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New Release Tuesday – 10/9/12

08 Oct

Prometheus

Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. — (C) Official Site

Scott’s Take

Prometheus pissed off a lot of fans that were expecting a clear-cut connection with the Alien anthology.  While it is clearly an Alien prequel, it wasn’t the action packed kick ass sci-fi film that had been in the earlier Alien DNA.  Instead, we get the thinking man’s sci-fi film that sets the tone for future Alien prequels.  I want to see Ridley Scott tell the story before I start drawing my line in the sand.  I loved Prometheus and think it’s a must own Blu-Ray.

Steve’s Take

I heard so many mixed reviews on Prometheus and I’m sorry to say I never got a shot at making my own judgment on it. I’m going to borrow it from Scott and tweet out my findings a little later this week. So – remember to follow us @CineSportsTalk (Yup! A cheap plug!)

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock ‘n’ roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake and more. — (C) Warner Bros

Scott’s Take

I missed the chance at seeing Tom Cruise belt out old 80’s songs.  Thankfully, our main man Steve took one for the team.  He hated Rock of Ages and thinks it should be immediately banned from the history of cinema.  I will decide for myself sometime this week.

Steve’s Take

Ugh…I knew this day would come eventually. Check out my review here.

The Raven

The macabre and lurid tales of Edgar Allan Poe are vividly brought to life – and death – in this stylish, gothic thriller starring John Cusack as the infamous author. When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Poe’s darkest works, a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) joins forces with Poe in a quest to get inside the killer’s mind in order to stop him from making every one of Poe’s brutal stories a blood chilling reality. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, which escalates when Poe’s love (Alice Eve) becomes the next target. Intrepid Pictures’ The Raven also stars Brendan Gleeson and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. — (C) Relativity

Scott’s Take

Not too many people saw The Raven.  You can include me in that category.  The trailers just didn’t do it for me.  Combine that with the fact that The Raven was critically panned on Rotten Tomatoes and you have a movie that has “wait for Netflix” written all over it.

Steve’s Take

I have to say that I’m a fan of John Cusack and I love his rants and ramblings on Twitter, but I think I will be waiting for this one on Netflix as well.

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

Both a classic movie for kids and a remarkable portrait of childhood, E.T. is a sci-fi adventure that captures that strange moment in youth when the world is a place of mysterious possibilities (some wonderful, some awful), and the universe seems somehow separate from the one inhabited by grown-ups. Henry Thomas plays Elliott, a young boy living with his single mother (Dee Wallace), his older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton), and his younger sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore). Elliott often seems lonely and out of sorts, lost in his own world. One day, while looking for something in the back yard, he senses something mysterious in the woods watching him. And he’s right: an alien spacecraft on a scientific mission mistakenly left behind an aging botanist who isn’t sure how to get home. Eventually Elliott puts his fears aside and makes contact with the “little squashy guy,” perhaps the least threatening alien invader ever to hit a movie screen. As Elliott tries to keep the alien under wraps and help him figure out a way to get home, he discovers that the creature can communicate with him telepathically. Soon they begin to learn from each other, and Elliott becomes braver and less threatened by life. E.T. rigs up a communication device from junk he finds around the house, but no one knows if he’ll be rescued before a group of government scientists gets hold of him. In 2002, Steven Spielberg re-released E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in a revised edition, with several deleted scenes restored and digitally refurbished special effects. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Scott’s Take

One of my top 10 movies of all time.  When I was a youngling, I must’ve seen E.T. seven or eight times in the movie theater.  I have seen it a dozen or so times since.  I’m not just buying this one on Blu-Ray.  I am buying every collectors edition and steelbook version I can find.  Yes, I am a nerd.  For those of you with young kids that haven’t seen E.T., this is the one required movie I’d advise you get for them. It’s perfect!

Steve’s Take

Who DOESN’T love E.T.??? I was working at Best Buy when this bad boy came out on DVD – now it is all grown up and I’m so proud of it. Excuse me as I wipe the salty liquid coming from my eye. Obviously it is a must add to your collection!

Red Dawn

Set at an indeterminate point in the future, this drama with an overt anti-communist message begins as an ostensible war movie: Russian and Cuban forces have invaded the U.S. and are viciously eliminating the inhabitants of a small town, when a group of teens escapes and plans a counterattack. Jed (Patrick Swayze), Robert (C. Thomas Howell), and six of their friends watch in amazement as soldiers parachute into their town and start shooting. The teens grab a pickup truck, stock up on supplies at the local store, and head for the hills. Meanwhile, the men in the town — after a minimal resistance — are rounded up and held at a drive-in theater converted into a concentration camp. The sadistic Soviet military then make them watch acclaimed Russian director Sergei Eisenstein’s 1938 classic Alexander Nevsky, as their punishing rehabilitation begins. Meanwhile, after minimal resistance from the adults, a Cuban, Bella (Ron O’Neal), is put in charge and is not certain how he can really defeat the teen army. The Soviets and Cubans have so far defeated the American Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force, but these teens are really something else. After a successful ambush, the teen guerrillas gear up for future forays, when they are suddenly betrayed by one of their number and by doubts about the morality of what they are doing. Red Dawn is noteworthy for being the first movie released with the PG-13 rating, created by the MPAA after public outcry over violent content in the PG-rated Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Gremlins. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Another film from my childhood that I’ve seen close to a dozen times. While I was approaching my teen years, Red Dawn was on HBO every 20 minutes.  I will admit that it doesn’t hold up over time, but it will take its place in my library on the nostalgia factor alone.

