Wayhomer Review #121: Snow White and the Huntsman

Charlize Theron as Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman

Episode #121 for Snow White and the Huntsman, in which our protagonist bemoans the fact that a well-placed cast can’t save everything, bemoans the fact that you really shouldn’t inflate your running time to show off your art design, and really thinks it’s a bad idea to remind people there are fantasy movies out there better constructed than yours.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:31:31+00:00 June 2nd, 2012|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|12 Comments

Coraline (2009) – Widge’s Movie Review

Coraline poster art

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

Death Race (2008) – 27 Second Review

Death Race poster

Written by: Paul W.S. Anderson, based on the screenplay by Robert Thorn and Charles B. Griffith
Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Ian McShane, Tyrese Gibson, Natalie Martinez, and David Carradine

Review: From video game to movie to another video game, to yet another movie which shamelessly begs to be made into a video game. It seems like a circuitous exercise in pointlessness, but this installment pays out. There is enough splode to keep even me sated, and it’s even the creative kind of splode. Anyone can blow something up with grenades, but it takes an artist to do it with an ejector seat. Ian McShane steals the show for badassery, and the principal actors work well enough together so that you feel hatred seething from the screen, including the brilliant cinematography in a neck-snapping sequence. Hee.

Time: 23 seconds

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By | 2017-09-24T23:12:18+00:00 September 26th, 2008|27 Seconds, Reviews|0 Comments

Weekend Justice Vol. 0 #17

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.

Sorry for all the banging about. My mic stand isn’t exactly shock absorbent. Christ.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:30:30+00:00 June 24th, 2007|Archives|0 Comments