February 2006

Indiana Jones Will Return

by Alan Rapp on February 23, 2006

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Seems you just can’t stop the Hollywood sequel machine.  In an interview with an Israeli newspaper Steven Speilberg stated plainly that Indiana Jones 4 is a go!  Speilberg plans to film this year getting Indy ready for a Summer 2007 release.  Now for those of you just saw Harrison Ford in Firewall the news may seem a little bittersweet.  Can the Lucas/Spielber/Ford team recapture the magic in a bottle one last time?  Or will the fourth film be vastly inferior to the predessors (Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Lethal Weapon 4, Batman and Robin)?

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Miller’s 300

by Alan Rapp on February 23, 2006

in Film News & Trailers

Haven’t had enough Frank Miller?  I loved the adaption of Sin City and now another of Miller’s graphic novels, 300, is in production and the official site is posting video journals for us fans.  For those of you unfamiliar to the story it retells the historic Battle of Thermopylae where 300 Spartan soldiers held off the entire Persian army numbering in the hundreds of thousands for longer than any believed possible.  The time gained by such a heroic stand allowed Greece to mobolize and stand against the Persians and without their sacrifice the dream of democracy may have died.  The third video journal was just posted last week.  Check it out.

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Saturn Awards

by Alan Rapp on February 22, 2006

in News

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror has announced the nominations for the 32nd annual Saturn Awards.  So who made the list?  Well let’s just say that George Lucas is a very happy guy.  Star Wars – Episode III: Revenge of the Sith leads all nominees with a total of ten nominations.  Sin City, A History of Violence, Serenity, Batman Begins, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang all earned nominations.  Sadly Fantastic Four, The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, King Kong, and Saw II were nominated as well.  The people running the official site for the awards forgot to pay their rent and their site has been shut down – Oops!  Don’t fret though we’ve got the list of nominations.  Take a look…

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DVD Shelf

by Alan Rapp on February 21, 2006

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We’re here to let you know what’s out there for your entertainment dollar.  Every week a new batch of DVD’s gets shipped out and thrown onto the shelves.  And Whoa boy folks this is a hell of a great week for releases!  We’ve got a movie from my top ten list – RENT and one from December’s list – North Country and Keira Knightly as bounty hunter Domino Harvey in Domino.  Also out today are Ultimate Avengers: The Movie, The Weather Man and more.  Take a peek inside for the full list.

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Here’s what is getting released today on DVD:

Film:

RENT (2 Disc Special Edition) – Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes; how do you measure a year?  The broadway rock opera slice of life look at seven bohemians in New York’s East Village over the course of a year measures it in great music and outstanding performances.  Most of the cast was drawn from the original broadway show.  A powerful and poignant generational tale similiar to Hair.  So good I had to put it on my top ten list for 2005.  The two disc collection includes over three hours of extras and features including commentary by the director and cast.  You can read the original review here.

North Country – Charlize Theron stars in this inspired by real life story about the first sexual harassment case in United States history.  Theron (in an Academy Award nominated peformance) plays a single mother who takes a job in a mine and sues after constact harassment and attacks from male co-workers.  One of December’s top ten films of 2005.  You can check out her original review here.

Domino – Keira Knightly stars as bounty hunter Domino Harvey and hooks up with Mickey Rourke and Edgar Ramirez.  The first of Knightly’s two great performances this year.  Based off real life bounty hunter and friend of director Tony Scott.  Got mixed reactin from critics and the public but I had a blast; great fun for the acquired taste.  Read the original review.

The Weather Man – Tale of Chicago weather man (Nicholas Cage) who is a complete success on camera and a disaster off the air.  Gore Verbinski brings this funny (funny humorous and funny strange) tale to life.  Also starring Michael Caine, Hope Davis, and Gil Bellows.  Read the original review.

All The President’s Men (2 Disc Special Edition) – Retelling of Watergate scandal with Robert Redford as Bob Woodward and Dustin Hoffman as Carl Bernstein.  The 1976 film gets the special edition treatment that includes commentary from Redford and an entire extra disc of features on the film and the story that inspired it.

Midnight Cowboy (Two Disc Collector’s Edition) – Joe Buck plays a cowboy who moves to New York City who is hustled by Dustin Hoffman in the film that won the Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay in 1969.  The special edition includes commentary by Jerome Hellman and documentaries and featurettes.

