Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, a review by addicted2dvd
Title: Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
Director: Mike Johnson, Tim Burton
Length: 77 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1, Music Only: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Johnny Depp as Victor Van Dort (Voice)
Helena Bonham Carter as Corpse Bride (Voice)
Emily Watson as Victoria Everglot (Voice)
Tracey Ullman as Nell Van Dort/Hildegarde (Voice)
Paul Whitehouse as William Van Dort/Mayhew/Paul The Head (Voice)
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride carries on in the dark, romantic tradition of his classic Edward Scissorhands and Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Set in a 19th-century European village, this stop-motion animated feature follows the story of Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp), a young man whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious Corpse Bride (voiced by Helena Bonham Carter), while his real bride Victoria (voiced by Emily Watson) waits bereft in the land of the living. Though life in the Land of the Dead proves to be a lot more colorful than his strict upbringing, Victor learns that there is nothing in this world - or the next - that can keep him away from his one true love. It's a tale of optimism, romance and a very lively afterlife, told in classic Burton style.
I am watching this one in this marathon for 2 reasons. First it stars Johnny Depp who starred in the TV Series 21 Jump Street back in the '80s. And also because Brittany wanted to watch a movie with me. And I let her decide what she wanted to watch. And this was her pick. Tim Burton's Corpse Bride is a fun animated movie that is good for the entire family any time... but especially around Halloween. This is the first taste of Tim Burton's animation I ever had as I still never seen Tim Buton's Nightmare Before Christmas... but think I may have to see about adding it to my collection as well. I will say that there is a little too much music in this movie for my taste. But it is bearable. I still enjoyed it... I would have just enjoyed it more without the songs in it.
Out of a Possible 5
NOTE: Jimmy... I already have a review for this movie... but this one is more detailed so you can just change the links so that it links to this one.
(From Weekend Movie Marathon: Mystery Marathon on January 31st, 2010)
Drag Me To Hell, a review by Jon
Drag Me To Hell
4 out of 5
Christine (Alison Lohman) is a good natured loan officer, who gives in to greed for one fateful moment. Unfortunately, she is now cursed, and has three days to free herself or be dragged to Hell!
Bloody brilliant horror, this! Like Evil Dead II, it’s laugh out loud disgusting with a few jumps. Thank goodness for Sam Raimi, because my generation missed the truly decent cinema horrors of the late 70s and early 80s and have had to put up with predictable teen slashers and morally bankrupt Saw crap. Some of them were alright, very good even, but this is what horror films at the pictures should be about. It’s not as good as the old films, but it’s good enough to give I Don’t Bloody Care What You Did Last Summer the shits and that’s all that matters.
The story is typically straightforward with a predictable end, but a couple of not so predictable moments along the way. Girl gets cursed, finds out she’ll be Dragged To Hell by a Lamia demon, gets desperate to break it and risks losing everything in the meantime. Lohman is excellent; looks gorgeous, but isn’t whiny, while Raimi gleefully throws her around like a rag doll. Justin Long is her boyfriend and is quite happy to be Justin Long. Very good, but doesn’t really have to do a lot. Ted Raimi is fun as Christine’s manager and Reggie Lee is particularly funny as Stu.
It’s well written enough, especially as her manager and Stu are the real creeps willing to do anything for quick money. She makes one mistake. One! And gets beaten up by new horror icon, Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver). Absolute tour de force, even when she’s definitely dead. At her best attacking Christine in a car park, at one point losing her teeth but still attempts to bite her throat out! All Christine can do is fight back with a stapler.
Some moments are definitely over the top, which is what you want, but unlike a lot of similar films today, Raimi brings the old magic with well executed scary bits and authentic looking material documenting the curse (similar to The Book of the Dead). Some nods to his classic moments, like the unseen force racing around rooms and one character possessed by a demon, looking similar to when Ash was floating around a log cabin.
Ah, Ash. Where was Bruce Campbell? He’s Raimi’s best bud, in every damn film, except this one! Criminal. But it is the girls turn and while Christine is no Ashette, no one will be forgetting the other female star in Mrs. Ganush.
I want trashy sequels, even though they won’t make sense. Films like this need trashy sequels so you can have Evil Dead type marathons, whooping every time an eyeball comes flying across the screen! Don't take it seriously and you'll have a great time.
And the best thing? Raimi might have his balls back, which bodes very well for Spider-Man 4.
(From Drag Me To Hell **** on June 2nd, 2009)
Tom's TV Finales marathon, a review by Tom
Based on Kevin Smith's cult comedy classic, this outrageous anthology brings together every hilarious episodes of Clerks: Uncensored - including 4 never before seen anywhere! It's the continuing adventures of clerks Dante and Randal, two guys just trying to make the best of menial labor! With constant interference from the outlandish Jay and Silent Bob - follow the clerks' wildly improbable antics from one riotous episode to the next! Filled with big laughs and hysterical jabs at popular culture - anyone who enjoys fun, irreverent comedy won't want to miss it!
Season 1.06 Episode 6
Writer: Kevin Smith (Original Characters By), David Mandel (Writer), Kevin Smith (Writer)
Director: Steve Loter
Cast: Jeff Anderson (Randal), Jason Mewes (Jay), Brian O'Halloran (Dante), Kevin Smith (Silent Bob), Alec Baldwin (Leonardo Leonardo), Kevin McDonald (Pinhead), Mark McKinney (Pinhead), Jeff Bennett (Various), Tara Strong (Various), Diana Devlin (Various), Dan Etheridge (Mr. Plug), Walt Flanagan (Walt the Fanboy), Bryan Johnson (Steve-Dave), Matthew Maher (Various), Michele Maika (Various), Brian Posehn (Mooby-Shirted Fan), Kevin Michael Richardson (Announcer/Morpheus), Lisa Spoonauer (Caitlin), Julia Sweeney (Upset Mother), Frank Welker (Various)
A good episode. Seems like they already knew that they were cancelled when producing the episode, or they really just like to make fun of themselves. This episode jokes that the series is unsuccessful because it is not like the movie. So this episode is more like the movie, just with some crazy stuff going on outside of the store.
(From Tom's TV Finales marathon on April 13th, 2013)