The Incredible Hulk (2008) – 27 Second Review

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Written by: Zak Penn & Edward Norton
Directed by: Louis Leterrier
Starring: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson

Review: This movie has gotten bad reviews from critics due to the lack of a worthy storyline and any deep character development. These people go to movies for different reasons than I do. The effects were quite nice, the splode was kickass, and the splode was kickass. Did I mention the splode? Well, I meant to. It was kickass.

Time: 16 seconds
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By | 2017-09-24T23:17:02+00:00 June 21st, 2008|27 Seconds, Reviews|0 Comments

Stuff You Need to Know: Angels, Demons, Canadians & Damages

Moby Dick by Ray Bradbury

Because some things you simply need to know. But it’s silly to make you read a whole post about each one. The only thing sillier is us writing an entire post about each one. Enjoy.

  • Amazon has a DVD sale that looks a lot like the old DVD sale, but they do have a bunch of stuff for 50% off if you didn’t take advantage last time. Maybe they’re trying to make up for all the God! Damn! Down! Time! Found via Dealhack.
  • The Animated Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie, which we’ve mentioned before, has Fox on board. 13 episodes are ordered for 2009 by Global Television. In addition to Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis reprising their roles, at least vocally, also in the cast are Dave Coulier (yes, from Full House), Colin Mochrie (Whose Line All-Star), Pat McKenna, Derek McGrath, Ron Pardo, Jayne Eastwood and Ho Chow.
  • Angels & Demons, the follow-up to The DaVinci Code, can’t film in any of Rome’s churches, according to Hollywood Reporter: “Traditionally, we read the script, but in this case that was not necessary,” said Fr. Marco Fibbi, spokesman for the Diocese of Rome. “The name Dan Brown was enough.” Funny, that’s how we feel about his stuff, too. This, of course, the latest in a conspiracy whereby whenever Dan Brown is out of the news for six weeks or more, Rome does something to remind us he exists.
  • There’s a Beowulf musical. Of course we’re serious.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:17:29+00:00 June 16th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|3 Comments

    The Incredible Hulk (2008) – Movie Review

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    Beyond Believability: The Incredible Hulk

    Written by: Zak Penn & Edward Norton
    Directed by: Louis Leterrier
    Starring: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson

    First, the revamp of the new Hulk franchise has some promising things going for it. A FEW. The Banner/Hulk back story is cleverly covered in the opening credits sparing the audience from a tired drama tinged rehash that we’ve been through before. There also some clever cameos by Stan Lee, Lou Ferrigno and even the very dead Bill Bixby.

    But the biggest problem that The Incredible Hulk must overcome however is not the military, gamma radiation or even his broken heart, but the amazingly shallow storyline he’s been stuck with.

    Once again we are treated to a comic book film that demeans the intelligence of the audience by throwing together a story with such minimal character development that it drowns under an avalanche of big booms, CGI gimmickry and impotent drama.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:17:36+00:00 June 13th, 2008|Movie Reviews|9 Comments

    Frank Herbert’s Dune (Director’s Cut Special Edition, 2000) – DVD Review

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    Film:
    DVD:

    Written by: John Harrison, based on the novel by Frank Herbert
    Directed by: John Harrison
    Starring: Alec Newman, Giancarlo Giannini, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Ian McNeice, Barbara Kodetová, P.H. Moriarty, Julie Cox, Laszlo Imre Kisch, Matt Keeslar, William Hurt, and Saskia Reeves

    Features:

    • Director’s cut with 30 minutes of additional footage
    • Commentary by production team: Harrison, Ernest Farino, Harry Miler, Greg Nicotero, and Tim McHugh
    • “Willis McNelly on Dune” featurette (author of Dune Encyclopedia and close friend of Frank Herbert)
    • “The Lure of Spice” featurette (behind-the-scenes)
    • “The Color Wheel” featurette (discussion with cinematographer Vittorio Storaro)
    • “Walking and Talking with John Harrison” interview with the director
    • “Defining the Messiah” featurette with religious scholars and Jungian psychologist
    • “Science Future/Science Fiction Roundtable” featurette – panel including Harlan Ellison, Octavia Butler, Michael Cassutt, inventor Ray Kurzweil, and director Harrison
    • Essay on cinematographic theory behind the production, by Storaro
    • Photo gallery, including production sketches and stills
    • Cast and crew information

    Released by: Artisan
    Region: 1
    Rating: NR, recommended for audiences 13+
    Anamorphic: Yes

    My Advice: Buy it. Duh. Did you see the features list?

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    By | 2017-09-25T00:01:03+00:00 December 7th, 2003|Reviews|0 Comments

    Dune (2000) – DVD Review

    Dune miniseries DVD cover art

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written by: John Harrison, based on the novel by Frank Herbert
    Directed by: John Harrison
    Starring: Alec Newman, Saskia Reeves, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Barbora Kodetova, William Hurt

    Features:

    • Production notes
    • “Behind-the-Scenes” Featurette
    • Photo Galleries
    • “The Cinematographic Ideation of Frank Herbert’s Dune”: an Interactive Written Treatise by Vittorio Storaro

    Released by: Artisan
    Region: 1
    Rating: NR
    Anamorphic: Nope.

    My Advice: Rent it.

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    By | 2009-02-02T11:41:46+00:00 May 13th, 2001|Reviews, TV|0 Comments