Welcome back! Well, to some of you, anyway. To the rest of you, glad you decided to stop by and I hope that this humble column helps you navigate the stacks of new releases each week. My goal is to point you toward titles of interest and warn you away from those films that seek to do nothing but leech away your time and give you nothing in return.
Full disclosure: I have not seen many of these titles and what follows are not necessarily reviews. It is my opinion based upon what I know of the titles I pluck from the new release lists that I peruse. The opinions I give based on the new releases are my own, and my recommendations upon them are based on my personal interest. In any case, I hope you enjoy and perhaps find something you like or a title to point me towards.
Punisher: War Zone (also Blu-ray). From the opening moments I was hooked. Of course it helps that the very first line of dialogue had me cracking up. The movie is utterly ridiculous, you cannot help but smile at the crazy things that happen. It brings up the question of what makes one bad movie really bad and another completely entertaining. I do not know if there is an easy answer to that question. All I can say is that this definitely falls on the entertaining side of bad movies. I like this movie a lot. It is the sort of movie you can watch over and over again without getting bored. It is not a good movie, and I will never claim that it is. However, I have long since discovered that a movie does not have to be good to provide immense entertainment.
Twilight (on 3/21). No thank you. This film bored me to tears on the big screen. What can I say? This movie is dull. It is punctuated with poor acting and an even poorer script. I particularly liked the "You're my brand of heroin" line. Dialogue is at best laughable and at worst unimportant. There is no real conflict and no one of any depth to care about, much less root for. Beyond that, I cannot say I much like this take on vampire lore and the abilities of a vampire, you know, stuff like the sparkly skin, lack of fangs, and the random abilities that conveniently arise when the need for a device to advance the plot is required. I will leave this one for the teen girls.
The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 5: 1946-1948. I only have the first set, but I really need to get the rest of these. Stooges shorts are classics and it is nice to see that they are finally getting proper releases. If you like comedy, these are for you.