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Motherhood DVD

It’s Motherhood, coming out today from National Entertainment Media. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

Raising kids is never easy. And no one demonstrates this more hilariously than Academy Award®-Nominee Uma Thurman (Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction) in the hysterical new comedy, MOTHERHOOD. Loaded with bonus features, including revealing interviews with Thurman and co-stars Anthony Edwards (E.R., Zodiac) and Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting, The Riches), MOTHERHOOD cleverly journeys through the chaotic day of Thurman’s Eliza, an urban, stay-at-home mother of two, who comes to realize – in between birthday party fiascos, playground politics and life’s daily messes – what it really means to be a mother.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:54:17+00:00 February 23rd, 2010|Contests|0 Comments

RIP: David Carradine

David Carradine

David Carradine, master of the fu, has died at age 72 in a hotel room in Bangkok where he was working on a film. No cause of death has been established completely as one Thai paper is calling it a hanging suicide–which I’m not buying until somebody else confirms it. Anyway, it’s tragic however it happened.

After conferring with our resident Keeper of the Fu, Doc Ezra, we’ve picked a couple of quick bookend things to remember him by. First–and most obviously–Caine.

Direct link for the feedreaders.
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By | 2017-09-24T23:02:39+00:00 June 4th, 2009|Headsup|1 Comment

Kill Bill, Volume 2 (2004) – Movie Review

Kill Bill Vol. 2

Written & Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Starring Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen, Gordon Liu
My Advice: Don’t Miss It.

When we last left our heroine, The Bride (Thurman), she had opened up twin cans of whoopass on two of her former teammates, Vernita (Vivica A. Fox) and O-Ren (Lucy Liu). And who can blame her? These are two of the people that crashed her wedding by massacring everyone present and putting The Bride in a coma for four years. Now there’s two other former compatriots left…and Bill (Carradine). And well, you know what the title is.

The good news is that the second installment is a worthy ending to this two-parter. The three main villains, Bill, Elle (Hannah) and Budd (Madsen) are like a container of dangerous Neapolitan ice cream. Madsen plays redneck dangerous, Elle plays bitter, vengeful dangerous and Carradine goes for the quiet, zen-like, I-could-kill-your-ass-at-fifty-yards-with-a-credit-card deadly. They’re all very effective and believable. And they also make formidable enemies for our already kill-crazy Bride–which is a very good thing, since after The House of Blue Leaves, what could be worse? Well, there are answers to that, oh yes. As for Thurman, she’s still so perfect it hurts, showing off her acting chops in these two films like never before.

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By | 2017-09-25T00:00:34+00:00 April 16th, 2004|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments

Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (2003) – DVD Review

Kill Bill, Vol. 1 DVD

Film:
DVD:

Written & Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Starring Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Julie Dreyfus, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah

Features:

  • Making-of featurette
  • Bonus musical performances by The 5, 6, 7, 8s
  • Tarantino trailers

Released by Miramax
Rating: R
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes.
My Advice: If you can, hold out for the Uber Mongo edition.

The Bride (Thurman) has had a bit of a rough go. See, she used to be in the employ/cadre of Bill (Carradine), who is one of the meanest sons of bitches on the planet. As a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, The Bride, aka Black Mamba, killed (and killed well) for shitloads of money. However, apparently she decided to get the hell out of Dodge, and pissed off her former compadres in the process. They found her at the wedding chapel and then slaughtered her and her fellow wedding party types. Or at least, they thought they had.

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By | 2017-09-25T00:00:34+00:00 April 12th, 2004|DVD|0 Comments

Pulp Fiction (1994) – DVD Review

pulp-fiction-dvd-cover

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Quentin Tarantino
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Eric Stoltz, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Ving Rhames, and Bruce Willis.

Features:

  • ‘Pulp Fiction: The Facts’ documentary
  • Tarantino interview from The Charlie Rose Show
  • Production design featurette
  • Behind-the-scenes montage
  • Siskel & Ebert At The Movies: ‘The Tarantino Generation’
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailers and TV spots
  • Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or acceptance speech
  • Independent Spirit Awards interviews
  • 8 still galleries
  • Reviews and articles
  • Filmographies
  • DVD-ROM features, including screenplay viewer and ‘open mic’ commentary

Released by: Miramax Entertainment
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: Certainly

My Advice: Get it or we’ll have to get medieval on your ass.

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By | 2017-09-25T00:01:22+00:00 December 7th, 2003|Reviews|0 Comments

Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) – Movie Review

Kill Bill, Vol. 1 movie poster

Written & Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Starring Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah, Sonny Chiba

My Advice: Don’t Miss It.

She has no name, she’s just referred to as The Bride (Thurman). She was left for dead, along with the other corpses which made up her wedding party, by her former lover and (apparently) employer, Bill (David Carradine). We’re talking beat the shit out of and shot in the head left for dead. Now, four years later, she’s come out of her coma with a steel plate in her head…and without the baby she was carrying. She very quickly develops a complete and utter mad-on for Bill and her former cohorts, and gets on the trail of killing them. Every last one of them.

I don’t know what I find most disturbing about this film. Is it the extremely harsh, unforgivingly brutal yet amazingly gorgeous violence, all of it orchestrated like some mad ballet? Or is the fact that Tarantino‘s filmmaking prowess has been honed like one of Sonny Chiba’s blades and that his homage to chop socky goodness is flawless? Because it is–it’s flawless. Sure, you can say what you want about how it’s a shallow orgy of death and dismemberment–go ahead, you know, because in one sense, it is. But you can’t see Thurman’s reaction to waking up–alone–and not feel that something else is going on here. The pairing of the opening credits music with what you just witnessed in the prologue–this is not a shallow film. Visceral, demanding and unforgiving, yes–but shallow, hell no.

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By | 2011-07-06T04:46:17+00:00 October 10th, 2003|Reviews|0 Comments

Batman and Robin (1997) – Movie Review

Batman and Robin movie poster

Written by: Akiva Goldsman
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Starring: George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone

My Advice: Wait for MST3K

What a marvelous study in what not to do. I won’t even begin to waste your time synopsizing this thing. I only hope textbooks someday use this piece of shite as a nice negative example of filmmaking. Don’t get me wrong, there are some kudos to hand out. Clooney would make a fine Bruce Wayne/Batman–if he was in another film that actually had decent dialogue. O’Donnell would make a fine Robin, even with the dialogue–if he were ten years younger. Schwarzenegger would make a great Mr. Freeze (the moments he spends pining over his wife are the best in the entire film)–if he didn’t spew out really crappy one-liners everytime he opened his blue glowing mouth. Uma Thurman did exactly what Schumacher asked for–act like an idiot, so she gets the points even though her hairstyle was a cross between the Mother character in Pink Floyd The Wall and Angela Lansbury in Sweeney Todd. Alicia Silverstone doesn’t fool me for one minute–she’s twelve. Michael Gough comes out of this smelling like roses, since he’s been the only consistently good thing in all four films, despite being turned into Alfred Headroom at one point. He also gets bonus points for his character becoming terminally ill in a desperate attempt not to be in the fifth film. John Glover is mildly amusing as Jason Woodrue, although he’d be in much better shape in another movie altogether. I’ll give a dollar to anyone who can convince me that Vivica Fox and Elle Macpherson served any purpose in this film whatsoever. And am I the only one who noticed that Uzi Gal (creator of the gun) was a cop in this? Qwa?

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By | 2009-02-10T03:23:23+00:00 June 21st, 1997|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments