Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Obligatory DVD Release Post 12/14/2010


ATTENTION READERS:

A Life in Equinox will be undergoing some changes over the next week or so while I revamp some things, try and fix others, and hopefully improve the whole shindig. I am also looking to invest in a custom domain name. I have decided the final say belongs to you all, since you take the time to read my blog and comment everyday. My current plan is to go with: lifeinequinox.com. My backup is univarn.com or equinoxfilmreviews.com - if you can take a moment in the comments and let me know which you prefer, and why, and I'll be certain to take it under consideration!

Thank you all very much and have a wonderful Obligatory DVD Release Post read :)


New Releases:

The Town: The romance epic of a lifetime. He's a fallen athlete seeking redemption. The other he is a hothead childhood friend who likes yelling and hitting people. Together, they'll find a way to pull off one final heist, and move to the west coast where their love will be accepted. Will love find a way? Can love conquer all? Find out when you watch, The Town. What? Oh come on, I know I wasn't the only one who sensed the sexual tension between Affleck and Renner!

The A Team: "More like The F team, ha ha ha ha." - Someone actually said that to me when I talked about wanting to watch this movie. I'm not genius (no need to tell you that) but I'm pretty sure there exists a cell in the brain of every human being that sings a quick zap to prevent thoughts like that from coming out. Maybe it's buried deeper in some people's brains other than other. I'm not sure how it works, but please before you say something like that, wait for the signal to make sure it's OK.

Despicable Me: What's the socially allotted number of cute children change grumpy older man quota for a one year time span? It could be that I possess an incredible bias in favor of Up, but I'm not buying what this one is selling without a fight. Oh I'll watch it, but the eye of scrutiny shall be cast harshly upon it!

The Other Guys: Will someone PLEASE explain to me when did unnecessary yelling of lines become funny? I used to love Will Ferrell. You put him and Chris Kattan on SNL for a few minutes, and I'd be in stitches. What happened? Somewhere along the way he's forgotten basic elements of comedy and just been micromanaged into a mindless yeller through the medium of vaguely different characters. Setup, timing, punchline, these are the foundations of good comedy, not screaming out your lines. Please Will, do it for all of us and go back to your roots.

Cyrus: People these days may best know John C. Reilly as that guy from those Will Ferrell movies, but he's so much more than that. Reilly is a great actor who, as of late, has been stuck in these rolls that I feel are beneath him. I mean just look at some of his highlights Gangs of New York, Magnolia, Thin Red Line, The Aviator, Chicago, Boogie Nights, The Hours. You know what they all have in common though? They were pre-Talladega Nights. Did that movie really have such a big impact on his career? Is he doing the movies he does now because he was tired of those earlier kind of films? Please Reilly, I hope this is a return to your earlier films because there's some honest masterpieces there and those should be cherished.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole: How they could have made this movie more profitable - 1) Drop the Owls of Ga'Hoole part from the title, you're not a guaranteed series so play down more elaborate aspects. 2) Work on developing your story - less slow motion (Snyder!) and more character motion for time filling, not every spin requires an elongated shot! 3) Play up the action in the commercials. The commercials for this film tried to sell it solely on the visuals and silly jokes, which make it look a lot more boring than it is. The movie is rather violent and intense, aim for that five to ten year old demographic! There, now you know.

Other Releases: Exit Through the Gift Shop & Nanny McPhee Returns

Other Goodies:

True Grit (Blu-Ray): Out just in time for the upcoming Coen Brothers' remake, this 1969 western classic has been given the blu-ray treatment. Now you can argue whether or not John Wayne deserved his Oscar with high definition at the backdrop!

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Kirk Douglas + Peter Lorree = just one second I need a moment to myself... SCORE!!!! WAHOO!!!! YIPEEE!!!! Now, where was I? Oh yes, Kirk Douglas + Peter Lorree = A likely quality film worthy of at least one honest viewing.


Well, that just about does it for this week folks. So what films are you likely to pick up this week? Or are there any you're nudging a certain someone to make sure is under your tree?

Happy hunting!

10 better thoughts:

The Mad Hatter said...

Lots of stuff that seemed good-not-great this week, and could play a lot better on dvd.

For my money, THE A-TEAM was actually a whole lot of fun!

Lookin' forward to the revamped Equinox

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Agree with your assesment of Guardians, although I did like Snyder's film style.
As for your domain, depends if you want to change your blog's name or not. lifeinequinox.com gets my vote.
And I am that rare, rare person who didn't like Up - found it a bit odd and really depressing. However, Despicable Me was a great film - fun, fresh, and original. The DVD is on my list to purchase today.

Castor said...

Looking forward to seeing The Town again as well as getting my hands on The A-Team. I might even try The Other Guys! Not a bad week at all :)

Univarn said...

@Mad I think a good amount of the releases this week are quality films worth a few.

@AlexJ See, I thought it was a humorous approach to a very real subject - dealing with the loss of a loved one. I'm going to keep the blog's name, though you never know with me... I'm a fickle guy.

@Castor I think A-Team will be fun for DVD so I'll probably pick that one up.

SugaryCynic said...

I had fun at the A-Team and that was all I was looking for, so that worked out. I also kind of liked Legends of the Guardians but a large reason behind that is I was dragged to it and had very low expectations. When I saw all the owl violence I got excited...Is that weird?

Lesya Khyzhnyak said...

Many praise Exit Through the Gift Shop and it interests me, although I'm not a fan of documentaries. Despicable Me -- why would animation be so ugly?

Rich said...

lifeinequinox.com would seem to be the simplest. I'd go with that. Or perhaps alifeinequinox.com.

Univarn said...

@Sugary It just means your normal - everyone loves Owl violence.

@Lesya can you expand on what you mean by 'ugly?'

@Rich Thanks for your input!

Simon said...

Univarn.com, as long as I don't have to change the damn subscription.

Yay, Sharlto Copley?

Lesya Khyzhnyak said...

I mean it wasn't beautifully done. In animation, I prefer see nice-looking creatures or, at least, averagely-looking ones. For instance, in Toy Story we can't say that those toys are beautiful like characters from a classical Disney story but generally they look normal.

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