Family/Animated:

Ultimate Avengers: The Movie – Marvel’s greatest heroes in an animated feature film re-telling how the Avengers discovered Captain America and fight for truth, justice, and all that good stuff.

Stuart Little 3 – Call of the Wild – Another sequel from the Stuart Little franchise including voices of Wayne Brady, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie Virginia Madsen, Peter MacNicol, Jonathan Lipnicki, and Michael J. Fox as Stuart.

TV:

3rd Rock from the Sun – Further adventures of the Solomon family (a group of aliens hiding on Earth pretending to be humans to learn about us).  The set includes a 16 page collection booklet and interviews with the cast.

NYPD Blue The Complete Third Season – All 22 episodes of the third season of the New York cops.  The set includes commentary for two episodes and a collection of featurettes.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Volume 1 – First volume of the 1960’s series about the SSRN Seaview, a submarine that investigates myseries at the bottom of the ocean.  Classic Sci-fi.

Also out today: Go Diego Go! The Great Dinosaur Rescue, Action – The Complete Series, and Iron Maiden – Death on the Road.

This Week

by Alan Rapp on February 20, 2006

in Film News & Trailers

So what’s out there this week.  Well today we’ll take a look at the films scheduled to be released this Friday including a second week in a row with a film starring Paul Walker and a new animated film from the Weinstein Company.  And make sure to check back tomorrow when we’ll check out the new DVD releases (which includes on of my ton ten films of 2005 and one of my hidden gems).  Read on…

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Here’s what’s scheduled to hit theaters this Friday.  Want to know more, just click on the title for film info including a full cast list.  Want a closer look, just click on the poster to watch the trailer.

Running Scared

Paul Walker plays a mob flunkie given the task of getting rid of murder weapons but instead decides to collect them and hide them in his basement where his son’s friend finds them and uses on to shoot his abusive step-father.  Written and directed by Wayne Kramer who gave us The Cooler but is also responsible for the screenplay for Aaron’s worst film of 2005 Mindhunters.  Chazz Palminteri and Cameron Bright also star.

Doogal

UK animated film about a dog named Doogal who loves candy and bands together with friends to stop an evil sorcerer who escapes his prison and plans to exact revenge on the earth by freezing the sun.  Voices include Danile Tay, Juid Dench, Chevy Chase, Jimmy Fallon, William H. Macy, Ian McKellen, Kevin Smith, Whoppi Goldberg, and Jon Stewart as the wizard.  Can they save the day?  Well, it’s a kids film after all.

Madea’s Family Reunion

Comedy about a gun-totting grandma who attends the reunion of her dysfunctional family that includes a runaway and a pair of love-troubled neices.  The latest from director Tyler Perry (Diary of a Mad Black Woman which had a divided reaction with both critics and movie watchers).  The cast includes Lynn Whitfield, May Angelou, Keke Palmer, Cicely Tyson, Blair Underwood, China Anderson, and Tyler Perry himself in drag for the role of Mable “Madea” Simmons.

Night Watch (limited release)

Russian film about the others (vampires, witches and sorcerers) who live amongst humanity in present day Moscow.  They are divided into a group of light (good) and dark (evil) who live acoording to a centuries old truce.  The night watch is a group of the light who watch over the dark forces during the night trying to control and limit their effect on the world.  The film has been hugely successful in Russia since its release in 2004 and already has a hit sequel (2006’s Day Watch) and a new Enlgish language sequel in production now.

Tsotsi (limited release)

South African film showcasing a week in the life of a violent gang leader in Johannesburg.  The crime drama won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival, got nominations from The Golden Globes, BAFTA, and is in contention for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards.  The film is in various tribal dialects and presented with English subtitles.  Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Israel Makoe, and Percy Matsemela star.

Unknown White Male (Los Angeles & New York only)

A documentary look at Doug Bruce who woke up in Coney Island with no memories and is diagnosed with amnesia.  The film focuses on Doug’s rediscoving the world around him and his retun home to Europe in an attempt to reconnect with both friends and family.  Mixed early reactions to the film, but it was nominated at last year’s Sundance and first time director Rupert Murray got a nomination for his direction from the Directors Guild.