Sunday, March 26, 2006

King Kong(2005) - the new big sized remake of King Kong is coming to DVD this Tuesday- I watched the barebones no extras rental DVD Friday- it was whelming- It had some good parts - but was undercut by the ridiculously unbelievable brontosaurus stampede and spiderpit sequence.I liked it - but may have been overly familiar with the plot material since I have recently watched the classic 33 version and the terrible 70s Dwan infested remake. B-

2001 Maniacs - an update of the drive-in classic- a group of fratboys and college girls and a biracial couple take a detour into a town filled with a bunch of conferates- nowhere near as fun or fake-goorey as the first one- but should play with folks into the gore genre.Starring Robert Englund as the mayor. C-

You Can't Fix Stupid - fun standup set with my fave of the Blue Collar crew- Ron "tater salad" White.Only 42 minutes- but full of laughs and chuckles and the 10 minute behind the scenes segment was fun also. B

Memoirs of a Geisha - Follows a young girl from being sold into a trade she did not want to enter thru her career as a giesha.Pretty customes and scenery and a nice romance story.Decent features on disc 2 - B+
reviews from 2/18/06


Ultimate Avengers- decent comic book movie cartoon. tons of extras- including fan auditions to be voice actors and the history of the Avengers in a 23 minute pieceNothing special or really new- but still a good time. C+
Laura - slow moving noir(well compared to other noir's I had seen) Very good performances by Gene Tierney and CLifton Webb.The DVD is slampacked with extras- commentaries- the A& E bios of Gene Tierney & Vincent Price. B
Zathura- imaginative family flick about a board game that comes to life-Worth checking out if you are babysitting and need a timekiller. C+
Weatherman- uneven pic about middle age and dealing with modern society.Some very funny lines and some good awkward moments- but something lacking the overall picture. C

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

ok it is my fault for going to Mickey D's just cuz they are easy to get to on my commute- but this really POed me- last night I got a Big Mac and I wanted to get the apple dippers for desert-basically- apple slices that you dip in caramel- they are on the Mickey D buck menu
I get to the window to collect my food- and the guy tells me they are out of the Apple Dippers and asked if I wanted anything else off the dollar menu- I said not really I just want my dollar back
then I see the guy go to the fridge and pull out a bag of dippers and go- I just found some
COOL
right - no
as I am watching the season finale of The Shield- I realize the first slice tastes rather wierd- even drenched in caramel- then I look at the bag- the bag had expired March 3- and it was March 21st- arrrgh-
is it so hard to just give a refund if you don't have the product- specially in food service- instead of knowingly giving a consumer an expired fruit item

Saturday, March 18, 2006

I now pay mortgage instead of renting- it feels better - I really like this place

but damn am I tired- I am still working fulltime- plus moving- I wish I felt less lazy on my days off- but seriously I am exhausted

well it is fun seeing things coming together in the new homestead
Bukowski:Born Into This - a well done biodoc about writer/poet Charles Bukowski-With readings by fans and celebs- including Tom Waits,Harry Dean Stanton and others.This pic pulls no punches.The DVD has audio commentary and a deleted scene. A


The Squid and The Whale- Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney are a squabbling couple of writers who live in Brooklyn and share custody of a pair of messed up sons in the late 80s.With Anna Paquin and William Baldwin as a tennis pro,brother.The usual mix of comedy and pathos for a divorce drama. B


Dead Man on Campus - Fun dark comedy about a pair of doomed roommates that find a loophole around homework.Starring Tom Everett Scott and Mark Paul Gosselar with Cameos by Linda Cardellini and Jason Segal from Freaks and Geeks. B+