DVD Review #23: The Mist (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition) (2007)

February 22, 2010 at 8:02 AM | Posted in Based on a Book, DVD Reviews, Horror | Leave a comment

It’s not revenge… it’s nourishment.

I don’t know what makes a great horror movie, because I don’t know what “great horror” is. I don’t get scared by horror movies. I did get annoyed by Blair Witch. I get bored by bad movies. But I get excited by good ones. I know what makes a great Stephen King adaptation. So I know this is a great Stephen King horror movie.

[Read More → “…the best horror film since John Carpenter’s remake of The Thing.”]

DVD Review #21: Jumper (Special Edition) (2008)

February 21, 2010 at 4:04 AM | Posted in Action, Based on a Book, DVD Reviews, Franchise Film, Sci-Fi | 1 Comment

“Nobody cuts off this Jedi’s motherf*cking hand!”

This is the kind of movie I wish existed, but usually doesn’t. A movie that doesn’t just go back and forth between three sets, or stay in one city we’ve seen a million times. It’s a film that’s literally all over the map. It’s an experience, not just a feature-length lie.

[Read More → “This is a wish fulfillment movie with more bells and whistles than much bigger productions…”]

DVD Review #11: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

February 4, 2010 at 10:35 AM | Posted in Based on a Book, Comedy, DVD Reviews, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment

“I dunno about this rewrite. It seems kind of weird that Trillian would recreate a scene from Elf…”

Gee, I’m going to have to admit some bias on this one. I’m a fan of all things Hitchhiker’s. I saw the miniseries when I was a kid. And then actually read the books. Yes, read with my eyes. (That’s “read” in the past tense, which in a perfect world would be “readed” or at least “redd.”) However, I was convinced I WOULDN’T like this. Because it’s a Hollywood adaptation. But is it really? It’s a fairly British production. And Douglas himself wrote most of it. And in fact, it’s pretty good.

[Read More → “It just comes across as bizarre and pointless. Which it is.”]

DVD Reviews #3: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2-Disc Special Edition) (2009)

January 22, 2010 at 11:19 AM | Posted in Based on a Book, DVD Reviews, Fantasy, Franchise Film | 1 Comment

“Ginny, oh my God! Not here!”

This is the first time I saw the movie, and the second one that I had read the book of first. So I realized what was missing and thought it shouldn’t have been missing. Just having Tonks and Lupin be together without any fuss is a bit lame. I get it. They’re not important. Not showing at least half of the memories was lame. I get it, Voldemort’s entire family history isn’t important. But if I’m not crazy, they cut out the explanation for the cave, and that’s crazy. They didn’t include whatever monster was in the cave. They didn’t explain Inferi. They glossed over Dumbledore’s torment. I don’t think there was any sense of danger in the cave, and that’s the whole fucking point of the scene/chapter. They rushed through it.

[Read More → “Most of the extras waste time talking down to kids who can’t afford this DVD edition in the first place.”]

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