The Five Year Engagement
The director and writer/star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall reteam for the irreverent comedy The Five-Year Engagement. Beginning where most romantic comedies end, the new film from director Nicholas Stoller, producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Rodney Rothman (Get Him to the Greek) looks at what happens when an engaged couple, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. — (C) Universal
Scott’s Take – 3 Stars
The Five Year Engagement works mostly because of the chemistry between Jason Segel and the gorgeous Emily Blunt. There are more than a few scenes that will have you rolling your eyes, but if you need a movie for date night, you can’t go wrong with The Five Year Engagement.
My wife will likely have me watching this one by weeks end. I am actually not opposed to it. Scott gives a movie 3 stars, Steve will see it!
A second-rate cage fighter on the mixed martial arts circuit, Luke Wright lives a numbing life of routine beatings and chump change…until the day he blows a rigged fight. Wanting to make an example of him, the Russian Mafia murders his family and banishes him from his life forever, leaving Luke to wander the streets of New York destitute, haunted by guilt, and tormented by the knowledge that he will always be watched, and anyone he develops a relationship with will also be killed.
I didn’t see Safe, but I saw The Mechanic, Crank, Crank 2: High Voltage, The Transporter and it’s sequels. Does this mean I have actually seen Safe? I like Jason Statham, but I have to admit I’m getting tired of seeing him in the same movie. I will most likely watch Safe sometime this weekend, but I’m not looking forward to it.
Jason Statham has a lot of potential. The potential to do the same exact thing every time out. Let’s try something new there, sparky. Yes, I will call him Sparky to his face!
After the terror unleashed on Lake Victoria in Piranha 3D, the pre-historic school of blood thirsty piranhas are back. This time, no one is safe from the flesh eating fish as they sink their razor sharp teeth into the visitors of summer’s best attraction, The Big Wet Water Park. Christopher Lloyd reprises his role as the eccentric piranha expert with survivor Paul Scheer and a partially devoured Ving Rhames back for more fish frenzy. David Hasselhoff trades in the sandy beaches of “Baywatch” to be a celebrity lifeguard at the racy water park. Prepare for double the terror, double the action and double the D’s in this sequel also starring Gary Busey, Katrina Bowden, Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, Chris Zylka and David Koechner. — (C) Weinstein
Scott’s Take – 1 Star
The first Piranha remake was exactly what it was supposed to be. A funny,entertaining wink at the great B movies of old. Piranha 3DD is just dumb. Don’t waste your time, even if you are tempted to pay a dollar out of the Redbox machine.
I’ve been meaning to catch the first one on Netflix for the longest time. If I can get through that one then I guess I will give this one a shot when I have nothing better to do – like update my pet rock collection.
This spectacular epic re-creates the ill-fated maiden voyage of the White Star Line’s $7.5 million R.M.S Titanic and the tragic sea disaster of April 15, 1912. Running over three hours and made with the combined contributions of two major studios (20th Century-Fox, Paramount) at a cost of more than $200 million, Titanic ranked as the most expensive film in Hollywood history at the time of its release, and became the most successful. Writer-director James Cameron employed state-of-the-art digital special effects for this production, realized on a monumental scale and spanning eight decades. Inspired by the 1985 discovery of the Titanic in the North Atlantic, the contemporary storyline involves American treasure-seeker Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) retrieving artifacts from the submerged ship. Lovett looks for diamonds but finds a drawing of a young woman, nude except for a necklace. When 102-year-old Rose (Gloria Stuart) reveals she’s the person in the portrait, she is summoned to the wreckage site to tell her story of the 56-carat diamond necklace and her experiences of 84 years earlier. The scene then shifts to 1912 Southampton where passengers boarding the Titanic include penniless Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and society girl Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet), returning to Philadelphia with her wealthy fiance Cal Hockley (Billy Zane). After the April 10th launch, Rose develops a passionate interest in Jack, and Cal’s reaction is vengeful. At