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Eddie Izzard - Circle
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I need to catch up on my DVD reviews. There hasn't been much time for watching movies, other than in vampire lit class. Anyway, here are some I haven't reviewed yet. I'll put the vampire stuff in another entry.
[i][b]Poseidon[/b][/i] was a decent remake of [i][b]The Poseidon Adventure[/b][/i], but it had its drawbacks as well. Maybe its just me, but I believe Emmy Rossum can't act. She was much better in this than she was in [b][i]Phantom of the Opera[/i][/b], but still not all that good. She has this vacant expression all the time in both movies, and I just can't see how that is considered great acting. I have seen her mentioned as a star of tomorrow and as one of the best young actresses in Hollywood, but I just don't see it. The action in the movie was good, the pace was good, the music was good, overall, the film was a fine way to kill a couple hours and be entertained.
[b][i]The Dirty Dozen[/i][/b] is still an excellent movie. I caught it on one of the classic movie channels the other week. There was a lot of talent in this film. The action was engaging and overall, it is well made. It deserves to have classic status.
[i][b]The Terminal[/b][/i] was fun and entertaining. I wonder how a similar situation would really be handled. I just can't believe that they would hold someone captive in an airport terminal because his government was destroyed in a coup while he was in flight. But then, that is a government controlled issue, so maybe this is more realistic than it first seemed. Anyway, Tom Hanks was charming as usual. Catherine Zeta-Jones, while beautiful, really didn't add much to the movie. They could have had any actress (except Emmy Rossum, unless they gave her acting lessons prior) to do the role. She was wasted in the role because she didn't have enough to do. Anyway, i liked this movie.
And now we come down to 2 Eddie Izzard comedy concert videos. The man is just hysterical. [b][i]Glorious[/i][/b] was gloriously funny and lived up to its title. [b][i]Circle[/i][/b] was consistently funny from beginning to end. I think I have finally seen all of his DVDs, even though they haven't all been reviewed here. They have all been consistently hysterical and I think he just might pass George Carlin as my favorite comic. (Sorry George!)

Eddie Izzard - Glorious
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I need to catch up on my DVD reviews. There hasn't been much time for watching movies, other than in vampire lit class. Anyway, here are some I haven't reviewed yet. I'll put the vampire stuff in another entry.
[i][b]Poseidon[/b][/i] was a decent remake of [i][b]The Poseidon Adventure[/b][/i], but it had its drawbacks as well. Maybe its just me, but I believe Emmy Rossum can't act. She was much better in this than she was in [b][i]Phantom of the Opera[/i][/b], but still not all that good. She has this vacant expression all the time in both movies, and I just can't see how that is considered great acting. I have seen her mentioned as a star of tomorrow and as one of the best young actresses in Hollywood, but I just don't see it. The action in the movie was good, the pace was good, the music was good, overall, the film was a fine way to kill a couple hours and be entertained.
[b][i]The Dirty Dozen[/i][/b] is still an excellent movie. I caught it on one of the classic movie channels the other week. There was a lot of talent in this film. The action was engaging and overall, it is well made. It deserves to have classic status.
[i][b]The Terminal[/b][/i] was fun and entertaining. I wonder how a similar situation would really be handled. I just can't believe that they would hold someone captive in an airport terminal because his government was destroyed in a coup while he was in flight. But then, that is a government controlled issue, so maybe this is more realistic than it first seemed. Anyway, Tom Hanks was charming as usual. Catherine Zeta-Jones, while beautiful, really didn't add much to the movie. They could have had any actress (except Emmy Rossum, unless they gave her acting lessons prior) to do the role. She was wasted in the role because she didn't have enough to do. Anyway, i liked this movie.
And now we come down to 2 Eddie Izzard comedy concert videos. The man is just hysterical. [b][i]Glorious[/i][/b] was gloriously funny and lived up to its title. [b][i]Circle[/i][/b] was consistently funny from beginning to end. I think I have finally seen all of his DVDs, even though they haven't all been reviewed here. They have all been consistently hysterical and I think he just might pass George Carlin as my favorite comic. (Sorry George!)

