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New Release Tuesday – 9/18/12

17 Sep

The Cabin in the Woods

Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes The Cabin in the Woods, a mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out. — (C) Lionsgate

Scott’s Take

One of the most entertaining films I have seen in years.  The Cabin in the Woods is a movie that you have to see a few times before you can totally grasp everything going on.  I have seen the Cabin 3 times already and it is one of the best movies of 2012.  Don’t hesitate to buy this one.

Steve’s Take

I don’t see why you wouldn’t go for this one. Especially this time of the year. As we near October, these horror movies will be coming at you fast and furious – might as well grab the best.

Katy Perry’s: Part of Me

A 3Dmotion picture event movie,Katy Perry: Part of Me is a backstage pass, front row seat and intimate look at the fun, glamorous, heartbreaking, inspiring, crazy, magical, passionate, and honest mad diary of Katy. — (C) Paramount

Scott’s Take

I didn’t have a lot of time to check out Katy Perry’s latest venture in to film. Following the success of Justin Bieber, why not release your own movie explaining how your rise to fame was such a struggle?  We can even sprinkle in some concert footage for good measure. I’m just playing. I actually like Katy Perry and wouldn’t mind getting a glimpse of her life.  Let’s not make this a habit.

Steve’s Take

I don’t have anything against Katy Perry, but I’m not so sure I would ever just sit down to specifically watch this one. If I was channel surfing while bored and this one was on then I would likely stop to watch.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows a group of British retirees who decide to “outsource” their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past. — (C) Fox Searchlight

Scott’s Take

I went in to watching the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with extreme trepidation. I figured it would be like Cocoon only in a hotel in India.  Boy was I wrong.  I sat through Marigold with an ear to ear grin.  It’s a heartwarming movie about finding a second life and a second chance in your later years.  Judy Dench and Bill Nighy steal the show.  Try and watch with a straight face as you watch senior citizens on the prowl for sex.  Yes you read that last sentence correctly.

Steve’s Take

I never got a chance to see this one, but after hearing what Scott had to say about it, I will be taking a peek at it later this week.

Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures

The collection will mark the Blu-ray debut of the first three pictures; only Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is now available on the format. Paramount’s five-disc package offers each film in its 2.39:1 original aspect ratio with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio tracks. Steven Spielberg and his sound designer Ben Burtt supervised the A/V restoration work; Paramount’s press release describes the work done on Raiders of the Lost Ark, noting that the feature “has been meticulously restored with careful attention to preserving the original look, sound, and feel of the iconic film. The original negative was first scanned at 4K and then examined frame-by-frame so that any damage could be repaired. The sound design was similarly preserved using Burtt’s original master mix, which had been archived and unused since 1981. New stereo surrounds were created using the original music tracks and original effects recorded in stereo but used previously only in mono. In addition, the sub bass was redone entirely up to modern specifications and care was taken to improve dialogue and correct small technical flaws to create the most complete and highest quality version of the sound possible while retaining the director’s vision.”

Scott’s Take

I know, I know.  Why did they have to include Crystal Skull in this box set? There always has to be a black sheep somewhere.  Regardless, I’m all over this Blu for the first 3 films.  I will use Crystal Skull as a coaster.

Steve’s Take

IAIOTO – I’m all in on this one. My son loves playing with Blu-ray cases, so Crystal Skull will be more than a coaster for me.

Ed Wood

Hollywood visionary Tim Burton pays homage to another Hollywood visionary, albeit a less successful one, in this unusual fictionalized biography. The film follows Wood (Johnny Depp) in his quest for film greatness as he writes and directs turkey after turkey, cross-dresses, and surrounds himself with a motley crew of Hollywood misfits, outcasts, has-beens, and never-weres. The real story, however, is his friendship with aging, morphine-addicted Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau), whom he tries to help stage a comeback. Landau’s unforgettable Oscar-winning performance must be seen to be believed, as must Rick Baker’s Oscar-winning makeup. While it would have been easy to make a film simply ridiculing the bumbling director, Burton instead focuses on his driving passion for filmmaking and his unwavering persistence in the face of ridicule and failure. Possibly the most surprising aspect of the film is the genuine sentiment with which Burton treats the relationship between Wood and Lugosi; his devotion to Lugosi is touching, as is Lugosi’s final soliloquy — an inane bit of dialogue from the hilariously bad Bride of the Monster that grows into a poignant metaphor for the actor’s life and ultimate triumph of his spirit. Even the look of the film is right; it manages to preserve the air of one of Wood’s own films while retaining a sense of artistry in much of the composition on screen (note the scene at the drug rehab where Lugosi endures a horrifying night of detox). In all, Ed Wood is a unique film — at times side-splittingly funny; at others, tragic or even frightening — and a heartfelt tribute to the love of movies, good and bad alike. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Tim Burton’s story on one of the worst director’s in the history of film is a must see for Martin Landau’s Oscar-winning performance. Ed Wood isn’t for everyone. If you haven’t seen it, give it a chance.  It will surprise you.

