27 Second Review: Land of the Dead

Written & Directed by: George Romero
Starring: Simon Baker, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, Asia Argento, Robert Joy, Pedro Miguel Arce

Review: Wow. A modern Zombie movie, that didn’t hail from Britain…and it didn’t suck balls! I’m stunned. Romero held true to his previous works, and our fears were laid to rest. Now we get to start fearing the fifth movie. This one’s worth seeing just for Pillsbury. You’ll understand when you see it, just trust me.

Time: 13 seconds

Land of the Dead (2005) – Movie Review

Land of the Dead movie poster art

Written & Directed by George A. Romero
Starring Simon Baker, Dennis Hopper, John Leguizamo, Robert Joy, Asia Argento, Eugene Clark

My Advice: Solid matinee.

Time has passed since the zombie outbreak began. What humans remain have walled and fenced in cities and hired folks with lots of guns to keep them safe. In one city, Fiddler’s Green is the luxury highrise that sits at the center, overseen by Kaufman (Hopper). He controls and pays for everything, including the squads who go out into the smaller towns for supply raids. However, there’s unrest in the streets, as those who aren’t in Kaufman’s favor are pissed at being fed table scraps. Also, the undead are getting pissed off as well…

Okay, time for some history. Twenty years ago, Day of the Dead hit. It was 1985. Romero threatened a fourth movie: Twilight of the Dead. I held out hope, even after hearing about rights issues and budget issues…even when Romero was unable to get distribution for Bruiser. When I first started at Corona’s Coming Attractions, that magnificent (and now very dead) website, this was the first movie page I ever drafted. So basically, I have been waiting…patiently…for twenty fucking years for this movie. And thanks to the efforts of those glorious Brits behind 28 Days Later and Shaun of the Dead, making zombie movies is profitable again. And here we are.

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Ice Age (2002) – Movie Review

Ice Age movie poster

Written by: Peter Ackerman, Michael Berg & Michael J. Wilson
Directed by: Carlos Saldanha & Chris Wedge
Starring the Voices of: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Chris Wedge, Goran Visnjic

My Advice: Wait for Cable.

Manfred (Romano) is a mammoth who has decided not to migrate south–for reasons that will never be fully explained. Along the way of his migration north, he runs into a sloth named Sid (Leguizamo) who comes complete with social and family issues, a human toddler who has gotten separated from its family, and a sabre-toothed tiger named Diego (Leary), who wants the child…as an appetizer for the mammoth. Which complicates things since Manfred and Sid have decided to reunite the kid with its family.

First things first. This ain’t Pixar. It’s not even PDI, the people who brought you Shrek. And this is a shame, because when this movie decides it’s time to bring the funny, it backs up a truck and just piles it on you. A game of melon keepaway played against a horde of fanatical dodos (it makes sense in context, just trust me) is too damn ridiculous to be believed. And if they had decided to simply leave the film as a wonderfully absurd animated comedy–and been satisfied with that–you would have had a hellacious film on your hands.

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Romeo and Juliet (1996) – Special Edition DVD Review

Romeo and Juliet (1996) DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Baz Luhrmann & Craig Pearce, based on the play by William Shakespeare
Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau, Pete Postlethwaite

Features:

  • Running audio commentary with Luhrmann, Pearce, production designer Catherine Martin & cinematographer Don McAlpine
  • Director’s Gallery: Luhrmann discusses the concept and the pitch; brief featurette about the film’s impact; three scenes showing read-through to finished product and everything inbetween
  • Cinematographer’s Gallery: McAlpine discusses several scenes and the way shots were constructed for each
  • Design Gallery: Martin discusses the design of everything from the guns to the cars and more
  • Interview Gallery: Cast & crew snippets
  • Music Videos: “Kissing You” by Des’ree and “Young Hearts Run Free” by Kym Mazelle
  • Theatrical trailer, TV spots and other promotional bits
  • DVD-ROM: screenplay to original play comparison excerpts

Released by: Fox
Region: 1
Rating: PG-13
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Own it.

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