Pamela Kerpius
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WRITTEN BY Pamela Kerpius

Man of The Year (Widescreen Edition)

This was supposed to be a movie to uplift the American voter and give them a sense of hope and humor, and to incite change in a system that the movie says has failed them. But this is a story of unformed (or misinformed) ideals, no better than even the worst candidate on the political market.

Brokeback Mountain: 2 Disc Collector's Edition

Western films, classic and revisionist, are at their core about landscape, about how man interacts with nature. Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) redefine American assumptions about the Western through the expression of their love, by bringing forth the latent homosexuality that is very much a part of our culture.

Barnyard: The Original Party Animals

The whole movie is string of coincidental mishaps and blunders by a young cow who’d rather play than take work orders from his father Ben (Sam Elliot). Without rhyme or reason the film opens with the young cow Otis (Kevin James) “hill surfing” with his chicken and pig pals. Does Otis have affection for tearing down a grassy hill on a surfboard so strong that it’s picked up again in the story? Is it his dream to be a professional “hill surfer?” Is there any reason why the concept of “hill surfing” is integral to the story at all? No, no, and no.

Miami Vice (Unrated Director's Cut)

Miami Vice is an action movie that takes us to foreign landscapes, beyond Miami, and often into the uncharted and ill-defined borders of the sea itself. It is a muscle movie for the action fan that appreciates things like the poetry of movement as much as the spectacle of gunfire and fights. It’s one of those movies that with all of its criticisms and sighs of disinterest will go out as one of the best of 2006.

Scoop

There is a real energy between Allen and Johansson that makes it fun to watch a Woody Allen comedy again. The director is in his 70s now so it is unlikely that audiences have much more than a decade left to enjoy his antics. My hope is that his Allen has come full-circle. Hopefully Scoop is a happy hint of what lies ahead in the conclusion of his career, his witty pleasure and liveliness that’s now forty-years-old.

Transformers: The Movie: 20th Anniversary Special Edition

Remember The Transformers? Of course you do, especially if you are a boy; but if you’re a girl you at least remember those 7-year-old boys tripping on their spittle trying to imitate the toys’ mechanical sounds. It has been twenty years since The Transformers: The Movie (1986) came out in theaters, and to remind you of the inevitable aging process, the movie is back, re-released on DVD for a 20th Anniversary Special Edition.

An American Haunting (Unrated Edition)

An American Haunting is a blend of the history and myth surrounding the spirit known as the Bell Witch that terrorized the Bell family of Red River, Tennessee in 1817. For historical interest, the haunting remains the singular instance in which a spirit is legally listed as a cause of a death; that of family father John Bell. He is played by Donald Sutherland, and wife Lucy by Sissy Spacek, but the actors' legendary presence is not enough to glue together the inconsistencies of this film.

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