As J.J. Abrams' re-imagined Star Trek warps into theatres, there's been a lot of discussion of past Trek movies, and... let's face it: most of them suck. Even the old stand-by rule, "even-numbered Trek movies kick ass," had to get tossed after the tenth movie, Nemesis, disappointed. Or did it? Because in between the crummy Insurrection and the lame Nemesis, an unofficial (but excellent) tenth Trek movie came out, which would bump Nemesis to the more logical 11-spot. That movie? Galaxy Quest. With an all-star cast and a hilarious, Trek-based storyline, it truly deserves the title of Best Star Trek Movie Ever. And since it's about to get re-issued in a Deluxe Edition DVD, we thought we'd explain just what makes it such a great Trek film.
Just in case you're not reading our DVDs Unwrapped blog, we thought we'd clue you in on the latest DVDs we've gotten the chance to review. Sadly, we were turned down for a review copy of The Complete Fraggle Rock, but we'll keep trying.
Get Smart -- Too silly to be an action movie, to serious to be a comedy. It does, however, have Steve Carell in a fat suit.
Futurama: Bender's Game -- A sci-fi cartoon full of Star Trek references, injected with extensive Dungeons and Dragons humor. Is there anything more geeky? No. No, there is not.
The 4400: The Complete Series -- It's like a much better Heroes! Except this one's already been canceled!
Shrek the Halls -- If you're a completist when it comes to Shrek, animated holiday specials or Scottish Mike Myers movies, here's another 22 minutes for your collection.
30 Rock: Season 2 -- Now that the new season's started, you know you want to buy it.
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One of the funniest movies in recent memory (assuming you like Paul Rudd), one of the greatest TV shows ever (depending on how you feel about Southern belles) and one of the awesomest on-demand movies ever (entirely contingent on how you feel about things that are awesome) are all coming out this week, so get to your DVD store or your on-demand TV menu and purchase the following.
Frank Miller's The Spirit came out on DVD this week, and it was my first time seeing it. Despite being a lifelong Spirit fan and semi-regular Miller fan (I know, nobody cares about my life story), I had sworn not to go see the movie in the theaters after failing to recognize anything I loved about the original comics in any of the trailers, and felt vindicated as I heard the reports from my braver friends. The movie was a train wreck, they said, and I looked forward to giggling through it in the comfort of my home. Man, did I not know what I was getting myself into. The movie is such a bizarre, jumbled mess on so many levels that I had to sit down to figure out what was actually wrong with it, and if the wrongness could have somehow been singled out and repaired. It's obviously too late to repair anything, but if I could somehow go back in time and save something I should have loved from being god-awful, this is what I would fix...
America loves The Office, which I have to imagine means that a significant portion of America loves Rainn Wilson, who plays the lovably obnoxious Dwight. So I always wondered why we didn't see more Office cross-promotion for The Rocker, in which Wilson plays a washed-up drummer named Fish, who missed his shot at fame and now plays in his nephew's garage band. Was the studio ashamed of the film, for some reason? Well, I just got my copy of the DVD, and I think I know what the problem is. The movie borrows liberally from one of the greatest rock band movies of all time, one that changed the world with its mind-blowing take on the music industry and the price of fame. That's right, I'm talking about Josie and the Pussycats. With so many similarities to one of the finest rock films of all time, it's no wonder they kept this movie on the DL. Don't see it? Let me break it down for you...
Just in case you're not reading our DVDs Unwrapped blog, we thought we'd clue you in on the latest DVDs we've gotten the chance to review. Sadly, we were turned down for a review copy of Jesus Christ: Vampire Hunter, but we'll keep trying.
Journey to the Center of the Earth -- Possibly the greatest 3-D movie made entirely to show off the wonders of 3-D you'll see this year. Of course, it's no The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, but then, what is?
The Strangers -- When Dave Chappelle (dressed as Lil Jon) talked about giving himself "a stranger," I don't think he meant breaking into his own home and terrorizing himself for the better part of a night. But maybe he did. We don't know his life!
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull -- Love it or loathe it, this is an out-of-this-world DVD set. Above and beyond. To the moon, Alice. In other words, it may have been created by aliens.
The Incredible Hulk -- A pretty incredible collection of extras, including an alternate opening where you can see Captain America stuck in a block of ice. Be prepared to "freeze"-frame. Get it?
Sleeping Beauty: 50th Anniversary Edition -- It's the newest edition of the Disney classic, straight outta the vaults and fully restored with bonus songs and some sweet documentaries. Fun for a girl or a boy! (Boys, be prepared to fast-forward.)
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Angela Lansbury, Jason Statham and Valentino Garavani walk into a bar. The bar explodes. End of joke. Start of the weirdest week in movies on DVD ever.
The recently released Pineapple Express DVD is all it's cracked up to be and more, folks. It's funny, packed with goodies, and so very educational. Here, we share the knowledge, with five things the DVD taught us (we're talking about the two-disc set or the Blu-ray, by the way; you won't learn nearly as much from the cheap, lame edition).
If I were a film director, I would be sticking references to other films into my movies all over the place. They would be films I admired, mostly, which means that somewhere, sometime, I would probably put in a reference to Donnie Darko, a personal favorite. Now, imagine that somebody made a movie that was entirely Donnie Darko references. Would it be a sequel to Donnie Darko? A tribute? A fan fiction? Considering that S. Darko stars Daveigh Chase as the grown-up version of her D. Darko character, Samantha from Sparkle Motion, the movie is obviously trying to be a sequel, but the only thing that separates this from fan fiction is that somebody gave the director Briana Evigan, Ed Westwick and a lot of money and let him make it into a movie.