Hi everyone. Sorry it’s been awhile. I’ve been pretty sick (still am) making it hard to do anything that requires concentration (like typing or writing reviews). Here are some movies that came yesterday and today. There is a lot more that came recently and I will try to catch up on some of those when I can.
20th Century Fox –
The Dolphin Story Of A Dreamer (DVD) – Dive into an enchanting world of undersea adventure, friendship and danger with this delightful animated treasure the whole family will cherish. Daniel Alexander Dolphin is a little dolphin with big dreams, living in a world where dreams are forbidden. Swim along with Daniel and his friends on a magical journey of destiny and discovery as he ventures beyond the safety of his pod and follows his heart into the unknown in search of the true purposes of life. This heartwarming, coming-of-age adventure will make a splash with the young and old alike. Dive in – and dare to dream again!
Joe’s Brief Thoughts – Looks like a good animated or CGI children’s movie. The style is very pleasing to the eye. I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up really liking this.
Vivendi Entertainment –
Derailed (Blu-ray) – Married man Charles Schine (Clive Owen) meets Lucinda Harris (Jennifer Aniston), a high-powered buisnesswoman, on a commuter train one morning. An innocent conversation leads to an evening drink. Before either one can stop, their aroused passions lead to a sizzling one-night stand. Suddenly a stranger explodes into their world, threatening to expose their secret, and lures them into a terrifying game with more surprises than they saw coming.
Special Features – Deleted Scenes, Making of Derailed, Theatrical Trailer
Joe’s Brief Thoughts – I liked this movie. Probably my favorite Clive Owen and favorite Jennifer Aniston (though I loved Along Came Polly & Bruce Almighty) movie wrapped in one. A nice thriller.
Harsh Times (Blu-ray) – From the creator of Training Day comes Harsh Times, an explosive ride on the mean streets of south central Los Angeles, featuring powerhouse performances by Christian Bale (Batman Begins), Freddy Rodriguez (TV’s “Six Feet Under”), and Eva Longoria (TV’s “Desperate Housewives”). Bale is “electrifying” and “mesmerizing” (Entertainment Weekly) as a returning Middle East soldier who, unable to get a job with the LAPD, drifts into a life of petty crime, drugs, and violence. In an acclaimed performance, Bale “continues to establish himself as one of the most daring and committed actors of his generation” (Michael Ordona, Los Angeles Times). Says Kyle Smith of the New York Post, “if Martin Scorsese were 30 and a Los Angeleno, he’d be making movies…like this.”
Special Features – Feature Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director David Ayer, Making of Harsh Times, Deleted Scenes
Joe’s Brief Thoughts – Harsh Times was a good movie. Probably Eva Longoria’s best big-screen film thus far. Nice cast and an interesting story. Along with Derailed a really nice release from Vivendi on Blu-ray.
Warner Brothers/New Line Cinema –
Rush Hour (Blu-ray) – “Ain’t never gonna have no partner.” LAPD Det. James Carter insists. He gets a partner. And since that partner is played by dynamic martial arts legend Jackie Chan and motor-mouthed Carter is played by wisecracking Chris Tucker, Rush Hour zooms along with gleeful chemistry under the dynamic directorial hand of Brett Ratner. The case: rescue the kidnapped daughter of a visiting Hong Kong official. The result: amazing stunts (Chan does his own( and verbal wit (well, Tucker does his own, too!) that delivered a kick to the buddy-cop genre – and gave Chan his long-awaited, mainstream-U.S. breakthrough.
Special Features – Commentary by Director Brett Ratner, Additional Scenes, A Piece of the Action: Behind the Scenes of Rush Hour Featurette Gallery, Brett Ratner’s Short Film Whatever Happened to Mason Reese?, 2 Music Videos: Dru Hill’s How Deep Is Your Love? and Heavy D & the Boyz’s Nuttin’ but Love, Isolated Score with Commentary by Composer Lalo Schifrin, Theatrical Trailer.
Joe’s Brief Thoughts – Rush Hour is one of the best action-comedies to come along since the heydey of 48 Hrs and Beverly Hills Cop movies in the 1980’s. Jackie Chan brings the action and Chris Tucker brings the comedy, though Chan is pretty good in his own right comedy-wise. Everything works here, action, comedy, music, pace and style all work. Nice casting as well with great supporting actors like the late Chris Penn. You have to own this on Blu-ray!
