6 items from 2009
The old Hollywood studio-hand W.S. Van Dyke -- who directed, amongst countless other things, "The Thin Man" -- once advised a young Orson Welles to "just keep it close, and keep it moving." And an unlikely inheritor of this wisdom is Paul W.S. Anderson, whose latest work to hit screens is this week's "Pandorum," which he executive produced, leaving the directing to German up-and-comer Christian Alvart. Rivaled only by Uwe Boll for the title of worst-reviewed director of the past decade, Anderson's also been one of the most resourceful. Working with the flimsiest material (video game adaptations and remakes) in the least respectable of genres (sci-fi, horror), he's managed to construct a remarkably coherent body of work. With his longtime producer Jeremy Bolt and a loose coterie of actors, he's created a series of films that focus on the expressiveness of claustrophobic spaces and the physical grace of his (mainly) female protagonists. »
- R. Emmet Sweeney
The best place to begin is at the beginning. Well, maybe not so much as this tepid ta-ta comedy goes back to when Van Wilder started his college hijinks. A naughty cover promises us some titillation (he he) but it really doesn.t follow through as much as you might like. Van Wilder (Jonathan Bennett) has just graduated from high school and is following the family tradition and going to Coolidge College. However, he finds that the school is not the bacchanalian blow-out that he was hoping for. The campus is run with an iron hand by Dean Reardon (Kurt Fuller), a military man who hates the elder Wilder (Linden Ashby) and by default now hates the younger. »
- Jeff Swindoll
Here’s a list of some of the new DVD and Blu-ray releases this week. Plus, some old favorites (and not so favorites) coming out this week on Blu-Ray.
- Joe Gillis
You've seen the photos , the package art , now Sony was kind enough to unleash the trailer for Anacondas: Trail of Blood on ShockTillYouDrop.com. This is the fourth installment in the nature-run-amok series that stars Crystal Allen, John Rhys-Davies, Linden Ashby and David Frye. Bit 'o trivia for ya: Don E. FauntLeRoy, the cinematographer of both Jeepers Creepers films, directed this and its predecessor, Anaconda 3: Offspring . Look for Trail on DVD June 2nd. »
Need your fix of adventure and giant CGI snakes? Anacondas: Trail of Blood is making its DVD debut on June 2nd. In this follow-up to Anaconda: Offspring a dying mogul hires a doctor to harvest a fresh supply of blood orchids and experiment with the regenerative nectar on a baby snake. The offspring grows monstrous in size and appetite and becomes seemingly invincible, sliding through explosions and gunfire only to regenerate and prey insatiably on anything in its path. Crystal Allen, John Rhys-Davies and Linden Ashby star. Also on June 2nd, look for the Blu-Ray debut of the original Anaconda starring Jennifer Lopez. Special features have yet to be announced. »
There's something odd about the recent wave of "vampire" and "zombie" films that claim to be one or the other, while in reality are neither. In Richard Crudo's directorial debut Against The Dark aka the much-discussed "Steven Seagal Vs. Vampires" flick, the creatures found within are said to be "vampires" (per the film's marketing), but really aren't - in a kind of I Am Legend sort of way.
Note: This review does contain Spoilers, so beware if you choose to read on...
The film starts off with a definition of the word "infected" on the screen, complimented by a voice-over explaining that the world has become overrun by some sort of viral plague a la 28 Days Later. We get a curious mix of stock footage likely culled from the Sony Pictures libary that not only spans multiple locations, but also several decades. I have to admit pausing the DVD »
6 items from 2009
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