The Sitter Throwback Review

Todays entry is “The Sitter”. I wanted to see this movie for some time but never got around to doing it.  Directed by the same guy who brought us “Pineapple Express”, David Gordon Green It recently came out on Blu Ray and dvd, so I’ll be reviewing the Blu Ray copy.

The cover/case for “The Sitter” on Blu-Ray

Staring:

Going into this movie, I didn’t know much about it in terms of plot, and who was in it out side of Jonah Hill, which for some reason added to the lustre of me wanting to see the movie. The plot without giving away too much is:

(Possible *SPOILER ALERT*)

Noah is saddled with three kids, each of whom is dealing with his/her own growing pains. The night starts out badly enough, but when his dirtbag girlfriend calls with a request for cocaine and the promise of sex, he loads the brood up and heads out for an extended bout of child endangerment involving guns, bombs, fists and multiple thefts. But along the way, sitter and sittees mature in ways that no one expected.

Now I did my research and found out this movie is a “remake” of the 1987’s Adventures in Babysitting, though mind you, this movie differs greatly. Since this movie is a comedy I can’t really rate it as well as I would a “dramatic” movie or something in terms of acting. But Jonah Hill plays the same kind of character that we have seen him do basically since “Superbad”. Thats not so much a bad thing, let’s you know what to expect and I felt it fit perfectly to the movie. The kids though were the highlight of the film easily. The ones to watch is the daughter (Blithe Pedulla) and Rodrigo. Also WHY ISN’T Kylie Bunbury (as Roxanne) in more movies. EVEN IF YOU FEEL SHE CAN’T ACT, she is gorgeous, which is most of hollywood’s talent when it comes to acting (appearance versus actual skill)

The cinematography isn’t anything to rave about, nor was the editing. it was actually pretty disappointing. it makes up for it thought with great song selections most of which is hip-hop from the 80’s.

I was happy that even though there was a lot of jokes they were able to include a “moral” of the story without ruining the movie like so many comedic movies suffer from. The reason may be cause it wasn’t all done in the end like many others are, but spread throughout.

This was the last film before the weight loss Jonah Hill went through that can be seen in his newer movies like “21 Jump Street”.

The quality of the disc was pretty decent.

The Extra’s: The ten deleted (and/or alternate, otherwise extended) scenes run 26 minutes total, these in addition to a section entitled “Sits-n-Giggles” (three minutes), comprised of alternative takes and lines of dialogue tried on-set. The two-and-a-half-minute gag reel is for adults only, “The Making of The Sitter” is a fun a 15 minutes, complemented by the tongue-in-cheek “Jonah the Producer” (five minutes), and the brief “For Your Consideration” needs to be seen to be properly understood. All of these extras are in HD, and the Blu-ray also supports BD-Live.

Disc Two is a DVD-ROM with the movie in standard definition as well as a Digital Copy of the Unrated edition for iTunes, Windows Media or Android.


Product Details

  • Director: David Gordon Green
  • Audio Format/Languages: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English). Dolby Digital 5.1 (French, Spanish, English Descriptive Audio)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rating: R/Unrated
  • Studio: Fox
  • Release Date: March 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 81/87 minutes
  • List Price: $39.99
  • Extras:
    • Deleted/Alternate/Extended Scenes
    • Gag Reel
    • “Sits-n-Giggles”
    • “For Your Consideration”
    • “The Making of The Sitter
    • “Jonah the Producer”
    • BD-Live
    • DVD
    • Digital Copy
 Overall rating of the movie: 3 out of 5, Cinematography: 2 outta 5, Editing: 2.8 out of 5, Audio: 4 out of 5, Acting: 4 out of 5. Comedy 3.5 out of 5

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier


The Shining Throwback Movie Review

That Stephen King guy…. I tell you.

Now I’ve never seen this movie in my life. I actually went into this movie thinking it was a entirely different movie. But I digress, the plot for “The Shining

A novelist – Jack Torrance takes a job interview as winter caretaker of the isolated, Overlook Hotel. In the interview, Jack is told by the manager himself, that the previous caretaker – Charles Grady, chopped his family and later killed himself with a shotgun. Ignoring the story, Jack brings his wife – Wendy and his son Danny. Danny, sees disturbing visions of the hotel’s past using a telepathic gift known as “The Shining”.  Some of the visions come from Tony – “the little boy who lives in Danny’s mouth”. Danny meets Dick Hallorann  – the hotel cook on their first day arriving at the Overlook, who also has this “Shining” and he warns him about the hotel and the sinister Room 237.  Later as Jack Torrance, is underway in a writing project he slowly slips into insanity as a result of cabin fever and former guests of the hotel’s ghosts, turning more and more aggressive, at the point that Danny and Wendy gets convinced that Jack might try to do the same thing, Grady did.

Starring:

  • Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance
  • Shelley Duvall as Wendy Torrance
  • Danny Lloyd as Danny Torrance
  • Scatman Crothers as Dick Hallorann
  • Barry Nelson as Stuart Ullman
  • Philip Stone as Delbert Grady
  • Joe Turkel as Lloyd the bartender
  • Anne Jackson as Doctor
  • Tony Burton as Larry Durkin
  • Barry Dennen as Bill Watson
  • Lisa and Louise Burns as the Grady girls

Now I wanna get to the acting before anything. Shelly Duvall RUINED THIS MOVIE IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY. Her poor choices as an actor and the failure of the director, Stanley Kuberick A.K.A the man who “thinks too much and feels too little” to notice her poor performance. (The director gets a next rant all his own.) She goes around with her  half assed running for a lot of this movie, if not just the end. now she’s not entirely to blame, the writers are just as bad, for I read that the script was changed almost everyday of production for this movie. I also read she had many arguments with the director so maybe she acted so poorly knowing they couldn’t fire her which would result in a delay of the movie.

