Archive for November 2008

DVD Review: Kung Fu Panda

I’ve never been a huge fan of Dreamworks Animation’s features. While the first Shrek was, at the time, kind of funny the subsequent films have just been loose excuses to hang a bunch of too-cool for the room pop-culture references and off-color humor that just stops shy of being inappropriate for young audiences. That’s why … Continue reading

DVD Review: Mystery Science Theater – 20th Anniversary Edition

If you’re a fan of Mystery Science Theater you’re going to absolutely love this 20th Anniversary Edition box set. The set features four episodes of MST3K: First Spaceship on Venus, Laserblast, Werewolf and Future War. While these might not be the best of the best of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 vault they are definitely … Continue reading

DVD Review: Hellboy II – The Golden Army

I wrote a full review of Hellboy II – The Golden Army over at SpoutBlog. It’s sort of half a review of the movie and half an examination of how Hellboy fits into the pantheon of stoic, emotionally stunted male action heroes. The three-disc special edition I received to review contains a digital copy of … Continue reading

DVD Review: Tropic Thunder

There’s little that’s not completely and utterly offensive about Tropic Thunder, aside even from That Issue, the one that got a lot of headlines and attention, but which is such a small actual thing in actuality. The movie, of course, carries the title of the movie that we’re watching being made. And the movie we’re … Continue reading

Movie Journal: The Incredible Hulk

As a longtime fan of Marvel Comics characters I’m having a blast with all the movies that have been coming out in the last eight years or so, going back to 2000’s X-Men. But while they’ve been alternately fun or exciting it’s just now that it’s getting interesting, with Marvel now tying all their movies … Continue reading

Movie Journal: Clerks, Clerks 2 and Mallrats

I decided, prior to the release of Zack and Miri Make a Porno (which I’ve yet to see) to watch a few Kevin Smith flicks. But instead of doing them in the usual order (chronological by release) I decided to just watch both Clerks and Clerks 2 and then, because I had just been talking … Continue reading

Movie Journal: Death at a Funeral

Gotta say, having just seen it, that I’m greatly disappointed by the news that Hollywood is planning a Chris Rock-starring remake of Death at a Funeral. The movie is laugh out loud funny as it tells the story of a British family dealing with the death of its patriarch, whose funeral becomes the forum for … Continue reading

Movie Journal: Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is just an enormously funny movie, even if I’ll never really be able to look at Jason Segal the same way now that I – and the entire rest of the movie-going world have seen his unwrapped package. There’s actually not much more I can even say about it. It’s one uncomfortably … Continue reading

Movie Journal: Speed Racer

It’s actually kind of funny that Speed Racer wound up being the in-flight movie on my return trip to Chicago from San Fransisco. It’s funny because at The Converation, one of the graphic artists who worked on the movie was on a panel and joked, after showing a clip, that the amount of people who … Continue reading

Movie Journal: Be Kind Rewind

My enjoyment of Be Kind Rewind was probably hampered by the fact that I watched it on an airplane. But even giving it the benefit of the doubt I have to say it was not very good. At least I didn’t quite get what Michael Gondry was going for with it. I get the story … Continue reading

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