8 items from 2011
Comedy is probably the most subjective genre of all, and what makes one person shoot milk from their nose in laughter may make another person yawn. To that end I’m happy to point out that two of the year’s funniest movies are hitting DVD today. They’re both perfectly cast and filled with plenty of laugh out loud moments, and that’s a guarantee. Whether or not you respond appropriately to them is your business… but I recommend soy milk as the nasal spurting liquid of choice. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Erik the Viking (UK) Erik (Tim Robbins) is a really nice guy, but he’s a pretty shitty viking. Weary of looting and pillaging, and having never really discovered a taste for rape, Erik convinces his fellow vikings to head to sea in search of the legendary Rainbow Bridge. In »
- Rob Hunter
The mark of any great documentary is that it satisfies both viewers who know its subject intimately and those who may have never been interested.
Even if you are someone who thinks Formula One racing is just a rich person's folly where the fastest car always wins, Senna will put you straight. Brazil's Ayrton Senna was to F1 racing what Jimi Hendrix was to guitar playing and what Ali was to boxing: someone so naturally gifted he made being the best look easy. Yet closer inspection reveals levels of effort and devotion most would find impossible. Senna wasn't a tactical racer like his nemesis, Prost, or a lover of the computer-corrected cars that briefly took over the sport; he was a purist, a driver who could be so "in the zone" that things like poor weather only gave him something to overcome. He was so in tune that he »
- Phelim O'Neill
Rejoice, Toronto area fans of Monty Python! For the Tiff Bell Lightbox is about to throw (almost) every damn movie they ever made on the big screen and they're bringing along a stack of Terry Gilliam's stuff, too! If they'd only managed to score a print of Terry Jones' Erik The Viking life would be pretty much perfect.On the occasion of the restoration of Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Monty Python's Life of Brian to their original murky glory, this season's Late Night series surveys the Python boys' ventures into the cinema, as well as the solo directorial outings of their mad animation genius Terry Gilliam. Films in the series include Gilliam's most ambitious and visionary film Brazil (1985), a darkly funny »
The good folks at Arrow have been in touch with details of the forthcoming releases for October including what is, for me, The essential purchase of month – Maniac Cop on Blu-ray!
Maniac Cop (Arrow Video)
Police brutality never felt so good. Notorious video nasty creator William Lustig and B-Movie legend Larry Cohen return to the dirty streets for a unique high speed collision of the slasher movie and police thriller in Maniac Cop, a blood splattered tale of brutal cop vengeance from beyond the grave.
When reports come in of a man in a police uniform committing gore drenched bloody murder on the city streets, officer Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell) stands accused. Now, with few friends, powerful enemies and a psychopathic slayer still at large, it’s up to Jack to prove he’s not guilty and bring down the killer.
Now, Arrow Video brings the Maniac Cop back from »
The sleaze-merchants at Arrow Video are at it again with a new round of announcements for some of the finest filth on Blu-ray and DVD this fall. We'd previously mentioned Arrow Video's Maniac Cop Blu-ray release, but now we have the full details on what looks like a stellar edition of this exploitation classic. Next up we've got a couple of upgrades from Arrow's vault with Erik the Viking and The Cheerleaders, coming here in new editions with Erik sporting great new custom cover art from Graham Humphries, along with bountiful extras and The Cheerleaders also coming with new extras. Last on the list is The Devil's Kiss which comes with a newly commissioned collector's booklet, like all ArrowDrome releases. There's a lot to announce, »
Balin has fought many battles but harbors doubts about their quest, Dwalin has no such doubts and is a strong fighter with a distrust of all non-Dwarves - especially Elves.
Both Stott and McTavish are Scottish actors best known for their TV work but have had plenty of big screen experience as well.
Stott is mostly known for British police dramas such as taking over the title role in the detective series "Rebus" from "The Mummy" actor John Hannah in 2006 and 2007. Stott also scored much acclaim and an award nomination for his work as Di Chappell in ITV police »
- Garth Franklin
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker George Lucas in the fourth of a six part feature... read parts one, two and three.
For over a decade filmmaker George Lucas had been developing a project which was a gender reversal of the Biblical story about Moses being hidden as a baby in the bulrushes. When asked to describe Willow (1988), Lucas called it “an adventure fantasy that takes place a long time ago in a mythical land.” Cast as the title character who becomes the guardian and defender of the wayward baby from an evil sorceress was Warwick Davis who made a name for himself playing the Ewok known as Wicket. “I was on holiday in southwest England when I got a call from George to come to Elstree – one of the major British studios – and audition for the part,” remembers Davis. “Actually, I did four auditions altogether; three in England and one in America. »
Chicago – Even though the summer movie season is barely halfway over, it seems clear that, when we reminisce about summer 2011 later this year, one of the biggest surprises of the season will have to be the simple fact that it was possible to make a “Thor” movie that actually works. Because, c’mon, it’s Thor. He’s the hammer guy. The winged helmet guy. The living god who hangs out with the Hulk and the Silver Surfer. This is a movie that very easily could’ve been laughed out of the multiplexes, but, thanks to some very shrewd decisions by director Kenneth Branagh and Marvel Studios, “Thor” became one of the most fun, watchable, and oddly compelling superhero movies of the past few years. It was light years better than the much-easier-to-adapt “Green Lantern”, got us nominally more excited for July’s “Captain America” movie, and was a much, »
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8 items from 2011
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