the spirit

DVD Releases: April 14th, 2009

Out this week we have two DVD’s to feature: My Best Friend's a Vampire, The Spirit

  • My Best Friend's a Vampire:  This movie is a must own for any vampire fans and fans of 80’s cinema.  I wore out two VHS copies and now am thankful I can have it on DVD.  Now for the even better news it’s streaming on Netflix for those of you who have not watched this movie
  • The Spirit:  It’s out on DVD though I will not even rent this one.  I have heard nothing but bad things about The Spirit.  I would love to hear from someone who liked this movie.  Let me know what qualities about this movie are worth experiencing. Watch The Trailer here in the P:S HQ For more on The Spirit read Theater or Renter: December 2008

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Theater or Renter: December 2008

Theater or Renter: December 2008 includes 4 movies Punisher: War Zone, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Tale of Despereaux, The Spirit.  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?

Punisher: War Zone:

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Release Date: Dec 5, 2008

Listed as: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Studio: Lionsgate

Director: Lexi Alexander

Produced by: Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd

Written by: Nick Santora, Lexi Alexander, Matt Holloway, Arthur Marcum

Stars: Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Julie Benz, Dash Mihok, Colin Salmon, Doug Hutchison, T. J. Storm, Mark Camacho, Keram Malicki-Sánchez

The Plot / Story: Waging his one-man war on the world of organized crime, ruthless vigilante anti-hero Frank Castle (Ray Stevenson) sets his sights on overeager mob boss Billy Russoti (Dominic West). After Russoti is left horribly disfigured by Castle, he sets out for vengeance under his new alias: Jigsaw. With the "Punisher Task Force" hot on his trail and the FBI unable to take Jigsaw in, Frank must stand up to the formidable army that Jigsaw has recruited before more of his evil deeds go unpunished. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

The Day the Earth Stood Still:

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Release Date: Dec 12, 2008

Listed as: Drama, Sci-Fi

Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

Director: Scott Derrickson

Produced by: Paul Harris Boardman, Gregory Goodman, Erwin Stoff

Written by: David Scarpa, Ryne Douglas Pearson

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, John Cleese

The Plot / Story: The film updates Cold War themes like nuclear warfare to more contemporary ones, such as "humans vs. nature" and humanity's generally violent nature towards itself.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

A more accurate and updated Plot / Story: The Day The Earth Stood Still is about how human society lives in a solipsistic state of mind where they treat each other as poorly as they treat their environment and give into their terrible and violent nature.  The collection of other alien societies decide that they must save the earth from the humans since there are so few planets in the galaxy that can support complex life forms.  Now Helen Benson and her son Jacob must convince Klaatu that humans do have the will to change but only after they are brought to the precipice by a tragedy.

The Tale of Despereaux:

thetaleofdesperauxposter Watch The Trailer here in the P:S HQ

Release Date: Dec 19, 2008

Listed as: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Studio: Universal Pictures

Director: Sam Fell, Robert Stevenhagen

Produced by: Gary Ross, Allison Thomas

Written by: Kate DiCamillo, Will McRobb, Gary Ross, Chris Viscardi

Stars: Matthew Broderick, Emma Watson, Dustin Hoffman, Robbie Coltrane, Christopher Lloyd, Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman

The Plot / Story: Based on the 2003 fantasy book of the same name by Kate DiCamillo.  Banished from his home for being more man than mouse, Despereaux (Broderick) is befriended by Princess Pea (Watson) who teaches him the value of reading books (instead of eating them) as well as a fellow outcast, Roscuro the Rat (Hoffman), who is interested in hearing the stories Despereaux has learned. When Roscuro is shunned by the princess, however, he plots her kidnapping, putting Desperaux's human-sized bravery to the test. (Wikipedia)  (The Official Site)

The Spirit:

