Friday, February 27, 2009

Blossom: Season 1 & 2 (DVD)











Whoa!

There's a big difference between the normal way people say "Whoa" and the way Joey Lawrence said it in the show Blossom. In fact, try and strike up a conversation about the show and I bet someone will throw in their own impression of Joey's famous "Whoa!"

Thanks to the great people over at Shout! Factory, Seasons 1 & 2 of Blossom have been released on DVD. After watching it recently, I got reminded that this was actually a pretty smart comedy. Sure, the main character is a 14 year old girl. However, it's far from being a cheesy teenage "coming of age" show. It dealt with issues like divorce, drugs, dating, sex, etc. What's interesting about this show is that it could create an episode about a serious topic, but in a humorous and lighthearted way without getting overly emotional. Shout! Factory's collection of the first two seasons has all the episodes packed into an impressive 6 disc set. There are more than enough episodes here to please long time fans that have waited a while to see its DVD release. And if you haven't seen it yet, do check it out.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The All New Super Friends Hour: Season One Volume One and Two (DVD)











Wonder Twin powers, activate!

I can't tell you how many times I heard that line when I was younger. Some of my favorite memories as a kid include watching some great cartoons. One of those shows was The All New Super Friends Hour. This show starred the heroes from the Justice League along with Zan and Jayna (the Wonder Twins). Each episode was packed with adventures where the heroes fought to protect our world. Along with the adventures there were these safety lessons for kids and a part where you had to decode a secret word. After a really long wait, Warner Home Video has finally brought this classic series to DVD. Volumes One and Two of Season One are out and they're an awesome set to own. Both sets contain 2 discs with 28 cartoons on Volume One and 32 cartoons on Volume Two. They're perfect for the people that grew up on this show since there are hours of episodes to indulge in. And for the ones who never got to watch it, these collections are a great introduction to this extremely fun series.

Wonder Twin powers, deactivate!

(After a few episodes, that line will get stuck in your head. Trust me.)

Christopher Titus: Love is Evol (DVD)











This is one comedy special that really nails down the issues behind dysfunctional relationships! Anyone who's been in love, or burnt by a relationship can definitely relate to the topics that comedian Christopher Titus talks about. Not ashamed to share his own personal experiences, he puts on a hilarious show that will either fix your relationship or destroy it. His skits on dating, marriage and divorce had me laughing every minute in this DVD that is one of the best I've seen from Comedy Central. Check it out!

Bonus materials also included on the DVD:

- Titus vs. Cupid: Behind-The-Scenes at the Photo Shoot

- The Fans Speak: Love on the Rocks

- Countdown to V-Day

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Obama: All Access - Barack Obama’s Road to the White House (DVD)











Political stories make great entertainment. Whether it's a scandal involving a public figure that can't keep his (or her) pants on or someone breaking the laws they're meant to uphold, we love our political stories. No matter if you're liberal or conservative, you can't ignore the impact that Barack Obama's historical election win had on our country. To really dig deeper into this story, there's a new DVD out called Obama: All Access- Barack Obama’s Road to the White House. This DVD contains two years worth of exclusive behind the scenes footage of Obama's Presidential run. It has a running time of almost 4 hours and contains lots of coverage only granted to 60 Minutes. I don't know if it's possible to watch all 4 hours in a row without getting sick of seeing the President's face. But for a DVD that contains all this footage, it's definitely one to own to remember this piece of history.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Max Payne (DVD)











Max Payne is not as "Payne-ful" to watch as some people say it is. I’ve heard from one source that it’s the “worst movie of the year”. Now, I’m not saying it’s a superb film, but it’s not that bad. The theme is pretty dark and it has some decent action scenes. On the flipside, it took too many twists and turns leaving me confused trying to figure out where it was headed. The idea behind it is pretty cool though. Mark Wahlberg was the right choice to play the disturbed Max Payne. Compared to when I thought he was an annoying-as-hell actor, he’s recently played some good roles. Here he plays a cop seeking to avenge the murders of his wife and baby. He's a maverick cop that has no regard to follow the rules and doesn’t fear much. The movie takes you through the NYC underground crime world as Payne tries to solve the mystery behind the most painful event in his life. For all the negative things that I can use to nitpick the film, I’d rather just highlight the fact that it’s worth watching at least once. Sure, it has its cheesy moments. But overall, I didn’t come out at the end feeling like I wasted my time.

