Saturday, October 22, 2005

watched Melinda and Melinda last night- very funny-good use of Will Ferrell- a welcome change from the over the top one note jokes he has been playing in flicks.Of course I am sold on any movie that has Wallace Shawn and Steve Carrell in it. B

also saw Rize - a documentary about kids in the Hollywatts ghettos that dance to avoid gang-bangers and conflict.The despair and chaos that these kids live in is almost suffocating- seeing them channel their energy into something positive made the movie very interesting

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Batman Begins

Well made look @ the origin of the Dark Knight and his battle with Scarecrow and Ras Al Ghul to save Gotham City.After bumping into things for 2 flicks(Unleashed & MIllion Dollar Baby) actor Morgan Freeman regains his sight to play Lucius Fox-Once again Christian Bale does a bangup job as the lead character. A-

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Z-Channel:A Magnificent Obession - Interesting documentary about a movie channel in LA in the late 70s and early 80s that played a diverse and entertaining schedule of films.Most of the movie focuses on head programmer Jerry Harvey and his fascination with cinema and his inner demons.Several directors and actors sing the praises of Z-Channel mixed with vintage clips from movies that Z-Channel featured. B+

Unleashed - compelling use of Jet-Li in this Luc Besson scripted flick about a man harnessed by another man(Bob Hoskins) to be his attack dog.Jet Li did a good job of portraying a man with the emotional age of 10 with the ability to kill on command.This was not a perfect flick- but I was roped in from the beginning- I wanted to see what Jet cowtow to Hoskins- I wanted to see how he would react if he were "unleashed" ,etc. B+

Undead -Aussie flick about Zombies and Aliens and Zombie Fish...Not really scary- sometimes funny movie- the lead action male looked vaguely like Torgo from Manos - that added to the in-film snark fun. A decent zombie flick- but not up to par with Shaun of The Dead for humour or 28 Days Later for fright C+

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

finished out a Noir comp on DVD

watched The Scar a/k/a Hollow Triumph - about a convict(Paul Conried) who is a doppleganger for a prominent shrink with a Scar on his mug- vaguely interesting- but wieghed down by the added in love story

and then

D.O.A. - this one got me going from the opening scene and took me for a fun exciting ride the rest of the flick. Basically Frank Bigelow(Edmund O'Brien) starts the flick by barging into the police station and stating he has a homicide to report - his. The rest of the film the riddle is answered- sure it has some crazy leaps in the final third- but a fun and engaging flick from start to finish

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

WWE Homecoming v Impact etc.

Overall :8 Best Match:HBK v Angle Worst Match:Austin v McMahons
For the first time in years I actually sat down and watched Raw live from 7:55 til the end.
And then I watched Raw Top 10 til Midnight then Impact!
Raw started off very well- the Raw is going home add is hilarious- the 5 minute history of Raw montage was fun and had tons of memories in it.The highlight of the pre-show was the montage of wrestling history in the WWE:The Power is Back ad- sadly they did not get a new theme for the new(old) network- that felt weird after hearing all of the old themes during the pre-show and identifying the music with each era of Raw.HBK and Angle gave the audience a PPV quality match to kick things off - sadly the Austin v Clan McMahon segment went over in time(best indicator- the glass breaking before he stunned Linda- hey Steve we are playing you off- stun the old broad).It is weird that with all the talent that the WWE got to return the only Rock appearances for the night were the commercials for Doom.The legend beatdown of Rob Conway was a nice touch - I like the Randy Orton character- but it is annoying seeing all of my old favorites get humiliated time and again -the crowd popped huge for the Iron Claw. I have heard that HHH prefers to work heel- but would it have hurt him to be a face for a month or 2- his pop was the second loudest to the Cena pop. I think they overdid the HHH beating up Flair stuff- I mean we got that HHH was a heel again from the first sledgehammer shot to Naitch and the blade job- did we need 5 more minutes of HHH making his best friend bleed.The biggest disappointment of the evening was the truncated Smackdown match- wtf?- I felt like I was experiencing the Booker T v Buff Bagwell match again- except they let Buff wrestle- this time they didn't even trust their best workers- Eddie,Benoit & Rey to carry half a match before the Bischoff abortion of the match- very lame.
I think the match was truncated in such a fashion cuz of the overrun of the SCSA segment- the upside I think that was the shortest Hulk Hogan promo ever- brutha-
The main event was anti-climatic - the after show brawl felt like the old WCW trick- hey we don't have an ending or no one wants to loose- I know let's run the roster out to the ring- the live audience will pop big for the bevy of activity and we don't have to write an ending for the show( on SNL they call it dropping the cow).
I enjoyed what I saw of the Raw Top 10
I really enjoyed Impact! period - ok seriously- the show was fine- but it still felt AA to the WWE's major league show tonight
.I only watched the first fight of the UFC replay- the first match was pretty boring for the first 14 minutes- I wonder how many viewers got bored and switched- of course the out of nowhere KO by the man loosing for the duration of the fight was nice and exciting
I think WWE probably won the night huge over UFC- and they were helped by a lackluster MNF game- although I heard that GB almost made it competitive in the last quarter.
I enjoyed my Monday night of rasslin- but I miss the old Nitro v Raw days- the constant flipping- me and my best friend would be on the phone for most of the night flipping to the more exciting moments on each show- now I can go back to taping the shows -that way I can fast forward Chris Masters and commercials and Monte Brown .

Monday, October 03, 2005

John Carpenter's The Fog- a nice paced flick with believable characters meeting the supernatural- nice pacing and suspense.With Hal Holbrook,Jamie Lee Curtis,Janet Leigh,John Houseman & Adrienne Barbeau as a DJ for a lite jazz station.I liked the backstory for the ghosts and the fog and the resolution The DVD has outtakes, 2 featurettes and commentary. B+

The Interperter - predictable international thriller- manages to tie in genocide,terrorism and assasination @ the UN - and feel predictable. C-

Amityville Van Wilder- would be a decent Rob Zombie video or something- but a ludcrious full length flick- never got into the characters or cared if they lived or died.The best part of the DVD was the documentary about the real AMityville slayings C-

Jiminy Glick in La-La Land- inconsistent like the character on the comedy central TV show- Ok-now if you have Janeane Garafolo and Linda Cardellini as a lesbian couple - can't we have several minutes of them in bed- just a random request.Ok- the movie was mostly done in IMprov and it shows- sadly the best part of the movie are the outakes during the credits. C-