The Woman in Black

It is no secret that iconic roles tend to kill the future career of the actor who plays in it. Nobody survived the Star Wars movies except for Harrison Ford, for example. But it’s possible. Look at the six actors that played in the sit-com ‘Friends’. They’ve all emerged with critically lauded projects, whether it be acting, directing, or any something else.... Read More

The Dark Knight on Blu-ray

Can you believe that it’s been four years since The Dark Knight was in theatres? It’s true. It was released in 2008. And it’s been four years since I’ve seen The Dark Knight.  But now seems like a good time to refresh myself, so I can really whet my appetite for The Dark Knight Rises.  And whet my appetite it did. I have a bad habit of diminishing Christopher... Read More

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows on Blu-ray

I am always game for a Guy Ritchie film. I was even a fan of the ridiculously pretentious and flawed Revolver. Style over substance is okay with me. Most of the time.  There’s not quite anyone who can find the humor and brutality of the British underworld like him.  Mike Leigh is pretty good at the underworld part, but his movies aren’t that funny (except for Happy-Go-Lucky).... Read More

Project X on Blu-ray

I’ve been a bit curious about Project X since it was in theatres. Granted, not curious enough to pay to see it, but still, I like movies about parties that get out of control. And I’m always interested in something Todd Phillips will put his name on (for Project X he’s listed as a producer, noticeably not an executive producer).  Even it’s just a hate-watch,... Read More

In the Land of Blood and Honey

I feel like the Bosnian war is unclear to many Americans. Myself included. It was, by all accounts, a very complex issue. But for Angelina Jolie, it isn’t. And she makes her point of view very clear throughout In the Land of Blood and Honey.  To the point of sacrificing artistry.  She perhaps just should have made a documentary.  And since the film only grossed $300,000,... Read More

Happy Feet Two on Blu-ray

Every time a Pixar film comes out, I feel a little bit dead inside. They generally don’t speak to me. I’m not charmed by them like most people seem to be. I’ve generally stopped watching them because I prefer to avoid that awkward moments when someone asks me exactly how much I loved it.  This is one of the reasons that I rarely watch animated films.  I have... Read More

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island on Blu-ray

When I was a young child, anything that had the word ‘journey’, ‘mysterious’ or ‘island’ in it, I totally would have been hooked. So you can imagine how excited I was when Warner Brothers sent me a copy of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. I didn’t realize this was a sequel, so I just assumed the 2 stood for ‘two times the excitement... Read More

Malcolm X on Blu-ray

I love nearly every single thing about Spike Lee’s Joint, Malcolm X. This was my first time viewing it. I’ve never found much appealing about Denzel Washington, I feel like he plays the same character in every film. While I committed to watch all three and half hours of Malcolm X, I felt certain I would need to break it up into a few different viewings, perhaps over... Read More

J. Edgar on Blu-ray

One would think that a biopic about one of the most powerful and controversial men of the last one hundred years would be interesting. Most likely a closeted homosexual and cross-dresser , somewhat a narcissist, J. Edgar Hoover had dirt on everyone. So when you consider what exactly Clint Eastwood is presenting in J. Edgar, it’s disappointing.  And it does seem that Eastwood... Read More

Sundance – Sleep Walk with Me

A few years back, my BFF went through a pretty serious breakup. Before the couple’s demise, they purchased tickets to go see Dane Cook in Las Vegas.  My buddy got custody of these tickets, and I ended replacing her on the trip.  In our defense, I’d like to point out that Dane Cook was the ex’s favorite comedian.  On the five-hour drive to Vegas, he popped in... Read More