Apparently the extended cut of Total Recall
found on the Blu-ray is 12 minutes longer than what was shown in theaters. Thinking back on my theater experience I don't remember a problem with narrative gaps as much as I had a problem with the film's general ability to steal every single second of said narrative from previous films. I wonder of director Len Wiseman found a way to work even more scenes stolen from other sci-fi films into the running time. I guess I'll never know. You can, however, revisit my "D-" theatrical review right here
This was a pretty good film. I think it's being propped up a bit higher than it necessarily deserves, but it's solid, and worth a rental. You can read my theatrical review here
Now this may be the one film on the board to seriously consider buying, not because it's necessarily good, but because it's bat-shit crazy and when you're home wanting to take a load off and just shut things down with some mindless entertainment this would work almost every time. Michael Shannon alone is reason enough to give this one a chance. You can read my theatrical review here
Red Hook Summer
I was never offered a chance to screen Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer
and can't even remember if it made its way to Seattle theaters. I'm pretty sure his Oldboy
remake will be getting a lot more attention.
So many people seem to love this film. So be it. I gave it a chance, and it's not that I didn't like it as much as it just wasn't for me. Felt like a Disney Channel version of House Bunny
with a dose of "Glee" added in and man was it long.
I saw this film last year in Toronto when it was called Ten Year
, you can read my review here
. I have no idea how it has changed since then, but I think you can get by with a rental.
Resident Evil: Retribution
Releases December 21
If you click the "Buy Now" link you'll also see a boxset is for sale here that includes all five Resident Evil
films for $59.99. It's strange to think I've now missed the last two Resident Evil
films and haven't even thought twice about it. Not that I was some die hard fan, but about five years ago I probably would have made an effort to see a midnight release so I could review it. Interesting how tastes and evaluation of time well spent change as you get older.
Trouble with the Curve
Ugh, while there are some films worth checking out this week there are also some to stay far away from and Trouble with the Curve
falls in the latter category. If you need further explaining here is a link
to my review
I've heard this was pretty good. Not rush out and buy it good, but worth the watch.
I wonder if the so-called "Director's Cut" release is simply the NC-17 version that was released in theaters, because I do know there will be a cut of the film in stores referred to as Killer Joe: A Twisted Redneck Trailer Park Murder Story
that has been edited down to an R rating, which is certainly not what Friedkin intended. For more on that, just check out my interview with him from
earlier this year.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
It made $76.5 million worldwide. That's all I've got.
This one didn't light the box-office on fire and I didn't hear many good things about it and have still yet to see it.
JUST ADDED RELEASE DATES