November 2007

Why I Hate Weddings

by Alan Rapp on November 30, 2007

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Margot at the Wedding
  • Rating: 1.5 Stars
  • IMDB: link

You know I can handle a chick flick, but Margot at the Wedding is a chick flick on speed, (and not that good of one).

The film is centered on Margot (Nicole Kidman) an overbearing and smothering loudmouth who drags her child (Zane Pais) to her sister Pauline’s (Jennifer Jason Leigh) wedding, not to celebrate to to break it up and find some time cheat on her husband (John Turturro) to bone an old school chum (Ciarán Hinds).

Subplots of the film include the averageness of Pauline’s fiancé Malcolm (Jack Black), the cute and seductive neighborhood girl (Halley Feiffer), suggestions of child abuse and incest, and the increasingly odd and crazy argument with the neighbors over the fate of the family’s favorite tree.

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A ‘Wedding’ Worth Attending

by Ian T. McFarland on November 30, 2007

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Margot at the Wedding
  • Rating: 4.5 Stars
  • IMDB: link

The best dramas are the ones that make you fall for the characters, and because of this Margot at the Wedding is one of the best dramas of the year.  Sweet and funny in even some of its darkest moments, it’s a movie that fully exploits character developments and relationships without ever hinting at becoming sappy.

The plot is simple enough – Margot (Nicole Kidman) ventures back home from the big city for the wedding of her sister Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to the sporadically depressed but endearing Malcolm (Jack Black).  It might sound like a joyous occasion, but it’s anything but, thanks to the inability of Margot to just shut up and love her family.  Never content with herself or her surroundings, she constantly criticizing everyone within eyeshot, descending from her high throne of a New York socialite, a writer who spends more time analyzing the world than she ought to.  Blithely and sneeringly, she can put down her sister’s confidence, fiancé and pregnancy inside of a single breath.  She’s really a disgusting person, but it’s clear that she’s aware and haunted by her repulsive behavior.

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Behind the Scenes

by Alan Rapp on November 29, 2007

in Film News & Trailers

Here’s a couple quick looks behind the scenes of The Savages starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laura Linney, and Philip Bosco.  Up first is this clip from the Q&A session from this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  Larger version available inside the Full Diagnosis along with an interview from writer/director Tamara Jenkins.  And if you haven’t checked out our review for the film yet, take a moment to give it a looksee.

The Savages
4 Stars

Sundance Q&A

 

Interview with director Tamara Jenkins

Where Does He Get Those Wonderful Toys

by Alan Rapp on November 29, 2007

in Uncategorized

From time to time we give you the heads up on some serious nerd merchandise, and Holy Moley do we have something for you today!  DC Direct is shooting out a ton of new Shazam! related toys hitting comic shops as we speak.  The new action figures include a new Captain Marvel, Billy Batson, Hoppy the Marvel Bunny, Dr. Sivana (with Mr. Mind), and two different Mary Marvel figures (personally I like the white variant version taken from Formerly Known as the Justice League).  The figures range in size from 6.75” (Big Red Cheese) to 6.15” (Billy).  All should be available now, or real soon, from your local comic book shops.  Larger pics of each figure inside the Full Diagnosis.

Shazam!
N/A

Captain Marvel

 

Billy and Hoppy 2-Pack

 

Dr. Sivana (with Mr. Mind)

 

Mary Marvel

 

Marvel Marvel variant (from Formerly Known as the Justice League)

Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on November 29, 2007

in Comics

Hmm, we’re about to talk about comics so it must be Wednesday!  What?  It’s Thursday?  Stupid Turkey Day disrupting me getting my paws on new books!  Welcome to the RazorFine Comic Rack boys and girls.  Pull up a bean bag and take a seat at the feet of the master as we look at the new comics set to hit comic shops and bookstores today from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, WildStorm, Vertigo, Dynamite Entertainment, IDW Publishing, and Image Comics.

This week includes The Authority: Prime, Batman, Countdown to Adventure, Daredevil, Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, Sensational Spider-Man, Terminator 2: Infinity, Usagi Yojimbo, and the first issues of Archibald Saves Christmas and Marvel Atlas.  Also don’t forget the truckload of new graphic novels including Batman: Rules of Engagement, Essential X-Men Vol. 8, Jack Kirby’s Galactic Bounty Hunters, It Ate Billy for Christmas, Midnighter Vol. 1: Killing Machine, Popgun Vol. 1, Signal to Noise, Spawn Godslyaer Collection, Spider-Man Fairy Tales and much, much more.

Enjoy issue #49

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