Archive for the ‘DVD’ Category

Episode 12: Ameritastic!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Nate and I are feeling patriotic this week, as we spend some time discussing American movies, most notably the still-in-theaters Captain America and the DVD release The American. Note that these movies have pretty much nothing else in common, although Chris Evans can probably do just as many chin-ups as our buddy the Cloon-meister over there. (more…)

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Angels & Demons

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

I believe it’s Einstein’s theory of relativity that states the faster you travel, the slower that time (relative to a fixed point) passes for you. I got a C in Einsteinian physics, which is why I’m not making hundreds of dollars as a theoretical physicist, but it follows from this theory that you could ostensibly travel into the “future” simply by flying around at a high enough rate of speed. This leads one to wonder: is it possible that Opie Taylor’s plot in 2009’s Angels & Demons was whipping along fast enough that Robert Langdon (Buffy Wilson) was able to pass into the future and figure out its Rubick’s Cubian braintwisters in advance? This still wouldn’t explain how he was able to return to his time frame of reference to save the world, but if I had to guess I’d say it had something to do with black holes, or wormholes. Or, at the very least, plotholes. (more…)

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

I reserve “zero star” ratings for movies I can’t even get through (see: The Big Hit), and I got through this. “One star” ratings are for movies that offend my sensibilities on a visceral level, movies that simply shouldn’t have been made, movies that are a waste of time, both for the creators and the viewers. One star reviews are reserved for movies like Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. (more…)

Juno

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Get it? Stripes aren't slimming! <i>Irony.</i>

Juno got a lot of positive press, at least in part because the screenwriter, Diablo Cody, is an ex-stripper with a rockabilly haircut and a knack for pseudo-ironic dialog that is either poking fun at the hipster ethos of “irony over all” or is paying homage to the same. Given how I chose to take the dialog, the latter would be pretty ironic. I try not to think about it too hard—it’s turtles all the way down. (more…)

All the President’s Men

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Hoffman is clearly straining under the duress of his really, really wide tie.It isn’t fair in All the President’s Men when, late in the movie, the camera does a slow zoom to a three-shot of a jowled and inelegant Richard Nixon, reciting the oath of office on the TV in the Washington Post’s newsroom, alongside the then-young, then-dashing, then-heart-throbbing Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. Because whatever his vices may have been, and history has deemed that Nixon had many, one can only assume that none of them were the vice of vanity. (more…)