Monday, February 23, 2009

MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA (DVD)










Move it, Move it!!!

Hooray! In case you haven’t heard, MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA is finally out on DVD. I actually think this sequel is funnier than the original. Thanks to some hilarious scenes (especially with the Old Lady) and some really cool CGI, this is one film that's extremely entertaining. The voice talents this time include the original cast (Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, and Jada Pinkett Smith) and some new members such as Alec Baldwin, will.i.am, and Bernie Mac. When I stared at the characters’ faces in the film, I thought that they actually resembled the person who did the voice. It was eerie at one point when I thought that I really saw Alec Baldwin on screen instead of the animated lion he was playing! That’s how amazing the animation was.

This sequel takes place when Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria are preparing to leave Madagascar and head back to NYC. Unfortunately, they don’t make it to NYC when their plane suddenly crash lands in Africa. Alex gets a big surprise when he unexpectedly meets his mom and dad. The rest of the gang finds out that life isn’t so bad there when they meet up with other animals like them. This movie is one that adults can enjoy especially since a lot of the jokes are aimed at them. Of course, kids will dig it too. Overall, this is one film that was loads of fun to watch. And as an added bonus, the Double DVD Pack comes with an extra disc of adventures from Nickelodeon’s brand new series, The Penguins of Madagascar!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Blindness (DVD)











Imagine losing your eyesight in a split-second. You could be driving on the road or doing any one of your normal daily activities. Suddenly, you're blind. That’s the start of the brilliant movie called Blindness. When a mysterious epidemic that causes blindness strikes a city, the people affected are thrown into quarantine. Not wanting to be separated from her recently blinded husband, a woman (Julianne Moore) fakes her blindness so she can be with her husband in quarantine. Surrounded by everyone that’s blind, she’s the only one that can see. She now has to take on the role as a savior for a small group of people. However, as the story moves on there are some things that would be better off not seeing. She has to witness some traumatic events after some of the people start spiraling into madness. This film holds up a mirror to the ugly side of the human race that we don’t like to face. It shows a very honest and troubling picture at how depraved humans can get under extreme circumstances. It’s a film that made me angry, but really made me think. Honestly, it’s one of the most thought provoking films in recent years and will definitely stay in my memory for a long time. Overall, Blindness is an apocalyptic thriller that ranks up there with films like 28 Days Later and I Am Legend.

Yeah, it’s that good.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

FRIDAY THE 13TH PARTS 1-3 (DVD)

It's THREE times the terror with the recent release of Friday The 13th Parts 1 - 3 on DVD. With the new version out in theaters, it’s time to revisit the originals. Paramount has released a GREAT set of collectible DVD’s to own for the first three parts of the Friday The 13th franchise.











First is an uncut, deluxe edition of the original Friday the 13th. See Jason’s mommy terrorize the poor campers again in this digitally remastered version of the film. This movie has its cheesy moments, but it’s still as creepy now as it was back then. The DVD includes the uncut version of this classic slasher film and some bonus features that include a reunion of the original cast. Be sure to watch this particular feature right after the film to see how much the cast has changed over time!











Moving on to Part 2...

Picking up right after his mother’s killing spree, Jason wastes no time in getting revenge in this chilling sequel. He doesn’t have his famous hockey mask yet in Part 2, but that doesn’t mean he’s not as vicious. The poor counselors that head to Camp Crystal Lake quickly find that the legend of Jason is very real. With pretty much the entire main cast getting wiped out by the masked lunatic, one girl is left to try and escape the camp alive. However, her attempts to escape Jason lead her to a disturbing discovery towards the end. Part 2 is the first film where we actually get to see Jason in action. Before this one, the only time we get to see him is in the lake during Part 1. So I guess this is his "formal introduction". The special effects are obviously nowhere near the films today, but for its time this must have been a damn scary film. The best part of this Deluxe Edition DVD is the remastered picture. It really made the experience of watching this classic film a whole lot better.












Finally we have, Jason in 3-D!!!

In Part 3, we get to see Jason wreak havoc on some poor campers and a motorcycle gang. It's funny when a group of badass bikers find out just how "bad" they are when they meet Jason! To bring home the three-dimensional experience, 2 pairs of 3-D glasses are included with the DVD. If you don’t want to watch in 3-D, there’s also the option of watching it in 2-D. What’s unique about this release is that it’s the first time the 3-D version has been shown on DVD. It’s not the best one of the series, but Part 3 is great for a night of watching campy horror flicks.