Steve’s Take

I haven’t seen Ed Wood for a very long time! I think I will have to check this one out again. It’s been almost 20 years and I’m sure I will view it differently then I did the first time around.

The Devil’s Advocate

Supernatural forces hover over the courtroom in this devilish drama adapted from the novel by Andrew Neiderman. Attorney Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) doesn’t heed the Bible-based warnings of his mother (Judith Ivey), who views New York City as “the dwelling place of demons.” Instead, he leaves Gainesville, Florida, with his wife Mary Ann (Charlize Theron) to put his legalistic skills to the test at a leading Manhattan law firm run by John Milton (Al Pacino). It all goes smoothly — with Milton urging them to stay, putting Kevin on a $400-per-hour salary, and moving the couple into a luxurious apartment in his own building on Fifth Avenue — where Mary Ann falls under the influence of neighbor Jackie (Tamara Tunie). After Kevin defends a weird animal sacrificer (Delroy Lindo, uncredited), he moves up to an important case with an apparent murderer, real-estate tycoon Alexander Cullen (Craig T. Nelson). Ignored by Kevin, the troubled Mary Ann has some disturbing experiences, verging on the occult, while Kevin, at work, becomes attracted to redhead Christabella (Connie Neilsen). Dazzled by his entrance into paradise, Kevin doesn’t grasp who handed him this Big-Apple success. Could it be…Satan? The film features demonic creatures by Rick Baker. Cameos (Senator Alfonse D’Amato, Don King, others) add to the ambiance of ambition and power in the canyons of Manhattan. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Not great. Not bad. The Devil’s Advocate is an okay time filler best known for the classic quote ” God is an absentee landlord”. You gotta love Al Pacino.

Steve’s Take

I loved Devil’s Advocate. Go out and grab this one without worry. Just click the Amazon.com link above and drop the $12!

Judge Dredd

A violent, effects-heavy science fiction adventure, Judge Dredd depicts a nightmarish future in which overcrowded cities are terrorized by brutal gun battles and policed by “Judges,” law officers who act as judge, jury, and executioner. Sylvester Stallone stars as Judge Dredd, a punishing enforcer with an unswerving dedication to law and order. Little does Dredd know that a nasty villain (Armand Assante) and a corrupt Judge (Jurgen Prochnow) are plotting to take over the city and plan to frame Dredd for murder in order to prevent him from interfering. Dredd winds up in prison, but he fights back with the help of Judge Hershey (Diane Lane), his partner and romantic interest, and Fergie (Rob Schneider), his friend and comic relief, developing a plan to clear his name and stop the bad guys. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Let’s do this together.  You know the drill.  White. Hot. Trash.  If you haven’t seen it..don’t. A small part of you will die a slow, horrible, death.

Steve’s Take

It was always so hard for me to like anything Sly did besides Rocky and Rambo. This is one to save your money on.

The War of the Roses

War of the Roses: Filmmaker Signature Series [Blu-ray]

Divorce lawyer Danny De Vito warns his prospective client that the story he’s about to tell isn’t a pretty one, but the client listens with eager intensity — as do the folks out there in the movie in the audience. The War of the Roses can best be described as a slapstick tragedy concerning the decline and literal fall of a marriage. After 17 years, Oliver (Michael Douglas) and Barbara (Kathleen Turner) Rose want a divorce. Not for this couple is there anything resembling a “civilized understanding”: Barbara wants their opulent house, and Oliver isn’t about to part with the domicile. Barbara nails the basement door shut while Oliver is downstairs, Oliver disrupts Barbara’s fancy party by taking aim at the catered dinner, Barbara lays waste to Oliver’s sports car….and so it goes, culminating in a disastrous showdown around, about and under the living room’s fancy chandelier. DeVito and screenwriter Michael Leeson never let us forget that the couple’s self-indulgent imbroglio exacts an awful price upon their children (Sean Astin and Heather Fairfield). The War of the Roses was adapted from the novel by Warren Adler. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Scott’s Take

The War of the Roses is the perfect definition of a black comedy.  It is one of the most disturbing comedies I have ever seen.  That being said, it’s so friggin funny.  You just can’t look away.

Steve’s Take

Steve is getting upset with Amazon and this whole “photo coming soon” crap. I’ve never seen this one and I have no desire to. So, there.

Queen of the Damned

The second and third novels in author Anne Rice’s popular book series The Vampire Chronicles provide the inspiration for this horror sequel starring ill-fated actress and recording artist Aaliyah, who was killed in an airplane crash before the film’s release. Stuart Townsend is the vampire Lestat, who has awakened from a century-long slumber and turned his considerable energy to rock music. His vampirism identity mistaken for a gothic hard rock publicity stunt along the lines of Kiss or Marilyn Manson, he quickly becomes a pop music sensation. Lestat’s powerful music reaches the ear of the slumbering Akasha (Aaliyah), the millennia-old “queen of the vampires” who was the first immortal bloodsucker. Akasha is soon free and embarking on a quest to seize control of the world with Lestat at her side. In the meantime, Lestat becomes an object of fascination for Jesse Reeves (Marguerite Moreau), member of a secret order studying the supernatural called the Talamasca, and a band of ancient vampires come together in an effort to stop Akasha, even though her destruction could potentially cause their own deaths. Queen of the Damned co-stars Lena Olin and Vincent Perez. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Scott’s Take

I hated, hated, hated Queen of the Damned. Anne Rice should’ve left it at Interview with a Vampire.  This movie will be best known for the late, great Aaliyah.  Nothing more to see here.

