The Simpsons movie is now available on DVD. I loved this movie and will own it myself. It's like an hour and a half Simpson episode. The movie carried me through from beginning to end with such a compelling story line that it felt like only half an hour passed. There are ton's of funny moments in the film that stand on their own but for Simpson fans Matt brought back many of the running jokes from the series. You will also get to enjoy an appearance from every character in the Simpson universe, yes even Kang and Kodos!
DVD Releases: June 30, 2009
- Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Fifth Season: Love this show, wished it lasted more then five seasons but now all of it is out on DVD, time to complete the series. A must own. If for some reason you haven't watched this show yet there are some episodes of season five streaming live online here.
- Eureka: Season 3.0: Another great show and season three they really got good. I love that I can get the first half of season 3 on DVD, just in time for the second half to air. Down side, it's only half of a season and if I wanted an incomplete season I would already own it through iTunes.
- Transmorphers: Fall of Man: I have not watched this one yet but every time I see the name I giggle because it's like the Gobots to the Transformers movie. But with Bruce Boxleitner in it I will eventually have to watch it.
- Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li: This one goes on the rent list. I didn't get to watch it in the theaters and the reviews were mixed but I like Street Fighter and the previews looks interesting.
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Watchmen Movie is Back On
Warner Brothers and Fox have reached come to an agreement and will present their settlement to Judge Gary Feess Friday morning. Watchmen will open as planned on March 6th.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but the deal is said to involve a sizable cash payment to Fox and a percentage of the film's boxoffice grosses; Fox will not be a co-distributor on the film, nor will it co-own the "Watchmen" property, but it will share in revenue derived from it.
Relieved that they were able to come to an agreement I look forward to watching the movie.
(via Hollywood Reporter)
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Theater or Renter: The Love Guru
The Plot / Story: Pitka (Meyers) an American raised outside of his country by gurus devotes his life to helping troubled couples. He returns to the States to get into the self-help business. He uses unorthodox methods to resolve his first challenge which is to settle the romantic troubles of a professional hockey player (Malco) whose wife left him for a rival lover (Timberlake) before the NHL Stanley Cup.
I gave the trailer a 5 out of 5. The trailer clearly conveys the story of the movie. It made me laugh and gave me confidence that this film was able to capture Mike Myers' comedic sense. I found myself thinking about the jokes from the trailer at latter points throughout the day especially the joke about when he saw the inspirational message on the bathroom wall, demonstrating the trailers lasting ability. It also did not become tired, boring or annoying after watching it multiple times.
I think this will be a renter and maybe even an owner site unseen. I really enjoy Mike Myers' jokes and I get the feeling that this film will be full of them. I'm not expecting a moving or compelling story from The Love Guru like we get from Shrek but expect this to be more along the lines of Austin Powers movies. This would probably be a great film to watch after The Happening though, so if you are going to catch The Happening this weekend I would recommend making it into a double feature.
For more information about The Love Guru and to watch the trailer see Theater or Renter: June
Exploring: The Incredible Hulk
Review of: The Incredible Hulk Overall Rating: 9.0
Finally not another origin story! The Incredible Hulk was a good movie and fun to watch but not as good as Iron Man. I'm really pleased to see Marvel's positive influence on these projects. The movie is an exciting ride with a nice balance between action, drama, and suspense that carried me through the emotions of the story. There are some problems with the story line and maintaining the immaculate reality of the experience but overall they kept true to the spirit of the Hulk and I really appreciate that.
The Incredible Hulk is a tale about Bruce Banner the Geneticist and his quest for a cure for a condition that turns him into a raging monster known as the Hulk. All the while the military is hunting down Bruce Banner so that they can learn how to control the Hulk and use Bruce’s research to create super soldiers. In the end they only create an even more deadly monster known as The Abomination.
- The opening credits is brilliant: they cover the origin story in a few minutes and put in a lot of fun references.
- The way they ease us into the hulk: His first appearance is mostly from the shadows with only glimpses to help acclimate the audience with his look.
- the way they show the bullets and darts just bending and bouncing off of his skin. The really neat thing is that they do show on occasion lacerations in the hulks skin when the attack is sever enough to merit it. The 50 caliber rounds looked awesome when they dented his skin.
- The emotion that they were able to animate into the Hulk was amazing. Like Gollum before him the Hulk was really able to connect on an emotional level with the audience.
- The Cameos: Stan Lee, Lou Ferrigno
- I liked the references subtly placed throughout the movie to Stark Industries, Nick Fury, and S.H.I.E.L.D.
- They used most of the Hulk's famous lines / attacks in a tasteful and story appropriate manner.
- The very end / the last page: not going to give a spoiler but after seeing it you will get it.
Dislikes / Concerns
- The skin of the hulk was too gelatinous and too textured: probably due to rendering or compositing issues because the animation was so well done.
- The love scene: it was funny but distracted me from the movie and shattered the immaculate reality. Personally I had a Mallrats moment and Brodie wouldn't get out of my head.
- The story had some issues: I didn't like the mcguffin of the cure and found the Emil Blonsky story line far more interesting and would have like it more if that became the dominate storyline.
- The end helicopter scene shown in the trailer still bothered me and seeing it in context didn't save it. I realize they needed a tension relief and I did chuckle because it was a funny moment but it completely took me out of the story and reminded me I was watching a film not experiencing it.
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About The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising
|Review of: The Seeker: The Dark Is RisingOverall Rating: 8.0 B-|
The first hurdle I had to get over with this film was some of the mediocre promotion. This movie gave the appearance to have been overly influenced by the Harry Potter films which caused me to initially think it was some kind of bad Potter knock off. Honestly, I expected to see a scene about 15 minutes into the film for someone to turn to Will and tell him that he is a wizard. Thus why I initially didn't care about it, I don't need a Potter knock off I can just watch or read Harry Potter.
I'm glad that I was able to move past that obstacle because this film is not a Potter knock off. That being said the cinematography has a lot of Potter cinematography influences in it and it pulls a lot of it's flavor from classic fantasy elements but that is where the similarities stop.
Overall this movie was an enjoyable experience. Fans of fantasy they will enjoy this film because it hits all of the fantasy notes but it will not be a knock out because it does not move beyond your typical fantasy story elements. Those who are not fans of fantasy will probably find the fantasy elements to be overly cliche. As for me I'm a fan of fantasy and found it to be cliche but still enjoyed the fantasy tale.
The Plot: Will Stanton is a day away from his fourteenth birthday when he finds out that he is the Seeker a special warrior of light. Aided by a small group of timeless warriors of light known as The Old Ones and the special powers that just awoke within him, Will travels through time to gather the six Signs. The Rider who is The Dark that will rise and cover all of the earth in five days leaving Will only a short amount to gather the Signs which gives him enough power to defeat The Dark.
The movie is based on the second book in a series of children's novels by Susan Cooper which were published in the 1960's and 1970's.
- The classic Fantasy tale
- The Cinematography was nice and compelling
- Will's power set was interesting especially when he asks about flight abilities
- the scene where they have Will actually handle all of the things thrown at him like a fourteen year old boy with super powers would
- They did make everyone interesting even if they were flat and lacking in depth
Dislikes / Concerns
- The cliche Fantasy elements, the all to convenient occurrences to set up the hero in the beginning, the classic fight and victory event with the villain at the end
- The lack of plot twists I figured out how it would end within the first 10 min of the movie and I'm usually not that good at the game of guessing the ending nor do I try to but this was so obvious I could not help it.
- The characters were very flat and lacked depth, that being said they were still interesting.