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III











What the hell did he just say?

That’s what usually ran through my head whenever I heard the eccentric rapper known as Lil Wayne. I grew up on a heavy dose of NYC hip-hop, so getting into the "Dirty South" style took a while for me. Lately, the more I listen to it the more I realize that the South has an advantage in hip-hop when it comes to making sick beats. I never really liked Lil Wayne’s music before and had no plans to give it a chance. It took a copy of his album Tha Carter III to land in my hands to get me to listen. This album is an eclectic mess of hard beats and spaced out rhymes that make it one of the most interesting hip-hop albums I’ve heard in a while. I can’t play it all the time because I’ll get really sick of it. But it is one that I like to play from time to time to hear something unique, especially my favorite track on the album called A Milli.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Naked Gun - I Love the 80's (DVD)











Long live the 80's!

If you love the 80’s, you probably remember that this decade brought us some of the most memorable music and movies ever. When I think back to films that came out during that decade, I can’t help but remember The Naked Gun. This hilarious film starred Leslie Nielson in his unforgettable role as Detective Frank Drebin, and a supporting cast that included Priscilla Presley and a "pre-murder trial" O.J. Simpson. Who can forget such classic moments such as Frank Drebin’s infamous “peeing scene” or O.J. tumbling down the steps in a wheelchair? To remember this great film, Paramount Home Entertainment has released it under its I Love the 80’s Collection. The film itself would have been enough, but they also include a bonus CD containing four songs from some of the 80’s best bands (Echo & the Bunnymen, Erasure, INXS, and A-Ha). Overall, this DVD is a great collectible for any fan of the decade that brought lots of big hair, stone washed jeans, and some awesome movies!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mirrors (DVD)











One of the scariest movies of the year is out NOW on DVD.

I have to admit. After being disappointed with a lot of horror films over the past few years I didn't think this one was going to be that good. For one, I wasn't sure how Kiefer Sutherland would do in carrying a movie like this as the main actor. I mean, he is the right guy for the role of Jack Bauer in 24. And who can forget his legendary role in The Lost Boys? However, I just wasn't sure about this one.

Now, since I am writing this AFTER watching the film I now know how wrong my assumptions were. I am glad I was wrong, because if I was right then that would have meant the movie sucked which would have been a total waste of time for me. Well it wasn't a waste of time and the movie did have some real eerie moments, even for a guy like me who has been watching scary films since he was young.

Mirrors is about a disgraced former cop (Sutherland) who takes a job as a security guard at the burned down Mayflower department store in NYC. During his nightly routines of checking the building he finds there's something evil, something demonic about the mirrors. He then gets haunted in the Mayflower by gruesome visions and strange noises. As he tries to figure just what the hell is going on, he finds that his life is in danger and those close to him start to get terrorized by the evil force behind all of this. He suddenly finds a connection between a girl who was demon possessed a long time ago and what's been going on at the Mayflower. Now he's on a race against time to find out how to put an end to all of this. As you can see, Mirrors has a strong influence from films such as The Exorcist and The Shining. And if you are going to make a scary film, those would probably be the top 2 to draw inspiration from. Besides being a horror movie, Mirrors is also about a guy who is doing everything he can to put his life back together. Kiefer gets credit for a great performance of a guy who started out in the film with his life falling apart to becoming a hero that's willing to sacrifice everything to protect his family.

On the DVD, the unrated version of the film is included and it's promoted as being "too terrifying for theaters". It does have quite a few "terrifying" moments in it and the ending is pretty shocking. Overall, I'd have to say I was very satisfied with this film. It's not the scariest movie ever, but you could tell the filmmakers aimed high in making a damn creepy film. And they succeeded in doing just that...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Switchfoot - The Best Yet











Switchfoot has always been a band that’s worked hard to move beyond stereotypes and just create good music. Whether it’s the “Christian band” label or something else being slapped on them, their music always speaks for itself. Whenever a new album of theirs is released, you know you’re about to hear something fresh from these guys. To get a taste of some of their best tracks, look no further than The Best Yet. This album doesn’t cover all of their best songs, but it has just enough to satisfy any fan out there. I was disappointed to see that “We Are One Tonight” was left off. That was definitely one that I thought would be included. Other than that, this greatest hits compilation pretty much has most of the essentials from this innovative band.