Steve’s Take

I’m sorry to say that I didn’t like this one either. I tried – as much as I liked Aaliyah, I really tried.

Halloween 2

While John Carpenter’s 1978 horror classic Halloween irrevocably changed the style of horror cinema with its simple but relentlessly tense story, it triggered more than a decade’s worth of uninspired, exploitative knock-offs, and one could easily list Halloween II among these failures. As with its predecessor, this film was written and produced by Carpenter and Debra Hill, but the terse style and unbearable suspense of the first film are missing, replaced by a more simplistic stalk-and-slash scenario. Directorial duties were handed over to Rick Rosenthal, whose lack of expertise is quite evident (though he managed to hit his stride two years later with the prison actioner Bad Boys). The plot picks up exactly where the original left off: Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), shaken and injured from her battle with unkillable psycho Michael Myers, is taken to the Haddonfield Hospital for observation, while Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) continues his desperate search for his monstrous patient. An interesting plot twist has Loomis’ investigations revealing Michael’s true identity (some of these sequences incorporate footage of young Michael originally shot for the television version of Halloween, which contained scenes hinting at the link between Michael and Laurie).After slashing his way through the town, Myers manages to track Laurie to the hospital, where the remainder of the action takes place. Numerous night-shift employees are slaughtered in a variety of gruesome ways before Loomis catches up with his quarry, leading to an explosive — and seemingly conclusive — confrontation. Pleasence is compelling as usual, but Curtis, who made an auspicious debut in the original, is sadly wasted here, her character reduced to shuffling half-drugged through darkened hospital corridors and screaming helplessly. Carpenter’s active involvement in the Halloween franchise continued to dwindle steadily from one sequel to the next, getting scarcely a mention by the time producers Hill, Moustapha Akkad and Irwin Yablans revived the series in 1988 for three more sequels. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Halloween 2 is a classic example of jumping the shark. Halloween was an instant classic. Why did we need to smear it’s legacy by adding on these trashy films.  The only saving grace is that it’s much better than Halloween 3: Season of the Witch. Speaking of Halloween 3….

Steve’s Take

Complete trash. Don’t you dare do it!

Halloween 3: Season of the Witch

The only installment of the Halloween series to abandon the Michael Myers story line, Halloween III: Season of the Witch is an intricate sci-fi horror hybrid. A week before Halloween, an older man named Harry Grimbridge (Al Berry) is wounded by a mysteriously dispassionate group of assailants in an industrial parking lot. After receiving treatment at a local hospital from Dr. Dan Challis (Tom Atkins) — a hard-drinking divorced father of two — Grimbridge is killed by an assassin who later sets himself on fire. Blowing off his own kids, Challis teams up with Grimbridge’s daughter, Ellie (Stacey Nelkin), to find out why the middle-aged toy salesman was murdered. The duo’s search soon leads them to a Halloween-mask factory run by inventor and practical joker Conal Cochran (Dan O’Herlihy). In between bouts of passionate lovemaking, Ellie and Challis begin to realize that the sinister old businessman has something other than treats in mind for America’s kids — something to do with the Silver Shamrock masks that Challis’ children and thousands of other youngsters have bought for the holiday. Original screenwriter Nigel Kneale, whose scripts for Britain’s Quatermass TV series made him a beloved science fiction fixture, sued the producers of Halloween III to have his name removed from the credits after seeing the gory finished product; director Tommy Lee Wallace ultimately received screenplay credit. John Carpenter, director of the first Halloween film, co-produced the third installment with Debra Hill, who would later soldier on without Carpenter for additional, belated sequels. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Terrible. Terrible. Terrible.  Hear we have a third film that has absolutely nothing to do with its predecessors.  It has to do with a Halloween mask company attempting to kill loads of children around the country by getting them all around their television set’s at 9pm wearing the masks that they sell.  Once they put on the mask and turn on their televisions, a pumpkin will flash on-screen and trigger a mechanism in the mask that will fry all of the children watching.  Huh? Where the heck is Michael Myers? Really bad idea.  Really bad movie.

Steve’s Take

This one just doesn’t make any sense. If you are looking for some horror in your life I have five words for you – The Cabin in the Woods.

Next Week

That is all for this week. Next week we have The Avengers, The Dark Knight Returns: Part One, The Game, The Tall Man, The American President, Eating Raoul, Porky’s and The Samaritan.  Have a great week everyone.

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