The Incredible Hulk (2008) – 27 Second Review

The Incredible Hulk movie poster

Written by: Zak Penn & Edward Norton
Directed by: Louis Leterrier
Starring: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson

Review: This movie has gotten bad reviews from critics due to the lack of a worthy storyline and any deep character development. These people go to movies for different reasons than I do. The effects were quite nice, the splode was kickass, and the splode was kickass. Did I mention the splode? Well, I meant to. It was kickass.

Time: 16 seconds

The Incredible Hulk (2008) – Movie Review

The Incredible Hulk movie poster

Beyond Believability: The Incredible Hulk

Written by: Zak Penn & Edward Norton
Directed by: Louis Leterrier
Starring: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson

First, the revamp of the new Hulk franchise has some promising things going for it. A FEW. The Banner/Hulk back story is cleverly covered in the opening credits sparing the audience from a tired drama tinged rehash that we’ve been through before. There also some clever cameos by Stan Lee, Lou Ferrigno and even the very dead Bill Bixby.

But the biggest problem that The Incredible Hulk must overcome however is not the military, gamma radiation or even his broken heart, but the amazingly shallow storyline he’s been stuck with.

Once again we are treated to a comic book film that demeans the intelligence of the audience by throwing together a story with such minimal character development that it drowns under an avalanche of big booms, CGI gimmickry and impotent drama.


Jersey Girl (2004) – DVD Review

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Written and Directed by Kevin Smith
Starring Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Jason Biggs, George Carlin, Stephen Root, and Raquel Castro


  • Running audio commentary with writer/director Smith and actor Affleck
  • Running audio commentary with Smith, producer Scott Mosier and Jason Mewes
  • From Mallrats to Jersey Girl: Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck talk shop
  • The Tonight Show’s “Roadshow Attractions”
  • Behind the scenes special
  • Text interviews with cast and crew

Released by: Miramax Home Entertainment
Rating: PG-13
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Rent it before you buy it.


The Two Towers (2002) – Movie Review

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers movie poster

Written by: Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Stephen Sinclair & Frances Walsh, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Starring: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom

My Advice: Matinee

The second installment in the adaptation of Tolkien’s trilogy has arrived–and everybody is in deep orc manure. Frodo and Sam (Wood and Astin) are still on their way to Mordor, being stalked by the lovable, huggable Gollum (voiced by Andy Serkis). Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli (Mortensen, Bloom and John Rhys-Davies) are still on the track of the other two hobbits, Merry and Pippin (Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd), who got snatched up by the Uruk–which are, as you might recall, ostensibly orcs on PCP. All of this to try and stop Saruman (Christopher Lee) from tag-teaming with Sauron to kick the ass of Middle Earth.


Armageddon (1998) – Movie Review

Armageddon movie poster

Written by: J.J. Abrams, Tony Gilroy, Jonathan Hensleigh, & Shane Salerno, based on a story by Jonathan Hensleigh & Robert Roy Pool, with additional writing by Paul Attanasio, Ann Biderman, Scott Rosenberg, & Robert Towne
Directed by: Michael Bay
Starring: Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Steve Buscemi

My Advice: Don’t miss it.

Michael Bay does it again and producer Jerry Bruckheimer is pretty much forgiven for his part in making Con Air a reality. That’s right, it’s the first big-ass plastic mindless destructorama flick I’ve seen this summer to actually make good on its promise and thrill. But be forewarned–you’re entering Jerry Bruckheimer’s world, a world that gives physicists in our world ulcers and headaches. We’ll tell them to bugger off in a minute. First, the synoptic thing: A rock the size of Texas is headed towards Earth (played by itself) and will wipe out everything including politicians, movie critics, and other forms of bacteria. There’s only one thing to do–drill a hole in the sucker, plant a nuke in it, and blow it to hell. Or wherever space rocks go after they die when they’ve been bad and menaced whole planets. And I know what you’re thinking, true believers–you already reviewed this movie, Widge, and were disappointed! Ah, not this movie but its bastard cousin. More on that to come. Anyway, the head of NASA (Thornton) calls on the best deep driller in the world (Willis) to save all creation. Nuff said.