Oldboy (2013) – 27 Second Review

Josh Brolin from Oldboy (2013)

Written by: Mark Protosevich, based on the manga by Garon Tsuchiya & Nobuaki Minegishi
Directed by: Spike Lee
Starring: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Imperioli

Review: Well, let’s just say it. This movie is fucked up. Those who have seen the original know that this is not something one refers to in a positive light. At least not without cringing. Americanized remakes will always have that extra hurdle to pass, and thanks to the cast and fight choreography (are you thinking The Hallway of Hammering? Because I am), this one passed muster. But now I’m going to go shower.

Time: 21 seconds

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:41+00:00 December 17th, 2013|27 Seconds, Reviews|0 Comments

Win True Grit on Blu-Ray + Excellent Swag!

True Grit Blu-Ray True Grit prize pack

Here is an excellent, awesome and hilarious giveaway opportunity, all rolled up in one. First up, True Grit on Blu-Ray. That’s cool enough, yes. And we have three of those to giveaway. But one grand prize winner will get the Blu-Ray plus a portable grill, grilling apron with all the grill utensils and a grilling hat. That’s right. You heard right. A True Grit grilling/chef’s hat. Here’s what they have to say about the Blu-Ray:

Jeff Bridges stars as Rooster Cogburn, an irascible U.S. Marshal hired by a 14-year-old girl (newcomer Hailee Steinfeld) to bring her father’s killer (Josh Brolin) to justice. Matt Damon is an overzealous Texas Ranger who is also tracking the killer, hoping to capture him and bring him to trial for another murder. The TRUE GRIT Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack with Digital Copy includes over an hour of extensive behind-the-scenes featurettes exploring the cast and cinematography of the film, the period costumes and guns, a fascinating portrait of the brilliant but reclusive novelist Charles Portis and more.

That’s right, so one grand prize winner with the full pack including the Blu-Ray. Two runner-ups get the Blu-Ray solo.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:40:18+00:00 June 8th, 2011|Contests|7 Comments

Stuff You Need to Know, Friday, October 10, 2008

Crystal Skull Best Buy exclusive
  • The new hip trendy thing these days is to have DVD releases with different exclusive bits depending on which store you buy it from. For the most part, they’re shruggable. But I must admit that the Best Buy offering for Indiana Jones IV is kinda snazzy if you like the film. It is a “Gift Set with replica crystal skull from Sideshow Collectibles and a $25 gift card to Sideshowcollectibles.com.” That’s all well and good, but can I drink vodka out of it? You can order your non-snazzy DVD release here or your Blu-Ray-snazzy DVD release here.
  • There’s a big article here about the the Dreamworks/Paramount divorce. Honestly, you don’t need to know much of it. Tintin is the only project that had any activity and is now in danger of not happening, but that’s not news. The news I take away from this–and thus share with you–is the word that these are in the works: first, a Lemony Snicket 2, which stays at Paramount. I know, apparently it made money–who knew? Steven Spielberg is producing a remake of When Worlds Collide, which stays as a co-production between the two companies (i.e. joint visitation rights) like Transformers 2 is. Spielberg is directing Lincoln with Liam Neeson in the lead, this from a screenplay by Tony Kushner (Angels in America). Right now that last bit is supposed to start production in the spring.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:11:29+00:00 October 10th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Hollow Man (Superbit Deluxe, 2000) – DVD Review

    Hollow Man Superbit Deluxe DVD cover art

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written by: Andrew W. Marlowe and Gary Scott Thompson
    Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
    Starring: Elisabeth Shue, Kevin Bacon, Josh Brolin, Kim Dickens, Greg Grunberg

    Features:

    • HBO Making-of: Anatomy of a Thriller
    • Three Deleted Scenes
    • Fleshing Out the Hollow Man
    • Fifteen Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
    • VFX Picture-in-Picture Comparisons
    • Theatrical Trailers
    • Filmographies

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

    My Advice: Rent it.

    Sebastian Caine (Bacon) is the head scientist on a top-secret government project to find a way to make human beings invisible. After he solves the problem about how to bring an invisible gorilla back to “reality,” he decides that he should go ahead and test it on himself. Well, he successfully makes himself invisible, but when they try to bring him back, the serum they used on the gorilla doesn’t fully work on his human anatomy. What follows is Sebastian’s sinking into the depths of the darker side of humanity and how easy it is for him to take advantage of his invisibility.

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    By | 2017-09-25T00:01:30+00:00 December 7th, 2003|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

    Hollow Man (2000) – Movie Review

    Hollow Man poster art

    Written by: Andrew W. Marlowe, story by Andrew W. Marlowe & Gary Scott Thompson
    Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
    Starring: Kevin Bacon, Elisabeth Shue, Josh Brolin, Kim Dickens, William Devane

    My Advice: Rental.

    Sebastian Caine (Bacon) is an asshole. You can tell this because when characters are named Sebastian they undoubtedly are assholes. He works with his ex, Linda (Shue), and her clandestine new lover, Matt (Brolin). They’ve been experimenting with phase shifting animals out of the visible universe…kind of like a H.G. Wells’ Doctor Dolittle kind of thing. Caine is so sure of himself that he’s ready to try the process out on himself, just like any ethical mad scientist would do. But…is he ready to face the consequences of this decision? And more importantly…are the supporting characters? And even more importantly, should you subject yourself to such a film?

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    By | 2008-08-08T13:18:35+00:00 August 5th, 2000|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments