Shrek the Third (2007) – DVD Review

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Film:
DVD:

Written by: Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman, Chris Miller & Aron Warner, based on the book by William Steig
Directed by: Chris Miller & Raman Hui
Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Rupert Everett, Julie Andrews, Justin Timberlake

Features:

  • Worcestershire Academy yearbook
  • Big Green Goofs
  • Lost Scenes
  • Donkey Dance
  • Meet the Cast
  • Shrek’s Guide to Parenthood
  • Tech of Shrek

Released by: Paramount Home Video
Region: 1
Rating: PG
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Catch it on cable.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:22:41+00:00 January 20th, 2008|Reviews|0 Comments

A Guide to What You Need to Know About “Bond 22”

Okay, so James Bond 22 or Casino Royale 2 or Daniel Craig Stars in “Yeah, Betcha Don’t Think I’m a Pansy Now, Bitches” or whatever you want to call it (since there’s no final title yet) just kicked off production yesterday at Pinewood in London. As you might have gathered Craig is back, scribes Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Paul Haggis are back but director Martin Campbell (GoldenEye) isn’t. Instead, helming is Marc Forster (most recently, The Kite Runner and Stranger Than Fiction).

Also new is bad guy Mathieu Amalric as Dominic Greene, which they tell us is “a leading member of the villainous organization introduced in Casino Royale“. SPECTRE, baby. Bring on SPECTRE. Hell yes.

Anyway, I tried to find a vid or a picture that would really get across him as a villain, but considering he’s currently getting acclaim for playing a guy who can only communicate by blinking and can’t move the rest of his body, that’s sort of hard to come by. We’ll have to make do with this reaction shot, where he learned that Aishwarya Rai still hasn’t been cast as a Bond Girl.

Mathieu Amalric
Image.

What can I say to that except “Dude, I know.”

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By | 2017-09-24T23:22:50+00:00 January 8th, 2008|Headsup|0 Comments

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) – Movie Review

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Written by: Oliver Parker, based on the play by Oscar Wilde
Directed by: Oliver Parker
Starring: Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, Reese Witherspoon, Frances O’Connor, Judi Dench

My Advice: Matinee.

Jack Worthing (Firth) lives out in the country, but sometimes has to get away to the city in order to check on his poor, always-in-trouble brother, Ernest. In actuality, Jack is Ernest–he just likes to get away to the city, especially to flirt with Gwendolen (O’Connor), the daughter of Lady Bracknell (Dench). You with me still? Okay, Jack’s–well, Ernest’s–friend in the city is Algernon “Algy” Moncrief (Everett), who discovers Jack’s/Ernest’s deception at the same time he discovers the existence of Jack’s eighteen-year-old ward, Cecily (Witherspoon). When Algy shows up in the country posing as Ernest, a mistaken identity comedy must, of course, ensue.

It’s so refreshing to see more evidence that well-written words in the mouths of capable actors can pay off. First off, we must admit that some liberty was taken with Wilde’s play. Some. To my knowledge, the main thing purists might object to is a tattoo. However, for the most part, we never mind people straying from the source material as long as it is done to some purpose and it works. Well, the good news is that even an unexpected tattoo parlor is funny in this film. Which is good–because the thing is a comedy, after all. It’s also a comedic period piece/costume drama that manages to rise above the form and actually be a Merchant Ivoryesque flick with laughs for people who normally wouldn’t be caught dead watching such a film.

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By | 2010-04-01T00:54:09+00:00 May 24th, 2002|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments

Shakespeare in Love (1998) – Movie Review

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Written by: Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard
Directed by: John Madden
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson, Ben Affleck

My Advice: Don’t miss it.

I’ll never complain about the plight of a modern writer again. Well, at least not this week. At least the SDI will never get closed because of the plague. Never expected the terms “plague” and “romantic comedy” to ever get together? Well, surprise. This is the best comedy of 1998, an absolute cinematic gem.

Bill Shakespeare (Fiennes) is in the throes of writer’s block at the start of his career, completely at a loss. This is bad news for the owner of the Rose Theatre, Henslowe (Rush), who owes money to Fennyman (Wilkinson), and will probably get killed or worse if he doesn’t pay. There’s only one thing to do–write a play and quickly, and call it “Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter.” With a deadline approaching, they need a Romeo, and who should arrive but Thomas Kent, a virtual unknown who’s perfect for the part.

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By | 2011-04-30T12:43:30+00:00 December 4th, 1998|Movie Reviews|4 Comments