Tag: DVD review
I can't help but think that the release of Gallowwalkers was somehow timed to star Wesley Snipes' release from jail after serving time for tax-dodging. Talk about a film that fully rests on the shoulders of Snipes. Production on the movie began in 2006 and had to come to a halt briefly while the troubled actor went to court. It then sat on the shelf in limbo until Lionsgate released it a few months after Snipes regained his freedom.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment recently released Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map exclusively through Wal-Mart. Imagine the familiar characters from Scooby-Doo if they were turned into Muppets. The 45-minute mini-movie will thrill children and even parents who don't dig too deep below the surface.
Do you remember all the typical garbage you had to deal with in high school? You had to wear the right clothes, hang out with the right crowd, and get all your homework done so you could pass. All those seem hard enough to handle. Now add to your laundry list of things to do "Escape from my fellow students who have turned into zombies." High School was bad enough before. Imagine having to attend Detention of the Dead.
I'd start this review off with a strong "Sylvester Stallone is back," but it's just not true. He's very much been in the limelight recently. The 67-year old actor won't be held down by his age. After a 3-year hiatus back in 2003, he returned to the ring by acting in and directing Rocky Balboa. Not content to just re-visit one of his most well-known characters, Stallone also put the headband back on for a fourth helping of First Blood in Rambo.
I'm one of the only males on the planet Earth who actually admit to liking the Twilight movies and books. That being said, I have to say I was excited when I heard sci-fi Director Andrew Niccol was adapting Stephenie Meyer's other novel, The Host, for the big screen. Gattaca was widely acclaimed and even In Time received mixed reviews. I was hoping Niccol would at least find a happy medium in between those two and give author Meyer's fans something to be proud of. Unfortunately, I didn't get what I wanted upon viewing the movie.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has generously released The Last Exorcism Part II on Blu-ray and DVD for those smart enough to have avoided it in theaters, but brave (or unfortunate) enough to give it a chance at home. I know it's too late for some. Hopefully, my review can still save thousands of others from making the same mistake I did.
Much to the dismay of his many fans, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated has come to an end. It's pretty evident Cartoon Network didn't know what to do with the series. It started out airing once a week in an evening slot. There were long gaps in between the seasons. When it did return after a long hiatus, the network shoved the rest of the episodes into one week in what appeared to be an attempt to get the whole affair over with as quickly as possible.
There are some films I haven't seen in my 40 years of life that it seems inexcusable to have missed. Many of those have crossed my path recently thanks to Scream Factory. They've made it a habit to dig up the cult classic gems of the past and give them a much-deserved upgrade to high-definition. Two such movies I failed to see over the years are The Town That Dreaded Sundown and The Evictors.
Imagine, if you will, a world where The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation never happened. We won't even mention the remake and its sequel since they're not part of the original canon. The slate of what many consider inadequate follow-ups to the original is wiped completely clean. This scenario is exactly what Texas Chainsaw asks of its audience.
In a day and age where zombie movies are a dime a dozen, filmmakers have to do something in order to stand out from the crowd. It's not enough to just show the walking dead running or lumbering toward victims and then eating them. There's only so many times you can be shocked by a flesh-eater getting plugged in the head with a rifle. George Romero, Danny Broiled, and countless other directors have already given us those moments hundreds of times over. Unfortunately, State of Emergency is another in a long line of films that brings nothing new to the table at all.