Archive for the ‘Blu-Ray’ Category

Date viewed:  2/19/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

Alec Guinness in incredible here, in what has to be one of my favorite performances by an actor, ever.  The rest of THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI is appropriately “epic,” but I was surprised how quickly I was bored with the “commando” stuff compared to Guinness’ character’s behavior in the prison.

Rating:  8.5

THE LOVED ONES (2009)

Posted: May 11, 2011 in 2009, 8.0, Blu-Ray, Home, New, Tally

Date viewed:  2/16/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

A great extreme horror movie from Australia.  I heard quite a bit of hype prior to checking it out, but it lived up to my expectations.  It manages to be both glossy and depraved in a way I can’t recall another movie pulling off.

Rating:  8.0

A BRIDGE TOO FAR (1977)

Posted: March 18, 2011 in 6.5, Blu-Ray, Home, New, Tally

Date viewed:  2/13/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

Despite having some of the coolest actors of the last 50 years, ABTF left me a little cold.  Maybe it’s the SAVING PRIVATE RYAN effect, but I found ABTF clunky and downright confusing.  There are too many characters, too many different military operations going on.  I suppose I prefer my “epics” to concentrate on one character.  The scope of some of the action  is pretty damned remarkable though.

Rating:  6.5

THE AMERICAN (2010)

Posted: March 8, 2011 in 2010, 7.5, Blu-Ray, Home, New, Tally

Date viewed:  2/11/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

I heard this was more meditative than high-octane, and that definitely is the case.  There are maybe 2 or 3 actions scenes, and the rest is straight character study, but it’s good character study.  Clooney is one of those rare actors who can entertain without doing much of anything, and even though the script tests that theory (externally), THE AMERICAN is still beautiful to look at and extremely satisfying.

Rating:  7.5

EASY A (2010)

Posted: March 8, 2011 in 2010, Blu-Ray, Home, Previously seen, Tally

Date viewed:  2/10/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

2nd viewing within a couple weeks b/c my wife hadn’t seen it.  She liked it, but strangely enough I think I like it more.  The John Hughes shout-out gets me every time.

 

SUGAR (2008)

Posted: February 21, 2011 in 2000s, 8.0, Blu-Ray, Home, New, Tally

Date viewed:  2/9/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

A great sports movie that is about much more than baseball.  The performances, which appear to be mostly from nonactors, are about as real as they get, and it manages to be uplifting in a realistic way.

Rating:  8.0

RED (2010)

Posted: February 17, 2011 in 2010, 7.0, Blu-Ray, Home, New, Tally

Date viewed:  2/7/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

A fun action-comedy that with a little more action and a sharper wit could have been great.  As it is, it’s exactly what I expected.

Rating:  7.0

BAD BOYS (1983)

Posted: February 15, 2011 in 7.0, Blu-Ray, Home, New, Tally

Date viewed:  2/6/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

I’m struggling to have much to say about BAD BOYS.  Good performances all around, but believable it is not.  Sean Penn is a serious actor!

Rating:  7.0

EASY A (2010)

Posted: February 8, 2011 in 2010, 7.5, Blu-Ray, Home, New, Tally

Date viewed:  2/2/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

Very sneaky, makers of EASY A, very sneaky indeed.  You think you can just throw in a few clips of my favorite teen ’80s movies along with good writing and funny performances and expect me to like it?  Well yeah, that actually works fairly well.  A throw-back to John Hughes movies and CAN’T BUY ME LOVE (but mostly CAN’T BUY ME LOVE), EASY A might just be the most entertaining new release I’ve seen over the last few months.

Rating:  7.5

Date viewed:  1/31/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

I hereby declare Scott Mann, the director of THE TOURNAMENT, to be known henceforth as Scott “the fucking” Mann.  This is everything a mindless action movie should be, and with a bigger star or two it would’ve had a theatrical release and cleaned up at the box office.

Mann hits for the cycle here — original action sequences, great fight choreography, and beautiful glorious God-blessed practical blood effects.

Rating:  7.0