Thursday, January 31, 2013

Deadly Blessing (1981) on Blu-ray!

Deadly Blessing is now on Blu-ray! Do it. Now.

If you don't, i'll sig a creepy Borgnine on ya.


This is a release of biblical proportions from Scream Factory. Churn it here:

Deadly Blessing (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]

Or check out Shout Factory's website:

Scream Factory's Deadly Blessing

Sharon Stone is getting her Deadly Blessing (and possibly a cold. Those old dutch farmhouses are quite drafty) - So why aren't you?

Monday, January 21, 2013

More January Action: The Last Stand & Gangster Squad (2013)

Last year, January seemed to be filled with Action Flicks, and I caught a few: January Action 2012

This year, the Action continues to roll onto screens (though current Box Office receipts will dictate something different for 2014) as the weather chills with Films like Gangster Squad, The Last Stand, Broken City and next week's Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. I think I'll definitely pass on that last one. I really don't need to see the Grimm Brothers' classic tale find the titular duo be turned into bounty hunters. I did sit through enough of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter to put me off of those kinds of Movies, like forever.



The Last Stand - Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to where he belongs: Headlining Action Films, and The Last Stand turns out to be pure Action trash goodness. It's plenty silly, but it's directed with expert skill by Jee-Woon Kim (I Saw The Devil, The Good The Bad And The Weird & A Tale Of Two Sisters). Kim's camera is masterful, and he makes the most out of what could have been routine Action. This Movie is a lot like the souped up Corvette ZR-1 prominently featured in the Film: It's fast, it's loud and it's a lot of fun. Though you may find yourself questioning why exactly is Schwarzenegger's character so seemingly asexual? At least I did. But I'm weird like that.

Oh, and, good news: Johnny Knoxville is NOT the co-star of the Movie, unlike some advertising and trailers suggest. He's part of Arnold's gang of misfit deputies, and thankfully isn't allowed to upstage the  Terminator with endless stabs at crude comedy. The Movie has a good balance of laughs, action and even some suspense. A crime that it didn't fare so well at the box office. I'll be happy to see it again once it hits DVD/Blu-ray.
Grade: B+


Gangster Squad - Stylish, super violent and as dumb as a brick. Don't go in expecting a classic 30's or 40's Warner Brothers Gangster Picture, The Untouchables or even L.A. Confidential (You know, all the Movies Gangster Squad cribs from, but never quite reaches) and you'll be entertained or diverted enough.

Props to Sean Penn for his take on Mickey Cohen. I know some critics liken him to a villain in a Dick Tracy Movie, but I thought he was convincing, especially due to a very stock and limiting script. Josh Brolin's no-nonsense tough cop also occasionally rises above the material as well. I have a feeling multiple viewings won't be as kind to this one. For now: Grade: B-

Arnold, blowing shit up.

2012 in Review



Everything I've seen that was first run in 2012 (2011 can be found right here) 


A
Argo ****
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower ****
Safety Not Guaranteed ****
Haywire ****

A-
Not Fade Away ***1/2
Django Unchained ***1/2
2 Days In New York ***1/2
The Color Wheel ***1/2
The Loved Ones ***1/2
The Sessions ***1/2
Robot And Frank ***1/2
21 Jump Street ***1/2
Magic Mike ***1/2
The Grey ***1/2
Arbitrage ***1/2

B+
Celeste And Jesse Forever ***
Friends With Kids ***
A Bag Of Hammers ***
Your Sister's Sister ***
The Dictator ***
Goon ***
Hello I Must Be Going ***
Zero Dark Thirty ***
Return ***
The Innkeepers ***
The Expendables 2 ***
The Guilt Trip ***
This Must Be The Place ***

B
Price Check ***
Seven Psychopaths ***
Jeff, Who Lives At Home ***
The Avengers ***
Jack Reacher ***
For A Good Time, Call... ***
Moonrise Kingdom ***
Thin Ice ***
Bernie ***
Take This Waltz ***
God Bless America ***
The Hole ***
To Rome With Love ***
ParaNorman ***
Grabbers ***
Why Stop Now ***
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas ***
Savages ***
Beasts Of The Southern Wild ***
The Road ***
The Woman In Black ***
Contraband ***
Killer Joe ***
The Bourne Legacy ***
Hitchcock ***
Darling Companion ***
Hysteria ***
American Reunion ***
The Barrens ***


B-
The Watch ***
Taken 2 ***
The Babymakers ***
Lola Versus ***
The Giant Mechanical Man ***
That's My Boy ***
Lay The Favorite ***
Skyfall ***
West Of Memphis ***
Silent Night ***
Piranha 3DD ***
Chernobyl Diaries ***
The Do-Deca Pentathlon *** 
The Five-Year Engagement ***
Crooked Arrows ***
Fun Size ***

C+

The Master **1/2
Red Dawn **1/2
Liberal Arts **1/2
This is 40 **1/2
Mansome **1/2
Ruby Sparks **1/2
The Campaign **1/2
The Cabin In The Woods **1/2
Sinister **1/2
Smiley **1/2
Here Comes The Boom **1/2
Parental Guidance **1/2
Bait **1/2
Prometheus **1/2
Wanderlust **1/2
Damsels In Distress **1/2
The Details **1/2
Life Happens **1/2
What To Expect When You're Expecting **1/2
Beyond The Black Rainbow **1/2
Casa De Mi Padre **1/2