midpoint in the film, the Titanic slides against the iceberg and water rushes into the front compartments. Even engulfed, Cal continues to pursue Jack and Rose as the massive liner begins its descent. Cameron launched the project after seeing Robert Ballard’s 1987 National Geographic documentary on the wreckage. Blueprints of the real Titanic were followed during construction at Fox’s custom-built Rosarito, Mexico studio, where a hydraulics system moved an immense model in a 17-million-gallon water tank. During three weeks aboard the Russian ship Academik Keldysh, underwater sequences were filmed with a 35mm camera in a titanium case mounted on the Russian submersible Mir 1. When the submersible neared the wreck, a video camera inside a remote-operated vehicle was sent into the Titanic’s 400-foot bow, bringing back footage of staterooms, furniture and chandeliers. On November 1, 1997, the film had its world premiere at the 10th Tokyo International Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi
Not much to say here. You know the drill only this one is in 3D. You ether love Titanic or you make fun of those who do. Which one am I? I’ll never tell. (Hint: I weep when I hear Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On)
Ok – so I didn’t see Titanic when it first came out in theaters. I didn’t see Titanic when it first came out on DVD. I saw Titanic when a friend of mine (Scott’s brother Mikey) told me about the nude drawing. Call me shallow. I did end up enjoying the movie though so all is right with the world! I have a 3D television, but have yet to buy a 3D movie – this one will not be my first.
On the eve of her sister’s wedding, suburban teenager Samantha (Molly Ringwald) suffers silently as her family forgets her birthday. Even worse, some total dork (Anthony Michael Hall) keeps propositioning her with sophomoric innuendo when she really craves romantic attention from high-school hunk Jake (Michael Schoeffling). Moving from Samantha’s family home as it’s invaded by outre relatives to a high-school dance where nothing seems to go her way, this bittersweet teen comedy traces the hopes and disappointments of not only Samantha, but also a host of incidental but memorable characters, from a hapless Japanese exchange student to a prom queen and a posse of barely pubescent nerds. A climactic party scene at which these various strata of young America overcome their rigid hierarchies sets the stage for resolutions both tender and torrid. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi
How great are John Hughes movies? My whole teen movie life centered around gross out horror movies and pretty much anything the late, great John Hughes put on film. All he did was churn out movie after movie about what it was like being a teenager. Sixteen Candles,Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,Planes,Trains,and Automobiles,Pretty in Pink,Some Kind of Wonderful,Weird Science, and The Breakfast Club. I have seen these movies countless times and they dominated my youth. I can’t wait to revisit Long Duk Dong on Blu-ray.
This one is a classic. I’m not sure if it is for todays “youth”, but for those of us that lived through it – it is a for sure pick up.
Referring to the fear of spiders, Arachnophobia features a particularly deadly species of spider that manages to make its way from the Venezuelan rain forest to a small California town, thanks to the many oversights of entomologist Julian Sands. Yuppie doctor Jeff Daniels, fed up with the dangers inherent in big-city living, has resettled in this town on the assumption that nothing untoward could ever happen here to himself and his family. Before long, however, Daniels is trying to make sense of a series of sudden deaths-and to figure out why each of the corpses has been drained of blood. The audience, of course, knows that the culprits are those pesky South American spiders, which grow larger with each kill. To make matters worse, Jeff Daniels suffers from a profound case of arachnophobia. John Goodman supports the cast as a slovenly exterminator, and Frank Marshall, longtime producer of Steven Spielberg’s films, makes his directorial debut in Arachnophobia. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
I freaking hate spiders. Arachnophobia made my toes curl. It is the perfect movie to go out and get if you have kids in the 9-14 range. They will absolutely eat this one up. Arachnophobia is the perfect Saturday matinée monster film a lot of us grew up on.
I don’t have much to add to what Scott said, except for who DOESN’T hate spiders. Those weird people on National Geographic that like to play with them, that’s who. Sickos.
