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The Song, The Furry, The Weird

By Genevieve Burgess | DVD Releases | August 17, 2010 | Comments ()


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The Last Song: "What does this have to do with The Last Song? Only this: Miley Cyrus is one of those socioeconomically pretty people. She thinks she's pretty; she thinks she's talented; and she thinks it so much, and with so much arrogance, that she's convinced millions of others that she is those things. Do I feel terrible for saying that? Yes. But it's true. And the world is eventually going to chip away at her confidence and expose her for what she is. That's how drug-addicted former child stars are born. And when it happens, I'm probably going to feel bad about it. Because my assholery only extends to successful people." - Dustin Rowles

Furry Vengeance: "Now, if Dustin can blame the Bush administration for Jackie Earle Haley's voice coming out of Freddy Kruger's head, then I shall blame Al Gore for Furry Vengeance. This movie is Al Gore's wet dream wrapped up in a Home Alone homage and soaked with the waste from every member of the titular flock of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. Furry Vengeance is a sort of live-action Looney Tunes take upon M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening if it were G-rated and replaced all the suicidal humans with one hapless idiot -- Fraser -- who is hell bent on killing his own career. At the very least, this isn't a 3-D movie, and the animals don't talk either, but they do communicate with thought bubbles. Then again, I'd expect little else from Roger Kumble in his follow up to College Road Trip." - Agent Bedhead

The Good, The Bad, The Weird: "If you're shopping for quality and disturbing horror, you can safely turn to the Asian filmmaking community -- Korea, Thailand, China, or Japan. But a new genre has come rallying to the herd: the Eastern Western. Maybe calling Stephen Chow's delightful Kung Fu Hustle a western would be stretch, but you'd be hard pressed to find something more ludicrous and discombobulating than Takashi Miike's Sukiyaki Western Django. Yet, for sheer enjoyment and absolute popcorn Leone-boners, you need turn no further than Korean filmmaker Ji-woon Kim's fantastic The Good, The Bad, The Weird. Allegedly the most expensive Korean film made to date, it recalls everything that made Clint Eastwood's squinty-eyed desperados balls to the wall awesome, infused with a Tarantino-esque mania and penchant for bloodshed, and adds the humorous light action of the original Indiana Jones series. If you're a bullet counter or someone who gets angry at obvious wirework, then go watch Terence Malick. But if you don't mind cowboys flying around like swashbucklers and firing blind over their shoulders, check this out. The only misfire comes from an overly busy, muddled, and convoluted plot, and my frequent complaint with Asian cinema, stagnating plodding timing. However, even when you feel yourself kind of slipping out of the story, Kim draws you back in with what is simply put just a goddamn pleasure to watch." - Brian Prisco


Also released this week: Dark and Stormy Night, The Assassin Next Door, The City of Your Final Destination, The Lost Skeleton Returns Again



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