Our Weekly Recommendations (June 14th 2011)

Every week the people of Super Website (Super Blog) will give you a recommendation of a Film, DVD, Bluray, Book, Soundtrack or any other item for you the readers to check out.
Super Marcey Recommend’s:

X-Men (Bluray)

With the recently release of X-Men: First Class, I felt the need to go back once again and watch the first X-Men film. However I wasn’t satisfied with just viewing the film, I actually went out and I purchased the film on Bluray. Is it worth the upgrade? YES!
A film like X-Men is meant for HD, while it looks good on DVD, it just looks so much more crisp and clear on bluray. The audio also feels quite amped up, and it just made for a far better experience. I am not entirely sold on bluray, as I do believe there are some films better experienced without it. But for films like X-Men, bluray fits like a glove, and it really feels like it enhances the experience.
Here is an exert from an X-Men film write up I did for TinnedGoods.com
This was without a doubt one of the strongest and most exciting films to come out that year. It had action, adventure, superheroes and villains. The characters and story were based upon the comics of X-Men as well as taking inspiration from the cartoon series. It was adapted to work on this medium and they did a pretty damn good job. A lot of the characters remained the same and in the spirit of what had already been established and others were changed to try and make them work (most notably Marie/Rogue). It was designed to appeal to the whole family (hence some of the awful dialogue) yet try and stay true to what the comics were all about. It had some great effects for the time, both CG and practical and they hold up pretty well today.
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Logan J. Fowler Recommend’s:

Ratatouille

Next to Edgar Wright, Brad Bird is my favorite director. After his one two punch of The Iron Giant and The Incredibles (my favorite movie EVER), Bird gave us Ratatouille, which is less action, more story, but still great regardless.
Ratatouille tells of Remy (voiced by Patton Oswalt), a rat who is much classier than he seems. Remy really has a knack for whipping up great food ideas, especially when it comes to combining things for greater effect. But his dream of becoming a chef seems rather impossible, because well, he is a rat.
However, through a series of events, Remy does end up in the hub of Paris, right above the restaurant formerly owned by his late hero, Auguste Gusteau. As the rat overlooks the chaos in the kitchen, he sees a mop boy by the name of Linguini (voiced by Lou Romano) spill a pot of soup. He messes up the contents inside by adding things in, trying to fix it. Remy falls into the kitchen following this by accident and makes the soup right again. Linguini catches Remy in the act, and Remy is to be disposed of, but after the soup makes it out to a customer and Linguini is applauded for his concoction, only then does Linguini realize that the rat was the animal behind the soup being a special creation. The two form a bond, and Remy sets out to cook using Linguini as his literal puppet.
While Ratatouille is definitely unique in story (a rat trying to cook just makes for a fun time), I have noticed people really harp on it for not being Pixar’s best, because at that point it was expected. While most of the movies in the Pixar libraries are masterpieces (sans cars), Ratatouille I assumed, never set out to be that kind of film in the first place. What it is, though, is fun, quirky, and it also provides Paris in beautiful animation. Also, the underlying motto of “You can be whatever you want regardless of who or what you are” can find a place in the hearts of both kids and adults. It’s definitely an entertaining film, and I quite enjoy it.
In conclusion, I hereby award this movie the Brad Bird Animated Film hat trick. So when are you going to make your next feature length computer generated (or hey, even traditionally animated) movie, double B? I’m waiting.
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Pat Torfe Recommend’s:

Night Of The Living Dead (1968)

After these past few weeks of nostalgia, I figured that it’s high time to go really old school. Going back to 1968 and George Romero’s cult classic, Night Of The Living Dead. This grand-daddy of the genre still holds up today, providing not only relevant social commentary, but also being the shocker it was meant to be. The basic story begins with siblings Barbara and Johnny visiting their father’s grave. Barbara is attacked by “one of them”, and Johnny whacks his head on a tombstone. Barbara flees in their car and eventually makes it to a farmhouse. There, she meets up with Ben, another survivor who barricades inside the farmhouse from the growing swarm of zombies outside. Tensions in the house rise between Ben and two other couples inside the house, who have different ideas about what to do. The film was groundbreaking for its time for a number of reasons. Casting Duane Jones, an African-American, as the main protagonist was not something you did during the 60s. Ben’s fate later in the film also echoed certain racist critiques. Also, with the Vietnam War currently underway, the disillusionment with government was high, much like the disillusionment with the government in the film over what was really going on and what was considered “safe”.
A landmark film in more ways than one, this puppy defined the zombie subgenre and made George Romero a household name in horror circles. It also led to several sequels, including the wildly-popular Dawn Of The Dead. Needless to say, if you haven’t seen this film, you’re missing out on one of the greatest horror films of all time. Seeing as the film is in public domain, you can check it out on YouTube, but if you want more bang for your buck, pick up the recent 40th Anniversary Edition DVD instead.
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Bede Jermyn Recommend’s:

The Hangover

I love good comedy. I don’t care if the humour of the film is either high brow or low brow; as long as it makes me laugh then it has done its job. For my recommendation this week I’ve chosen one of my favourite comedies, which is the 2009 film THE HANGOVER (which is a good one to talk about since the film’s sequel was released a few weeks ago). The film tells the story of a group of four friends who decide to go to Las Vegas for a bachelor party just two days before one of them is about get married. However the following morning, three of the friends Phil, Stu and Alan (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifanakis) wake up with no memory of the events that happened the night before. But things get even worse when they discover that their friend and groom-to-be Doug (Justin Bartha) is missing. In an effort to find Doug and get him back home in time for his wedding, the trio decide to retrace their steps and piece together what happened to them the previous night. Along the way they find out just how much of a crazy night they all actually had. This is an absolutely hilarious comedy that had me laughing from beginning to end. Also what really surprised me most about the film is that despite being a comedy, it also surprisingly works as a mystery. There are a couple of twists and turns in the story that we don’t actually see coming, which is actually quite refreshing in a comedy like this. The three leads all do a terrific job with their performances (although Galifanakis is definitely the stand-out with his fantastic performance as “Alan”, who delivers many of the film’s great moments) and even the supporting cast were also great as well.
Director Todd Phillips (who also made ROAD TRIP and OLD SCHOOL) does a wonderful job with his direction and the script is fantastically well written, it is chock full of many funny scenes and quotable dialogue. So if you are looking for a comedy that you hope will give you some pretty good laughs, I highly recommend that you all check out THE HANGOVER for sure. But if you have already seen it, it’s definitely worth a rewatch. Sure it may be very crude and raunchy, but that doesn’t stop it from being hilarious.
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