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G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Edition)
Wearing its Saturday morning cartoon influences on its sleeve as proudly and prominently as the dunce cap on its head, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is a goofy, cheesy, logic-defying exercise in silliness that thumbs its nose at physics and includes lines like “Deploy the sharks!” said with a straight face. Yeah, I pretty much loved it. On the ‘so-dumb-it’s-enjoyable’ scale (in this particular case, a more fitting benchmark than the ‘so-bad-it’s-good’ scale), the film comes very close to fulfilling its potential (Ninja in a jetpack – Check!), but stops just shy of being consistently fun and hilarious enough to give it much rewatch value (Why aren’t the sharks armed with laser beams? C’mon Sommers, get with the program!). Viewers may feel like bashing the film for the absurdities of its narrative, its lack of complex characters, and its overall disdain for the necessity of plot to facilitate action set pieces, and they have every right to do so. It seems a little pointless though, considering that audiences are given full disclosure of the film’s intentions the moment they read the title.
Notable Extras: Single-disc DVD – Audio commentary by director Stephen Sommers and producer Bob Ducsay. 2-disc DVD & Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as a Big Bang Theory: The Making of G.I. JOE featurette, a Next-Gen Action: The Amazing Visual FX and Design of G.I. JOE featurette, and a digital copy of the film.
|BEST DVD PRICE*|
|Amazon – $15.99|
*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $19.77 at Fry’s, and $22.99 at each of other the listed stores (including Amazon).
|BEST BLU-RAY PRICE|
|Amazon – $19.99|
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Steve from Collider is a good friend of mine. At least a few times a week we talk about upcoming movies, TV shows, what gossip each of us have heard, and anything else we might find exciting. Since a number of our conversations cover things you also might find interesting, we’ve decided to start recording certain conversations as video blogs. Past video blogs have included The Future of the Batman Film Franchise, The Box Office Prospects of Watchmen and thoughts on the first 46 Minutes of Pixar’s Up.
We were recently talking about some of the movies coming out this summer and realized we should do some video blogs about the 2009 Summer Movie season. We were a little too ambitious, and thought we could squeeze two months worth of films into one blog, but as usually happens, we ran out of time. So the first two parts of our Summer movie preview were posted last week (you can watch part one here and part two here). In part 3, we take a look at the movies of July 2009: Public Enemies, Bruno, I Love You Beth Cooper, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Funny People, 500 Days of Summer. Please leave your thoughts on the movies of July 2009 in the comments below.
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Remember when Chris Columbus made good family films? We’re talking about the writer of Gremlins and The Goonies, the director of Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire and the first two Harry Potter films. But over the last few years he’s been part of a lot of klunkers, including Christmas with The Kranks, and Rent. Lets not forget that he produced Jingle All the Way and the Fantastic Four films.
Columbus’ next film is a return to the teen film genre with an adaptation of Larry Doyle’s novel I Love You, Beth Cooper starring Hayden Panettiere. The movie tells the story of a nerdy valedictorian who proclaims his love for the hottest and most popular girl in school – Beth Cooper – during his graduation speech. Much to his surprise, Beth shows up at his door that very night and decides to show him the best night of his life. Fox released the film’s trailer over the weekend to coincide with some viral Valentine’s day release. You can watch it embedded after the jump.
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Warner Bros, Fox, Universal, Disney and Sony have released a bunch of new photos to the Los Angeles Times for their 2009 movie preview. I’ve included a few of the photos after the jump.
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John Singleton has exited 20th Century Fox’s big screen adaptation of the A-Team. Apparently the project, which has gone through a number of rewrites, is still not ready for prime time. Fox believes they need more time to develop the script, but Singleton is moving on. We no final draft, no director, and no announced cast, I wouldn’t expect to see this film anytime soon. The film was originally set to hit theaters in June 2009, but won’t likely see release until a year later at earliest. Personally, I’ve always been under the theory that the A-Team television series is all the A-Team we need. I for one hope this project falls down into the deep depths of development hell.
Other Fox release changes include: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel moving to Christmas 2009, pushing the Dwayne Johnson family comedy Tooth Fairy to November 13th 2009, and Christopher Columbus’ teen comedy I Love You Beth Cooper will now hit theaters on Jult 31st, instead of February 13th 2009.