The Hangover Part II on Blu-ray

I suspected that I wouldn’t enjoy the return of the Wolf Pack as much as the first time. I wasn’t expecting to be this disappointed.  Todd Phillips has a troubled history with me, especially after his last film starring Robert Downey Jr., and Zack Galifianakis, Due Date. It was a slightly offensive, not very funny film that didn’t so much push the boundaries... Read More

Gone with the Wind on Blu-Ray

This film is four hours long. Four hours. Two hundred and thirty nine minutes including an overture, an intermission, and some pleasant exit music. In four hours, you could drive from New York City to Washington D.C. You could go round trip between London and Paris. Gone with the Wind lasts nearly as long as the civil war itself.  And you know what?  I’m about as big of... Read More

Casablanca on Blu-ray

Up until yesterday, I had only seen Casablanca one time. Which I think is reasonable number of times to watch it. There are very few movies I enjoy watching multiple times and heretofore none of them were Humphrey Bogart films. And I’m going to confess something that may make you think a bit less of me–I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about when it came... Read More

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close on Blu-ray

Any film that brushes up against terribly painful, real-life events runs the risk of leaving its obligations to those affected by the event unfulfilled. Indeed, there’s never been a film that uses the attacks of September 11th in way that didn’t feel a bit exploitative to me. The closest to feeling anywhere near appropriate was Paul Greengrass’s United 93. And... Read More

Inception on Blu-ray

Rumor has it that Christopher Nolan spent ten years writing the script for Inception. Truth be told, this barely seems like enough time to wrap one’s mind around so creative a world, let alone think it all up.  Of course, Nolan had the wiggle room that a dream world provides.  There is no exact defining of the relationships between reality and dreams, or to a dream within... Read More

Contagion on Blu-ray

If there is any fun to be found in movies about global pandemics, Steven Soderberg was sure to leave it out of Contagion. Perhaps fun isn’t the right word. Maybe, thrills? It’s easy to see when comparing Contagion with, say, 28 Days Later or Blindness. Somehow, Danny Boyle’s world is terrifying in a way that is like a roller coaster. In José Saramago’s... Read More

The Matrix on Blu-ray

It’s been thirteen years since Neo took the red pill and we all went down the rabbit hole to find out what exactly the Matrix was. Thirteen years ago, I was fourteen, and my strict religious mother wouldn’t let me watch movies that had been rated ‘R’. For the most part, I didn’t have a problem with this rule. But when The Matrix was all any of my friends... Read More