Wayhomer Review #137 – Lincoln (2012)

Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln

Episode #137 for Lincoln, in which our protagonist wants to just skip to the part where we give Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field their Oscars, tries to put a finger on what didn’t quite work about the direction and script, and forgets to mention that the film shawshanks by a good two minutes. Because it did. Seriously, when you see the silhouette and you think, “Oh, it’s over, this is perfect,” get up and walk out. You’ll be happier.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:29:02+00:00 November 17th, 2012|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|0 Comments

Wayhomer Review #126: The Amazing Spider-Man 3D

Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man

Episode #126 for The Amazing Spider-Man 3D, in which our protagonist makes a case that 2012 is the year in which comic book movies have come of age, thinks whoever cast Sally Field and Martin Sheen are bloody geniuses and praises (no, really) Marvel for seemingly getting everybody to step up their game.

Update: Stay clear of the comments if you want to avoid SPOILERS. Normally I don’t allow spoilerishness in them, but they’re extensive and well thought out, so I’m writing them a pass.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:30:57+00:00 July 4th, 2012|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|50 Comments

Headsup: From the Stone Age to the Stones

An ongoing attempt to make sense of the onslaught of new swag that people want you to buy. Should you? I’ll try and help.

Clash of the Cavemen DVD Cover Art
The Strauss Family DVD Cover Art
A Woman of Independent Means DVD Cover Art

Clash of the Cavemen, just to make sure you know what we’re dealing with here, is not Cro-Magnon Gladiators. Nor is it a terrible attempt to revitalize the Geico ads. Instead it’s a DVD release from the History Channel and New Video which features what happens when Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals fight for whose descendants will eventually have Big Macs and blue jeans. Using the latest research available to them, not to mention fancy pants CGI, this disc lays out what scientists think happened. I mean, we know what happened happened–there’s not going to be a lame M. Night Shyamalan twist or anything. You know what I’m saying. Clocking in at 94 minutes, I’m not sure when they’re going to air it again, so if you want to check it out, a rental’s probably your best bet. No bonus bits. Click here to buy it from Amazon.

The Strauss Family is going to catch the eye of lovers of classical music…well, let’s face it, first because of the name. But beyond that, this 1972 British TV miniseries also has a score by the London Symphony Orchestra. So we know that such fans are going to want to at least rent it. But adding to the interest is the fact that Derek Jacobi and Jane Seymour are both in the cast–and while I appreciate classical music as well as the next mostly sedentary webmaster, Jacobi gets my eyebrows up every single time. And Stuart Wilson (last seen by most of you as the town doctor in Hot Fuzz) is Johann, Jr. Nice. From what I can tell, this is the first time it’s hit DVD, so worth a rental if what I’ve outlined here appeals to you. You’re looking at close to seven hours of content across two discs. Click here to buy it from Amazon.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:15:13+00:00 July 30th, 2008|Headsup|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