DVD Review #25: The Chonicles of Riddick: Pitch Black (Unrated Director’s Cut) (1999)

February 28, 2010 at 1:51 PM | Posted in DVD Reviews, Franchise Film, Horror, Sci-Fi | 1 Comment

Vin seriously urges you to consider going green.

No, this is not another Spike Lee movie. It’s a documentary about Vin Diesel’s summer vacation, where he fended off over a dozen sharks with his bare hands. Slightly dramatized.

[Read More → “It is as well-constructed and restrained as Starship Troopers is carefree and over-the-top.”]

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 #16: Dark City (Director’s Cut) (1998)

February 16, 2010 at 6:08 AM | Posted in DVD Reviews, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment

Sometimes, don’t you feel sort of like a… mammal in a series of hallways?

Far be it from me to deny that I once again don’t really remember the original cut of this well enough to tell what’s different. But I will say, the film isn’t any worse. There was nothing wrong with it to begin with (I don’t remember the voice-over, nor did it spoil the surprises for me), but it’s not lessened by any additional material.

[Read More → “…I wished that more films had features like this.”]

DVD Review #12: Aeon Flux (Special Collector’s Edition) (2005)

February 6, 2010 at 5:29 AM | Posted in Based on a Cartoon, DVD Reviews, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment

In the future, girls replace the worms in tequila pops. I don’t know why.

Future movies are rare. Future action movies are even more rare. And modern future action movies, more still. So I take what I can get. And this is a modern future action movie.

[Read More → “Aeon Flux goes overboard with the alienness, and then hits you over the head with that board.”]

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 #2: District 9 (2009)

January 22, 2010 at 10:52 AM | Posted in DVD Reviews, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment

Lindsay Lohan gets asked for her autograph.

I got the regular version of this. I didn’t ask for it, so it was a surprise. It’s a movie my dad said he might buy for HIMSELF. And it’s amazing. Totally ridiculous and amazing. It’s ridiculous. Anyway.

[Read More → “text”]

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