Wayhomer Review #100B (The “Talkie” Version): The Artist

Berenice Bejo in The Artist

The actual “talkie” version of Episode #100 for The Artist (2011), in which our protagonist tries to be mindful that he has to pull interesting faces for the “silent film” version of this review, praises black and white film, and muses how Jean Dujardin must get asked to say the Inigo Montoya speech…like, a lot.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:33:53+00:00 January 12th, 2012|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|2 Comments

The Princess and The Frog (2009) – Movie Review

The Princess and the Frog poster

Written by: Ron Clements, Rob Edwards & John Musker, based on a story by Clements, Greg Erb, Musker and Jason Oremland (with story supervision by Don Hall), all of this based (kinda) on The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker
Directed by: Ron Clements & John Musker
Starring: Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Michael-Leon Wooley, Jennifer Cody, Jim Cummings, Peter Bartlett, Jenifer Lewis, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, John Goodman

My Advice: Matinee.

Tiana is a young lady who has a purpose. It’s the 20s in New Orleans and ever since she was a little girl she and her father dreamed of opening a restaurant. Her father gone, Tiana soldiers on alone, working tons and hardly sleeping, socking away whatever money she can in order to get an establishment of her own. Into town strolls Prince Naveen, a bit of fun-loving and flat broke royalty, who falls for the tricks of the evil voodoo magician, Doctor Facilier (David). The Doc changes Naveen into a frog and the only thing that can break the spell is the kiss of a princess. Mistaking Tiana for a princess, Naveen talks her into kissing him, but it only makes things go from bad to worse, turning Tiana into a frog as well. And thus, hijinks ensue.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:55:50+00:00 January 3rd, 2010|Movie Reviews|1 Comment

Speed Racer (2008) – DVD Review

Speed Racer (2008) DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: The Brothers Wachowski, based on the series by Tatsuo Yoshida
Directed by: The Brothers Wachowski
Starring: Emile Hirsch, John Goodman, Matthew Fox, Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon

Features:

  • “Spritle in the Big Leagues” set tour
  • “Speed Racer: Supercharged!” cars featurette

Released by: Warner Brothers
Region: 1
Rating: PG
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Rent it.

Speed Racer (Hirsch) is the bright and upcoming race car driver of the Racer family. He’s got so much racing in his blood, you would think he had been grown in a vat with the express purpose of putting the pedal to the metal and the thing to the floor. Of course, he’s got something to prove, since he’s racing in the shadow of his older and now deceased brother, Rex (Scott Porter). There’s also the fact that Racer Motors is an indie race car company when everybody else is owned by supamegacorporations. So when Speed starts to rise a little too high and gets offered a deal by one of these supamegas, what is he going to do? And what if they don’t like his answer?

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By | 2017-09-24T23:12:16+00:00 September 27th, 2008|DVD Reviews|1 Comment

Raising Arizona: It’s a Way Homer

Nicolas Cage from Raising Arizona

So I went to go find the “Why do you say you feel…trapped in a man’s body?” bit and stumbled across the whole film. So how can I not post it? Be aware there are ads in this, but hey, it’s Raising Arizona. Beats the hell out of watching a crappy quality version split up into ten pieces, eh?

P.S. Where’s my Criterion edition, Coens? I demand a three-disc uber mongo edition.

Update: Alas, the film’s been taken off of Hulu…so we’ve defaulted back to the trailer. Which is…awesome.

Direct link for the feedreaders.
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By | 2017-09-24T23:14:01+00:00 August 13th, 2008|Stimuli|0 Comments

Disney Schedule Through 2012

Walt Disney Pictures logo

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

Big Lebowski, Abridged: Could You Please Keep Your Voices Down, This is a Family Website

Sam Elliott from The Big Lebowski

Our amigo Rob Levy sent me this. And you know what? I honestly like this version better than the real thing.

Yeah, yeah. If you’re going to call me an asshole for not liking your movie in the comments, you better make it entertaining or it’s not getting through moderation. I’ll just go ahead and tell you that up front.

Direct link for the feedreaders.
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By | 2017-09-24T23:41:20+00:00 August 18th, 2006|Stimuli|0 Comments

Punchline (1988) – DVD Review

Punchline DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written & Directed by: David Seltzer
Starring: Tom Hanks, Sally Field, John Goodman, Mark Rydell and Damon Wayans

Released by: Columbia-Tristar
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Own it.

Lilah Krytsick (Field) is a housewife who lives in Jersey and who’s dying to make it as a commedienne. There’s just one problem: she has no natural talent for comedy. She is on the verge of having to choose between her family and her passion to be a funny lady. When Steven Gold (Hanks) enters her life, it turns out that they each have something that the other needs. He is the funniest man at the club where they both perform, the Gas Station, and she’s got the means to help him from having his life completely falling out from under him.

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By | 2017-09-25T00:02:15+00:00 December 7th, 2003|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

Frosty the Snowman (1969) & Frosty Returns (1993) – DVD Review

Frosty the Snowman DVD

Film:
DVD:

Features:

  • Animator’s Original Pencil Test from Frosty
  • Other Golden Books Titles
  • Introduction by Arthur Rankin

Released by: Sony Wonder.
Rating: NR.
Region: 1
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Avoid It.

Frosty the Snowman

Written by Romeo Muller
Directed by Jules Bass & Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Starring the voices of Jimmy Durante, Billy De Wolfe, Jackie Vernon, Paul Frees, June Foray

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By | 2017-09-25T00:02:48+00:00 December 7th, 2003|Reviews|0 Comments