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New Release Tuesday – 9/25/12

24 Sep

The Avengers

Marvel Studios presents Marvel’s The Avengers-the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. — (C) Marvel

Scott’s Take

The biggest movie of the summer.  There isn’t much more to say about The Avengers.  Chances are you have probably seen it.  If by some chance you haven’t, The Avengers is a must own Blu-Ray.

Steve’s Take

The Avengers was a monster at the theaters this summer. You should have had this one pre-ordered weeks ago. Go grab this one tomorrow. I might just make it my first 3D movie purchase ever. Maybe.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1

It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired, and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now, when his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory. Joined by Carrie Kelly, a teenage female Robin, Batman takes to the streets to end the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the city. And after facing off against his two greatest enemies, the Joker and Two-Face, for the final time, Batman finds himself in mortal combat with his former ally, Superman, in a battle that only one of them will survive.

Scott’s Take

I’m interested to see the animated Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 for one reason, Batman is going to battle Superman.  Say no more. Sign me up!

Steve’s Take

I’m not usually into these, but this one is different. I won’t buy it though. So, Scotty – bring it on over when you’re done with it. Thanks.

Resident Evil:Damnation

United States Special agent Leon S. Kennedy sneaks into a small Eastern Europe country to verify rumors that Bio Organic Weapons (B.O.W.s) are being used in war. Right after his infiltration, the US government orders him to leave immediately. Determined to uncover the truth, Leon ignores the order and enters the battlefield to end the chain of tragedies caused by the B.O.W.s.

Scott’s Take

A Damnation indeed.  No thank you!

Steve’s Take

I would like the opportunity to speak in front of an audience of my peers that actually like these movies. I would like ask them just what they see in them and find out what is wrong with them. If you are one of the poor souls that enjoy these, by all means, leave a comment and let’s discuss.

The American President

This earnest, intelligent, and well-written romantic comedy is enjoyable and optimistic in classic Hollywood style, even if its idealism doesn’t seem quite so credible against the cynical political backdrop of the Nineties. President Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas), an unabashedly liberal Democrat, is just gearing up for re-election when he meets an attractive and sharp environmental lobbyist named Sydney Wade (Annette Bening). The two fall in love and the President must soon deal with the political repercussions (Sydney is trying to get legislation through Congress), as well as the cynical machinations of Republican opponent Senator Bob Rumson (Richard Dreyfuss), who attempts to paint Sydney as a radical and use “family values” rhetoric to smear Shepherd. With the attacks affecting his standings in the all-important polls, and his love’s legislation causing him headaches in the Capitol, Shepherd must decide whether he can risk continuing his relationship. A rich supporting cast, solid characterizations by Douglas and Bening, and an articulate approach make this an appealing, if not particularly weighty, study of the tensions between public and private life. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Just in time for the Presidential election season we have the very entertaining The American President with Michael Douglas.  This one is definitely worth revisiting.

Steve’s Take

I enjoyed this one. I like Michael Douglas and my boy Michael J. Fox is in this one as well, which makes it even more appealing. Go for it.

The Tall Man

In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace – abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as “The Tall Man.” Town nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) seems skeptical…until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent’s darkest nightmare in this twisting, shock-around-each-corner thriller from acclaimed director Pascal Laugier called The Tall Man. — (C) Image

Scott’s Take

I have to be honest, I’m not really looking forward to watching The Tall Man.  Even though it stars my girl Jessica Biel.  Once I learned it wasn’t about the famous urban legend involving the mythical Tall Man, my interest subsided. Has anyone even seen this? It was in theaters for 89 minutes. let us know what you thought.

Steve’s Take

The only reason I’m going to watch this one (besides Jessica Biel) is because several people who I know are pretty excited about it. I figure for the 14 bucks that it is going for on Amazon, I will give it a shot.

Eating Raoul

Eating Raoul was celebrated at the time of its release as the perfect marriage between mainstream moviemaking and the so-called “underground” cinema. Cult-film icons Mary Woronov and Paul Bartel (both of whom directed) play a married couple who decide to cash in on the sexual perversions of others. Posing as a hooker, Woronov lures the “johns” in and indulges their every kinky whim, whereupon Bartel kills the unwary client, steals the valuables, and sells the corpse for dog food. Though they see nothing wrong in what they’re doing, they react in prudish disgust at the sexual preferences of their victims. Eventually, Raoul (Robert Beltran), the fellow who transports the corpses to the dog food concern, proves expendable–and extremely edible. Eating Raoul features a high-powered comic supporting cast, among them Buck Henry, Ed Begley Jr., Richard Paul, Hamilton Camp, and Edie McClurg. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Another older movie I haven’t seen.  When I was growing up this one was always on HBO. I was young so I didn’t quite get what the title meant.  Now that I am 27, I will be able to appreciate it more.  I will check this one out sometime this weekend.

Steve’s Take

I’ve never even heard of this one. Is that bad? I think I will keep it that way.

The Samaritan

After twenty‐five years in prison, Foley (Samuel L. Jackson) is finished with the grifter’s life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris (Ruth Negga), the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion: Ethan (Luke Kirby), the son of his former partner, has an ingenious plan and he wants Foley in. The harder Foley tries to escape his past, the tighter he is ensnared in Ethan’s web of secrets, until it becomes all too clear to Foley that some wrongs can never be made right. — (C) IFC

Scott’s Take

I saw this one on On Demand a few months ago.  Three words.  White. Hot. Garbage.  How dare you Sam?

Steve’s Take

I concur.

Porky’s

Love it or loathe it (and there are a goodly number of people on either side), Porky’s was one of the most successful comedies of its day, spawning two direct sequels and inspiring an incalculable number of lowbrow teen comedies, most recently including American Pie (1999). Pee Wee (Dan Monahan), Billy (Mark Herrier), Tommy (Wyatt Knight), and Mickey (Roger Wilson) are four painfully horny high school kids growing up in South Florida in the 1950’s. Desperate to rid themselves of their cumbersome virginity, they head out to a sleazy bar near the swamps called Porky’s, where local legend has it that the owner will fix you up with a prostitute for a reasonable fee. After Porky takes their money and dumps them in the swamp, the guys vow to get revenge. Meanwhile, Pee Wee has to deal with his shrinking penis, someone drills a hole in the wall of the girl’s shower, the guys encounter a prostitute named Cherry Forever, and anti-Semitism rears its ugly head. Cheerfully rude in a manner few mainstream films had achieved at that time, Porky’s, for better or worse, changed the standard of what was acceptable in a screen comedy. Remarkably enough, two years later director Bob Clark made the holiday favorite A Christmas Story, which displayed his considerable range, if nothing else. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Scott’s Take

I wanted to drill a hole in the locker room of my physical education class after I saw Porky’s.  I often dreamt about it, but was always too afraid of the legal ramifications.  That being said, Porky’s will always holds warm spot in my heart.  The day I saw this film, I became a man.

Steve’s Take

Well, Wal-mart scooped this one up as an exclusive. When Porky’s came out I was 2 years old. I saw it later on in life, but I would like to see it again. Oh, and Scotty – it’s never too late to give it a shot!

Next Week

That’s all for this week. Next week we have Cinderella, Dark Shadows, Red Lights, People Like Us, Masters of the Universe, The Princess Bride and much more. Have a great week everyone!

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