The Untouchables

Based on the 50's TV show of the same name, The Untouchables is about the urban warfare of 1930's prohibition era Chicago. Eliot Ness (played by pre-asshole Kevin Costner) is brought in by the federal government to take down Al Capone when it becomes clear that the city police are too corrupt to do a thing about it.

The Machinist

All of this is great, but something is gnawing at me, as I said The Machinist's success is merely partial. The bitch of it is I can't quite put my finger on what's wrong. The film is simply less then the sum of it's parts.

A Dirty Shame

Like the best Water's films A Dirty Shame is nearly impossible to review. Most of the time a meaningless plot, characters who are nothing more then sketches, and bizarre grotesqueries are negatives, but in the case of a Waters film these things are a boon.

Night Gallery
To put it quite frankly “Night Gallery – The Complete First Season” is infuriating to review. There is simply no way to draw a bead on its quality. To put it lightly, the quality of the show is about as regular as the bowels of an 80 year old man who has gone without his prunes for a week. It swings so wildly between awful and great that one would be tempted to diagnose it with a bi-polar disorder.
Goodfellas

Goodfellas feels like a guitar solo by Jimmy Page in his prime, a joyous blast made by a talented artist at the peak of his skill for no other reason then the joy he takes in his own ability, head over heels in love with what he can do. Simply put the joyous blast of darkness that Scorsese created here is one hell of a rush.

Mean Streets (Special Edition)

Before we start talking about Mean Streets lets keep something in mind. No other filmmaker, aside from Orson Welles, has ever so drastically altered the course of film. How movies look and sound, what they can say or do was all altered by the ground Scorsese broke with his camera. And make no mistake a classic is just what Mean Streets is. A punk howl of a birth cry, an announcement that something huge was here and it intended to change everything.

The Simpsons: The Complete Third Season

In short what I am pitifully unable to describe is this is where "The Simpsons" stopped being merely good and started being really great. It’s the beginning of the greatest hot streak of the greatest show on televison and if you have an ounce of love for "The Simpsons" then it is already sitting on your shelf.

The Simpsons: The Complete Fourth Season

Not a single dud in the bunch. Not a gag falls flat, not an emotion feels tacked on, and not a moment has grown stale. Ladies and Gentlemen, "The Simpsons" just achieved perfection

The Stepford Wives

The original Stepford Wives was a pretty cool film, if not one that I’ve exactly tattooed on my back. It had a becomingly biting sense of black humor, a keen bit of social satire, and one of the most singularly bone chilling moments I’ve ever seen in a horror film. This Stepford Wives doesn’t really have any of these things. But thankfully it does have Christopher Walken acting weird, which can only be seen in approximately 67,235,791,012 other movies this year.

Stray Dog

I’m a complete Kurosawa junkie, from the epic Ran, to the soulful Ikuri, to the beautiful Dreams, to the completely kick ass Yojimbo, I can’t get enough. Stray Dog is yet another masterwork, a soulful tone poem about crime, morality, and life in postwar Japan.

Baaddasss

Yes nostalgia has helped these films immensely, and trust me Sweet Sweetback’s Badass Song is no exception. To say it is rough is to slight roughness, and to say its small minded and misogynist is quite possibly the understatement of the century. This does not change the fact that the film was a major social accomplishment, the first film made by a nearly all black cast and crew, and lets face it, if you want to play the moralism game its a far more fair-minded cinematic beginning then Birth of A Nation.

Enter The Dragon (Two Disc Special Edition)

It’s a simple fact of life that no one has ever come close to making violence look as beautiful Lee did in Enter the Dragon. Not John Woo with his slow motion, fire and doves, not The Matrix with its time stopping trickery, not even Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.

Robocop Trilogy

Robocop is the 80’s served up on a big shiny over-the-top platter. Unlike say Terminator or Die Hard which transcend their 80’sness through actual smart ideas (The Former) or sheer cinematic innovation (The Latter), Robocop wallows in it’s grand 80’s feel happier then a pig in the most disgusting slop you can fathom.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (SE)

I remember when I first saw The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, sick and miserable at age 7. I stared at the other pile of lesser movies I had also rented and wondered why the hell the movie industry hadn’t just shut down and admitted a graceful defeat in 1967.

The Simpsons - The Complete Second Season

If Season 1 was staggering around drunk then in Season 2 The Simpsons finally hit its stride. It may not be the dizzying sprint that The Simpsons is at its best but its pretty good especially when you consider where the guy was a few seconds ago.

The Simpsons: The Complete First Season

I'm a huge fan of The Simpsons . I've watched the show since the debut Christmas episode all those years ago, and have viewed it religiously ever since.

Godsend

Godsend feels stoned. It’s slow sluggish, and unfocused. It doesn’t know whether it wants to scare you or eat some Moose Tracks and listen to String Cheese Incident. Reportedly five different endings were shot and an incalculable number of rewrites where visited upon the film, and brother trust me on this one, it shows.

Coffee and Cigarettes

The lone piece of hate mail that I have received thus far at Cinema Blend, was from a Jim Jarmusch fan. He got mad when I knocked Dead Man in my review of The Missing and proceeded to burn my eyes out with his clove cigarettes. So before I insult anymore fans of the pomped one I should state my view of the man. I think Jarmusch is a talented filmmaker who has the nasty habit of indulging in his quirks until they pile up and break his films’ back, like the straws on the proverbial camel’s hump.

The Pink Panther Collection

Peter Sellers was a master of physical and verbal comedy. So I find it somewhat perverse that the films he’s best known for aren’t famous because of him and his absolute genius physical and verbal comedy, but the damn cartoon cat from the opening credits.

The Last Samurai

While informative and done in good humor, the flaw of his commentary and for that matter the rest of the extras ironically mirrors the flaw of the film. Too much god damned Tom Cruise. While Watanabe is barely given a passing nod, the man just simply cannot stop jabbering about how wonderful Tom Cruise is

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