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Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the DVDs at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.
Not the complete misfire that some people made it out to be, Australia is a thoroughly entertaining and visually lush movie-watching experience. That’s not to say it isn’t flawed though, with its biggest setback being its desire to do far too much. Apparently Baz Luhrmann wasn’t content with simply making the movie a fun adventure flick, so he decided to tag on a “sweeping epic” Oscar-bait sequel as well. It’s literally two movies in one, and that’s not an exaggeration. At the halfway point, essentially every major plot point finds some means of resolution, only to have a whole slew of new conflicts introduced (many of which strive for a level of seriousness that hasn’t really been earned). Even so, both films have their merits, and despite the clumsiness of the overall narrative, I can’t say I didn’t enjoy myself.
Notable Extras: Two deleted scenes.
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If you have the cojones to watch this new trailer, please quickly seek rehabilitation afterward at FAIL Dogs. A friend close to this production continues to boast maniacally that $100 million box office is a lock. Rapping dogs kill, kids.
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Beverly Hills Chihuahuah, starring the voice work of Drew Barrymore and George Lopez, opens on September 26th/apocalypse.
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Somebody, a trashcan, quick. Full disclosure: There are two degrees of separation between me and this production. I knowwww. Disney sent Slashfilm the official one sheet for September’s live-action Beverly Hills Chihuahua, which stars voice-actors Drew Barrymore (no Long?), George Lopez (zing!), Salma Hayek (obvi), Paul Rodriguez (his son’s more famous), Cheech Marin (holy Slashfilm controversy!) and…cue Jan Hammer theme muzak…Edward James Olmos (pwns).
Yeah, this movie is indirectly inspired by Paris Hilton’s, um, fur purse. I asked my BHC conec what I should say about the flick to get our readers excited, he says: “The poster speaks for itself.” Indeed. But no 3D?
Discuss: Just comment with “FEROSH” or something equally “ugh” in the comments until some champ ruins it.
PS: Human Giant‘s inoperable Paul Scheer is giving away tix to the Sept. 26 premiere on his official site.