Get Smart (2008) – Movie Review

Get Smart (2008) poster

Written by: Tom J. Astle & Matt Ember, based on the show by Mel Brooks & Buck Henry
Directed by: Peter Segal
Starring: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Alan Arkin, Dwayne Johnson, Terence Stamp

My Advice: Rental.

Maxwell Smart (Carell) has a dream. He wants to become a field agent for CONTROL, the organization that’s so super secret they had to stage their own dissolution after the Cold War. But they’re still around and still protecting the world from KAOS. Trouble is, KAOS has gotten the upper hand thanks to the machinations of Siegfried (Stamp) and a lot of CONTROL agents have been put on the bench. Or, you know, killed outright. Thus it’s up to the two agents that CONTROL still has under wraps, Agent 99 (Hathaway) and Smart himself, to get to the bottom of what’s happening and save the world.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:16:45+00:00 June 28th, 2008|Movie Reviews|4 Comments

Win Southland Tales on DVD

Southland Tales DVD cover art

As one of the five people on the planet who really didn’t “get” Donnie Darko, Richard Kelly’s version of The Last Temptation of Christ featuring a demonic bunny and a jet engine, I was intrigued to see Southland Tales coming out. After all, I’m looking forward to Dwayne Johnson getting a decent film for once and the varied cast of actors also involved in this gives one pause. And hope. But is it warranted? Well, you can find that out for yourself…but first, time for some housekeeping. Here’s what they have to say about this release from Sony:

From acclaimed writer/director Richard Kelly, the visionary creator behind the modern classic Donnie Darko, comes another exercise in mind-bending cool with SOUTHLAND TALES, available on DVD March 18, 2008 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment with bonus materials that include a making-of featurette and animated short. The film is a dark comedy about the absurdities of political extremes that bring about the end of the world. Featuring an all-star ensemble cast including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (The Scorpion King, Walking Tall) Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Grudge, TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Seann William Scott (The Rundown, American Pie), Mandy Moore (A Walk To Remember, Saved!) and Justin Timberlake (Alpha Dog, Black Snake Moan).

Okay, so you want to sample some of it? Sure thing. Have some vids.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:20:44+00:00 March 25th, 2008|Contests|2 Comments

DVD Reviews: A Car Wreck of a Film and the Walking Dead Try to Act

Streets of Legend DVD
Doom DVD

Wow, where to begin with Streets of Legend. The tagline really tells you anything you need to know: a saga of love, set among the romantic illegal street-racing “scene” of Los Angeles. Yes, anything that’s called a “scene” is likely to be incredibly self-indulgent, irritating, and annoyingly self-referential, and this, boy howdy, does all three in spades. Alas, it does little else in spades. Except maybe suck. Something about male posturing, some girls wearing oddly little for non-hookers, and something else about … whatever. I mean, really, who cares? It’s street-racing with lots of flashing neon and some horrible actors, all with a veneer of “wow, this is supposed to be exciting and illegal and wicked and stuff!” mixed with “Latino pride,” when really you just want to give the girls a robe and send the boys off to the Queer Eye crew to learn at least a little something about not looking like an idiot. You want Latino goodness? Try something with a plot (and some action) like Carlito’s Way or just a still shot of Eduardo Verástegui. You want action? Try Shoot ‘Em Up, The Professional, or anything starring Jason Statham.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:25:02+00:00 November 15th, 2007|Reviews|0 Comments

The Mummy Collector’s Set (1999) – DVD Review

The Mummy: Collectors Set DVD

Films (overall):
DVDs (overall):

The Mummy and The Mummy Returns
Written and Directed by Stephen Sommers
Starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Freddie Boath and Oded Fehr

The Mummy Features:

  • “Buildling a Better Mummy” Featurette
  • Running audio commentary with director Sommers and editor Bob Ducsay
  • Visual and special effects formation
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Egyptology 101

The Mummy Returns Features:

  • Running audio commentary with director Stephen Sommers and producer/editor Ducsay
  • Interview with The Rock
  • Featurette
  • Spotlight on Location
  • Visual and special effects formation
  • Outtakes
  • Egyptology 201
  • The Mummy Returns Chamber of Doom
  • A special message from Oded Fehr
  • The Mummy Returns PlayStation2 Video Game Preview

The Scorpion King
Written by Jonathan Hales, David Hayter, William Osborne & Stephen Sommers
Directed by Chuck Russell
Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Steven Brand, Michael Clarke Duncan and Kelly Hu

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By | 2017-09-24T23:38:27+00:00 October 28th, 2006|Reviews|0 Comments

The Scorpion King (2002) – DVD Review

The Scorpion King

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Jonathan Hales, David Hayter, William Osborne & Stephen Sommers
Directed by: Chuck Russell
Starring: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Steven Brand, Michael Clarke Duncan and Kelly Hu

Features:

  • Alternate Version in Advanced Viewing Mode
  • Running audio (and sometimes video) commentary with The Rock
  • Running audio commentary with director Russell
  • Outtakes
  • Godsmack Music Video: “I Stand Alone”
  • Preparing the Fight: A look at the process of shooting a fight sequence
  • Making-of featurette
  • Special effects featurette
  • The Rock and Michael Clark Duncan featurette
  • Ancient World Production Design featurette
  • Working with Animals featurette
  • Scorpion King: Man or Myth? featurette
  • DVD-ROM Features including Total Axcess

Released by: Universal Pictures
Region: 1
Rating: PG-13
Anamorphic: 2.35:1

My Advice: Rent it

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By | 2011-06-11T02:35:42+00:00 October 15th, 2002|Reviews|0 Comments