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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Coming Soon List- November 7

COMING SOON



NOVEMBER 17

BRUNO
CANYON
FRANKLYN
MY SISTER’S KEEPER
OPEN ROAD
STAR TREK- 2009
TRAIN
WILD CHILD


NOVEMBER 24

4 CHRISTMASES
ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS- SSN 4
ANGELS & DEMONS
FUNNY PEOPLE
MAIDEN HEIST
SHORTS
TAKING CHANCES
TOI & MOI


DECEMBER 1

CHRISTMAS TALE
COVE
DAYDREAMER
DEADLINE
GIRL IN THE PARK
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2- BATTLE FOR THE SMITHSONIAN
PAPER HEART
SNL- SSN 5
TERMINATOR- SALVATION
TOM WILSON- BIGGER THAN YOU


DECEMBER 8


CARRIERS
DESTROYED IN SECONDS
HARRY POTTER & THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE
HOUSE OF THE DEVIL
JULIE & JULIA
LOST- SSN 5
MOONLIGHT SERENADE
PUBLIC ENEMIES
WORLD’S GREATEST DAD


DECEMBER 15

G-FORCE
HANGOVER
INGLORIOUS BASTERDS
OTHER MAN
ROBOT CHICKEN- SSN. 4
TAKING WOODSTOCK


DECEMBER 22

(500) DAYS OF SUMMER
ALL ABOUT STEVE
AMERICAN PIE 6: BOOK OF LOVE
ANGUS, THONGS, AND FULL FRONTAL SNOGGING
BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT
CALL OF THE WILD (2009)
EXTRACT
IT MIGHT GET LOUD


DECEMBER 29


9
DISTRICT 9
GLEE SEASON 1 PART 1
JENNIFER’S BODY
MARINE 2
PERFECT GETAWAY
UNITED STATES OF TARA SEASON 1
WEATHER GIRL


JANUARY 5

10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU- 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
50 DEAD MEN WALKING
BURN NOTICE SEASON 1 & 2
CHUCK- SEASON 2
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS
FINAL DESTINATION
TRUCKER
UNIVERSAL SOLDIER- A NEW BEGINNING


JANUARY 12

BIG FAN
BURNING PLAIN
DOWNLOADING NANCY
HALLOWEEN 2
HURT LOCKER
I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF
IN THE LOOP
MOON
PRETTY UGLY PEOPLE
X GAMES 3D- THE MOVIE


JANUARY 19

ACCORDING TO GRETA
BOYS ARE BACK
CHE
DEFYING GRAVITY SEASON 1
GAMER
SCOOBY’S LAFF OLYMPICS
SMOKIN ACES 2- ASSASSIN’S BALL


JANUARY 26

$5 A DAY
BRIGHT STAR
SOUL POWER
ST. TRINIAN’S
SURROGATES
WHIP IT!


FEBRUARY 2

HOUSE OF THE DEVIL


FEBRUARY 9

I HATE VALENTINE’S DAY
TIME TRAVELLER’S WIFE


FEBRUARY 16

WOMEN IN TROUBLE


FEBRUARY 23

BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS
BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN
DEAD SNOW
GOOGLE ME
NIGHT COURT SEASON 3
PARIS


MARCH 2

PONYO


SOON TO BE ANNOUNCED

5 MINUTES OF HEAVEN
$9.99
ADAM
AMELIA
ANTICHRIST
ASTRO BOY
BANDSLAM
BEESWAX
BLACK DYNAMITE
BOONDOCK SAINTS 2- ALL SAINT’S DAY
BOX
BROKEN HILL
CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY
CIRQUE DU FREAK- VAMPIRE’S ASSISSTANT
COCO BEFORE CHANEL
COLD SOULS
COLLECTOR
COUPLES RETREAT
DAMNED UNITED
EARTH DAYS
ENDGAME
FAME
FOURTH KIND
GENTLEMEN BRONCOS
GOOD HAIR
HOMECOMING
I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER IN HELL
INFORMANT!
INVENTION OF LYING
LAW ABIDING CITIZEN
LOVE HAPPENS
MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS
MORE THAN A GAME
MOTHERHOOD
MY ONE & ONLY
NAKED AMBITION
NEW YORK I LOVE YOU
NO IMPACT MAN
ONG BAK 2
PANDORUM
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
POST GRAD
PRECIOUS
SAW 6
SEPTEMBER ISSUE
SERAPHINE
SERIOUS MAN
SHALL WE KISS
SORORITY ROW
STEPFATHER (2009)
THIS IS IT
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
WHITE ON RICE
WHITEOUT
ZOMBIELAND

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Update! Hangover announced!

