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Monday, April 2, 2012
The DVDs I haven't reviewed
Apparently, I don't give an opinion on everything. Here's what I haven't posted about, either because I was too lazy or didn't care enough.
Blessed (2006) — So, this was pretty awful. It is slow, overly low-key, and Heather Graham puts close to nothing into her performance.
Heartland: The Complete Second Season (2008-09) — I only watched one episode, out of devotion to Katharine Isabelle. But it looked like a decent, mostly wholesome show. Better than most of the other Canadian offerings as of late.
Snow Angels (2007) — It is hard to make a movie that doesn't note just how unbelievably attractive Kate Beckinsale is. But there is too much going on in this one, to the detriment of the two major stories at play. Not a bad movie, but not as focused as it should have been.
Rec (2007) — Good, but I still prefer Quarantine (2008). There is certainly a different central element at play here. Much more horror in concept than its American cousin.
The Resident (2011) — This was horrible. Plodding. Predictable. Completely lacking in tension. I have a hard time believing that both stars wanted to do this movie, but it is hard to criticize working actors when it comes to taking jobs.
Fanboys (2009) — There is a good concept at work here, but the delivery is lacking. Maybe it would have been better if the movie hadn't be reworked and scenes re-done in an effort to make it more mainstream. But my main problem was the idea that more Seth Rogen is ever better.
The Special Relationship (2010) — This was a disappointment. It essentially shows how necessary, but not always friendly, the relationships between Great Britain's Prime Minister and the American President. Too much time was spent on tidbits and too little on the meat of the relationship. Really felt more like an old-school Network TV movie.
Limitless (2011) — Not bad, but I found myself eager for this one to end. If Cooper weren't so charismatic, I don't know if it would have gotten a release.
Thor (2011) — I hated this movie. Just hated it.
X-Men: First Class (2011) — I liked this prequel, but will continue to wonder why starting the X-Men as the comics started is an impossibility.
Definitely, Maybe (2008) — I have a man-crush on Ryan Reynolds. He is great in this, as is Isla Fisher. This could have been tighter, but it is one of the better rom-coms I've seen in a while.
Scream of the Banshee (2011) — Ugh.
Mirrors (2008) — Too much early action, not enough of a slow build for my tastes. I also couldn't understand why prime real estate was just sitting there waiting to claim victims with its haunting.
Ann Rule Presents The Stranger Beside Me (2003) — Yeah, this was a TV movie that did nothing to give a better idea of how the people close to Ted Bundy had no idea he was a serial killer.
Feast (2005) — Hey, Krista Allen keeps her top on. I actually like Feast, but it is a flawed horror film. One of the better creature features I've seen from the modern era, but too casual with how the characters are disposed of.
Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda: Season One (2000-01) — Much worse than I remember. Hard to see how this ran for five seasons.
Killshot (2008) — Mickey Rourke as a Native American hitman. If the film had centered on him, I think it would have appealed to me more. The victim characters are underdeveloped (but played by likeable actors), and that means that there isn't any investment in terms of what happens to them.
Bond of Silence (2010) — TV movie that wastes the talents of Kim Raver and Greg Grunberg.
Red (2010) — A little too over-the-top for me, but at least Red was entertaining.
Gene Roddenberry's Earth Final Conflict: Season One (1997-98) — Wow. There was actually a good show here in the first season. Sure, it had too many campy moments, but it really looked like it was laying the groundwork for a great humans vs. aliens, cloak and dagger series.
Attack the Block (2011) — I was rooting for the aliens for most of this. Just couldn't root for the wanna-be thugs.
Adventureland (2009) — Hey, its Ryan Reynolds having sex with Kristen Stewart. I kind of expect that to happen in real life.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) — Somehow, this was worse than the original trilogy. And they managed to add a bunch of characters I couldn't be bothered to care about. Note to Disney: these movies can all be an hour shorter.
Gene Roddenberry's Earth Final Conflict: Season Two (1998-99) — Robert Leeshock (not pictured above) takes over as the lead and the show goes to hell. Coincidence? Maybe. But killing off the main character and removing the subtlety made this show go from good to awful in about two episodes.