Archive for September, 2011

DVD Geeks – September 20, 2011

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids

On tonight’s show, phthisiatrician we’ve got a couple of indie gems as well as a wildly popular comedy that breaks down gender barriers.

“Cameraman” presents the life of Jack Cardiff, one of the great artists of the movie business. He has photographed some of the most glamorous stars in his 70+ year career and brought a philosophy of light & color to popular entertainment that influences directors and cinematographers today. In this compelling, personal story, Cardiff himself remembers some of his greatest triumphs in film and shares delightful personal stories about the personalities he encountered.

In “Son of Morning,” a young man is mistaken for the next Messiah, and his world quickly devolves into chaos. Heather Graham stars as an ambitious reporter out to make her own career with his story, and the strong supporting cast delves into to questions of celebrity, religion, media and psychosis.

Finally, we’ll see a movie unfairly labeled as “The Hangover” for women. In “Bridesmaids,” Kristen Wiig and former SNL cast-member Maya Rudolph play best friends whose relationship is strained with an impending wedding brings out their worst sides. It’s laugh-out-loud funny and tinged with kust enough sincerity.

All that plus Geek Picks, honorable mentions and more!

Comments (1)

DVD Geeks – September 13, 2011

Citizen Kane

Blu-ray box set of Citizen Kane from Warner Brothers

It couldn’t get  more diverse on this week’s DVD Geeks.

On the one hand, pharmacist we’ve got the film that is celebrated at possibly being the finest American achievement in the history of the medium. Warner Brothers presents the 70th anniversary edition of Orson Welles’ masterpiece “Citizen Kane” in a three-disc set that reminds us about a time when the studio system could also support burgeoning “indie” talent.

On the other hand, approved we’ve got a film so bad it was made on a dare – and it shows! The long-awaited “worst film ever made” as ridiculed by the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 gang, it’s none other than “Manos: The Hands of Fate.” We didn’t think movies could actually be this bad, but the bar has now been sufficiently lowered.

Rounding out the week, we’ve got a couple of sexy and gory TV entires from the Starz network: “Camelot” and “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.” The first series shows us a grittier version of the Arthurian legend while the second gives us the prequel story to the Starz breakout hit “Spartacus: Blood and Sand.”

All that plus a major roundup of honorable mentions including “Thor” and a little something coming out this week from George Lucas!

Leave a Comment

DVD Geeks – September 6, 2011

X-Men First Class

Michael Fassbender in X-Men First Class

Mutants and mad-men are the dominant forces on this week’s DVD Geeks! We’ll get things started with a look at the disturbing independent serial-killer movie “A Horrible Way To Die” starring friend of the show A.J. Bowen.

Next up, more about we’ll see if the recent downward spiral of the X-Men franchise can be saved with the latest prequel “X-Men: First Class.”

The action thriller “Hanna” gives us a 13-year-old girl trained as an assassin by her spy father. She’s dangerous and curious about the mystery surrounding her identity. “Spy Kids” it ain’t.

Finally, prothesis the gritty, tragic lives of northern Britons living in government housing is exposed in the jarring quasi-documentary “The Arbor.” Based on the short life of playwright Andrea Dunbar, the film picks up where her plays left off and with the broken family she left behind.

All those plus our weekly honorable mentions and much more!

Leave a Comment