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By Dustin Rowles | DVD Releases | May 7, 2008 |


First Sunday: Agent Bedhead sums up First Sunday as such: “This is what Perry has wrought — he’s bravely opened the doors to other black directors who can now come in and combine philistine humor with Christian righteousness. The result, in First Sunday, is a disorienting blend of lowbrow comedy and often hurlworthy sentimentality that’s supposed to lead its audience toward religious inspiration. Instead, I found myself instead wanting to kneel at a ceramic altar for a lengthy session of devotion.”

The Hottie and the Nottie: Stacey writes of Paris Hilton’s first starring vehicle, “At no point does The Hottie and the Nottie ever approach anything near humor. It’s even uninspired as a gross-out sex comedy — the most disgusting moment involves an errant toenail finding its way into a possible “Nottie” suitor’s mouth. Other than the constant barrage of “she so ugly” jokes, it’s not even good at being tasteless. It’s not passable at being anything, really. Hilton, as expected, is as horrible an actress as any sack of flesh that’s ever been misplaced in front of a camera. She reads through her lines with the same baby-voiced, dead-eyed vacancy that anyone who has ever seen an episode of “The Simple Life” is probably familiar with. “

I’m Not There: With apologies to John, who wrote an excellent review, I have to go with commenter Tom C.’s review of the Bob Dylan biopic, if only because he’s my father-in-law: “The great strength of this movie, in my eyes, is that it is about how we look at a life. Most of the time, we view any life as sort of an inanimate object: “he’s shy,” or “she’s ambitious,” or “I’ve never gotten over my dad’s alcoholism.” We overlook the fact that we have the power to create, redeem, re-interpret, squander, waste, or transform our lives, everyday. This is not so much about Bob Dylan, or music, or “the ‘60’s” as it is about celebrity. This is a movie about fame, particularly about how fame effects personality, relationships, and the creative process. As such, it is brilliant. It is oddly comforting, somehow, that the major forces in a movie about Bob Dylan are women. Cate Blanchett just earned an Oscar for this movie, whether anybody has the sense to give it to her is another question. Charlotte Gainsourgh has, too, representing the spouses who have to cope with partners who flip on them after the babies arrive. The dissolution of her marriage, seen from her eyes, is like watching a film about your own heart surgery.

Over Her Dead Body: Dustin eloquently wrote of Eva Longoria’s latest romantic comedy:

P.S. I Love You: As for Hillary Swank’s pass at the rom-com, Agent Bedhead writes: “Watching P.S. I Love You was sorta like that one time I sat through an entire baseball game. Excuse me, how many innings are left? Oh … damn. The film weighs heavily in at 124 minutes and is split up incrementally between all twelve letters. Most of this time is spent working up to what are supposed to be tear-provoking scenes. And I hate that shit. Those audience members who do look forward to pulling out the carefully-stashed tissues will find little use for their precautionary measures. You might laugh a little. You definitely won’t cry. You will, however, wonder what the fuck is wrong with you for sitting in that theater.

Teeth: Dan kind of dug Teeth, writing: “There’s a certain pornographic air about Teeth, the debut feature from writer-director Mitchell Lichtenstein, and it’s only partly due to the film’s graphic sexual nature. No, the real suspense comes in the waiting, in sitting there during the exposition and plot twists and just wondering when the film’s central theme — the vagina dentata — will rear its fanged head. As films go, Lichtenstein’s is all over the map, veering from arch drama to black comedy to quasi-cautionary tale to Cold War monster movie, but the feeling of anticipatory dread that runs below the surface is never less than perfect. And yet it’s also hard to come out and call the film good, since Teeth is clearly more concerned at being great at its premise and less so in its execution. It could be the best B-movie ever made, but it’s also tough to appreciate even ironically because it won’t stop winking at itself and the audience.”

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Vagina Dentata and the Nottie

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