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is director Curtis Hanson’s suburban horror story of a demented nanny bent on revenge for past wrongs. Peyton (Rebecca De Mornay) was once a happily married woman, but when her doctor husband is accused of assaulting a patient and he commits suicide, her world falls apart and she plots revenge. Claire (Annabella Sciorra), the woman who made the accusation, hires Peyton as a nanny, not knowing of their past involvement. Peyton then proceeds to terrorize the family, attempts to seduce the husband and generally destroy Claire as she feels she has been destroyed. The film, while somewhat implausible, is saved by the strong performances of Sciorra and De Mornay. Rebecca De Mornay has not given such a good performance since Risky Business, and she manages to make Peyton both believable, frightening and sympathetic. De Mornay has many great moments, but the scene, where she slowly destroys a bathroom in her impotent rage is unbelievably powerful. Hanson, a superb director of thrillers, manages to bring all the elements together to make The Hand that Rocks the Cradle a frightening psychological thriller and an interesting look at a woman’s obsessive hatred and envy. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is the hand that rules the world. Rebecca De Mornay gives a creepy performance as an undercover nanny hellbent on revenge. It’s paint by numbers, but watching De Mornay makes it all worthwhile in the end.
Creepy is in right now so look for more of these kinds of movies to come out (both past and present). I enjoyed this one, but again, I’m not sure I will be adding it to my collection.
Out of Africa
Out of Africa is drawn from the life and writings of Danish author Isak Dinesen, who during the time that the film’s events occured was known by her married name, Karen Blixen-Flecke. For convenience’s sake, Karen (Meryl Streep) has married Baron Bor Blixen-Flecke (Klaus Maria Brandauer). In 1914, the Baron moves himself and his wife to a plantation in Nairobi, then leaves Karen to her own devices as he returns to his womanizing and drinking. Soon, Karen has fallen in love with charming white hunter Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford), who prefers a no-strings relationship. A woman who prides herself on her independence, Blixen finds herself unhappily in thrall to a aloof man — and doubly unhappy for living out such a cliché situation. Although Redford received a lion’s share of criticism for his too-American performance, Streep has rarely been better, and the film’s perfectly measured pace is offset by David Watkin’s stunning location photography. The movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 7, including Best Picture, Best Director for Sydney Pollack, Best Adapted Screenplay for Kurt Luedtke, and Best Cinematography for Watkin. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Out of Africa is proof that the average Academy Awards voter’s age has to be in their late 70’s. I get it. People love the scope and the romance. But 7 Academy Awards?? Huh? I hated Out of Africa and I have to wonder why this is being released on Blu-Ray again? Stay away..unless you are over 65.
Never saw it. Looks like crap. Next.
Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) is a brilliant medical student who has perfected a green-glowing serum for regenerating life into dead things — or even parts of dead things. But a corrupt superior, Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale), assumes control of West’s experiments and winds up, by ghastly necessity, using the stuff on his own severed head and body. West and in-over-his-head co-worker Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) struggle to control the now out-of-control effects of the serum, but the bone-saws and zombies complicate their plans. ~ Buzz McClain, Rovi
You want the opposite of Out of Africa? Go buy Re-Animator. I love this movie. I think I watched this movie 30 times as a kid. I was mesmerized by something I had never seen on a television screen. I’m interested in seeing how well it all holds up over 25 years later. I know Re-Animator isn’t for everyone, but if you are feeling ballsy, go throw this one in your DVD player.
The people of Salem capture and execute three witches for practicing witchcraft. Before their deaths, they vow to return to Salem 300 years on Halloween to exact their revenge. Three hundred years later, a skeptical, newly transplanted Californian, Max, explores the ruins of the legendary witches house and dares the witches to manifest themselves. Disregarding the warnings of his sister and girlfriend, Max lights the Candle of Black Flame. With that, the witches reappear to wreak havoc on the town. The kids take off with the witches spellbook. The sorceresses, who will die by the morning light if they don’t recite the incantation for immortality, have to get the books by whatever means they can.