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Release Date: Dec 25, 2008

Listed as: Action, Drama

Studio: Lionsgate

Director: Frank Miller

Produced by: Michael Uslan, Deborah Del Prete, Gigi Pritzker, Ben Waisbren

Written by: Screenplay: Frank Miller  Comic Book: Will Eisner

Stars: Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson

The Plot / Story: A rookie cop (Macht) returns from the dead to fight crime from the shadows of Central City. His main opposition is a former lab technician who has reinvented himself as The Octopus (Jackson), an elusive criminal mastermind who knows the secrets behind his nemesis.  Based on the newspaper strip of the same name created by Will Eisner.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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A Look At "The Spirit"

The Spirit Movie Poster While at the theater watching the trailers waiting for Iron Man to start I got excited. This trailer started and I thought it was for Watchmen but quickly realized that it did not have the correct feel to it then they revealed the name of the move: The Spirit. Here is the trailer. The trailer did it's job, I got curious and was quickly on the case. The Spirit is due for a Christmas release 25 December 2008. It was written and directed by Frank Miller. They label it as an action, adventure, & romance. The official Synopsis (via The Spirit Movie):

...the story of a former rookie cop who returns mysteriously from the dead as the Spirit (Gabriel Macht) to fight crime from the shadows of central city. His arch -enemy, the octopus (Samuel l. Jackson) has a different mission: he's going to wipe out spirit's beloved city as he pursues his own version of immortality. The spirit tracks his cold-hearted killer from central city's rundown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront ... all the while facing the bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, love or kill our masked crusader. Surrounding him at every turn are Ellen Dolan (Sarah Paulson), she whip-smart girl-next door; Silken Floss (Scarlett Johansson), a punk secretary and frigid vixen; Plaster of Paris (Paz Vega), a murderous French nightclub dancer; Lorelei (Jaime King), a phantom siren; and Morgenstern (Stana Katic), a sexy young cop. Then of course, there's Sand Saref (Eva Mendes), the jewel thief with dangerous curves. She's the love of his life turned bad. Will he save her or will she kill him?

jacksonspirit2 I love that Samuel Jackson has a major part on the project. Not that his presence means that it will be a good movie because he has been in several bad ones but his parts are always enjoyable and sometimes the only good parts of a movie. So for me that is a nice plus.

The names of some of the characters are a little distracting but I can move past that. Sand Saref, honestly I chuckle and shake my head but if the actors / actresses do their job they will be able to make it sound natural. Besides it was written in the 40's - 50's and names have been that way for over 50 years so I give them credit for not changing them.

Spirit_-_Oct._6,_1946 The Spirit is based on the 16 page newsprint comic book which was sold as part of the Sunday paper. Created by Will Eisner, The Spirit ran with 20 issues from June 2nd 1940 to October 5th 1952. from wikipedia:

The Spirit chronicled the adventures of a masked vigilante who fought crime with the blessing of the city's police commissioner, an old friend. Despite the Spirit's origin as a detective named Denny Colt, his real identity was virtually unmentioned again and for all intents and purposes he was simply "The Spirit". The stories ranged through a wide variety of styles, from straightforward crime drama and film noir to lighthearted adventure, from mystery and horror to comedy and love stories, often with hybrid elements that twisted genre and expectations.

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Bam Bam & Celeste

If you have ever felt like an outcast, you will see yourself in this movie. Classic Cho, Bam Bam & Celeste takes up Margaret's perennials themes of friendship, individuality, and accepting yourself for who and what you are, and weaves them into a comic gem that will lift the spirits of the down trodden.

Bam Bam & Celeste follows two friends since high school, Bam Bam (Bruce Daniels) a flamboyantly gay hairdresser and Celeste (Margaret Cho) a down on herself fag hag, as they drive across America to appear on the make over show, Trading Faces.  One of the highlights of the film is Margaret in costume as her mother.

If you do not share Margaret Cho's or Bruce Daniels' sense of humor, you may miss the many jokes, puns, and digs at GLBT culture. This tale of a queen and his fag hag is an owner for me. I don't think I could have enjoyed it more.