Steve’s Take

I’ve seen this several times, but I have to say that I just don’t have the desire to see it again in 2012. If you’re nostalgic like Scotty then you should go for it.

Little Shop of Horrors

A doctor dabbles in magical resurrection with horrific consequences in this supernatural thriller adapted from the novel by Stephen King. When Dr. Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) and his family move from Chicago to an old farmhouse in rural Maine, their only concern is the busy highway that flanks their new home. Louis’ family — wife Rachel (Denise Crosby), daughter Ellie (Blaze Berdahl), and toddler Gage (Miko Hughes) — soon meet kindly old duffer Jud Crandall (Fred Gwynne), who introduces them all to the local attractions, including a pet cemetary built on the remains of a Native American burial ground. When Rachel and the kids head off to visit Louis’ in-laws, Ellie’s cat gets flattened by a truck. Jud counsels Louis to bury it in the old Indian portion of the cemetary; the next day, it returns from the dead, carrying with it the stink of the earth and a decidedly bad attitude. Shortly thereafter, Louis is tempted to use the cemetary’s magical powers again when his son suffers a tragic accident. A snarling kitty, it turns out, is nothing compared to the horror of a little boy with no soul and a taste for scalpels. In addition to adapting his own novel for the screen, writer King appeared in a brief cameo as the minister presiding over Gage’s funeral. Director Mary Lambert would return with Pet Sematary Two. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Call me old-fashioned, but nothing about a monstrous Venus Fly Trap looking plant ever did anything to induce chills in my veins.  To top it all off, Little Shop of Horrors is a musical.  That being said, this is another movie that I had seen countless times growing up.  I’m on the fence if I ever want to watch it again.  Now I have the “Little Shop of Horrors” theme song in my head.  UGHHH!

Steve’s Take

I never saw it and never want to see it. Scotty I hate you because now I have the damn theme song in my head!! Damn you!

Enemy Mine

Enemy Mine

Love means never having to say that you’re ugly in the extravagant fantasy film Enemy Mine. Earthling Dennis Quaid is Davidge, one of many space warriors engaged in a bloody extraterrestrial battle against the Draconians. Crash-landing on a faraway planet, Davidge is forced into an “up close and personal” with the Drac (Lou Gossett Jr.), a repellant, reptilian creature. Evidently a bivalve, the Drac gives birth to a baby Drac just before expiring. Now a reluctant foster father, Davidge tries to keep himself and the baby alive while the war continues to rage all around them. The special effects (courtesy Industrial Light and Magic) are serviceable if not brilliant, and the acting is okay so far as it goes. What socks over Enemy Mine is Rolf Zehetbauer’s awe-inspiring production design and Chris Walas’ superb makeup work. Though a favorite on home video, the film deserves to be seen on a wide theatre screen. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Scott’s Take

I recently watched Enemy Mine on cable and to say that the movie just doesn’t hold up is the understatement of the year.  It is just so slow.  Enemy Mine really takes it’s time taking off and the special effects are questionable at best.  I would skip this one.

Steve’s Take

Sounds like a bore-fest. Next.

Constantine

An ordinary man with an extraordinary gift must save the planet from evil in this action-packed fantasy. Unknown to most people, the world is crowded with spirits both good and evil who walk among us in human guise. One of the few who can see these spirits is John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), but the responsibility of his vision is more than he can stand, and he tries to kill himself. Saved from death, Constantine must now atone for his actions by acting as a guardian in the middle ground between Paradise and Hell. Constantine also makes the acquaintance of Angela Dodson (Rachel Weisz), a police detective who becomes aware of his unusual gift while looking into the death of her sister; he leads her into the unknown world of the spirits and soon circumstances demand that they join forces in a desperate bid to save humanity from evil. Constantine also features Tilda Swinton, Peter Stormare, and Gavin Rossdale, the latter best known as the lead singer of the rock group Bush. Michelle Monaghan (Made of Honor) was originally in the film (cast as a half-breed demon) but director Francis Lawrence cut her scenes. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Another movie that just doesn’t do it for me.  While it does have exceptional special effects, the story could’ve been much better. Constantine is another movie that was released on Blu-Ray a few years ago.  I don’t get why they keep re-releasing these movies.  I would rather the movie studios just wait and get it correct the first time.  Stop stealing people’s hard-earned money.

Steve’s Take

This one is a go for me. I enjoyed the movie and did not grab it the first time around. Go for it!

Next Week

That’s all for this week. The big ones to go out and get are Prometheus and E.T. Next week we have Avatar in 3D, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Moonrise Kingdom, Chernobyl Diaries, Pete’s Dragon, The Santa Clause and much more.  Have a great week everyone.

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