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Rewind the Bucket List, Witless Jumper

This Week's DVD Releases / The Pajiba Staff

DVD Releases | June 10, 2008 | Comments ()


Be Kind, Rewind: So many expectations after Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Michel Gondry gives us first the decent The Science of Sleep and now the mediocre Rewind, of which John writes, “[Rewind] seems undeniably, almost purposefully minor, most charming when it’s least ambitious. As a meandering movie about two dudes from Jersey wasting part of a summer ineptly trying to rescue their store, it’s a success. But the larger story about community and gentrification and memory never coheres into something satisfying.”

The Bucket List: Dustin wasn’t a fan, remarking, “Bring on the geezers, motherfuckers. Let’s drop those buckets on their heads and bang them with mallets. Let’s feed their indeterminate types of cancer to Labrador puppies, and let’s give their characters’ lives the proper send off: A swift kick in the bucket’s sweet spot, right where the manipulative, shameless, nausea-inducing treacle resides. And then, let’s light a match and watch these senile old fucks slowly bleed out while we sigh at the audacious sentimentality and rail against the pathetic attempts to pull our fibrous heartstrings clinging like tendon to bone. Oh, and The Bucket List sucks like a skint-knee starletard who’s misplaced her ATM card. I hated it with the force of a lifetime’s worth of Winehouse insufflations.”

Funny Games: Dan had mixed feelings on the film, writing: “In the midst of crafting one of the most taut and disturbing thrillers you will ever see, Haneke also takes frequent breaks to reinforce the fact that he knows he’s making a movie that’s being at that moment consumed by an audience. More than just dragging out the kind of horror tropes you’d expect (the dog that senses evil, etc.), Haneke also wants to communicate with the audience about their supposed complicity in the murder-as-entertainment that they’re watching unfold. Haneke wants it both ways, which ultimately keeps the film from being the kind of enlightenment or well-placed blow to the American view of violence as a product for consumption that Haneke wants it to be. Funny Games is stunningly made, amazingly acted, and a flawless execution of suspense. It’s just not quite as smart as it would have you believe.”

Jumper: Likewise, Dan’s feelings on Jumper were also mixed: “[Jumper is a] moderately suspenseful and generally decent little hard sci-fi tale. The film is based on Steven Gould’s novel, and while Liman’s film is ultimately a success at what it is, it’s a little deflating to realize that it is, in fact, nothing more than a young adult novel come to life, as brimming with easy solutions to hard problems as anything the genre has to offer.”

The Other Boleyn Girl: Ranylt gives this ScarJo/Natalie Portman period piece a good talking to, writing “The movie jabbed its finger up my nostril and led me around by the nose from start to finish, making sure I learned its lesson thanks to much repetition on the same theme: children are chattel in empire-building, marriage is a matter for parents and kings to decide, and women’s sexuality is forced to conform to male schedules.”

Witless Protection: Agent Bedhead, sufferer of two Larry the (fucking) Cable Guy movies now, had a lot of positive things to say about Witless, stating: “Witless Protection was easily three times as painful as its predecessor. The reason for this seemingly impossible achievement is that, last time around, Larry’s offensiveness was downplayed or largely handed off to his buddies. As a result, Delta Farce saw a slightly teddy-bearish and blissfully ignorant Larry as the accidental hero who rolled his eyes while his buddies did the dirty work of spewing racial epithets at Mexicans. Witless Protection must have carried a smaller casting budget, for Larry is now forced to rise up and assume all of the redneck glory for himself.”

Californication, Season One: Seth writes, after reviewing the pilot, that “Californication” doesn’t look like it’s particularly groundbreaking as far as comedies go, but that’s fine by me — the more important thing is that it be funny. And funny it is. In fact, there’s a moment about two-thirds of the way through the premiere episode that probably got a bigger laugh out of me than any show in the last three or four months, and that’s after having already seen the scene in commercials for the show.

John Adams: The Miniseries: See TK’s review, posted yesterday.



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