The Hound is a busy dog – filming a cameo for Soderbergh's Che one day, cataloging his collection of Shannon Tweed production stills the next – so he doesn’t always have the time to write 2500-word opuses on the latest Picturehouse or "Corey Feldman Presents" DVD. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t care. Here are the Hound’s off-the-cuff, sight-unseen first impressions of this week’s DVD releases, summarizing their appeal in a jaunty 50 words or less:
Major DVD Releases for Tuesday, June 24:
Obviously trying to be an American version of a Richard Curtis romantic comedy, but perhaps staging witty banter and last-minute dashes to the airport is harder than it looks. Not convinced that Reynolds is a leading man, but the supporting cast makes this worth sitting through with your significant other.
There's something about Colin Farrell that makes you want to lock the liquor cabinet and stock up on Purell, but the Hound kinda dug this one. Gleeson and Fiennes always deliver, and it's refreshing to see a cool, wannabe-hip English crime movie without, you know, Guy Ritchie's involvement.
Yet another book-inspired kids movie that floundered at the box office due to its billing as "the next Harry Potter." Harry's big shoes aside, Spiderwick is a dark, fun ride - if a bit slight at times - and Nolte and Rogen steal the show as CGI demons.
It's not good when, after watching a movie, you think, "You know, Caveman, with Ringo Starr? That wasn't that bad." Particularly when compared to this mammoth dud. Roland Emmerich tries to make a Flintstones-era 300 knock-off, but with way less cool-looking CGI and way more eye-rolling stupidness. Avoid.
Some movies are so bad you just hate them, and others that are so bad, in an entirely different way, that they become camp classics. Xanadu is all about the camp, so if you want to see Gene Kelly's career end with a whimper, give this 80s relic a shot.