Archive for March 2008
Here’s a look at some good bargain bin deals this week:
Home Alone 2 ($4.99)- I’ve always enjoyed watching both this one and the first Home Alone during the holidays….they just get me into the Christmas spirit. While this one is not nearly as put-together as the first, it still manages to capture some of the charm from the first film. A great deal of the gags are recycled from the first, with little winks to the first film sprinkled throughout, and it still is hilarious (though still unbelievable at points) to watch Marv (Daniel Stern) get hit in the face with bricks repeatedly…..
The Da Vinci Code (– I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this one when it came out…It was the summer that started with the bomb that was Mission Impossible III….by the time I made it to The Da Vinci Code, I was aching for a summer hit….and wasn’t disappointed. While the book is far superior, you have to admit, this one is a pretty faithful adaptation. It’s also very cool to see how they translated some of the scenes from the book…..BARGAIN!
CIRCUIT CITY (Buy 1 at $9.99, get one free)
The Italian Job– I don’t ever remember seeing this in theatres, and actually didn’t consider it until a friend told me to watch it…sort of the same as everyone did with The Bourne Identity…..I wish I had seen it though, because it really is a solid mix of action and comedy…and you’re probably going to at least want to test drive a Mini Cooper after watching it….One of Mark Wahlberg’s best movies…and Charlize Theron shines also.
School of Rock– I’ve never actually seen this, but at buy one get one free, I figure this is a good one to take a shot at purchasing without watching. I’ve heard good and bad, but there is the moment they use in those apple commercials that seems to make me think I might actually enjoy this one……I hope.
The movie comes out in August, it’s nearly April and we still don’t have a teaser trailer….
The other night I saw a trailer for Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs….it doesn’t come out for ONE AND A HALF YEARS.
Get on the advertising bandwagon Universal…every time I tell someone there’s a new Mummy movie come out, they don’t believe me! (or they’re surprised…but glad to hear it, nonetheless)
There’s finally some updates on The Mummy 3 out tonight, and honestly, I’m excited for what I’m reading. I know there’s not many movie moguls out there that are dying to see a third Mummy movie, but I liked the first two a great deal. I know Rob Cohen, who directed The Fast and the Furious, is not an ideal director for some, but I really enjoy those movies as well, and I’m eager to see what he can do with a much bigger, blockbuster kind of picture. Here’s what he has to say…
“I have shown the film to the exec’s at Universal and they are through-the-roof ecstatic. We screened a few weeks ago for all the relevant department heads (home video, distribution, foreign, p.r., marketing, etc.) and the reaction was unanimous. It’s running around 1 hr. 53 minutes and, daily as we hone, it’s taking its final shape. The studio has been very collaborative and supportive. You know they love it when they ask you if you need any more money to enhance the visual effects budget!!! Are there more shots that I want to do but didn’t have the money to do?!!! Of course, the answer is yes; there is never enough to entertain the audience in any film. That kind of support from Chairmen Marc Shmuger and David Linde, President Donna Langley, and V.P.’s Jeff Kirschenbaum and Erik Baiers is rare in Hollywood so I am very pleased all the way around.”
Also, he’s apparently said in his blog that a teaser will appear soon…All I can say is….IT’S ABOUT TIME! I read a possible description of what to expect, and if it’s right, it sounds like it won’t disappoint….
I don’t know much about G.I. Joe…I vaguely remember the cartoon way back when I was younger. All I have to say is that this new photo of Snake Eyes has me intrigued by the possibilities.
I went into “I Am Legend” with mild expectations. My brother had said it was nothing spectacular, but that it wasn’t horrible….and by all former indications, we generally share the same opinion on most movies.
There’s been a bunch of hoopla mainly because of an alternate ending that was shot and replaced what was originally intended. I’ve had to wait until now to see what people were talking about. I’ve suprisingly managed to stay spoiler-free up until watching it, which almost never happens, and after being able to compare both endings, I think Warner Bros. made a mistake in the ending they chose.
I’ll get to that in a minute.
Overall, the first half of the movie tends to be very quiet, and I actually enjoyed it. Will Smith was on his game, as usual, and delivered a great performance. The dog that shares screen time with him, Sam, was also quite well. Sam is part of his family, and I really bought into their relationship. (I had read where they had to train the dog to work around Will Smith…it was actually pretty interesting)
In fact, if you’ve seen Cast Away, this movie is essentially the same, with Sam taking the place of Wilson the volleyball. It gives the movie some much needed dialogue. If you liked most of Cast Away, then you’ll probably enjoy at least the first half of this movie. With that said, there’s a point about half way through where the whole movie shifts…..Trust me, you’ll know it.
It’s all downhill after that.
I’ve never read the book this was based on, but after hearing all the news about the reshooting of the ending to this, and now having seen what was replaced, I think either ending still would leave me disappointed. This is one instance where the ending is very abrupt, and lots of things are left up in the air…on purpose…and it’s just not right.
I only recommend this to people who are die-hard Will Smith fans, because it’s got to be one of my least favorite of his films…(OK, well, least favorite of the ones I’ve watched all the way through, because I still won’t go anywhere near Wild Wild West)…Or, at least to those who want to see what everyone is talking about with the whole switched ending.
I’ve decided to combine Wii news into my “Entertainment Musings”, because I suppose it really does count as entertainment. In the last month or so, there’s been a huge release of info on the latest incarnation of Mario Kart for the Nintendo Wii and, needless to say, I’m pretty darn excited about it. Here’s why.