Kris Deering

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Kris Deering Posted: May 01, 2008 0 comments
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 3.5/5
Extras: 3/5
Hollywood confuses me sometimes. When I was growing up names like Coppola, Forman, Lean, Spielberg, and Kubrick meant a lot to moviegoers. These days it doesn't seem to matter any more. I've seen picture after picture relocated to small venues and limited releases despite heavyweight directors and storytellers attached. Take a look at last year's Best Picture nominees for example. How many of those films were even opened wide upon initial release? But how many films that probably lower your IQ at an alarming rate are opened wide every week. I guess the mighty dollar is still king and art and great storytelling is something now reserved for straight to video fare. I remember when the opposite was true.
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Kris Deering Posted: May 01, 2008 0 comments
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 5/5
Extras: 2.5/5
It is honestly a RARE treat when Hollywood delivers a solid, mature horror film. It could be one of the rarest things we see on film today. New Line has delivered just that with The Orphanage. This movie just seems to do everything right. Mood, tension, terror, production, acting, script; all of the elements are just dead on. They didn't rely on gore or gimmicks to create an underlying tension that keeps you locked on from start to finish and the eerie photography and stunning sound design will have you at an unease that I find a rare commodity in this genre today. Why can't all ghost stories be half as good as this?
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Kris Deering Posted: Apr 29, 2008 0 comments
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 3/5
Extras: 2.5/5
When the first trailers hit for Ice Cube's new comedy, I somehow thought this might be a new addition to the Friday series. That is definitely not the case, though the films do have some slight resemblances. In the beginning I thought this one was actually borrowing a bit too much from the themes and setups of Friday but once the story really got rolling things settled out a bit. I'm not going to lie; this one stumbles a lot out of the gate. My wife and I weren't clicking with the rather forced comedy early on in the film, but if you give this one a chance it makes up for it in the second and third act and actually turns out to be a fun film with a good heart. The comedy can be a bit hit or miss at times since some of the jokes are a bit forced, but overall we had a good time with it.
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Kris Deering Posted: Apr 29, 2008 0 comments
Video: 4.75/5
Audio: 5/5
Extras: 4/5
New Line's epic gamble from last Christmas finds its way to Blu-ray in stunning 2-disc form. The Golden Compass is the first of three stories in the His Dark Materials trilogy, a rather popular set of young adult stories. The film was met with mixed enthusiasm and a subtle amount of controversy because of "religious overtones". Frankly, I don't see what all the fuss was about. The story has a very wide arc and excellent character work. As far as fantasy films go, this one was solid from start to finish. The production values were superb and I really hope we see a continuation of the trilogy since this one leaves off on a high note that almost demands a sequel.
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Kris Deering Posted: Apr 29, 2008 0 comments
Video: 3.5/5
Audio: 4.5/5
Extras: 3/5
Unbeknownst to most people Shall We Dance? is actually a remake of a Japanese movie. Thankfully it fares much better than the endless amount of Japanese horror remakes we see on this shore. Gere plays a husband who is in search of some spark in his life as he continues the daily grind day in and day out. A young dancer catches his eye on his way home so he decides to check out the school where she works. What he finds is a new passion and direction in his life that has him feeling young and motivated again. This film takes an interesting look at relationships and how people need to find their own niche in life. It's a great film for couples and fans of dance alike.
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Kris Deering Posted: Apr 29, 2008 0 comments
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 3.5/5
A disturbing thriller in the vein of Saw, Untraceable stars Diane Lane as the head of an FBI internet watch team that stumbles onto a killer who uses the internet to broadcast the torture of his victims. The twist is, the more people that watch the faster the person dies. The FBI tries desperately to shut him down but to no avail. Things go really bad when the killer starts targeting members of the team. The movie doesn't bring anything real new to the table but it is effective at what it is. The torture methods are on the disturbing side so I wouldn't suggest this one to the casual thriller fan. I think a few more twists or a bit more character depth from the killer would have improved the film some.
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Kris Deering Posted: Apr 24, 2008 0 comments
Video: 3.5/5
Audio: 3/5
Extras: 4/5
I've always been a fan of Terry Gilliam's films. I had almost forgotten about this one as it was released in my very early teens and didn't have quite the impact on me that his earlier works did. Watching it now was an interesting ride. It just seems like these films don't hold up as well for me now as they did in my youth. The novelty has worn thin and most of the magic doesn't hold up like it used to. I'm almost afraid of what I would think of Time Bandits, which was one of my favorites growing up. This is a great tall tale film, but I couldn't help getting a bit bored half way through.
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Kris Deering Posted: Apr 24, 2008 0 comments
Video: 2.5/5
Audio: 3/5
Extras: .5/5
Commando was slated for release on Blu-ray quite some time ago but was pulled at the last moment. A few people still managed to nab a copy at some stores resulting in some interesting prices on popular internet auction sites. This one has always been a pure action popcorn piece that moves along just enough to show a lot of Arnold's muscles and butt kicking. It's definitely mindless fun, but it's lost the allure it had when I was younger. Still, I'm glad Fox is delivering more of its catalog to HD and this is a welcome addition for action and Arnold fans.
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Kris Deering Posted: Apr 24, 2008 0 comments
Video: 2/5
Audio: 3/5
Extras: .5/5
Fox has delivered a pair of Arnold catalog classics to Blu-ray this month. First up is one of my personal faves, Predator. Honestly, this may be one of the best sci-fi action films of the 80's and has become a classic for the genre. The underrated sequel fizzled though and aside from the lackluster AVP series, we haven't seen anything from this franchise since. I'm happy to see Fox bring this classic to Blu-ray though.
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Kris Deering Posted: Apr 22, 2008 0 comments
Video: 3/5
Audio: 3.5/5
Extras: 3/5
An all star cast leads this troubling thriller about a bank robbery gone terribly wrong. Two brothers with big financial problems plan a "fool proof" robbery of their parent's jewelry store. But things go terribly wrong when the younger brother brings in a third person who botches the job and leaves their Mom on her death bed. Things spiral out of control from their in this dark and morally obtuse tale of where greed and lies can take you.

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