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As I had admittedly gushed about my appreciation for Elvis in prior reviews, I could be viewed as somewhat prejudicial in my viewing of Jailhouse Rock. Although Elvis on Tour was disappointing, I thoroughly enjoyed Viva Las Vegas and was hoping this other “young Elvis” film would deliver an equally lightweight and enjoyable cinema experience.
I was somewhat curious about reviewing my first “true” black and white film (Young Frankenstein was the first I had reviewed), and was equally curious to see how much charisma the relatively young Elvis of 1957 possessed. Continue Reading
Posted in 1080p, 2.40:1, Dolby Digital 1.0 (English), Dolby Digital 1.0 (French), Dolby Digital 1.0 (Spanish), Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (English), Drama, Featured, Musical, Reviews, Warner Bros.
Posted on 03 February 2011.
It is not very often that I look at a Blu-ray case and can exclaim “this is crap” even before putting the movie into my Blu-ray player. However, when I see the film is “by a producer of Righteous Kill”, and features 50 Cent as both an actor and an Executive Producer, I am skeptical. Then, I notice it is from the wildly inconsistent Lionsgate (home of classics such as Wrong Side of Town).
Be assured, loyal readers, that I have done you a service this day. Due to my review, I hope that none of you will ever need to subject yourself to this painful exercise in cinema. While some films are unintentionally funny due to their badness, some are simply unwatchable. Caught in the Crossfire is clearly in the latter category. Continue Reading
Posted in 1.85:1, 1080p, Drama, DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 (English), Featured, Lionsgate, Reviews
Posted on 03 February 2011.
It has certainly been quite a stretch since I first began reviewing The Mel Brooks Collection. Through many movies I had seen before, and more that I had not seen, I gained a true appreciation for the craft of Mel Brooks.
For my last movie, I held back Blazing Saddles, the film that truly rocketed Mel Brooks to fame, and earned him the financial chops to produce atypical films such as Young Frankenstein and Silent Movie.
It has been more than two decades since I had seen this movie, and I was extremely curious to see how much I had remembered about it, and if it was as funny and crude as I thought. Continue Reading
Posted in 1080p, 2.40:1, Comedy, Dolby Digital 1.0 (French), Dolby Digital 1.0 (Spanish), Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Featured, Reviews, Warner Bros.
Posted on 09 January 2011.
Loyal readers know that I am a big fan of family movies that step outside typical formula, especially those that are whimsical, well-written, and well-acted. The film Stardust looked as if it would fit this bill exquisitely. Although I had not read the book on which it was based, it was reported to have been written in a traditional English Fantasy tradition, something I do enjoy.
Starring a stellar cast such as Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Daines, and the unheralded Charlie Cox, and with a supporting role for Robert DeNiro, I was quite excited. That Gene Shalit, Richard Roeper, and Dave Karger all enthused about the film also gave it great promise. Would it live up to this heady billing? Continue Reading
Posted in 1080p, Dolby Digital 5.1 (French), Dolby Digital 5.1 (German), Dolby Digital 5.1 (Italian), Dolby Digital 5.1 (Spanish), DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 (English), Featured, Paramount, Reviews, Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Posted on 23 September 2010.
As a long-time listener to Elvis’ music, I was extremely excited to view the Golden Globe winning film, Elvis on Tour. Furthermore, Elvis earned his great reputation as a live artist, and I was greatly looking forward to seeing the type of legendary performer we no longer see.
However, I did go into this with some trepidation, as this was not the Elvis of “Comeback Special” fame – this was the jumpsuit-cladded, sideburn-toting, kung-fu kicking Elvis of the 1970’s. Was there still enough charisma and talent left to carry a whole concert film, or was this the pale echoes of a once legendary performer? Continue Reading
Posted in 1080p, Documentary, Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 (English), Featured, Music / Concert, Reviews, Warner Bros.
Posted on 16 September 2010.
Although I have enjoyed the music of Elvis since being a wee lad (and even being known for performing Suspicious Minds occasionally at Karaoke), it was very odd that I had never sat down and watched an Elvis movie.
My impression of the films was that they were fluff pieces, that Elvis wasn’t really much of an actor, and that they were really “teen exploitation” films (the logical successors of which include The Hannah Montana Movie). So it was with some amusement that I sat down to watch Viva Las Vegas, curious to see just exactly what an Elvis film was. Continue Reading
Posted in 1080p, 2.40:1, Comedy, Dolby Digital 1.0 (English), Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (English), Featured, MGM, Musical, Reviews, Warner Bros.
Posted on 12 September 2010.
As regular readers know, I cringe whenever the official wife of this reviewer looks at my pile of Blu-rays to review and states “I really wanted to see this one!” When the case also states “From Nicholas Sparks, author of Dear John and The Notebook”, I want to weep in despair.
