|“Bones” Season Four is a bit of a mystery to me, a season that felt a bit jumbled in a season long character/story arc. Now, overall, I immensely enjoyed just about every episode save for one (more later) and seeing the developing chemistry between Booth and Bones is fun to watch.
This season, Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (EMILY DESCHANEL) and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (DAVID BOREANAZ) take on some unusual cases from corpses found in an exploded porta potty to another smashed in between cardboard. No case is too tough that these two, along with members of Bones’ team, can solve.
|So let’s talk about Audition — an interesting premise (that will no doubt get Americanized at some point with Ashton Kutcher and Mischa Barton some day) starts out with an interesting premise — a lonely man who uses his power as a film studio head to ‘cast’ a women he can fall in love with. He eventually falls for Asama, a soft-spoken female who seems like the perfect wife and mother. But things take a turn for the worse – 90 minutes into the film. That’s my biggest problem with the film – the buildup is incredibly slow.|
|Home Alone 2 is the sequel of all sequels. No, it’s not as good as the original but the fact that the filmmakers’, including the late great John Hughes, seem to say, “F*** it, we’ll just do the same movie in a different setting” because basically that’s what this movie is. You have the same set-ups: using a movie to scare the sh** out of people, setting up a house of horrors for our bad guys, a cute and heartfelt ending with the family back together and an adult who Kevin initially thought was scary but in fact is friendly and will help him out of a jam.|
|Here’s something new, Sandra Bullock doing a romantic comedy. Go figure. But if anyone can pull off making a good movie in a genre that is all too generic with every year that passes, she can. This isn’t to say The Proposal is some incredible rom-com that puts the others to shame, but it is surprisingly enjoyable enough.|
|“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” opens its second season answering the season one cliffhanger when Cameron (Summer Glau) gets into the jeep which explodes seconds later. Well, in the season premiere, Cameron survives but her programming has been reverted and her initial mission — to kill John Connor (Thomas Dekker) — is active. Of course, we all know what happens but it did make for an interesting premiere, though a good part of it for me was the introduction to the season’s, well, kind of nemesis, not really sure what to call her.|
|I’ve subjected myself to watching many bad films over the past few decades but gees… what went wrong here? Look – I get The Love Guru; it was one of Mike Myers first ‘real’ roles in years besides the Shrek films so there was a lot of anticipation that maybe he created the new Austin Powers. Clearly for anyone that has seen that shitfest of a film you know that is wrong. Meet the Spartans was also bad… but it was a spoof so was anyone really going into it thinking it was going to be a masterpiece?|
|Paul Sheldon (Caan) is a writer of the popular ‘Misery’ series and after killing the title character off (in a soon to be release final novel) he decides to take a break and spend some time in his private Colorado hideaway while he writes a book for his new series. Things take a turn for the worse when he is caught in a blizzard and flips his car off the local highway. His luck turns when Annie (Bates), a recluse, finds him and takes him back to her place to clean him up. Since Annie was previously a nurse, she can care for Paul until the roads clear up.|
|Over the now 23 years since Manhunter, Hannibal Lecter has been seen on screen 5 times, unfortunately since there are 3 studios involved (MGM, Universal, The Weinstein Company), we will never see a complete, and true, “Hannibal Lecter Collection” spawning from his childhood (Hannibal Rising) through his later years facing off with his Starling (Hannibal). So, this is going to have to be the next best thing…|
|Seth Rogen’s latest comedy, about a bi-polar, self-important mall security officer, actually was much better and funnier than I had expected. A word of warning, however – and this is partially the reason for some of the film’s backlash –, this is very much a morally corrupt and extremely dark comedy. This does not have the heart of The 40-Year-Old Virgin or Knocked Up, it’s filled with extremely offensive language, unapologetic sexual content, extreme violence and graphic nudity (and not in a good way).|
|Mark Waters’ (Mean Girls) latest movie – a bastardization of Charles Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” classic – stars Matthew “Can I Please Go Shirtless?” McConaughey as Connor Mead, a highly sought after photographer and all around douchebag who sleeps with hot women but never, ever, will date them… all because he was too much of a puss to not ask his childhood sweetheart, Jenny (Jennifer Garner), for a dance at his middle school formal.|
|Wrong Turn is a B-movie horror flick about three mutant people living in the vast West Virginian wild lands and getting their nutrition (and kicks) by killing anyone who comes their way. The film opens up with a couple who are rock climbing and both meet their doom by one of these creatures.
After the opening credits that shows us some headlines explaining about these mutants (and they do not have super powers, by the way) we meet Chris Finn (Harrington) who makes the stupid decision of taking the backwoods route to get around a chemical spill that blocks his way to an important meeting.
|Let me be quite frank about this movie: I seriously had no idea what the heck was going on the entire time. Aside from the fact that I couldn’t help laughing at the horrible audio track (described in the audio portion) but there are so many insane things that happen in this movie that I couldn’t take it seriously, at all. The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi is a strange, weird and anything else that means odd flick, but it’s a good hearted film with fun and excitement. Just don’t worry about what’s going on or else you’ll get lost just like me.|
|Superman/Batman: Public Enemies is the latest in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line and as a fan of Batman, I enjoyed this quite a bit more than the others. Based upon the graphic novel by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness, Superman/Batman marks the return of voice talents of Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly and Clancy Brown. This is a good, fast-paced story but it is also the shortest of the DC Universe movies clocking in at under 60-minutes (minus credits), so this is almost like two special episodes of “Batman” or “Superman: The Animated Series” than a real feature film.|