White. Hot. Garbage.
Please see Out of Africa above.
Stephen King wrote his first original screenplay for this horror gore fest that features cameos by directors Clive Barker, Joe Dante, Tobe Hooper, John Landis, and King himself (playing a cemetery attendant). The story concerns a twilight people named “sleepwalkers” –creatures similar to vampires and werewolves whose faces turn animalistic whenever they are frightened or angry and who require the lifeforce of a virgin to survive. A single-parent sleepwalker family, consisting of Mary Brady (Alice Krige) and her son Charles (Brian Krause), have taken up residence in a small Indiana town. Charles has expressed a romantic interest in the attractive Tanya Robertson (Madchen Amick), a girl in his high school literature class. Mary wants Charles to lure Tanya home so that she can suck out her life force, but it appears that Charles has fallen in love with her –that is, until their first date, at a picnic at the cemetery. There Charles changes from a shy romantic suitor into a brutal and violent force, slapping Tanya around and attempting to rape her. But Tanya wards off his advances by plunging a corkscrew into his torso. Charles staggers back home to mother, where she nurses him back to health. Then Charles and his mother seek vengeance upon the Robertson family. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
Anytime I see a bunch of cats in someone’s front lawn, I immediately think of Sleepwalkers. As a teen I thought Sleepwalkers was one of Stephen King’s best work. I got the chance to see it again a few years ago and to say Sleepwalkers doesn’t hold up well is being awfully generous. No need to see this one in 1080p. No need to piss all over my childhood.
Scotty kind of stole my thunder. This one should stay in the early 1990’s.
Airport had enough plot and enough star power in its cast for three feature films, and it only encompassed about half of the complexity or characters found in Arthur Hailey’s best-selling potboiler. Essentially built around 12 harrowing hours at a major Midwestern airport, the film had everything an audience of the period could have wanted — suspense, romance, drama, and comedy — all spread across a vast canvas. Mel Bakersfeld (Burt Lancaster) is the manager of Lincoln Airport, facing a night beset by the worst blizzard in a decade, a wife (Dana Wynter) who announces she wants a divorce, a primary runway blocked by an airliner stuck in a snowdrift, and a governing board ready to fire him. Bakersfeld’s cynical, smooth-talking brother-in-law, Vernon Demerest (Dean Martin), won’t let up on his criticism of the management at Lincoln, but he has his own problems as well, mostly in the form of a young stewardess, Gwen Meighen (Jacqueline Bisset), who is pregnant by him and whom he finds he genuinely loves. Add to that the presence of an old lady stowaway (Helen Hayes) and a mentally disturbed passenger (Van Heflin) carrying a bomb, and there’s more than enough plot to keep viewers engrossed for two hours plus. Airport became one of the top-grossing movies of its era, racking up seven-digit box-office numbers and spawning an entire film genre — the disaster movie. With Jean Seberg, George Kennedy, Lloyd Nolan, Barry Nelson, and Maureen Stapleton filling out the rest of the leading roles, there was something for almost everyone in this film. The movie still has a lot to offer if only as a prime example of Hollywood at its most successfully glitzy, but, if possible, viewers should try and see the letterboxed version of Airport on DVD (released May 2001). ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi
The greatest thing to say about Airport is that it is the single reason we have the great Airplane. You should try watching Airport/Airplane as a double feature and see how much funnier Airplane is right after watching airport. Other than that, Airport is a 70’s film that will probably be remade 5 minutes after I type this sentence.
I’ve never seen this. My wife refuses to watch things that “look old”. To say this one will be pushing it is an understatement.
That’s all for this week. Next week we have Snow White and the Huntsman, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, October Baby, Killer Clowns from Outer Space, Jeepers Creepers, The Firm, JCVD and much more. Have a great week!