imaginarium of doctor parnassus

Out This Week: April 27th 2010

Out this week we have two DVDs to feature:  The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, G.I. Joe Season Two.  Do we Love It, Rent it, or Avoid Like Plague?


  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus:  When a deal with the devil comes due, the immortal Doctor Parnassus must renegotiate the pact to save his daughter. Now, with the help of his mystical theater troupe and a mysterious stranger, Parnassus attempts to right the wrongs of his past. The Oscar-nominated film is Ledger's last, with Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law all completing his role. The reviews are mixed but Netflix estimates I'll give it a 4.2 so I put it on my rent list.

  • G.I. Joe Season Two: Season 2 begins with the introduction of new COBRA emperor Serpentor. Newer characters such as Beach-Head, Dr. Mindbender, the pacifist Lifeline and Zartan's siblings, Zandar and Zarana, are also introduced, and Gen. Hawk is brought to the forefront as the definitive G.I. Joe leader.  I watched G.I. Joe growing up so this will be neat watching the show now that I have grown up.

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Theater or Renter: December 2009

Theater or Renter: December 2009 includes five SF movies Transylmania, The Princess and the Frog, Avatar, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Sherlock Holmes.  Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?


Release Date:  DECEMBER 4th

Listed as:  spoof horror, Vampire movie

Studio:  Full Circle releasing

Director:  David Hillenbrand, Scott Hillenbrand

Produced by:  Radu Badica, Viorel Sergovici, Kim Swartz, Sanford Hampton, Jor Van Kline

Written by: Patrick Casey, Worm Miller

Stars:  Patrick Cavanaugh, James DeBello, Tony Denman, Musetta Vander, Jennifer Lyons, Oren Skoog, Paul H. Kim, David Steinberg, Irena A. Hoffman

The Plot / Story: A group of not-too-bright American college kids on a semester abroad at Razvan University realize that if the partying doesn't kill them, the vampires might.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

The Princess and the Frog:

Release Date:  DECEMBER 11th

Listed as:  Disney animated fantasy tale

Studio:  Walt Disney Animation Studios

Director:  Ron Clements, John Musker

Produced by:  Peter Del Vecho, John Lasseter

Written by:  Ron Clements, John Musker, Rob Edwards

Stars:  Anika Noni Rose, Oprah Winfrey, Keith David, Jenifer Lewis, Jim Cummings, John Goodman, Bruno Campos, Michael-Leon Wooley, Peter Bartlett, Terrence Howard

The Plot / Story: When the free-spirited, jazz-loving Prince Naveen of Maldonia comes to town, a deal with a shady voodoo doctor goes bad and Naveen is turned into a frog. In a desperate attempt to be human again, a favor in exchange for a fateful kiss on the lips from the beautiful girl, Tiana, takes an unexpected turn and leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana to the banks of the almighty Mississippi and back in time for Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)


Release Date:  DECEMBER 18th

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Studio:  20th Century Fox

Director:  James Cameron

Produced by:  James Cameron, Jon Landau

Written by:  James Cameron

Stars:  Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Stephen Lang, Joel David Moore, Giovanni Ribisi, CCH Pounder, Dileep Rao, Matt Gerald, Laz Alonso, Peter Mensah, Wes Studi

The Plot / Story: The Story: On a small moon called Pandora during the 22nd century a paralyzed Marine named Jake Sully volunteers to exist as an Avatar on Pandora due to the hostile atmosphere.  The avatar is a human/Na’vi hybrid.  The Na’vi are ten foot tall, blue humanoids that are peaceful inhabitants of the moon unless attacked.  Jake falling in love with a Na’vi princess and becomes caught up in the conflict between her people and the human military that is consuming their world.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus:

Release Date:  DECEMBER 25th

Listed as:  Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

Studio:  Sony Pictures Classics

Director:  Terry Gilliam

Produced by:  Samuel Hadida, Amy Gilliam, William Vince, Terry Gilliam

Written by:  Terry Gilliam, Charles McKeown

Stars:  Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Verne Troyer, Lily Cole, Andrew Garfield, Tom Waits, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law

The Plot / Story: Thousand-year-old immortal Doctor Parnassus leads a travelling theatre troupe that offers audience members a chance to go beyond reality through a magical mirror in his possession.Parnassus had been able to guide the imagination of others through a deal with the Devil who now comes to collect on the arrangement.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Sherlock Holmes:

Release Date:  DECEMBER 25th

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Studio:  Warner Bros.

Director:  Guy Ritchie

Produced by:  Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey, Dan Lin, Steve Clark-Hall

Written by:  Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham, Simon Kinberg

Stars:  Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, William Hope, Hans Matheson

The Plot / Story: Set in 1891 and revolves around Holmes and Watson stopping a conspiracy to destroy Britain. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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