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There’s a lot of stuff that comes out all the time, and the companies are want your attention and mostly…your coin. But, you know, it’s your coin and you have to take care where you spend it. With these posts we try to take you through recent releases so you can make up your mind. If you find the info here to be of use, do us a favor and purchase stuff from Amazon through us. Especially if you were going to buy the stuff anyway. That gives us kickbacks, which help pay for things. Like the server. And coffee. And therapy. We thank you.

Chariots of Fire Blu-Ray book
Flowers of War Blu-Ray
Hunter Blu-Ray

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By | 2017-09-24T22:30:20+00:00 August 20th, 2012|Headsup|0 Comments

Stuff You Need to Know: That? That’s the Sound of Princess Lolly Weeping.

Candy Land

But surely the film should be called Veggie Land! Think of the children!

It’s a constant battle trying to keep up with pop culture news. We know. And if you’re trying to maintain the semblance of a life, we can see where that could get complicated. So never fear: we try to compact all the stuff you absolutely need to know into one post that you can read in one sitting–and then get on with your day. You’re welcome.

  • Candy Land the movie. Adam Sandler is at least on board to produce and co-scribe. Let me quote you what Hasbro prexy-CEO Brian Goldner had to say: “The creative talent onboard for this movie is amazing, and we are excited to bring alive the world of Candy Land for kids and families everywhere. Sony/Columbia has been a wonderful creative partner as we develop another of our games, Risk, for the bigscreen. We are looking forward to working with Sony/Columbia and Adam Sandler and his team at Happy Madison Prods. on this film.” That’s right, Brian. Be proud to bring the man behind Jack & Jill behind one of your supposed flagship titles. Source: Variety.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:33:22+00:00 February 1st, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

    32 Days of Halloween Special Edition: Fun With Spotify!

    Spotify-o-Lantern!

    Something occurred to me while we were talking about Spotify on the Halloween episode of our music podcast, The Sound Board (which will be up before long). Because I continually get surprised at the wealth of stuff that’s in the Spotify archives, they probably have a crapload of awesome Halloween tracks. So I set out to see what I could find. And my goal wasn’t finding spooky music (there’s plenty of that, and I do have some here) nor those atmospheric oooh-spooky albums we had on vinyl when we were kids (kids of today, ask your parents), but to find some seriously awesome stuff. Old-Time Radio (OTR). Spoken Word. Readings. That sort of thing.

    The result is here: 30 essential links for your Halloweenish Spotify enjoyment as a special addendum to our normal 32 Days of Halloween marathon mischief. I thought about creating a playlist…but it would be huge and unwieldy. And we go all over the map with this one. If we missed any, share them in the comments. There’s always room for more Halloween goodness. Enjoy!

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:36:38+00:00 October 11th, 2011|32 Days of Halloween|2 Comments

    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

    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) – Criterion Collection DVD Review

    The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou DVD cover art

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written by Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach
    Directed by Wes Anderson
    Starring Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Anjelica Huston

    Features:

    • Running audio commentary by Anderson & Baumbach
    • Behind the scenes footage
    • “Talk show footage” with Anderson & Baumbach
    • Interview with composer Mark Mothersbaugh
    • Ten video performances of Seu Jorge singing David Bowie songs in Portuguese
    • Behind the scenes docu by actor/intern Matthew Gray Gubler
    • Interviews with cast and crew
    • Behind the scenes featurette
    • Deleted scenes
    • Behind the scenes photo gallery and artwork
    • Trailer

    Released by: Criterion/Touchstone.
    Rating: R.
    Region: 1
    Anamorphic: Yes.

    My Advice: Sadly, skip it.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:58:09+00:00 May 31st, 2005|DVD, Reviews|2 Comments

    The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) – Movie Review

    The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou poster

    Written by: Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach
    Directed by: Wes Anderson
    Starring: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Anjelica Huston

    My Advice: Skip it.

    Steve Zissou (Murray) is in more than a rut…he’s in the Marianas Trench, practically. His underwater documentaries haven’t been well received in years, his wife (Huston) is this close to walking out on him, his crew is suffering from terrifically low morale, a reporter (Blanchett) has shown up to write an article that could either break or break him, and some guy (Wilson) has shown up who may or may not be his son. And worst of all, his long-time compadre (Seymour Cassel) was eaten by a very rare jaguar shark. There’s only one thing to do: rally the troops and go seek revenge on said shark.

    Well, this is a painful review to write. After overcoming the profoundly unfunny Bottle Rocket to deliver two sublime pieces of film, Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums, Anderson steers his star-studded fourth feature right back into unfunny hell. The thing about an Anderson film, and what makes it effective, is that it takes place in a world that’s just slightly more askew than our own. Things are odd, but not so odd that it feels unrealistic. The characters in this world are also rather odd, but not so much so that you can’t recognize them as people you could know in your real life. Because this is played just a little bit off kilter, when the weird shit happens (a rich businessman decides to build a giant aquarium or a guest arrives late at a wedding party high out of his mind and driving a car into the building), you take it in stride.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:59:54+00:00 December 26th, 2004|Movies, Reviews|11 Comments

    The Boondock Saints (2001) – DVD Review

    Boondock Saints

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written by: Troy Duffy
    Directed by: Troy Duffy
    Starring: Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flannery, Norman Reedus, David Della Rocco and Billy Connolly

    Features:

    • Audio Commentary with writer/director Duffy
    • Cast Filmographies
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Outtakes
    • Trailer

    Released by: 20th Century Fox
    Region: 1
    Rating: R
    Anamorphic: 2.35:1

    My Advice: Own it

    Conner and Murphy McManus (Flanery and Reedus) just want to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with their friends at the local bar. They find out that the Russian mob is moving in and kicking the owner of the place out…that night. After killing a couple of the thugs, they decide that the wrath of God is flowing through their veins, so the two of them go on a Russian mob killing spree and become heroes to the people of Boston. An FBI agent named Smecker (Dafoe) begins following the trail of these two renegades and learns something about himself in the process.

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    By | 2011-06-07T20:53:16+00:00 June 15th, 2002|Reviews|0 Comments

    Spider-Man (2002) – Movie Review

    Spider-Man movie poster

    Written by: David Koepp, based on the comic book character created by Steve Ditko & Stan Lee, published by Marvel Comics
    Directed by: Sam Raimi
    Starring: Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Rosemary Harris

    My Advice: Matinee

    Meet Peter Parker (Maguire). He’s the kid most everyone can identify with–we’ve all been freaks at one time or another. It’s not that he’s got a third eye in the middle of his forehead or anything, he’s just that shy introvert that’s in every high school class and must somehow be perceived by everyone else as having a bullseye on either forehead or ass. Anyway, he lives with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben (Rosemary Harris and Cliff Robertson), has a crush on the girl next door (Dunst) and has the friend who’s better off (at least financially) than he (Franco). Then one day, on a field trip to Columbia University, a “super-spider” just happens to drop onto Peter’s hand and give him a little love peck. Somehow this bite transforms the formerly scrawny into a helluva buff bloke. Not only is he major beefcake now, but his vision’s improved, he can “sense” danger coming and he can stick to walls. And then there’s the fact that he can shoot spiderwebs out of his wrists…

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    By | 2009-07-16T22:44:55+00:00 May 3rd, 2002|Movies, Reviews|1 Comment