Joy of joys, it also stars one of the most annoying teen actresses of our time, Miley Cyrus. As a father to the two official kids (both of whom enjoyed watching Hannah Montana), I was already (and unfortunately) familiar with her “acting” abilities.
In short, I was tasked with reviewing a Blu-ray based on a story by a ham-handed and manipulative writer, starring an inexperienced actress (I’m being kind here), all the time wondering how desperate for money Greg Kinnear was that he agreed to act in this tripe. Continue Reading
Posted in 1080p, 2.35:1, Disney / Buena Vista, Dolby Digital 5.1 (French), Drama, DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 (English), Featured, Reviews
Posted on 09 September 2010.
As regular readers know, romantic comedies (rom-coms) are one of my least favourite genres of movie. Normally trite, predictable, and full of cliché, rom-coms generally follow some sort of formula that resembles nothing someone would see in real life.
However, the official wife of this reviewer loves rom-coms, and was thrilled to see that I was assigned The Back-up Plan to review. To her, the only thing that can make a rom-com even better is if it involves babies. And this film is a rom-com that involves babies.
So with a feeling akin to how one feels when facing a large pile of laundry, I saw the viewing of this film as a chore. Continue Reading
Posted in 1080p, 2.35:1, Comedy, DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 (English), Featured, Reviews, Sony Pictures
Posted on 31 August 2010.
For the penultimate movie in my review of the Mel Brooks Collection, I selected the classic Spaceballs, Mr. Brooks’ send up of science fiction movies. Although I thought I had watched this movie previously, I was surprised to discover that I had only watched it in parts and not as a whole.
When viewing the film previously, I had been struck by its obvious wink to Star Wars, emphasized through characters such as Barf, Dot, Yogurt, Pizza the Hutt, and Dark Helmet. As a long-term lover of science fiction films, Spaceballs was treading dangerous ground. My question was, was this film sublime satire, or pure farce. Continue Reading
Posted in 1.85:1, 1080p, Comedy, Dolby Digital 2.0 (English), Dolby Digital 5.1 (Portuguese), DTS 5.1 (French), DTS 5.1 (Spanish), DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 (English), Featured, MGM, Reviews, Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Posted on 16 August 2010.
As a fan of animation, I’ve never been quite sure what to make of the newer stylistic animations coming from the DC Studios. Part Totally Spies and part Akira, this style shares some familiarity with anime, yet has a more modern look, with especially strong styling for certain characters (like Batman).
Therefore, I was quite intrigued to receive a copy of Batman: Under the Red Hood, as this would give me an excellent opportunity to review a full length movie from DC. Batman has been one of my favourites since childhood, and I was very curious to see if DC is continuing with the gritty modern-day Batman, or has reverted (at least in animation) to the somewhat lighter 70’s version. Continue Reading
Posted in 1.85:1, 1080p, Action, Animated, Dolby Digital 5.1 (Spanish), DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 (English), Featured, Reviews, Warner Bros.
Posted on 16 August 2010.
Although I have developed a greater appreciation of Mel Brooks’ work through my reviews of The Mel Brooks Collection, I am also suffering from a bit of Mel Brooks fatigue. I have also seen all three remaining movies I need to review, and am now deprived of the joy of discovery I had with films like To Be Or Not To Be and Silent Movie.
Next up was Robin Hood: Men in Tights, chronologically the last of the films included in the collection. I had seen this shortly after its release on VHS (yes, you read that correctly), but had little remembrance of it. I did remember that Cary Elwes’ referred to Kevin Costner losing his English accent shortly into his Robin Hood epic, but that was about it. Was this a forgotten gem? Continue Reading
Posted in 1.85:1, 1080p, Comedy, Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital 5.1 (French), Dolby Digital 5.1 (Spanish), DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 (English), Featured, Fox, Reviews
Posted on 05 August 2010.
After reviewing the five Mel Brooks films in the collection I had not yet viewed, it was now time to revisit some old friends. And first up was History of the World – Part I, a movie that I had first seen long before I was old enough to understand most of the jokes.
Before watching the collection, this film fully defined what I thought a Mel Brooks film was. A musical number, genital-oriented humor, and an overall irrelevance for its subject matter would be what I thought of when I heard the words “Mel Brooks”. However, after watching such treats as To Be Or Not to Be, Silent Movie, and even High Anxiety, I was curious to see if I remembered the movie correctly, and if it was truly as good as I thought it was. Continue Reading
Posted in 1080p, 2.35:1, Comedy, Dolby Digital 1.0 (English), Dolby Digital 5.1 (French), Dolby Digital 5.1 (Portuguese), Dolby Digital 5.1 (Spanish), DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 (English), Featured, Fox, Reviews