Stuff You Need to Know, Thursday, September 25, 2008

  • Hell yes, Chocolate‘s been picked up. North American rights by Magnet, a division of Magnolia Films. Why do you care? If you don’t already know the answer, watch:

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

    Source: Hollywood Reporter.

  • Chocky, the sci-fi book from John Wyndham (Day of the Triffids) has had the film rights nabbed by DreamWorks with Steven Spielberg looking to direct it as his next project since Tintin looks to be on hold–or something. I can’t seem to get a straight damn answer from day to day. Anyway, this project is about a boy whose imaginary friend turns out to be an alien living in his mind. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:12:19+00:00 September 25th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

    Win Helen Mirren at the BBC on DVD!

    Helen Mirren at the BBC DVD Cover Art

    Like Helen Mirren? Who doesn’t? You’re in luck: Warner Brothers and BBC Home Video have hooked us up with three copies of this, the Helen Mirren at the BBC boxed set. Nine films across five discs. Not too shabby.

    Want to win a copy? Then get on it. Remember: you can enter once a day, friends.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:19:16+00:00 May 8th, 2008|Contests|0 Comments

    Headsup: Of Comedy, Bees, Conspiracy and Oil

    An ongoing attempt to make sense of the onslaught of new swag that people want you to buy. Should you? I’ll try and help.

    Bee Movie Very Jerry 2-Disc Edition DVD Cover Art
    Father Ted The Definitive Collection DVD Cover Art
    Helen Mirren at the BBC DVD Cover Art

    I first began to have hope for Bee Movie after seeing the series of live action commercials/trailers in which the “decision” to go with a CG-animated movie was reached. It became apparent that with Jerry Seinfeld on board, the laughs would be above par. And apparently, Dreamworks raised their game to meet it. Their animation style is improving somewhat too. But it’s still not Pixar–but I won’t beat them up too much for that. They get an E for Effort and manage for a decent rental in the process. (I wasn’t going for the easy B joke.) And it’s available in a two-disc set. There’s a commentary with Seinfeld, some TV bits he did for the film, alternate endings and deleted scenes, featurettes and more. (Click here to buy it from Amazon.)


    By | 2017-09-24T23:20:36+00:00 April 1st, 2008|Headsup|1 Comment

    National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) – 27 Second Review

    National Treasure: Book of Secrets

    Written by: Cormac Wibberly & Marianne Wibberly
    Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
    Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, Jon Voight, Helen Mirren, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Harvey Keitel

    Review: Cool action, Great cast. I’m one of those crazy people who actually likes these movies. But then, I’m also one of those crazy people who randomly tackles nuns. So you can take that however you like.

    Time: 9 seconds (more…)

    By | 2017-09-24T23:22:14+00:00 January 28th, 2008|27 Seconds, Reviews|0 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice for May 13, 2007

    Sloshing through the swamp of pop culture so you don’t have to. We bring you ideas for how to waste your weekend. Tried to get this up yesterday, I know, I said so in the recording, but that’s what I get for thinking.

    Of course, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting me use their absolutely badass song, “Promoter (of earthbound causes)” as my theme music for this.

    Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find “Promoter”. Buy their latest album, Pitchforks and Lost Needles. Send them love and coin.

    BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab this feed here.

    Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed is here.

    Like the podcast? Tell us about it. Fill out a PodTrac Survey today. The Baby Jesus would want you to.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:31:25+00:00 May 13th, 2007|Archives|0 Comments

    No Such Thing (2002) – DVD Review

    No Such Thing DVD


    Written and Directed by Hal Hartley
    Starring Sarah Polley, Robert John Burke, Helen Mirren, Julie Christie

    Released by: MGM Home Video.
    Rating: R
    Region: 1
    Anamorphic: No.

    My Advice: Avoid It.

    Once upon a time, there lived a Monster (Burke) on an island with an underground tower (actually a missile silo) near the Land of Ice (actually Iceland). This Monster could not die and was not happy about that. He could also feel the ever increasing pressure of humanity and this made him even unhappier. He tried to relieve his tension through drink, random terror, and a few killings…but it didn’t help much. Enter the ingénue, Beatrice (Polley). She is the servant of the evil witch known as The Boss (actually she’s an intern for an evil TV news producer called The Boss) who delights in misery and death, especially if there is accompanying video. Beatrice wants to confront the Monster for killing her fiancée. So she sets out on her quest and after surviving many perils, she reaches her goal. When she learns of the Monster’s wish to die, she decides to bring it to civilization to grant that wish. The Boss (Mirren) exploits this to the fullest, but what will happen to Beatrice and her Monster when the world can no longer say that there is No Such Thing?