Eddie Izzard - Dress to Kill
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

It's been a while since I did reviews for the DVD stuff I've watched. Here are some of the more recent ones:
[b][i]
The Aristocrats[/i][/b] wasn't quite what I thought it was going to be. I knew the whole movie focused on a joke and different commedians' takes on it. I didn't realize it would have a documentary feel to it. Anyway, the joke is pretty much open ended and can be made into what ever the teller wants it to become.

This guy goes into a talent agent's office and says "Have I got an act for you."
"What's the act?"
and here is where the teller makes up all kinds of sick and twisted things that happen in the "act". Most comedians seem to focus on sexual perversions and many talk about incest. Most also include various bodily functions. After the description of the "act," the agent then says...
"So, what's the name of the act?"
(Punchline) "The Aristocrats"

Anyway, it's kind of gross and definitely outlandish. Some of the variations were funny, others were just too nasty for words.
[b][i]
Secret Window[/i][/b] is based on a Stephen King story. I don't like reading King, but the movies are generally entertaining enough. This movie was interesting, but kind of slow paced. John Turturo was excellent and very creepy. Johnny Depp was good too. The mirrors are important in the film because that is how you know who's point of view you are watching. I missed it at first and understood it when it was mentioned in the DVD extras.

[b][i]Spanglish[/i][/b] was an ok film. Adam Sandler was more serious here than in anything else I had seen him in. There were a few funny moments, but mostly it was slow paced and Tea Leone just annoyed the hell out of me.

Eddie Izzard's [b][i]Dress to Kill[/i][/b] is hysterical. I had seen it once before, but it was even better this time around. I enjoy how he mixes his transvestite lifestyle with historical events. He really seems to be having a great time when on stage. His "routine" feels like it is fresh and new at every performance and not really routine at all. I'm sure he has certain bits that he uses over and over, but it didn't feel that way when watching the DVD.

Wuthering Heights
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

OK...here is the latest batch of films we have watched in my vampire lit class.

[b]Wuthering Heights[/b] was ok. I hated the book, but the film made it make more sense to me. I think I must have missed something in the tone. However, I still don't care for the characters all that much and was still happy at the end when the main characters were all dead. This older version with Olivier as Heathcliff was good at portraying the tone of the book, but it left out a lot of stuff including several characters and the whole second generation that was in the book.

The other version of [b]Wuthering Heights[/b] that we watched was much closer to the book, but lost a lot of the tone. I actually enjoyed this version better, but again was glad everyone died. The characters just were not likable at all, no matter who is playing them.

Last night we watched the [b]Night Porter[/b]. I'm not sure about the film. I had some issues about the abuse in the film and nearly walked out. Anyway, I don't really know how to explain the film. There's a guy who used to be a Nazi officer and is now the porter at a hotel. There is a girl who was one of his "victims" and walks into the hotel. They end up getting together, she leaves her husband and moves into his appartment, and they have a lot of sex. In the end they are both killed. I'm not sure about the ending. Seems too easy. Anyway, this movie is stuck in my head and makes me kind of uneasy. I probably should rate it higher, but I just didn't care about the characters all that much and didn't care that they died.

Dark Shadows: The Revival - The Complete Series
10 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

[b]Never Been Thawed[/b] should have been funny and entertaining. It is a mockumentary about a group of people who collect frozen food entrees. Instead, the movie was slow and boring. Points for more-or-less original idea though.

[b]Ice Age: The Meltdown[/b] was a fun continuation of the original. Denis Leary is great in his role. ood family entertainment.

[b]Dark Shadows - 1990 revival[/b] was a very good remake of teh classic soap opera. Ben Cross was well cast in teh role of Barnabas, but occasionally was over the top in his acting. My biggest complaint was that the series ended too soon with a cliff-hanger! Least they could have done was tie up some loose ends with a DVD only episode or something. The show was cancelled because "no one was watching". That is complete bullshit. EVERY WEEK we had 15-20 people in my dorm room gathered around the tv just for that show. Other rooms had similar things happening. Apparently college students are "nobody"...

[b]Air Buddies[/b] was very cute and funny. My son loved it. My mom laved it too. If you enjoyed the other movies in the franchise, then you will probably like this one as well. Good family entertainment.