This is too big to wait until next week! Warner has announced that their $280 million dollar summer hit 'The Hangover' will hit DVD & Blu-Ray on December 15th in a theatrical and unrated versions! I have no idea what more they could add to make that film Unrated, but we will be able to discover it in just under 3 months!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Coming Soon List- 9/21/09

Since I can't seem to have people go to my Google docs and just keep the updated list there, I am going to try to start putting the Coming Soon List up every Monday night with the latest info of new DVDs.
For those of you who used to see my Coming Soon List, this is the scaled down version. This will not have all of the little titles that are coming each day. This will mainly consist of the major motion pictures that have been released or have a known following or a decent representation at the box office even if they only played in New York or LA.
This list will also contain the major TV sets to be released those days, any major older films that are seeing a new version released as well as any collections to be released.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

COMING SOON


SEPTEMBER 22

BATTLE FOR TERRA
CASTLE- SSN. 1
CLIVE BARKER- BOOKS OF BLOOD
GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST
HOWLING TRILOGY
OBSERVE & REPORT
PAUL NEWMAN COLLECTION
TERMINATOR- SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES- SSN 2
WALLACE & GROMIT- MATTER OF LOAF & DEATH


SEPTEMBER 29

BROTHERS BLOOM
GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE
MANAGEMENT
MONSTERS VS. ALIENS
MUPPETS- LETTERS TO SANTA
SHRINK
UNWIGGED & UNPLUGGED CONCERT


OCTOBER 6

ALLY MCBEAL- COMPLETE SERIES
ANVIL
ASSASSINATION OF A HIGH SCHOOL PRESIDENT
BIGFOOT
BONES- SSN. 4
DARK COUNTRY
IMAGINE THAT
IT’S ALIVE
MY LIFE IN RUINS
TRIBUTE
TRICK R’ TREAT
YEAR ONE


OCTOBER 13

DRAG ME TO HELL
FLASHPOINT- SSN 1
LAND OF THE LOST
PROPOSAL


OCTOBER 20

CHERI
IT’S GARY SHANDLING’S SHOW- COMPLETE SERIES
LOVE N DANCING
PLASTIC MAN COMEDY HOUR
TRANSFORMERS 2: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
WRONG TURN 3


OCTOBER 27

ICE AGE 3- DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS
MAIDEN HEIST
MONTY PYTHON- ALMOST THE TRUTH
NOTHING LIKE THE HOLIDAYS
ORPHAN
WHATEVER WORKS


NOVEMBER 3

ALIENS IN THE ATTIC
ANSWER MAN
FOOD, INC
I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER
SPIN CITY- SSN 3
STAR WARS-CLONE WARS- SSN 1
TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3


NOVEMBER 10

CHRISTMAS CLAUSE
CHRISTMAS TALE
SESAME STREET- 40 YR ANNIVERSARY EDITION
UGLY TRUTH


NOVEMBER 17

BRUNO
FRANKLYN
MY SISTER’S KEEPER
STAR TREK- 2009
TRAIN
WILD CHILD


NOVEMBER 24

4 CHRISTMASES
ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS- SSN 4
ANGELS & DEMONS


DECEMBER 1

COVE
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2- BATTLE FOR THE SMITHSONIAN
SNL- SSN 5
TERMINATOR- SALVATION


DECEMBER 8

HARRY POTTER & THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE
LOST- SSN 5
WORLD’S GREATEST DAD


DECEMBER 15

G-FORCE
ROBOT CHICKEN- SSN. 4


DECEMBER 22

THE FINAL DESTINATION


DECEMBER 29

MARINE 2


SOON TO BE ANNOUNCED

5 MINUTES OF HEAVEN
(500) DAYS OF SUMMER
ADAM
ALL ABOUT STEVE
BANDSLAM
BIG FAN
COLD SOULS
COLLECTOR
DEAD SNOW
DISTRICT 9
DOWNLOADING NANCY
EXTRACT
FUNNY PEOPLE
GAMER
GI JOE- RISE OF COBRA
GOODS- LIVE HARD, SELL HARD
HALLOWEEN 2
HANGOVER
HURT LOCKER
I HATE VALENTINE’S DAY
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
IN THE LOOP
IT MIGHT GET LOUD
JULIE & JULIA
MOON
MY ONE & ONLY
NAKED AMBITION
PERFECT GETAWAY
POST GRAD
PUBLIC ENEMIES
SEPTEMBER ISSUE
SHALL WE KISS
SHORTS
SOUL POWER
TAKING WOODSTOCK
TIME TRAVELLER’S WIFE

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

movie rating system (again)

