The Lives of Others is the film that upset the heavily favored Pan’s Labyrinth to win the 2006 Oscar® for Best foreign Language Film. Now, Pan’s Labyrinth is one of my all-time favorite films and I’d not even heard of the film’s writer/director, Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck. Given the majesty of Guillermo Del Toro’s film, I found myself wondering how anything could deprive it of an Academy Award® – let alone a small film about a playwright in East Germany whose lover was coveted by a high-ranking government official and placed under surveillance to find an excuse to throw him in jail. (more…)
Archive for August, 2007
TVonDVD: Dexter: The First Season; Ugly Betty: The Complete First Season; The Dresden Files: The Complete First SeasonAugust 31, 2007
Serial killers, homely executive assistants and the only wizard in the Chicago Yellow Pages are all available on the video shelves to delight and amaze. Dexter: The Complete First Season introduces the world’s first serial killer of other serial killers, spinning a deeply entertaining but disturbing series of novels into a deliciously macabre TV series. The Bettyfied Edition of Ugly Betty: The Complete First Season spins a charmingly goofy and more than occasionally entertainment that’s based on a Latin American telenovela. The Dresden Files: The Complete First Season [now cancelled] introduces a man who can advertise himself to be a wizard because he is one! (more…)
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Anytime you put Jason Statham or Jet Li into an action flick, you know there’ll be fireworks. So, what happens when you put them both in the same movie? Well, in The One, they were terrific, but the movie tried to hard to be substantial and missed its target. WAR, on the other hand, takes a traditional martial arts/yakuza revenge formula, cranks up the adrenaline and tosses in a couple of nifty twists to make it just a little bit more entertaining than the average action flick…
Seth [Jonah Hill], Evan [Michael Cera] and Fogell [Christopher Mintz-Plasse] are losers who hope to take advantage of Fogell’s freshly minted fake ID to score the booth for a spontaneous party being hosted by Seth’s dreamgirl, Jules [Emma Stone]. Evan plans to attend in hopes that the girl he lusts after, Becca [Martha MacIsaac], will be so impressed that he and Seth and Fogell have brought the booze for the party that she’ll be amenable to at least some form of advances [the girl has been flirting madly with him, but he seems oblivious!]. (more…)
The first Michael Shanks vehicle to air since Stargate SG-1 ended its run is a whacked out little Sci Fi Channel B-movie called Mega Snake [Sci Fi, Saturday, 9/8C] – and what could be more perfect for a B-movie than a giant snake? How about a blink or you’ll miss it appearance by Matthew Atherton as his Who Wants To Be A Superhero-winning character Feedback? Certainly, Mega Snake is all that and a bag of… well… something other than chips…
I’ve been saying this, a lot in the last month or so, but no matter how frustrating running EM is, it’s also very rewarding and surreal. Earlier this week I sat down with the great Morgan Freeman, and a couple of weeks ago I participated in a conference call with Who Wants to Be A Superhero Andy Scheer and one of my idols – Stan “The Man” Lee and the Producer of I shouldn’t have to tell you who the great man is. He is the Godfather of Super Heroes, while one of the “founding” members of Marvel Comics he created many of that company’s iconic characters including Spiderman, The Hulk, Fantastic Four, Captain America (I think) Iron Man, Daredevil and many more! (more…)
Serenity Collector’s Edition, The Dark Crystal 25th Anniversary Edition, Disturbia, Bubba Ho-Tep Limited EditionAugust 22, 2007
Let’s look at some cool new stuff on DVD shelves this week: Serenity Collector’s Edition – we already know that the Browncoats will buy this one, but if you were waiting for a jam-packed DVD set, this would be the one to get; it’s hard to believe it’s been twenty-five years since The Dark Crystal was released, but here’s its 25th Anniversary Edition, with a hologram cover and several new features; disturbia is a slacker take on Rear Window that successfully weds teen romance and psycho-killer genres, and Bubba Ho-Tep Limited Edition gives the oddball indie flick some glitzy new packaging…
Hey Everyone, to celebrate the re-imagined Flash Gordon series our buds at the Sci-Fi Channel have given us an exclusive SCI-Fi Prize Pack to give away. The pack includes an Exclusive Comic-Con Flash Gordon T-Shirt, Eureka Season 1 DVD Set, Comic-Con Eureka T-Shirt and a Who Wants to be a Superhero Comic Book.
TVonDVD: The Fugitive: Vol. One; Two New Masters of Horror; The Tick vs. Season Two; Stargate SG-1: Season TenAugust 15, 2007
The long-awaited release of The Fugitive on DVD begins today with Season One, Volume One; the Masters of Horror adaptation of Clive Barker’s Valerie on the Stairs, and John Farris’ We All Scream For Ice Cream present two of season two’s best efforts; The Tick vs. Season Two continues the almost dadaistic adventures of The big Blue bug of Justice, and Stargate SG-1, Season 10 concludes the DVD release of the longest-running science fiction series in North American television history… (more…)