5 items from 2010
Another week in October, another bounty crop of horror DVDs and Blu-rays. This week we have home entertainment from recent theatrical releases of nightmares of the mind as well as re-releases of classic and campy horror, all with boatloads of extras.
Then there are other horror titles that are being re-released on Blu-ray or in packs for double dipping. On top of that, horror offerings from Asia, past seasons of TV shows, manga, novels, and even video games are all vying for our pocketbooks. And we still have four more weeks of October to go.
Next year October needs to begin in August.
Human Centipede: First Sequence
Directed by Tom Six
Human Centipede: First Sequence (review) was a sensation ever since its first mention. Stephen Colbert even talked about it at the 2010 Emmys Awards broadcast! The premise cannot be simpler. Two pretty American girls are on a road trip through Europe. »
DVD Playhouse September 2010
The Girl Who Played With Fire (Music Box Films) Follow up to the hit The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo finds Lisabeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) and Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) joining forces once again as Blomkvist is about to break a story on Sweden’s sex trade, which leads unexpectedly to a dark secret from Elizabeth’s past. Starts off well, then quickly nose-dives into sensationalism and downright silliness, with a pair of villains who are straight out of a Roger Moore-era James Bond film. A real letdown for those of us who felt Dragon Tattoo had finally breathed life into the cinema’s long-stagnant genre of the thriller. Bonuses: English language track; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby 5.1 surround.
- The Hollywood Interview.com
A decade has passed since 10 Things I Hate About You first hit theaters, and Disney has released a 10th anniversary DVD to commemorate the occasion. Such teen comedies as She’s All That, Never Been Kissed, and American Pie all grossed more at the box office in 1999, but 10 Things has developed the more prestigious legacy over time (particularly after the descent of the American Pie franchise into direct-to-dvd mediocrity). The film lives and dies on the shoulders of its teen cast, including notable turns by fresh faces Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Julia Stiles, and Larisa Oleynik. More after the jump.
The careers of contemporaries Freddie Prinze Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook, Leelee Sobieski, Jason Biggs, and Tara Reid all fizzled after the aforementioned teen comedies, while some like Paul Walker and Jessica Alba fared a bit better (thanks to The Fast and the Furious franchise and tabloid pictures, respectively). But of its four core teens, »
- Brendan Bettinger
Good heavens. Ten years already since 10 Things I Hate About You came onto the scene with barely a whisper. Whoa, before you categorically denounce me for using the word “whisper” in conjunction with this movie, let me explain myself. You see, 10 Things I Hate About You was released at the same time as The Matrix in 1999. In fact, when 10 Things debuted at No. 2 behind the blockbuster Wachowski sci-fi flick, you could pretty much guess where I was since we all know I’m as manly as it gets (*cough*). Unfortunately, I never failed to discover the movie in theaters.
Being a then-19-year-old American male means I couldn’t openly like romantic comedies in front of the lads. Doing so risks being blackballed…or black-and-blue balled…or kicked in the balls if I were to be caught expressing any interest in watching Heath Ledger or Julia Stiles. Such a sad, »
- Erik Buckman
10 Things I Hate about You Quick Thoughts: First off, I love this film and have ever since first seeing it back in 1999 when I was unknowingly introduced to a pair of stars I would come to enjoy over the next ten years as well as another I was already familiar with who continues to turn in great work.
First for the two stars, Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles. Of course, Ledger has passed on, but he didn't leave us without first sharing some entertaining performances such as the one here in 10 Things I Hate about You and others such as A Knight's Tale and, obviously, The Dark Knight. Stiles went from 10 Things to a personal favorite of mine, Save the Last Dance, and then onto the Bourne trilogy. She has now taken to the stage, most recently opposite Bill Pullman in "Oleanna" with nothing theatrically currently on the horizon.
- Brad Brevet
5 items from 2010
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