Track list for The Best Yet:

Dare You To Move
Meant To Live
Stars
Oh! Gravity
This Is Home
Learning To Breathe
Awakening
This Is Your Life
On Fire
Only Hope
Dirty Second Hands
Love Is The Movement
Company Car
Lonely Nation
The Shadow Proves The Sunshine
Concrete Girl
Twenty-four
The Beautiful Letdown

Y: THE LAST MAN DELUXE EDITION BOOK 1











What better way to plug a book than have Stephen King call it "The best graphic novel I’ve ever read."

I admire King's work a lot, so to hear a statement like that come from him made me extremely curious about Y: The Last Man. However, I didn't want to be swayed just because of a great writer's opinion. It was time to crack open the book to see for myself!

After the first few pages I felt as if I was watching a thriller. The events that unfolded within those pages led up to a sudden destruction of all male species on the planet. I suddenly realized I was in for one hell of a story. Y: The Last Man explores what the world would be like if all men were gone. However, it doesn’t stop there. In comes a twist in the story when you find out one man named Yorick is still alive. Now there are more questions raised. How the hell did he survive? And how is he going to stay alive when there are militant feminists out there that want him dead? I still haven’t gotten the answers even after reading Vertigo's awesome deluxe edition of book one. But I do know that once book two is released, I’ll be all over it. For a graphic novel, I haven’t found many that can live up to this one. So I guess you could say Mr. King’s statement wasn’t all hype.

Monday, February 09, 2009

RocknRolla (DVD)










Other than being Madonna’s ex-husband, Guy Ritchie does have a job as a movie director. That kind of thing can get overlooked when you’ve been married to her. Having developed quite a reputation as a filmmaker, he’s made such films as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. His latest film RocknRolla is a smart and humorous gangster film that takes you on a wild ride through London. To make a compelling gangster film is a difficult task. To throw in a little comedy without making the film look like a joke is even harder. Well in RocknRolla, Ritchie pulls off both by adding another hit to his list of films. Among the many details I liked about the film, the one that stood out to me the most is the constant sharp and witty dialogue all throughout. The movie is out now on DVD and it stars Tom Wilkinson, Gerard Butler, Thandie Newton, Jeremy Piven and rapper Ludacris. To me, RocknRolla is one film that scores high among the many that have been recently released on DVD.

Pride And Glory (DVD)











Murder. Corruption. Police Scandals. Loyalty. Everything’s on the line for the Detective Ray Tierney (Ed Norton) as he’s thrown into a scandal involving his own family. When he is sent to investigate a murder in which four cops are dead and the killer’s on the run, he suspects foul play when the evidence points to members of his family. Nothing is what it seems, and Ray now has to choose where his loyalty is. Does he lie just to protect his family? Or does he face the sickening truth even if it means ratting out a family member that’s guilty? Pride and Glory is a gripping film that questions organizational corruption and family loyalty. During the film, I felt like I was watching a more disturbing version of a Law and Order episode. There are some scenes that made me so furious that I wanted to jump in and beat the character’s ass. That’s how great the acting was. Ed Norton, Jon Voight and Colin Farrell were all extremely convincing in each of their roles. Overall, this powerful story is a reminder that corruption does exist in any organization, even among the ones that wear badges. The 2 disc DVD comes with a special “making of” documentary on the second disc that shows how hard the filmmakers worked to make the movie so realistic. It was especially interesting to see the actors get a reality check when they had to train with real members of the NYPD.

Pride and Glory is out now on DVD...

Friday, February 06, 2009

Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger (DVD)











For all you Chris Rock fans out there, his new DVD Kill the Messenger is out now. This international stand-up performance runs about 90 minutes and it includes footage from three of his shows in New York, South Africa and the United Kingdom. In this latest special, he unapologetically tackles issues including the economy, George Bush, Barack Obama, racism, and sex. One thing about Rock is that you’re not left wondering where he stands on certain topics. And he makes damn sure that it comes through loud and clear on Kill the Messenger.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Batman: The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul











It’s one thing to face thugs in Gotham City. It’s another to have to go against an immortal enemy. In Batman: The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul, the Dark Knight is faced with one of his toughest challenges as he goes up against Ra's al Ghul. Back from the dead, Ra's spirit is looking for a body to fill. It gets personal for Batman though when the body that Ra's wants to use is his son Damien, who also happens to be Ra's al Ghul’s grandson! Sounds pretty complex, right? I read through the hardcover version that DC Comics put out and it is a damn good read. To see Batman take on a supernatural foe really showed how far he really will go to fight evil. Overall, this is one gripping tale that has as much excitement as a motion picture...

