Movie Review: Death Note (DVD)

Of all the locations in the world, I have always enjoyed movies from Asia the most.  If you are willing to look there are great foreing films from every part of the world, but Japan, South Korea and China have some of my favorites.  Something about over the top gore from a film like Ichi The Killer or the twisted plot of Oldboy just entertains me to no end.  These are films that would never be made in America and that’s probably for the better as an American studio might get in the way of what should be happening.

My latest dip into Asian film comes in the form of Death Note.  This is a film based on a very popular manga from Japan.  The story follows Light (or Kira), a college student living with his parents who just happens to come across a note book with some pretty amazing powers.  Light is the type of person who gets upset with all of the many injustices of the world.  Criminals set free because of spotty evidence or random loopholes within the law.  Apparently the God of Death is on his side because one night on his walk home, Light just happens to come across the Death Note.

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Christian Bale is a big meanie!

 
So for anyone who just saw the header of this post and clicked on it hoping for a some sort of rant on what an awful person Christian Bale is, sorry to disappoint.  For those that don’t know (where have you been?) Christian Bale has had a clip of him yelling at a lighting guy on the set of Terminator Salvation.  After listening to the rant, the remixes and reading a few articles on this I figured it was something worth commenting on. 

I need to qualify this prior to going on…. Christian Bale is my favorite actor.  This means I am not impartial and probably have a more biased view them someone who doesn’t care about Christian Bale.  With that said you are more then welcome to take my opinion with a grain of salt.  The man saved the Batman franchise (my favorite comic book character, next to Spawn), was outstanding in American Psycho, killed it as a kid in the Spielberg flick Empire of the Sun and abused his body more than any other actor to play a convincing role in the Machinist.  The only movie I didn’t like him in was Harsh Times.  He did his best with the role, but it felt like a strange performance.

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Season 3 of Dexter ends, what happens now?

So as of this past Sunday, Dexter season 3 has ended.  Overall I have to say it was a great season, right on par with season 2.  Dexter had an arch nemesis in each of the last 2 season and that made the show all the more interesting.  Seeing as Dexter is a serial killer and he put his last two enemies in the dirt, where do we go from here?

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Movie Reveiw: The Fall (Blu-Ray)

After watching this movie all I could think about was how I missed it for over 2 years. Why did it fly under every one’s radar until recently? Thanks to Wikipedia I was able to find out the answer rather quickly. The movie debuted at the Toronto Film festival in 2006. I assume in between then and November 2008 (when the film was put into wider release) Tarsem (the films director) was looking for a distribution company. Thankfully Spike Jonze and David Fincher put some money behind it and got it into theaters and on DVD/Blu-Ray Discs. This film still needs more of an audience and I hope that from my review, I can get at least a few more people to watch it. It’s too good to be as ignored as it is.

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Movie Review: Step Brothers (Blu-Ray)

Will Ferrell has become a somewhat polarizing figure within comedy.  Some people love everything the man does while others just find him loud and obnoxious.  I think you can put my in between those two groups.  Will Ferrell is loud, obnoxious and goofy.  If you can put good timing behind those skills, along with a good physicality to your acting, it can work pretty well.  For the most part I really enjoy Will Ferrell’s movies, although I have enjoyed each of his “vehicles” less and less.  Anchorman is my favorite Ferrell movie, then Ricky Bobby and then that movie with the Flint Tropics.  This one isn’t so much a vehicle just for Ferrell, because John C. Reilly is along for the ride.  How does it work?  Read on to find out.

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Dexter, season 3, has been bloody good

Since my blog is less than a week old, and only like 3 people have visited, I haven’t had a chance to talk about what is probably my favorite show on TV right now (since True Blood ended), Dexter.  This season, much like season 2, has gotten better and better each week.  New people who Dexter thought were friends (Lila from season 2 and Miguel from the current season) who ended up being a little different then he initially thought.  His relationship with Rita has continued to grow and they are engaged to be married with a baby on the way.  The side characters have also remained interesting which is why this is such a good show.  You need the main character to be interesting, but if you are able to make the people on the side just as interesting, you got a good show on your hands.  Click to read my thoughts on episode 11 of season 3 (and yes, there are spoilers).

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Movie Review: Prince Caspian (Blu-Ray)

Aslan is Back and Badder Than Ever

Aslan is Back and Badder Than Ever

The last time we were graced with a Narnia film I was looking forward to seeing it, but I can’t say that I was excited to see it.  I read the books as a kid, remembered that I enjoyed them and I figured it would make for a enjoyable movie.  Much to my surprise I ended up really enjoying the film and was excited to see the sequel.  Now that the film has entered the market on Blu-Ray I got that chance.  Prince Caspian isn’t too much of a departure from the first film and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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