way, or Heath Ledger‘s mythical performance as the Joker, and his “disappearing pencil” magic trick. It was the fact that I was sitting next to a five year old whose father obviously thought that a Batman movie would be perfectly safe for children. Ha. Chump. Now that child is traumatized forever. One more in the movie’s favor.

Time: 15 seconds (more…)

By | 2017-09-24T23:15:27+00:00 July 20th, 2008|27 Seconds, Reviews|1 Comment

“Leaked” Dark Knight Trailer

Why So Serious

So Ain’t It Cool has got the trailer (and it looks like the embed’s been replaced at least once since they put it up early this morning). Whatever, it’s out in the wild now, so rather than try to embed here and play the take-down-put-it-back game with Warner Brothers, we’ll let Harry’s crew do the work.

I forget where we saw it mentioned, but I think it’s wise to consider the quotation marks around the word “leaked.” Nothing quite like a “leaked” trailer to build buzz. I’m just saying.

Found via Slashfilm. Snippet of badass poster found at Batman on Film.

Update: The clean (i.e. not cam-shot) version is now on YouTube. VideoSift has it.

By | 2017-09-24T23:23:40+00:00 December 14th, 2007|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

The Brothers Grimm (2005) – Movie Review

Brothers Grimm movie poster

Directed by Terry Gilliam
Dress Patterns by Terry Gilliam and Tony Grisoni
Written by Ehren Kruger
Starring Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Lena Headey, Peter Stormare, Jonathan Pryce

My Advice: Matinee.

It’s the early 19th Century in French Occupied Germany. Two brothers, Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm (Damon and Ledger) make their way across Europe, helping out villagers who are plagued with beasties, witches and spooks of all sorts. Well, sorta. Really they’re mining Jacob’s knowledge of European folklore and going to where the legends say the beasties, witches and spooks are–because chances are very good they’ll find superstitious people there willing to believe anything (like, for example, Kansas) and thus, willing to pay handsomely to have their fears dispatched. Because there are people willing to pay for such services, the Grimms are justified in their minds to relieve the people of the necessary coin. Only what if it’s not all just heebee jeebie bullshit? What if there’s a forest somewhere in France where Some Really Weird Shit is actually going down? And what if they were…compelled (psst–it involves being on the wrong end of guns) to go there?


By | 2017-09-24T23:55:11+00:00 August 26th, 2005|Movies, Reviews|2 Comments

A Knight’s Tale (Superbit, 2001) – DVD Review

A Knight


Written & Directed by: Brian Helgeland
Starring: Heath Ledger, Rufus Sewell, Paul Bettany, Mark Addy, Shannyn Sossamon

Released by: Columbia-Tristar
Region: 1
Rating: PG-13
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Borrow it.

William Thatcher (Ledger) is, at least in his time period, a nobody. You see, he wants to joust (and since I’m talking about the actual sport rather than the video game with flying ostriches, you suddenly see the time period) but only those of noble birth can do so. When the knight he’s working for suddenly drops dead, he and his fellow attendants (Addy and Alan Tudyk) are desperate. They haven’t eaten, bathed or much of anything else pleasant for several days due to lack of funds. So in order to lay claim to some coin, William has to step up, put on the armor, and pose as an actual knight. That’s when he starts to get ideas…


By | 2011-06-06T11:58:13+00:00 December 7th, 2003|Reviews|0 Comments

The Patriot (2000) – Movie Review

The Patriot movie poster art

Directed by Roland Emmerich
Written by Robert Rodat
Starring Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Jason Isaacs, Joely Richardson, Chris Cooper

My Advice: Don’t Miss It.

Benjamin Martin (Gibson) is a man with a past, and it’s one he does not wish to revisit. In his past, he was a warrior of great renown, but now he’s a widower with seven children to care for. This might not be such a big deal, but he’s in an American colony in 1776–and war is kicking up all around him. To make matters worse, his eldest son Gabriel (Ledger) is convinced his father is hiding behind his children–and desperately wants to enlist in the Continental Army. When Gabriel gets into more than a spot of trouble and starts to drag the family down with him, Benjamin has to step up and try to keep the entire thing from coming down around their ears.

I would like to say to Devlin and Emmerich that they have hereby been forgiven for Godzilla. Yes, this movie is just that good. Gibson gives the caliber of performance he thought he did in Braveheart. And indeed, there will be many (and have been many) who compare this film to that earlier outing, which Nick over at CHUD brilliantly termed “Death Wish in a kilt.” But Patriot succeeds where Braveheart stumbles. The first film was a revenge flick, like Nick says, pure and simple. Every cry of “FREEDOM!” stank of bullshit. This film goes with the premise that there are more important things than revenge, and you can actually see Benjamin making the choice periodically through the film. Other characters are constantly reminding him, “Revenge is one thing, but keep your mind on the cause.” It works, and Gibson has been cleansed of the sin of that bad kilt flick.


By | 2009-09-26T16:45:04+00:00 June 28th, 2000|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments