Win The Wrestler on DVD!

The Wrestler DVD cover art

Mickey Rourke’s turn in The Wrestler is pretty damn amazing. And now it’s coming out from Fox on DVD and you should definitely check it out. To assist with this, we’ve got two copies of the DVD to give away. But first, have a trailer:

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By | 2017-09-24T23:04:37+00:00 March 23rd, 2009|Contests|15 Comments

The Wrestler (2008) – Movie Review

The Wrestler

Written by: Robert D. Siegel
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Todd Barry

My Advice: Don’t miss it.

Randy “The Ram” (Rourke) is a wrestler who’s two decades past his glory days. But he’s a wrestler–that’s his love and his life. So he goes where the bouts are and where the signings are, despite his age, his reading glasses and his hearing aid. He also has a job at a grocery store to help make ends meet. He has a daughter (Wood) who he never sees and seeks company with a stripper (Tomei). So is it possible to have more to life? Is it possible to change? Or are we who we are and we have to just learn to live with it?

The poster might tout this as the resurrection of Rourke, but it’s certainly just his ability to get the attention. Those of us with taste thought he was fantastic as Marv in Sin City and that’s where his comeback began. But whereas in Marv he was the perfect embodiment of a barbarian killing machine and fantastic, Rourke shows that he can do drama like there was no tomorrow. His Randy is the sort of loser that you can’t help but root for, more and more as we see his day to day existence. He’s now the perfect embodiment of everybody: mostly we’re working jobs we hate because we can’t make enough money doing the things we love. We don’t treat our family as well as we’d like. We’re not as good as we should be–and we know this. And the fact that we know it and can’t seem to fix it makes the whole thing somehow worse. That’s Randy the Ram right there.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:06:21+00:00 February 7th, 2009|Reviews|1 Comment

Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) – DVD Review

Once Upon a Time in Mexico DVD

Film:
DVD:

Written and Directed by Robert Rodriguez
Starring Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Cheech Marin, Mickey Rourke, Eva Mendes, Danny Trejo, Enrique Iglesias, and Gerardo Vigil

Features:

  • Running audio commentary with writer/director Rodriguez
  • “Ten Minute Flick School”
  • Inside Troublemaker Studios featurette
  • Deleted scenes
  • “Ten Minute Cooking School”
  • The Anti-Hero’s Journey
  • Film is Dead: An Evening with Robert Rodriguez
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Bloody: special effects featurette
  • DVD-ROM: Test your Wits in the Shooting Gallery and the Loteria

Released by: Columbia/Tri-Star Home Entertainment
Rating: R
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Own it.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:47:05+00:00 April 23rd, 2006|Reviews|0 Comments

Sin City (2005) – DVD Review

Sin City DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by Robert Rodriguez, based on the series of graphics novels by Frank Miller
Directed by Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino
Starring Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Rosario Dawson

Features:

  • Behind-the-scenes featurette

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

My Advice: Wait for the uber-version.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:55:20+00:00 August 21st, 2005|Reviews|0 Comments

Sin City (2005) – Movie Review

Sin City movie poster Jessica Alba

Written by Robert Rodriguez, based on the series of graphics novels by Frank Miller
Directed by Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino
Starring Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Rosario Dawson

My Advice: Don’t miss it.

Welcome to Basin City. It’s a freaking cesspool of sex, violence and depravity. A series of stories from the town come to light. First, an about-to-retire cop (Willis) gets involved with his last case and finds himself in some serious shit. Next, a dangerous nutjob (Rourke) has a night he’ll never forget with a young lady, only to wake up with her dead in bed next to him. And a guy named Dwight (Owen) finds himself in the middle of a war between the ladies of the evening who control Old Town, the mob that wants in, and the cops. Before everything’s said and done there will be carnage, blood, gore, and rampant disregard for most anything civilized. Sweet.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:59:23+00:00 April 1st, 2005|Reviews|3 Comments