I am going to be doing several new reviews this week and just wanted to remind how I review, since it has been a while. If you want to go back through the archives, I did the major post on December 12, 2007 about this.
I will give a quick description along with likes and dislikes, but at the end I will give 2 ratings.
One rating will be for the film quality. This means- is it a well made and well produced film? Is it possible that it may be up for the next Oscar ceremony? As a fan of film making, did they produce a high quality film?
One rating will be for the movie quality. This means- is it fun to watch? How much enjoyment did I get out of this? Is this one I want to see again and again?
By my rating system, Schindler's List would get a high film rating, but a middling movie rating (what can I say, I have rewatched Schindler many times.)
Major League, on the other hand, would get a middling film rating, but a very high movie rating.
I feel that this way I can talk about both aspects of a movie.

Offending People

As most of you know, my goal in life is to offend people. :)
I work in a building where the heat washaving a problem the last few days- it wouldn't turn off! A couple of people brought stand alone fans.
I get to work at 6:40 after my wife drops me off on her way to work. I am the first one there. Several of the people who brought fans came in just before 7 this morning and were doing what most of the people whose lives were influenced by the film Tommy Boy do- they were quoting the line where Chris Farley is talking into the fan. "Luke, I am your father, Lo, la, Lo, la".
So, being the movie geek that I am, I walk over and continue with the scene. David Spade comes in and says, "Look, I know you'd like to sit there and continue to be unslim, but we have work to do."
The main guy doing it is not petite, but also a movie fan. He knows I am a movie fan as well. But, because this gentleman is not petite, you could have heard a pin drop after I said it.
I immediately said, "Yes, I am a movie geek. That is David Spade's next line."
But, they continued to stare at me, and, as I walked away, I heard, "That was rude."
If anyone who was involved in that reads this, I am sorry. I never meant to be rude or offensive.
BUT...
if you are goofing around in the workplace and feel that it was directed at you instead of being a movie quote, maybe you shouldn't be doing it, either.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Oscars 2009

E!'s Red Carpet-

While talking to Michael Sheen, Danny Elfman walked by in the background- go Danny!

Amy Adams is starting to use Cruel Intentions 2 in interviews as her own personal mocking tool a la Turner & Hooch.

ABC red carpet- accounting montage- loads of fun! Midnight Run, Casino Royale, Untouchables...

ceremony-

Great opening number with Hugh Jackman and a "surprised Anne Hathaway" as Nixon

Nice concept of 5 past acting nominees talking about why this year's nominees are up- but I want to SEE why they are up.

Best Supporting Actress- Penelope Cruz- not a Woody Allen fan, but because of this award and Rebecca Hall being in it as well, it now becomes a must see.

Fun bit of having Steve Martin and Tina Fey actually read parts of the nominated screenplays.

Original Screen play- Milk- Way to have a purely emotional speech about how great all gay and lesbians are and how they are all beautiful( read sarcastically). I have been heterosexual all my life and have met quite a few idiot heterosexuals. You can't tell me that being gay makes you a great person either. I love how everything is black or white on this issue in Hollywood.

Adapted screenplay- Slumdog- I totally disagree with this because I feel it is one of the most hackneyed screenplays of the year- even Crystal Skull was a better screenplay.

Best Animated- WALL-E. It better have been! Later on in the show, they show a clip montage of Romance and it ends with WALL-E and EVE. It's best animated and best romance and it's not up for Best Picture- WHY? Dirfector talks about how he was cast in his High School production of Hello Dolly- that explains the mystery of WALL-E's love for that musical.

Art Direction- Benjamin Button- Because it was much harder, obviously, to create something that existed as opposed to something that didn't (Dark Knight, cough). And in the clips, why did they show the plain white interrogation room with table and chair?

Costume Design- Duchess- Nothing here that was nominated was for anything interesting at all! And, as Aleisha says, Can't they get away from this damn time period? I wholly second that!

Makeup- Benjamin Button- Chris Cannom has always done good work, although I personally would have gone for Hellboy 2. In its defense, though, It is hard to make people age realistically as opposed to demons and monsters which can look like anything.

Cinematography- Ben Stiller mocking Joaquin Phoenix- very funny. Slumdog Millionaire- Based on the clips, I would have given it to Changeling. I found nothing special about the cinematography of Slumdog- parts of it have been done by years of television lighting.

Best Supporting Actor- Heath Ledger- again, I can't fault the choice. Amazing performance that will go down in history, only a bit more because of his death. I still feel Downey, Jr.'s performance is the toughest role, though in the same way that Bale in Prestige and Norton in Fight Club were.

