Your Weekend Justice

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.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:28:35+00:00 August 5th, 2007|Podcasts|0 Comments

Anne Frank Remembered (1995) – DVD Review

Anne Frank Remembered DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Jon Blair, based around the diary of Anne Frank
Directed by: Jon Blair
Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh and Glenn Close

Released by: Sony Pictures Classics
Region: 1
Rating: PG
Anamorphic: No; appears in its orignal 1.66:1 format.

My Advice: At the very least, rent it, but it’s worth owning

There is more to the life and death of the most famous of Hitler’s victims than meets the eye. Anne Frank’s diary only begins to tell the story of her life. What about her father and the rest of ther family? What was the series of events that lead them into that small attic in Amsterdam?

This documentary goes into detail about life in Nazi-controlled Europe at the time and how horrible it was for Jews. However, this documentary doesn’t stop where the play and the movie do. Instead, this goes full force into what happened to the Franks after they were discovered and taken to the concentration camps. I really don’t believe that there can ever be too many documentaries or fictional movies about this time period and what happened. After all, what has happened once can surely happen again. These interviews are priceless and the archival footage that is presented here is second to none. The writing is outstanding and it is beautifully narrated by Branagh. Likewise, Close‘s readings from the diary itself are breathtaking.

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By | 2017-09-25T00:00:24+00:00 July 10th, 2004|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) – DVD Review

harry potter chamber of secrets dvd cover

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Steven Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith

Features:

  • Year One at Hogwarts intro
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Conversation with author Rowling and scribe Kloves
  • Interview section with snippets from the cast
  • Gallery of production sketches
  • Build a Scene featurette
  • Tours of the sets for Dumbledore’s Office, Diagon Alley, and the Chamber of Secrets
  • The Chamber Challenge game
  • The Forbidden Forest Challenge game
  • Colin’s Darkroom
  • Gilderoy Lockhart’s classroom with reading list, certificates and a Lockhart photo gallery
  • Spellcaster Knowledge Challenge game
  • Additional scenes
  • Game preview of the Chamber game by EA
  • DVD-ROM:
  • Weblinks
  • Voice-activated navigation
  • Game demo
  • Challenge games: Photo Hunt, Sliders, Jigsaw Puzzles, Matching Potions
  • Hogwarts timeline
  • Screensaver
  • Activities: 3-D Great Hall Cutout, Printable Mazes, Folding Posters

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

My Advice: Own it.

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By | 2009-07-21T05:18:44+00:00 May 2nd, 2003|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) – Widge’s Movie Review

harry potter chamber of secrets movie poster

Written by: Steven Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith

My Advice: Don’t Miss It

Welcome to Year Two. Harry (Radcliffe) has been imprisoned yet again at the home of his only living relatives, the Dursleys (whom we don’t see a lot of, but are perfectly horrid–Richard Griffiths, Fiona Shaw, Harry Melling). He’s not allowed to practice magic outside of school (Hogwarts’ rules) and not allowed to do much of anything else either (the Dursleys’ rules). He’s also bummed because he hasn’t heard a peep out of either of his best friends from school, Hermione or Ron (Watson and Grint, respectively). However, when a house elf (voiced by Toby Jones) shows up unexpectedly in his room and warns Harry that he must not, under any circumstances, go back to Hogwarts this year…Harry understands that he’s in for trouble–but he has no idea that size of said trouble.

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By | 2009-07-22T01:16:38+00:00 February 9th, 2003|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments

Shackleton (2002) – DVD Review

Shackleton DVD cover

Film:
DVD:

Written and Directed by: Charles Sturridge
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Lorcan Cranitch, Matt Day, Kevin McNally, Nicholas Rowe

Features:

  • The Making of Shackleton

: 50-minute featurette

  • The Sir Ernest Shackleton episode of Biography
  • Antarctica: A Frozen History: a 2 hour program from The History Channel
  • Branagh filmography and biography
  • Released by: A&E Home Video
    Region: 1
    Rating: NR
    Anamorphic: Yes.

    My Advice: Rent It.

    Early in the 20th Century, there was a frontier that man wanted to conquer: the Arctic and Antarctic regions. There was a race on to reach both poles, and Sir Ernest Shackleton (Branagh) was one of the men in the running. When his goal of hitting the South Pole is shattered by, well, somebody getting there first–he isn’t content to call it good. No, he wants to up the stakes. He wants to be the first man to CROSS the entire Antarctic continent, and puts together a crew to do just that. However, they never reach the continent–their ship, the Endurance, gets caught in the ice. What followed was over six hundred days of the most grueling man vs. nature story ever recorded–and the crazed thing is that it’s all true.

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    By | 2010-03-15T03:47:28+00:00 May 6th, 2002|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments