All posts by Sheldon Wiebe

TVonDVD: The Fugitive: Vol. One; Two New Masters of Horror; The Tick vs. Season Two; Stargate SG-1: Season Ten

The long-awaited release of The Fugitive on DVD begins today with Season One, Volume One; the Masters of Horror adaptation of Clive Barker’s Valerie on the Stairs, and John Farris’ We All Scream For Ice Cream present two of season two’s best efforts; The Tick vs. Season Two continues the almost dadaistic adventures of The big Blue bug of Justice, and Stargate SG-1, Season 10 concludes the DVD release of the longest-running science fiction series in North American television history… Continue reading TVonDVD: The Fugitive: Vol. One; Two New Masters of Horror; The Tick vs. Season Two; Stargate SG-1: Season Ten

The Film Crew: Hollywood After Dark – The MST3K Guys Are Back!

It was a sad day for fans of sarcasm and incisive film criticism when Mystery Science Theater 3000 ended its run. Fans mourned the loss of Tom Servo, Crow and the gang for days, maybe even minutes. Where, oh were would an easily accessible form of film mockery come from, now? Well, where there’s life, there’s hope… hope that has been rewarded by the advent of The Film Crew. Yes, the minds and hearts behind the MST3K experience have cobbled together another silly plot scenario that results in three guys having to make fun of bad movies under the pretense of providing these creaky gems with film commentaries…  Continue reading The Film Crew: Hollywood After Dark – The MST3K Guys Are Back!

Flash Gordon: Swashbuckling Minus The Swash… and the Buckles…

The thing that stands out after screening the first three episodes of Flash Gordon [Sci Fi 9/8C] is that the show’s creative team seems to have to discarded everything about the popular comic strip except for the names of the characters and places. That strategy worked to telling effect on Battlestar Galactica and looks to have a lot of potential on NBC’s re-imagining of Bionic Woman. With Flash Gordon, it seems that it might not be the best of all possible space operas… Continue reading Flash Gordon: Swashbuckling Minus The Swash… and the Buckles…

Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix – Is It The End of the Universe As We Know It?

Ben Tennyson has used the Omnitrix to become various aliens for two reasons: the help others and because it’s just a lot of fun! Now, in saving the world from a DNA Bomb, Ben accidentally pushes the Omnitrix into SDM – Self-Destruct Mode! In Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix [The Cartoon Network, Friday, 7/6C], the Kirbyesque series gets its special, feature-length, primetime movie – and the fate of the entire universe does indeed hang in the balance! Continue reading Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix – Is It The End of the Universe As We Know It?

The Bourne Ultimatum: Bourne to be Free

The Bourne Ultimatum - PosterImagine that you woke up one morning to discover you couldn’t remember anything about your life – not your name, age, background… nothing! Your first thought is probably going to be: who am I? Now imagine that circumstances reveal that you have fighting skills to rival a martial arts master and the ability to MacGyver life-saving equipment from items as banal as a clothespin and a house fan. Now you’re going to ask how you came by these arcane skills and why you need them. Then you’re probably going to wonder how these skills have been put to use. Welcome to the world of Jason Bourne! Continue reading The Bourne Ultimatum: Bourne to be Free

TNT’s Mini-Series The Company: When The World of Espionage Seemed To Be Black & White

The Company - PosterThe Company [TNT, the next three Sundays, 8/7C] is a cleverly constructed mini-series that uses the lives of three college friends to tell the story of the CIA from the early fifties through the fall of the Berlin Wall. Adapted from Robert Little’s novel, it concentrates on three major historical events: the Hungarian Uprising of 1956; the debacle of The Bay of Pigs, and the fall of Soviet Russia. The three week/six-hour mini-series begins with the recruiting of three college friends into the sadly inglorious world of spying…  Continue reading TNT’s Mini-Series The Company: When The World of Espionage Seemed To Be Black & White

Hot Rod: Totally Not What I Was Expecting!

Hot Rod - Rod & DeniseThe trailer for Hot Rod is so bad that it might well have been spliced together by training monkeys. How bad is it? I enjoy a good, raucous, rude comedy as much as the next – if it’s done well, but the Hot Rod trailer piqued my interest not at all. Thus it falls to me to note that the Hot Rod trailer might well be the first trailer on record to use the absolute worst moments from the movie! Maybe it was designed for the lowest-common denominator audience, or Jackass fans. I don’t know. What I do know is that I was completely surprised that I went into the theater dreading the movie and came out having enjoyed [most] of it…  Continue reading Hot Rod: Totally Not What I Was Expecting!

Full Screen Edition Destroys Snyder’s 300; Two-DVD Set Does Honor To Cult Fave The Monster Squad

300 Full Screen Edition - Box ArtThere are some movies that just should not be submitted to the pan-and-scan process that chops up to a third of the picture from a movie so that it will fit snugly on the average TV screen. With its panoramic shots, unique color palette and nigh cataclysmic battles, Zack Snyder’s 300 is definitely one of those films. On the other hand, a good widescreen presentation and a ton of excellent supporting material can take a cult fave – like Fred Dekker’s Monster Squad – and give you one of the most satisfying DVD packages of the year…  Continue reading Full Screen Edition Destroys Snyder’s 300; Two-DVD Set Does Honor To Cult Fave The Monster Squad

TVonDVD: Space: 1999 30th Anniversary Edition Megaset; Masters of Horror: The Black Cat; Star Trek: Captain’s Log Fan Collective

Space: 1999 30th anniversary MegasetAs Space: 1999 shows us, the future ain’t what it used to be; Stuart Gordon takes a look at one way Edgar Allan Poe might have been inspired to write a classic in Masters of Horror: The Black Cat, and all five TV Trek Captains choose their favorite adventures – to accompany those chosen by Trek fans in Star Trek: Captain’s Logs Fan Collective. Continue reading TVonDVD: Space: 1999 30th Anniversary Edition Megaset; Masters of Horror: The Black Cat; Star Trek: Captain’s Log Fan Collective

The Simpsons Movie: Dollars To D’oh!nuts You’ll Like It!

The Simpsons Movie - onesheetWith eighteen seasons of sublime silliness, social commentary and occasional missteps to draw on, there were plenty of ways for The Simpsons Movie to succeed brilliantly or flop miserably. What the seventeen writers of the film came up with was, well, moments of sublime silliness, social commentary and occasional missteps. The result is a movie that has more laugh-out-loud moments than anything else this year – short of Knocked Up.

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