- DVD/Blu-ray Breakdown: December 7th, 2010 (screenrant.com)
- Chris Tucker Set To Hop Back Onto The Big Screen In ‘The Rabbit’ (moviesblog.mtv.com)
- Chris Tucker Starring Spec Script The Rabbit Finds A Buyer (cinemablend.com)
- Warner Bros. Buys Spec Script for THE RABBIT with Chris Tucker Attached to Star (collider.com)
- Brett Ratner Still Gunning for a Fourth BEVERLY HILLS COP (collider.com)
- Brett Ratner Says ‘Youngblood’ Movie is Still Happening (screenrant.com)
- Eddie Murphy cast in Brett Ratner’s TOWER HEIST (geektyrant.com)
- Matthew Broderick Cast in Brett Ratner’s TOWER HEIST (geektyrant.com)
- Brett Ratner Talks about Zack Snyder directing SUPERMAN (geektyrant.com)
- Eddie Murphy to Star Alongside Ben Stiller in Brett Ratner’s ‘Tower Heist’ (slashfilm.com)
- Christian Bale Can’t Wait To Work With Tom Hardy (perezhilton.com)
- Noah Baumbach’s ‘While We’re Young’ To Star Ben Stiller and James Franco (slashfilm.com)
- Eddie Murphy Joins Brett Ratner’s TOWER HEIST Starring Ben Stiller and Alan Alda (collider.com)
- Frenemy Movie Review – A Jarring Set of Contrasts (screenhead.com)
- This Week in DVD & Blu-ray: Inception, Shrek Forever After, and More (slashfilm.com)
- Audiences Do Not Want To Pay To Watch Jennifer Aniston On The Big Screen (thefrisky.com)
- Boy Meets World: The Complete Fourth Season DVD Review – Embrace The Awkward (screenhead.com)
- Jennifer Aniston stuck in second tier with new flop (omg.yahoo.com)
- Scott Mendelson: Blu Ray Review: Inception (2010) (huffingtonpost.com)
- How Christian Bale Lost Huge Weight For ‘The Fighter’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Amy Adams & Christian Bale: ‘Fighter’ Premiere! (justjared.buzznet.com)
- Chris Tucker to Return to Cinemas in ‘The Rabbit’? (slashfilm.com)
- This week’s new DVD & Blu-ray (guardian.co.uk)
- What Were Your Top Five Movies of 2010? (escapistmagazine.com)
- Jennifer Aniston Talks Single Motherhood, ‘Cougar Town’ & ‘Friends’ Movie (omg.yahoo.com)
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- “New on DVD/Blu-ray: Inception” and related posts (beyondhollywood.com)
- Harry’s DVD PICKS & PEEKS: Last 2 wk of Nov 2010: Stallone, FANTASIA, Criterion, George Pal, Harryhausen! (aintitcool.com)
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After his parents’ brutal murders Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale, Terminator Salvation) travels the world, seeking the best to train him to fight the same injustices that took his parents from him. His main trainer Henri Ducard, a disguised Ra’s al Ghul, (Liam Neeson, Taken) is a tough teacher who is not impressed by Bruce’s wealth and intellect. Helping him in his battle are trusted butler Alfred (Michael Caine, Harry Brown), his ally Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman, Invictus) and detective Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman, Bram Stoker‘s Dracula). Upon his return to Gotham he unveils his alter-ego Batman, a masked hero who uses strength, intelligence and high-tech weapons to fight the criminal element in Gotham. This is where…..Batman Begins.
Here’s my batch of movies (all Blu-ray unless otherwise noted) I will be working on for the foreseeable future. Batman Begins (currently viewing/reviewing), Don McKay (Thomas Hayden Church & Elisabeth Shue), From Paris With Love (John Travolta), Someone’s Knocking At The Door, Run Bitch Run! (DVD), Avatar, The Edge (Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin). Marked For Death (Steven Seagal), Robin Hood : Men In Tights (Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis). I figure on knocking out a movie a day so stick with me and tell your friends! It should be a wild ride.