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Hitman (DVD)











It’s not that the movie sucked, it’s just that I had this incomplete feeling after watching Hitman. I couldn’t pinpoint it. I mean, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out this film. But something was missing. After the ending I still didn’t get all the answers to my questions. For the most part, Hitman is LOADED with explosive action sequences. And that’s exactly what saves this film. A lot of the dialogue in the film seemed pointless, so if it wasn’t for the action this would have been a huge disaster. I didn’t feel like I wasted my time though, since I got more than enough action than I expected. But it would’ve been better if they made the story much more intriguing...

Encyclopedia Asthmatica Vol 1 (DVD)












For an experiment into the odd and eclectic musical world of Asthmatic Kitty Records, look no further than Encyclopedia Asthmatica Vol 1. This DVD is a compilation of the artists on the Asthmatic Kitty roster. From Sufjan Stevens to the artist known as Rafter, all the best of Asthmatic Kitty is presented on this DVD. With the variety of artists on this DVD, Encyclopedia Asthmatica Vol 1 is a great set to own for any fan of all things Asthmatic Kitty.

Track List


BUNKY
Hippopotamus (Live, SXSW 2005)
Baba
Space Alien

CASTANETS
A Song is not the Song of the World
Smallest Bones
Good Friend, Yr Hunger (Live, SXSW 2007)

HALF-HANDED CLOUD
You Wouldn't Embarass Me Would You?
Tongues Possess the Earth Instead
Think/Dance Collective performance

LIZ JANES
Jesus is a Dying Bed Maker
All the Pretty Horses

MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND
Freak Out!
Live @ Northsix
Dragonfly
Gone Away
Magic Rabbit

RAFTER
Adventurers
ZZZPenchant
Gentlemen
Hope
Monsters
Encouragement

SHAPES AND SIZES
Teller/Seller
Jinker/That Fat Hand
Can't Stop that (Sinking) Feeling

SUFJAN STEVENS
Jacksonville (Live, Calvin College 2007)
Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake
The Undivided Self (for Eppie & Popo)
The Vivian Girls...
Put the Lights on the Tree

THE CURTAINS
Go Lucky
Spinning Top

Amusement (DVD)











Are you up for a little... Amusement?

I thought that after the Saw series, the idea of a sadistic killer torturing people has been worn out. Well, not exactly. Get ready for Amusement. This recent thriller is about three childhood friends stalked by a killer with a grudge that stems all the way from elementary school. An incident that involved one of their classmates comes back to haunt Tabitha, Shelby, and Lisa when they‘re suddenly taunted by a mysterious character wanting revenge. When the girls find themselves trapped in a stone-walled chamber, they are suddenly face to face with their enemy. If they don’t find a way out, they’ll soon be dead. It’s all part of the killer’s “amusement”.

Amusement is not a bad movie to pop on for some quick thrills. However, it had the potential to be a lot better than it was. I thought the ending wrapped up too quickly. It would have been great if they extended it just a little bit to add some more tension. Despite my issues with the ending, the film does have its moments. One particular scene is when one of the girls is babysitting, and the stalker/killer is waiting for her in the bedroom with his evil clown costume. He just sits there waiting while she thinks it’s a life-size doll. Her attempt to escape the house after he chases her is one of the more chilling moments of the film. Amusement may not appeal to everyone, but it’s good enough to give a few scares to those looking for some.

Mary Poppins: The 45th Anniversary Edition (DVD)




Here's a review of Mary Poppins: The 45th Anniversary Edition DVD by my associate, Amica Paige...




