Tuesday, February 28, 2012

John's DVD pick of the week (2/28/12)

Well it's Tuesday. This week we have the winner of 5 Oscars and the #7 film on my best of 2011 it's

That's right the Martin Scorsese homage to the first films is my pick this week. The other big film out this week is Johnny English Reborn

My vintage pick is, in honor of this weeks release of Project X is Todd Phillips best work to date The Hangover. See it if you have a chance.  

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Johns DVD pick of the week (2/21/12)

Well it's Tuesday this week I chose a little indie from Sundance its

Martha Marcy May Marlene

That's right the indie with Mary-Kate and Ashley's little sister is my pick this week. Other big releases this week are the disappointing Biography J. Edgar, Tower Heist which I have not seen, and the Mediocre animated flick Puss In Boots.

My vintage pick is, in honor of this weeks release of Wanderlust is David Wain previous film Role Models its a funny movie and check it out.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

RIP Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, has died at the age of 48.
Police responded to an emergency call at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles at about 3:45 p.m. PT, said Lt. Mark Rosen with the Beverly Hills police. Paramedics who were already at the hotel because of a Grammy party rushed to Houston's fourth-floor suite and attempted to revive her but they were unsuccessful, Rosen told KABC-TV.
Houston was pronounced dead just before 4 p.m., Rosen said. Her body remained at the hotel while detectives were investigating.
"There were no obvious signs of any criminal intent," Rosen said.
Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, said the cause of death was unknown.
Her death came on the eve of music's biggest night the Grammy Awards. It's a showcase where she once reigned, and her death was sure to cast a heavy pall on Sunday's ceremony.
Houston's longtime mentor Clive Davis was to hold his annual concert and dinner Saturday, and a representative of the show said it would proceed.
Producer Jimmy Jam, who had worked with Houston, said he anticipated the evening would become a tribute to her, and he expected there to be one at the Grammys as well.


Friday, February 3, 2012

Mini Bulk Reviews

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (***1/2)

A nine-year-old (Thomas Horn) amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father (Tom Hanks), who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. One of the best films of 2011. However it's not for everyone, especially those who lost loved ones on 9/11

The Rum Diary (***)

American journalist Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1950s and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the expatriates who live there. Enjoyable but a bit boring at times.

Young Adult (***)

Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer (Charlize Theron) returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend (Patrick Wilson), who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter. Good but Reitman's worst. I'm still a fan however.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (**1/2)

Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his sidekick Dr. Watson (Jude Law) join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris). Good entertainment just like the first one.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (***1/2)

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons. Very good almost made my top ten.