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Release Review – Week of January 29, 2013

This Week’s Big Releases

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HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA
Synopsis: Dracula opens up a resort for monsters, which is soon discovered by a human. It’s like MONSTERS INC, but dumb. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA features the voice talents of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Steve Buscemi, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon, David Spade and Jon Lovitz.
Tomatometer Rating: 43%
Special Features: Special features include a filmmaker’s commentary, a new mini-movie with the characters from the film, a behind the scenes look at voicing and animating the movie and deleted scenes.
Deals: Amazon has the 3D Blu-ray combo pack for $29.99.
Buy/Queue/Skip: Mel felt that this movie was “lightweight, unambitious, and passable and/or watchable only by (and for) parents hoping for a Saturday or Sunday afternoon time-waster” and I’m mostly still irritated that this got nominated for an Oscar over PARANORMAN, a far superior film in nearly every aspect. As much as I love Genndy Tartakovsky’s previous animated work (DEXTER’S LABORATORY, THE POWERPUFF GIRLS, SAMURAI JACK), I just can’t stand by this. SKIP IT

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SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS
Synopsis: The latest film from writer/director Martin McDonagh starts with a group of small time hoodlums who steal pets to get the reward money, but turns into a sort of batshit crazy meditation on the writing process. The film stars Colin Ferrell, Woody Harrellson, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, and Tom Waits.
Tomatometer Rating: 82%
Special Features: There are special features on writer/director Martin McDonagh, Woody Harrelson, and Colin Ferrell, as well as the film’s locations and the “Seven Psychocats” trailer.
Deals: Amazon has the blu-ray for $19.99.
Buy/Queue/Skip: Mel said that SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS was “never as clever, insightful, or even as blackly comic as McDonagh obviously hoped to achieve”, but I think you should QUEUE IT, if only for Walken’s performance.

Also Available This Week

The latest found footage spookfest, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 is available this week, and I still believe that the creators of the series missed an opportunity here and could have called it PARA4MAL ACTIVITY and set it at prom.

If you’re in the mood for some Bruce Willis this week check out DIE HARD 25TH ANNIVERSARY BLU-RAY COLLECTION (yes, you are that old) as well as in THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY with Henry Cavill aka the new Superman aka just stand there and be British and sexy and read Shakespeare to me.

There’ll be lots of hardcore fencing action in THE DUELISTS, starring Harvey Kietel, which I’ll be checking out this week, along with DOWNTON ABBEY: SEASON 3 – be jealous because I know how the season ends and it’s CRAZY.

The second half of the animated adaptation of Frank Miller’s landmark Batman tale concludes in THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: PART 2 and if the Caped Crusader has you in the mood for more heroes check out MISFITS: SEASON 2 which I reviewed last week.

Indie romance HELLO I MUST BE GOING is available this week. Courtney felt had “clever ideas and noteworthy performances”, especially from its star Melanie Lynskey.

Manny’s Pick

My pick this week is the 1986 Disney classic FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR, which makes its debut on blu-ray. I was OBSESSED with this film as a child and watched it so many times that I wore the tape out and broke it. The premise of the film is pretty simple: kid gets into spaceship and flies around everywhere, but you have to understand that as a very small child that A KID getting into a SPACESHIP and FLYING AROUND EVERYWHERE was freaking amazing. It also has a sort of Spielberg feel to it, which doesn’t hurt it either.

The trailer I put here is a fan-made made one that is cut to reflect modern sensibilities. The movie is really fun and kids of all ages should check it out and if, as some rumors suggest, a remake is being worked on, I WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.

See you next week!

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