If not for anything else—because this film is one of those things to love or hate, like the seemingly strained city life, or the tedium of the country, depending on one's impression; like "rare" or "well-done", with the latter being synonymous to being "overcooked" for the ones who prefer the former; or in music, like pop or rock; there's no "medium-rare" or middle ground for an ambivalent audience, which is highly unlikely to exist anyway, because again, you'd either watch this or you won't, or you've seen it before, enjoyed it, and would gladly see it again, or would rather learn how to knit, you get the point—you'd watch this purely for entertainment. Why? Well, because it's simply great entertainment. And Walt Disney and great entertainment are one and the same; when you talk of one, you're talking of the other. And this 45th Anniversary Special Edition of Disney's Mary Poppins is an absolute, all-time, family amusement. One can hardly criticize this seemingly sappy musical as too farfetched. It is farfetched, which makes for a fantastic entertainment. And yet, even in all its whimsy, lending an escape from reality—and it was so for the writer of Mary Poppins, Pamela Traverse, who had created this literary tapestry, her childhood and aspects of her adult life knitted and romanticized for a children's book (though the Mary Poppins in the book could hardly be considered as charming as she was detached, though enigmatic, and certainly not a romantic at that), and who had consistently disapproved of Disney's updated version of her nanny, according to Valerie Lawson's account of the continually embittered and equally enigmatic former creator of the original Mary Poppins, in Lawson's book, Mary Poppins, She Wrote, which I'll cover next time—the movie still strongly portrays the bleak reality of real life situations, such as that of a misguided father, Mr. George Banks (David Tomlinson), who, in his rigid philosophy, gets consumed by his life's work for his family's sustenance, but ends up neglecting his consenting wife, Winifred (Glynis Johns), and dissenting children, Michael and Jane (Matthew Garber and Karen Dotrice) instead. In flies the "practically perfect" nanny, Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews), to the rescue, with her magical umbrella and carpet bag, with her wit, tenacity, and charm, and also with the help of a good-old friend Bert (Dick Van Dyke), the quirky and cheerful chimney-sweep, who's also adept at magic tricks, art, singing, dancing, and life in general, as he meets it everyday with inexhaustible cheer. While the children get whisked away to some awesome adventures, the Banks learn valuable lessons from their stalwart nanny, the humble and always merry Bert, the lowly Bird Lady (Jane Darwell) whom the birds, obviously more agreeable than Hitchcock's vicious birds (thank god), flock around, and the buoyant Uncle Albert (Ed Winn), who becomes as light as a bubble and soars, literally, everytime he laughs.

This remastered fanfare of a film boasts of a magical story seasoned with distinctive characters; fantastic scenes, with Disney's brilliant animation and Bob Crowley's exceptional design concepts; outstanding musical scores by the Sherman Brothers; and excellent choreography, especially in the "Step-in-Time" sequence with the chimney sweeps. (If chimney sweeps danced that well, they'd be entertainers in real life; then again, there actually might already be chimney sweeps who really are excellent dancers.) The special 2-Discs set also features Backstage Disney, which includes a peek at Disney on Broadway, Music sets with a downloadable MP3 for "Step In Time", Rare Behind-The-Scenes Footage, and Fun Facts; an Animated Short hosted by Julie Andrews; a Reunion with Andrews, Van Dyke, and Sherman; and the 1964 Premier of Mary Poppins, among a few other treats, including an interview with the author, Valerie Lawson. This dynamically animated edition is surely much more than just a dose or a "spoonful of sugar". It's "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", with glimpses of real life circumstances. And quite a lot of sugar. But it's still good. It's simply great entertainment.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Igor (DVD)












"I'd rather be a good nobody than an evil somebody."

That's the one quote that stuck in my head the most from watching Igor. This film about an “Igor” who dreams about becoming an evil scientist is out now on DVD. In this movie, “Igors” are nothing more than slaves that work for the evil scientists in the land called Malaria. What separates the main character (John Cusack) from all the other Igors like him is that he refuses to spend the rest of his life in the dark. This Igor has dreams about becoming a great evil scientist. And when his master is not around, he works to create his own inventions. One day he actually succeeds in creating a live creature who he calls “Eva”. Everything seems ok about her except that she's kind hearted. And in the land of Malaria, kindness is not a virtue. Being evil however, is a great quality. So when Igor sees this “flaw” in Eva, he tries to get her to become what he made her to be. But through a series of events, Eva does actually live up to her potential. However, Igor and the others in Malaria quickly see the consequences turn catastrophic. Now it’s up to Igor to stop Eva from destroying everything and get her back to her good nature. Of course, that’s not the only theme in the film. You can find other themes in here such as working hard to achieve your dreams, no matter what your status in life is. But the one that came through clear was the power of free choice in life. We all have an "evil bone" in us. But as Igor points out to Eva, we have a CHOICE on whether or not to act out on it. I really enjoyed watching this movie, especially the dark sense of humor and all the quirky characters (Igor’s companions called Scamper and Brian are a riot). If you enjoy an animated comedy a little bit on the dark side, Igor is just the movie.