Documentary- Man on Wire- haven't seen it, but friends who have really enjoyed it and were amazed.

Visual Effects- Benjaman Button- Haven't seen, but again, it was something realistic instead of fantastical

Sound editing- Dark Knight- It was good, but it wasn't Ben Burtt!

Sound Mixing- Slumdog Millionaire-WTF?

Editing- Slumdog Millionaire- The hyper-kinetic style wins an Oscar, however, Natural Born Killers was regarded as being too much for any audience member to handle.

Humanitarian award given to Jerry Lewis- fast forwarded through it.

score-Slumdog- predicted it- but I still liked Elfman and Newman's scores better. I will be surprised if we ever hear from A.R. Rahman again, though.

song- performance-WALL-E doing counterpoint to Slumdog? How weird was that?

song-award- Jai-Ho (sp?)- Since Down to Earth wasn't going to win, at least they picked the best of the 2 songs from Slumdog.

foreign film- Departures- no opinion

in memorium- they remembered Stan Winston, ended on Paul Newman, and the final clip was Sting.

Director- Danny Boyle- Slumdog- as said before- very disappointed in the film and also, I don't feel like he should ever have won. The second credit during the end credits was "Co-Director-India' which means that Danny should not win this award.

Actress- Kate Winslet- although I feel it is a make up award (5 previous nominations, zero wins) her call out and wave to her dad after she asked for him to whistle, was one of the highlights of the show.

Actor- Sean Penn- Milk- still haven't seen it, but I must say, he is a great actor and deserves it.

Picture- Slumdog Millionaire

I am going to go on record right now and say that in the year 2020, Oscar watchers are going to look back and say "Slumdog Millionaire? Really?"

I worked at Blockbuster Video for a very long time and although it was very popular when it was first released on video 7 months after winning Best Picture, a short 4 months later and Shakespeare in love was totally forgotten. It won over Saving Private Ryan which, almost a decade after it was originally released, is still constantly checked out at all times.

Slumdog Millionaire will follow in Shakespeare in Love's footsteps.

Count n it.

Jumping back in- Oscar night and predictions

What better nightfor me to start blogging again than Oscar Night? This is my Super Bowl night.
I have not seen as many nominated films this year as I would have liked, a fractured radial head in my right arm contributed to that, but I am still excited.
Right now, the only 2 nominations that I really care about are Ben Burtt for sound for WALL-E. Most sound people only have between 700 & 1000 sounds to make and mix even for the huge action blockbusters. For WALL-E, Burtt had almost 3000! Ben Burtt, for those who don't know, created all of the sound for the Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Jurassic Park films. T-Rex roar? Burtt. Light sabers and alien languages? Burtt. Giant rolling boulder and ark hum? Burtt. He is one of my personal idols and deserves each of these awards.
Although I have absolutely no problem with Heath Ledger winning Best Supporting Actor for the Joker (it is an acting tour de force that will go in cinema history), I think Robert Downey, Jr.s performance in Tropic Thunder was so layered, perfect, and hysterical, that he is my actual pick.
I want Danny Elfman to win for best score, but A.R. Rahman will win for Slumdog, and, for that award, I am okay with Slumdog picking it up.
The toughest part of the night will be the 'In Memoriam' section. 3 of my idols have died this year, and it will be rough seeing their names in that list this year- Paul Newman, George Carlin, and Stan Winston. The first 2 you probably know and the third you should. Stan Winston created some of tghe most recognizeable live action effects in film history. T-Rex, Terminator, Iron Man, Galaxy Quest, Predator, Aliens, Edward Scissorhands- all Stan.
Yesterday in preperation for the Oscars, we caught Slumdog Millionaire and Frost/Nixon. I will give more in-depth reviews later this week for them both, but I was blown away by Frost/Nixon, and thought that Slumdog was just 'Meh" for a Best Picture nominee. It was a fun show that I enjoyed, but it would be like putting Sleepless in Seattle up for a Best Picture. Slumdog was contrived and nothing special.
Frost/Nixon however, was amazing in the same way that Apollo 13 was- even though the outcome was known, it was still absorbing and you were left breathless with anticipation at scenes. The acting was top notch (I was upset that Langella earned a nomination and Sheen didn't until the final 15 minutes when Langella just rocked). There was drama and also, a surprising amount of humor. I have yet to see Benjamin Button , The Reader, or Milk, but I can't imagine any of those films being any better than Frost/Nixon.
I will say, though that Dark Knight and WALL-E were still probably better than Frost/Nixon, but, since I can't vote for the Oscars, who am I to talk?
I am going to try to blog about my reactions as the show happens, but, if not, look for an update tomorrow.