The Blur (10/28/08)

 

Here’s a number of DVDs and CDs that have been released today.

 

Movies:

 

  • Journey to the Center of the Earth

With a successful stint at the box office ($100.8 million domestically), this family adventure film starring Brendan Fraser hits the shelves today.  Read below to see if this movie is worth your time.

Peter Travers gave the film a rating of 2.5/4 stars and wrote, “You have a family-friendly retelling of Jules Verne’s 1864 novel (best remembered is the 1959 movie with an overqualified James Mason, a shirtless Pat Boone and a gorgeous Arlene Dahl) in a romp that is lazily content to connect the dots instead of breaking new ground.”  Read the full review here.

Robert Wilonsky of the Village Voice shares most of Travers’ views that the 3-dimensional aspect made a dull movie slightly better.  He wrote, “To the director and his team of assemblymen, a pat on the back—look forward to what you come up with when blessed with a real screenplay, a few more dollars for special effects that don’t look for total shit, and an actor who hasn’t played against green screens for so long he’s forgotten how to relate to people. Should be interesting.”  Read the full review here.

  • Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

Abigail Breslin is in high demand, starring in cute movies while she’s still young enough to throw her childish charm around.  What did the critics have to say about this family mystery film?

Roger Ebert greatly enjoyed this film, giving it 3.5/4 stars and wrote, “If you have or know or can borrow a girl (or a boy) who collects the American Girl dolls, grab onto that child as your excuse to see this movie. You may enjoy it as much as they do — maybe more, with its period costumes, settings and music.”  Read the full review here.

Scott Tobias wasn’t as kind in his review.  He gave the film a rating of C- and wrote, “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl languishes in G-rated earnestness, content to promote decency while soft-pedaling the outside forces that challenge it.  It’s all message, no tension.”  Read the full review here.

  • Zombie Strippers

The release I’ve been waiting for:  Zombie Strippers!  Think Snakes on a Plane was ridiculous?  Here we have a movie about, well strippers turning into zombies and killing their clients.  Is there an actual plot to this film?  Maybe, but who cares.  Let’s see which critics were brave enough to review this direct-to-DVD film.

Luke Y. Thompson seemed to have enjoyed this film as he wrote, “All too often with horror/cult movies, a catchy title masks a low budget and an even lower level of talent, but director Jay Lee (The Slaughter) delivers absolutely everything you could possibly hope for in a film called Zombie Strippers.”  Read the full review here.

Meanwhile, Brian Orndorf takes us back to reality with his D+ raiting of the film.  He wrote, “With actors mugging for the camera, bodies torn apart, and Bush-age politics grilled, it doesn’t take much to feel overwhelmed with “Zombie Strippers!” It’s certainly meant to be a wild ride of breasts, bullets, and blood, but it feels more like a plastic bag slowly tightened over your head.”  Read the full review here.

 

Music:

 

  • Deerhunter – “Microcastle”

Jeremy Krinsley of Impose reviewed the new Deerhunter album and wrote, “So for those for whom this may apply, let go of your beloved Deerhunter, and please welcome the latest incarnation of the long running bedroom project of Bradford Cox, Atlas Sound, beefed-up with the muscle of one of the world’s best live rock bands.”  Read the full review here.

Caryn Ganz of Rolling Stone gave this album a rating of 3.5/5 and wrote, “On the group’s third album, the usually extroverted singer, known for sporting dresses onstage, seems to be withdrawing, embracing a more delicate, acid-dipped sound.”  Read the full review here.

  • Toby Keith – “That Don’t Make Me a Bad Guy”

Jonathan Keefe of Slant Magazine rated this country album 3/5 and wrote, “Loud, outsized and abrasive as it often is, what That Don’t Make Me a Bad Guy confirms is that, though his persona can most diplomatically be called “divisive,” Keith has a clear grasp of how to use his material to build his image as an artist.”  Read the full review here.

Blake Boldt of Country Universe also gave this album a rating of 3/5 and wrote, “Keith reveals more of himself in times of distress than he ever has during his bouts of bravado, and thankfully the album isn’t completely devoid of vulnerability and clearer artistic vision.”  Read the full review here.

  • Pink – “Funhouse”

Roxana Hadadi of Express Night Out wrote, “It suffers from the same woes that all mediocre break-up albums do, as it tackles only one subject but fails to switch up its musical or lyrical approach in doing so. If this is the way love goes, thanks but no thanks.”  Read the full review here.

Rashod D. Ollison of the Baltimore Sun gave this album a rating of three stars and wrote, “Pink manages to pull off the trick of making heartbreak sound supercharged, a little funky and exciting.”  Read the full review here.

 

Television:

  • The L-Word: The Complete Fifth Season

Home Theater Info gave the fifth season DVD of The L-Word a rating of 3.5 stars.  They wrote, “The drama is realistically presented and the story lines are complex and interwoven to perfection. This is also a showcase for some of the best acting seen on television. As always CBS Paramount does the best possible job in bringing this show to DVD. This goes beyond a niche series to great television.”  Read the full review here.

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One Response to The Blur (10/28/08)

  1. Chubz says:

    omg! how is journey to center of the earth’s dvd coming before wall-e? this is too long of a wait.

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