C
The Amazing Spider-Man **
Dark Shadows **
Oranges, The **
The Perfect Family **
Peace, Love & Misunderstanding **
The Man With The Iron Fists **
Looper **
Sleepwalk With Me **
Premium Rush **
Cosmopolis **
End Of Watch **
The Paperboy **
Ted **
The Hunger Games **
Hyde Park On Hudson **
Silver Linings Playbook **
Don't Go In The Woods **
Game Change **
Dark Tide **
Dark Horse **
The Victim **

C-
Save The Date **
House At The End Of The Street **
One For The Money **
Eddie The Sleepwalking Cannibal **
Red Lights **
The Moth Diaries **
First Time, The **

D+

Mother's Day **
The Collection **
Butter **
Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World **
Vamps **
Detention **
Bachelorette **
Snow White And The Huntsman **

D

Underworld: Awakening *1/2
10 Years *1/2
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter *1/2


D-
The Sleeper *1/2


F
Rock Of Ages *

127 Total


Key

**** excellent
***1/2 very good
*** recommended
**1/2 not bad
** not so hot
*1/2 skip it, buddy
* don't even think about it, mister


Still need to see:


Amour
The Deep Blue Sea
Holy Motors
How To Survive A Plague
Nobody Walks
Smashed


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Oscar Nominations 2012


A word about the Oscar Nominations...

Booooo.

Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook are the frontrunners. I am immediately bored.

I loved Argo. That was assured Filmmaking. Ben Affleck should have been nominated. Tarantino as well.

My favorite Film of the year didn't get any love, but I didn't think it would (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower) - I think Ezra Miller deserved a nod for Best Supporting Actor. He was wonderful.

John Hawkes was snubbed for The Sessions. He was great. It's an ironic snub, too... It used to be a lock to get nominated playing someone who was physically impaired in some way.

I thought Richard Gere was also very good in Arbitrage. He wasn't nominated. And never has been for an Oscar. Wacky.

I also think Sean Penn was overlooked for This Must Be The Place - He plays a Robert Smith meets Ozzy Osbourne-like rock star who becomes a Nazi Hunter. It's a pretty amazing performance.

Melanie Lynskey gave perhaps my favorite performance by an actress this year for the little-seen Hello I Must Be Going. She's the best thing about the Movie by far.

Linda Cardellini was also great in the likewise little seen The Return.

I also really dug Rashida Jones in Celeste And Jesse Forever.

Would have loved to see any nods for:

Not Fade Away, Safety Not Guaranteed, Haywire (editing & sound especially), the aforementioned Perks, The Sessions (besides Helen Hunt) and The Deep Blue Sea.

I'm sure I'm forgetting quite a few. I'm just a bit tired of seeing Oscar bait Movies dominating the awards - Though it is interesting to see Beasts Of The Southern Wild and Amour sneak in there. I haven't seen those Films yet but I plan on checking them out really soon.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Meep Pic Of The Week: Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)

Long time, no write! I hope your holidays went off well, and for those not into the holidays, I also feel your pain. Either way, it's all over now, and it's time to get back to what's most important - Movie Shows.

Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
From Paramount Pictures
Original Theatrical Release Date: October 12th, 1990
DVD Release: Yes

This week I'm feeling Winona Ryder. Not literally, darn it, but definitely feeling like a prime Winona Movie, and I landed on Roxy Carmichael. I mean, I didn't actually land on her, well, you know what I mean. Sorry about that. Anyway, Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael is a Movie I first caught in it's initial theatrical release in 1990 and I quite liked it. I come back to it from time to time.

Winona Ryder was quite busy back during this time, she had 3 Films released in 1990 alone (the other two being Mermaids and Edward Scissorhands - both very different and wonderful) - But her turn as Dinky Bossetti in Roxy Carmichael would mark as one of the last times she would play an angst-y teenager. And boy, she sure plays it for all it's worth! Your eyes are glued to the screen anytime she's on, and thankfully she's the lead. Roxy Carmichael is also somewhat of an ensemble Film. There are other fine actors in the cast, but really, anytime those subplots show up, you might find yourself waiting for Dinky to appear. Winona is magic.


I know the word quirky is overused, but there is genuine quirkiness in the air throughout this Film. A poignancy finds it's way in as well. The Movie, Directed by Jim Abrahams of all people (he's best known for Airplane!, Hot Shots and the Police Squad Movies), he here does a good job at balancing the Comedy and Drama. I am still bothered all these years that the actual Roxy Carmichael is never quite fully seen. It's a bit of a tease, but forgivable. I just prefer titles to deliver on their promise. A minor quibble, of course. Especially since it's here so integral to the plot.

I love a good coming-of-age Film and Roxy Carmichael fits the bill nicely. It's not perfect, but it does make me smile. I need a little of that in these lame winter months. Why not take the misfit Dinky Bossetti for a spin in your shiny DVD/Blu-ray/Computer/Gaming System/Whatever.

We miss you, Winona!

 Dinky likes ice cream. I like ice cream.

Dinky paints her room black. I think it looks very chic. 

Dinky watches her friend at school sleep. This could be construed as creepy, but she's cute, so all is forgiven.


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