    By | 2017-09-24T23:52:42+00:00 October 31st, 2005|Reviews|0 Comments

    Calendar Girls (2003) – DVD Review

    Calendar Girls DVD box art


    Written by: Tim Firth and Juliette Towhidi
    Directed by: Nigel Cole
    Starring: Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Linda Bassett, Ciarán Hinds, Annette Crosbie


    • Featurettes: “The Naked Truth,” “Creating the Calendar”
    • Deleted Scenes

    Released by: Buena Vista
    Region: 1
    Rating: PG-13
    Anamorphic: Yes.

    My Advice: Catch it on cable.

    What would possess respectable middle-aged ladies of the Women’s Institute, a British organization devoted to arts and crafts and charity, to pose nude for a calendar? It all started when long-time member Annie (Walters) is dealing with her husband’s leukemia. Her best friend Chris (Mirren) is right beside her through the ordeal. She discovers how uncomfortable the sofa is in the hospital waiting room. Chris wants the WI to purchase a new couch in Annie’s husband memory. Unfortunately sofas aren’t cheap and the main WI fundraiser, a calendar with pictures of lovely if unexciting country scenes, doesn’t raise much in the way of funds. Chris suddenly has a rather unorthodox idea. She’ll have the ladies perform the usual activities of the WI–baking, knitting, gardening, etc.–in the nude. She gets a talented (if reluctant) photographer and several public-spirited (if reluctant) friends, adds several bottles of red wine and magic ensues. What’s surprising, besides getting the nude shots done, is that the tasteful and playful calendar is a runaway hit. The fame hits with full force and Chris and the girls are riding high. But fame can be dangerous, so will media exposure break up the Calendar Girls?


    By | 2017-09-25T00:00:29+00:00 June 4th, 2004|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

    Gosford Park (2001) – DVD Review

    Gosford Park DVD


    Written by: Julian Fellowes, based on an idea by Robert Altman and Bob Balaban
    Directed by: Robert Altman
    Starring: Maggie Smith, Kelly MacDonald, Kristen Scott Thomas, Alan Bates, Helen Mirren, Emily Watson


    • Feature Commentary with director Altman, production designer Stephen Altman, and producer David Levy
    • Screenwriter’s commentary with Fellowes
    • Deleted Scenes with optional commentary
    • Featurette: “The Making of Gosford Park”
    • Featurette: “The Authenticity of Gosford Park”
    • Q&A session with cast and filmmakers
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Selected cast and filmmaker filmographies

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

    My Advice: Rent it.


    By | 2017-09-25T00:01:15+00:00 December 7th, 2003|Reviews|0 Comments

    The Prince of Egypt (1998) – Movie Review

    The Prince of Egypt

    Written by: Kelly Asbury & Lorna Cook along with 14 other people, based on the book of Exodus
    Directed by: Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, & Simon Wells
    Starring: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Patrick Stewart, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock

    My Advice: Wait and Rent It.

    To escape a culling of Hebrew firstborns, Moses (Kilmer) is placed in a CGI basket by his mother and set adrift, only to wind up in the arms of Egypt’s Queen (Helen Mirren) and become a…prince of Egypt. He flees the kingdom once he learns of his true heritage and finds peace in Midian and winds up marrying Pocahontas (Pfeiffer). Content at first, he’s called on by God (Kilmer) to go into Egypt and lead the Hebrews out of slavery.

    That’s right, it’s the book of Exodus. They’ve thrown in some unnecessary action sequences, i.e. a Ben Hur chariot race down the scaffolding of a monument whilst the nose of said monument is a close third, but all in all, you’ve got Exodus. And therein lies the problem with this film: it tries too hard to do too much. The story is big and broad enough as it is, it doesn’t need add-ons. It’s almost like they set out to out-Disney Disney. For example, apart from the opening “Deliver Us,” the songs are all unnecessary and painfully intrusive. Every time somebody needs to explain something, suddenly–! There’s a song going–and I’m cringing.


    By | 2010-01-27T02:19:09+00:00 December 19th, 1998|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments