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New Release Tuesday – 8/28/12

27 Aug

Battleship

Peter Berg produces and directs Battleship, an epic-scaled action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Inspired by Hasbro’s classic naval combat game, Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch as Lt. Alex Hopper, a Naval officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones; Brooklyn Decker as Sam Shane, a physical therapist and Hopper’s fiancée; Alexander Skarsgård as Hopper’s older brother, Stone, Commanding Officer of the USS Sampson; Rihanna as Petty Officer Raikes, Hopper’s crewmate and a weapons specialist on the USS John Paul Jones; and international superstar Liam Neeson as Hopper and Stone’s superior (and Sam’s father), Admiral Shane. — (C) Universal

Scott’s Take – 1 Star

Peter Berg’s bombastic Battleship is strictly for kids and fans of the ADD generation.  It’s Transformers on steroids.  I hate Transformers.

Steve’s Take – 1 1/2 Stars

I’m sorry to say that Scott is right on this one. Too loud and too annoying for 95% of the movie. Sorry, Rihanna – the extra 1/2 star is for you – call me, maybe?

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

In The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure! — (C) Sony

Scott’s Take

I didn’t get a chance to see The Pirates! Band of Misfits, but I have heard nothing but great things about it.  I’m sure that Steve can chime in on how great it is, seeing as his one job in life now that he is a father, is to watch any and all kiddie flicks.  Let us know how you liked it.

Steve’s Take

My little man is too young to sit and watch a movie just yet, so I didn’t get a chance to see this one. My son is going to be busy once he does start watching movies, though! His collection is growing and growing and soon might mass my collection. Kids these days.

Think Like a Man

Based on Steve Harvey’s best-selling book, Think Like a Man follows four interconnected and diverse men whose love lives are shaken up after the ladies they are pursuing buy Harvey’s book and start taking his advice to heart. When the band of brothers realize they have been betrayed by one of their own, they conspire using the book’s insider information to turn the tables and teach the women a lesson of their own. — (C) Official Site

Scott’s Take

Think Like a Man is one of the funniest films that I have seen so far this year.  The reason? Mr. Kevin Hart.  It’s getting to a point where anything Kevin Hart touches turns to gold.  I plan on watching Think Like a Man again this weekend with the wife.  Maybe she can take some notes.

Steve’s Take

Kevin Hart is comedic genius. Go out and grab this one with the confidence that you will be lol’ing throughout. Also, Turtle from Entourage is in it so give it a shot.

The Lucky One

U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive–a photograph he found of a woman he doesn’t even know. Learning her name is Beth (Schilling) and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm. — (C) Warner Bros

Scott’s Take

My wife keeps on asking me when The Lucky One comes out on Bluray.  I don’t know if I’m going to tell her it comes out this week.  If I do tell her it comes out, there is a chance that she makes me watch it with her.  I’m still struggling with this decision.  I think my answer will be “Honey, they delayed the release of The Lucky One indefinitely.  Regardless, The Lucky One looks like White. Hot. Garbage.

Steve’s Take

Hopefully, for Scott, his wife won’t read this or else he is screwed! I will not be seeing this one – it looks awful and I won’t be a part of it.

The Lord of the Rings: Trilogy

The Lord of the Rings:The Fellowship of the Ring-Assisted by a Fellowship of heroes, Frodo Baggins plunges into a perilous trek to take the mystical One Ring to Mount Doom so that it and its magical powers can be destroyed and never possessed by evil Lord Sauron. The astonishing journey begins in the first film of director/co-writer Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy that redefined fantasy filmmaking. This imaginative foray into J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth won 4 Academy Awards (R)* and earned 13 total nominations including Best Picture.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers-Frodo and Samwise press on toward Mordor. Gollum insists on being the guide. Can anyone so corrupted by the ring be trusted? Can Frodo, increasingly under the sway of the ring, even trust himself? Meanwhile, Aragorn, drawing closer to his kingly destiny, rallies forces of good for the battles that must come. Director Peter Jackson delivers an amazing second movie that won 2 Academy Awards (R)* and earned 6 total nominations including Best Picture. The journey continues. So do the astonishing spectacle and splendor.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King- The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring.

Scott’s Take

Cash grab? How many times are they going to release The Lord of the Rings Trilogy on bluray? First they were all released separately, then the trilogy comes out with extended footage, and now this very special limited edition.  No thank you.  I’ve spent enough money on Frodo and Bilbo Baggins.

Steve’s Take

I never got into this series and I never will. Just not for me and I’m sorry!

Scarface

Al Pacino stars as Tony Montana, an exiled Cuban criminal who goes to work for Miami drug lord Robert Loggia. Montana rises to the top of Florida’s crime chain, appropriating Loggia’s cokehead mistress (Michelle Pfeiffer) in the process. Howard Hawks’ “X Marks the Spot” motif in depicting the story line’s many murders is dispensed with in the 1983 Scarface; instead, we are inundated with blood by the bucketful, especially in the now-infamous buzz saw scene. One carry-over from the original Scarface is Tony Montana’s incestuous yearnings for his sister Gina (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio). The screenplay for the 1983 Scarface was written by Oliver Stone. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Another movie I feel I bought just a few months ago.  I will never dispute the greatness of Pacino and Scarface.  My problem is why don’t they release they movies correctly the first time.  All the big studios are doing is taking our money.  Anyway, I have the steel-book Scarface version.  So I will pass on  this one also.  If you don’t own Scarface or have never seen it, I don’t want to know you.

Steve’s Take

How many times are they going to release this movie? Special additions, limited editions, extended cut edition and 100th anniversary edition. It enough already. That being said, if you don’t already own this one, then it really should be a top priority for you.

Apartment 143

A team of parapsychologists sets out to investigate a series of anomalous phenomena taking place in a newly occupied apartment. Telephone calls with no caller, mysterious shadows, extraordinary light emissions, flying objects, and exploding light bulbs, are some of the events they will face while recording their every step with state-of-the-art technology. Using infra-red filming, digital photography, psychophonic recordings, movement detectors, and magnetic field alteration meters, the group’s attempts to contact the “other side” will grow increasingly dangerous as they near a point of no return… — (C) Magnolia

Scott’s Take

I watched Apartment 143 on On Demand and when I tell you that it is cheap trash, I am giving Apt. 143 a compliment.  It’s garbage.  Don’t waste your time.

Steve’s Take

I’ve never heard of this and want it to go away. I feel bad for Scott and his wasted time.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

The second feature from director Michel Gondry (Human Nature) finds the filmmaker reteaming with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman for this off-the-wall romantic comedy. Jim Carrey stars as Joel Barish, a man who is informed that his ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has had her memories of their relationship erased from her brain via an experimental procedure performed by Dr. Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson). Not to be outdone, Joel decides to have the same procedure done to himself. As Mierzwiak’s bumbling underlings Stan (Mark Ruffalo) and Patrick (Elijah Wood) perform the operation on Joel — over the course of an evening, in his apartment — Joel struggles in his own mind to save the memories of Clementine from being deleted. Kirsten Dunst, David Cross, and Jane Adams also star. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rov

Scott’s Take

One of my favorite movies of all time.  Absolutely love Eternal Sunshine.  If you are a hopeless romantic that clings on to a truly great romantic comedy, this is your movie. Charlie Kaufman is a genius and I will be watching Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for the rest of my life.

Steve’s Take

Great flick! At $14.99 on Amazon, this one is an absolute steal! In fact, I’m not sure why you haven’t already order it! Hop to it!

School of Rock

The world’s least-employable heavy metal guitarist is entrusted with the minds of upstate New York’s best and brightest in this fish-out-of-water comedy. Jack Black plays Dewey Finn, axe-bearer for a fitfully successful bar band determined to win a regional battle-of-the-bands competition. There’s only one thing standing in their way: the self-indulgent solos and crowd-diving antics of their “embarrassing” lead guitarist. When his band votes him out in favor of a would-be rock god, Dewey has to make the rent somehow, and after intercepting a call for his substitute-teacher roomie Ned (Mike White), the pot-bellied slacker finds himself in front of a class of elite elementary school students. At a loss for a lesson plan, Dewey takes offense at the pre-teen prodigies’ staid musical regimen and makes it his goal to preach them the gospel of The Who, Led Zeppelin, and AC/DC — with the ulterior motive of getting them to compete against his former band for a cash prize. But no matter how willing his pupils, Dewey runs up against the consternation of the school’s stern headmistress Principal Mullins (Joan Cusack), the battle-of-the-bands’ promoter (Frank Whaley), and not least, his identity-deprived roomie Ned. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

Scott’s Take

I know that Jack Black has his detractors, but if there were ever a film that was perfectly tailored for Jack Black’s manic talent..it’s School of Rock.  I haven’t seen Rock in years, but it is definitely worth a purchase on Blu-ray. Seeing Jack Black as a substitute teacher and interacting with younglings is priceless.

Steve’s Take

I am one of the detractors that Scott is referring to. Although, it is because if his more recent roles. I did like School of Rock a lot. You can see him as the crazy substitute teacher and this one is certainly worth picking up on Blu. My wife loves it so it will be a pick-up for the Farace household.

The Terminator Anthology (Best Buy Exclusive)

This week, Warner Home Entertainment will bring The Terminator Anthology to Blu-ray. This box set bundles together the first four films from the Terminator sci-fi-action franchise that Academy Award-winning director James Cameron (Titanic) created in 1984, films that include:

The five-disc package offers seven cuts of the Terminator features, all in 1080p – the theatrical editions of the four pictures, plus two additional Terminator 2: Judgment Day edits and the R-rated director’s cut of Terminator Salvation.

Scott’s Take

All you need in life is The Terminator and Terminator 2:Judgment Day.  You can buy those two separately and save yourself some money.  God I hated Terminator 3 and Terminator Salvation.  I’m actually pissed off now…ughhh.

Steve’s Take

Agreed 100% with Scotty’s assessment. I’m not all that pissed off though.

Next Week

That’s all for this week.  Next week we have The Five Year Engagement with Jason Segal and Emily Blunt, Safe with Jason Statham, Re-Animator, Piranha 3DD, Airport, Hocus Pocus, Sixteen Candles, Out of Africa, Arachnophobia, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Sleepwalkers and much more.  Have a great week everyone.

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