New releases, 26 July 2005

From comes the list.

From Various and Sundry comes the break down.

OK, break it down:

3rd Rock From the Sun: Season One

It’s one of the funniest sit-coms of the 90s, even if it did have some off moments. Still, it’s creative and silly fun. John Lithgow was brilliant in it.

Miss Cast Away (2004)

Is this any relation to Miss Congeniality? Nope, it’s a spoof film that nobody cared about. What happened to the glory days of AIRPLANE! and NAKED GUN?

Not Another Teen Movie: Unrated Extended Director’s Cut (2001)

I’ve heard that this one is actually funny.

Remington Steele: Season One (4-disc set)

Brosnan. Pierce Brosnan. It’s the role that gave us Timothy Dalton as Bond.

Steamboy (2004)

I picked this one up already today. Looks beautiful.

The Upside of Anger (2005)

Kevin Costner stars as a washed up drunken baseball player. (No cliches there, no.) Joan Allen is the single mother of multiple girls. Together, they’re detectives! No, not really. If they were, perhaps the movie would have opened wider.

XXX: State of the Union (widescreen) (2005)

Did you miss this one in the theaters? That’s likely a good thing.


6 Responses to “New releases, 26 July 2005”

  1. Peter
    26. July 2005 at 15:21

    You forgot about The Jerk. One of Steve Martin’s best movies.


  2. Augie De Blieck Jr.
    26. July 2005 at 15:36

    I mentioned it in the podcast, but missed it in the writeup. So I’m shooting 50/50 so far. =)

  3. Bart
    26. July 2005 at 19:35

    THE UPSIDE OF ANGER is probably the second best movie I’ve seen this year with CRASH being the best.

  4. GeorgeC
    27. July 2005 at 01:22

    Steamboy is definitely a rental title in my honest opinion.

    I caught it at the local independent theater and while it wasn’t godawful and boring like Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, it was a bit overlong and didn’t leave you with much at the end. Yes, it’s pretty, but ultimately as empty as Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow was.

    (The funny thing is that the English theatrical cut was 20 minutes SHORTER than the Japanese version but STILL felt long!)

    Howl’s Moving Castle is the only anime theatrical feature I’ve seen within the past year that’s worth buying on DVD.

    Miyazaki is the only anime feature director who develops films with characters that you care about and situations that you remember about a month after you’ve seen his latest film. He also knows how to pace his films so that you don’t fall asleep. I’m amazed that the likes of Katsuhiro Otomo and Oshii are still getting funding for films based on how filmsy their storylines are and how empty the movies leave you feeling at the end. Otomo and Oshii are basically the anime equivalents of Michael Bay minus the rapid MTV music video-style editing that’s become popular in contemporary action films.

  5. Paul
    27. July 2005 at 11:28

    My admittedly little experience with anime movies leaves me with the impression that most (with the possible exception of Miyazaki’s films) are incredibly strong on animation and not so much on story. Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis was absolutely breathtaking visually but was a huge disappointment storywise considering the more engaging manga on which the movie was based. I hope this impression isn’t accurate. I know it doesn’t apply to some anime series, because I’m extremely fond of the latest Astro Boy rendition (even in its heavily edited American form) as well some of Macross and Gatchaman. Are there some anime movies that are more satisfactory storywise? If I rely on only eye candy I soon just become sick.

  6. EarlLantern
    28. July 2005 at 18:03

    I agree with your observation about Metropolis. In my rather limited exposure to Anime, I’ve found the stories to be a bit lacking.

    I’m not sure if there’s “not much” to the stories, or if the storytelling just doesn’t translate very well to my mind which is sooooo accustomed to American/European storytelling modes.

    On the other hand, I very much enjoyed Hayao Miyazaki’s work. Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Castles in the Sky, and Spirited Away were all very good stories. If you haven’t seen those, I highly recommend them.