The director now. He should have stuck to the original source material and kept what happens to Jack more supernatural than from within Jack’s mind. It would have made the ending make more sense. Even though the audience is aware that something is wrong and Jack is seeing ghosts but, You REALLY have to guess that is what’s happening. The entire time I was so lost, and bored I felt like I was going insane myself.

The pace for this movie is so slow, its redundant. Though I’m told that is purposeful so that you “sympathize” with Jack. But I did that already when I seen who his wife was. Danny was ok… really can’t judge a child actor if they aren’t Dakota Fanning. Due to the pace you never really actually feel that he goes crazy. and the time jumping also ruins the movie and any message it was trying to convey

The quality of this Blu-Ray is amazing for a re-master is shocking. A lot of the re-masters aren’t always as great as could be, but this one was well done. Makes the opening ariel shots so breath taking.

Which brings me to camera work, which is probably the only saving grace of the movie outside of Jack Nicholson’s acting ability. The use of steady cam (This camera rig thats is set up on this vest , which is on a person, thats connected to this unipod like mount so that a cameraman can walk around and the camera doesn’t have the bob that is natural from people walking) is HEAVY in this movie. It makes everything so creepy. Like when Danny is on the plastic big wheel, it just feels so terrifying . I feel like they copied “The Omen”. 

The special features are only really cool if you’re a film buff, student, no deleted/alternate scenes.

Overall rating of the movie: 3 out of 5, cinematography: 3.9 out of 5, editing: 3 out of 5, Audio: 3 out of 5, Scare Factor: 1 out of 5. Rent-Own? RENT. But watch it with someone, helps to keep you awake.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day Throwback Review

Welcome,

Along with my “new” movie reviews, I’ve decided to do throwback movie reviews. Much like in the way my friend Jordan does his throwback album, & artist profiles. (See link: http://bit.ly/xaoe91). I’ll try to keep it short though; I’ve chosen to do Terminator 2: Judgment day (T2) as the first throwback, which will play out as follows: Cast/actors, director, plot & the clarity of the plot, quality of the disc & or features, and of course the ratings of the movie. So let’s get to it (fyi, the version of the film selected will always be Blu-ray disc, unless stated otherwise).

The year was 1991 & Wayne Gretzky scored his 700th goal against the NY Islanders. In the 41st NBA All-Star game, the East beat the West 116-114. The four police officers who beat Rodney King are charged, and “Terminator 2: Judgment day” was released in North america on July 4th.

Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, & Edward Furlong as John Connor (teen) and T2 was directed by the Avatar visionary, Canadian born, James Cameron.

11 years after the events in the original Terminator movie, Sky net an “evil” super computer from the future, has figured how to send back one of its infantry robot units, a T-1000 to the year 1995 to kill the leader of the resistance… While he’s still a child. Hearing of this, the resistance send back a reprogrammed T-800 back as well to aid in the protection of the young man. It’s Terminator vs Terminator.

The plot seems to be executed well. In my opinion it has two halves that I call “Hunt & kill John conner” which is roughly the first 90mins and “prevent the deadly fate of the future” in the remaining running time of the film. The cinematography in the film is pretty damn good. THERE’S NO SHAKY CAM! Cameron directs this movie so well. the actors for the most part portray the characters with such depth, in particular Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor. You could tell she knew how her character was to be feeling every moment she was on screen. This had to be the best performance of Rob Patrick’s a career. He has limited lines but you can tell he enjoyed the role. The contrast between Arnold’s rough body builder frame, to Patrick’s sleek, toned, slim, agile frame worked perfectly for the movie. Think of your first cell phone (or the first one you ever saw)and compare it to the one you have right now; It’s smaller and sleeker than its predecessor. Even Furlong as John Connor was good. His voice is annoying, but he’s 10, cut him some slack. He really played that 90’s troubled youth kid well. If you watched the Simpson’s in the 90’s you know exactly what I’m talking about; He was as close to a live action Bart as we’re ever gonna get. The film loses a bit of its luster when we’re at the Creator of Sky net, Miles Dyson’s home. The acting feels forced, and not practiced. Action wise, T2 has approximately 9-10 action sequences/scenes, and all executed with the best imagery/ camera angles possible. Damn, I love this movie!

The most referenced run in film history happens twice, 30 or so mins in & 54 or so mins in..then.. There’s Cyberdyne action sequence… To say it Clutch is an understatement. Then.. The factory scene.. MY GOSH! Just go watch it please! ‘Nuff said!!!

The version of the T2 blu-ray I have is just commentary with nothing else on the special features menu. There is another version however on both dvd/blu ray called T2: “Sky Net Edition. It has more features and limited edition box case. And updated sound quality & picture (better picture being on blu ray of course).

Overall rating of the movie: 4.9 out of 5, cinematography: 3.6 out of 5, editing: 4 out of 5, Audio: 4.7 out of 5, Effects: 5 out of 5.

Hope you enjoyed my review of the great action/adventure/sci-fi film of all time. (Be that bias or not.) Sorry for the length

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

Xavier