Friday, February 22, 2008

DVD Collection Parts 11 & 12

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Rating: 85

Plot summary: King Arthur and his gallant knights search desperately for the magical, life-bringing Holy Grail. Along the way, they meet some Knights Who Say NI, a crazed, man-eating rabbit, and a brave and persistent Black Knight, among many others. There's singing, dancing, self-referential humor, and general buffoonery.

Favorite Quote 1: "We are the Knights Who Say NI!"
Favorite Quote 2: "Bring out yer dead!"
Favorite Quote 3: Clop clop clop clop clop!
Favorite Quote 4: "'Tis but a scratch."
Favorite Quote 5: "We're knights of the Round Table, we dance whene'er we're able."

Odd acquisition story: This was a Christmas gift from my parents. Mom does most (okay, all) of the Christmas shopping, and I'd put this on my list. When I opened up what should've been Monty Python and the Holy Grail, I was greeted instead by a copy of the movie Jabberwocky. There was a huge sticker on it that said, "by the director of Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Thankfully, Mom kept the receipt, and I went to exchange the DVD. Upon walking out of Wal-Mart (I HATE Wal-Mart), I found out the cashier failed to deactivate the security device. Thus, the alarm went off and I had to prove that the DVD belonged to me.

Lingering questions: Really, the only thing I have to ask: how did these guys come up with this stuff? It's either genius...or insanity.

L.A. Confidential

Rating: 88

Plot summary: In the 50s, corruption runs rampant throughout the L.A. Police Department. Three very different officers form an alliance to seek out the truth. One refuses to sell out, one does everything he can to look good, and one struggles to contain his animalistic rage. Along the way, they encounter conspiracies, a ring of hookers cut to look like Hollywood stars, mob violence, and betrayal at the highest levels.

Favorite Quote 1: "She is Lana Turner."
Favorite Quote 2: " Rollo Tomasi."

Odd acquisition story: Nothing especially striking here. This was a Christmas gift.

Lingering questions: Was anyone not shocked when James Cromwell shot Kevin Spacey? If you were, my hat is off to you. It still surprises me, even though I know it's coming now.

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