Sunday, February 17, 2008

DVD Collection Parts 7 & 8

NOTE: I've been sick with the flu over the past few days, too weak even to check my email. That's why I broke my string of consecutive posts. I'm trying to make up for it by posting two today.

Ocean's 11

Rating: 89

Plot Summary: Ex-con Danny Ocean (George Clooney) gets out of prison with nothing to do, so he decides to round up a gang of fellow felons and conmen to pull off a huge multi-million dollar heist from a violent and dangerous casino owner named Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia). It all comes down during a huge boxing match, when the group knows plenty of money will be on hand. The crew includes cool Rusty (Brad Pitt), green, dorky, and earnest Linus (Matt Damon), outspoken Frank (Bernie Mac), and the destructive Basher (Don Cheadle). Oh, and when it comes down to it, the whole thing is really over the fact that Danny is trying to win back his wife Tess, who's currently with Benedict. A lot of setup, a great cast, and plenty of humor make this one a staple in my collection.

Favorite Quote 1: "They might as well call it whitejack!"
Favorite Quote 2: "Look, we all go way back and uh, I owe you from the thing with the guy in the place and I'll never forget it."
Favorite Quote 3: "This is the best part of my day."

Odd acquisition story: This one's a true Canadian import. I bought Ocean's 11 while on a trip to Stratford, Ontario, Canada. I went up there with a buddy for a college Shakespeare Festival. We went primarily because my buddy loves Canada and it was a chance to go somewhere. At that particular moment in time, the dollar was actually pretty strong, so I ended up getting Ocean's 11 for a pretty good price. Of course, from looking at the case, you wouldn't know this disc was from Canada. When I get to Zoolander, trust me, that'll be a different story. Kind of.

Lingering Questions: How did they pull it off? How long would it really take a guy like Terry Benedict to notice that the vault floor was missing its logo? Just how interchangeable are Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon? Why did people hate Ocean's 12 so much?

Superman: The Movie

Rating: 90

Plot summary: His homeworld of Krypton dying, scientist Jor-El defies the leaders of his world and sends his son Kal-El away from the planet right before it explodes. A kindly couple from Smallville, Kansas, finds the boy and adopts him. They name him Clark. The boy eventually discovers incredible abilities before moving to the big city of Metropolis and fighting for truth, justice, and the American way. Mild-mannered reporter by day, Clark Kent becomes Superman when evil threatens. The Man of Steel meets his greatest challenge in the entertaining scheming of Lex Luthor. Along the way, Superman finds love and rejection with Lois Lane, rescues a kitten from a tree, turns back time by flying around the earth backwards, and endures Margot Kidder, a true super-ability if ever there was one.

Favorite Quote 1: "Otisburg? OTISBURG?"
Favorite Quote 2: "You, you've got me? Who's got you?
Favorite Quote 3: "It's amazing tht brain can generate enough power to keep those legs moving."
Favorite Quote 4: "I'm here to fight for truth, and justice, and the American way."

Odd acquisition story: Nothing odd, really. This DVD was a Christmas gift from my brother the Christmas after I bought my first DVD player. When I was home for college during Christmas vacation, I remember hooking my DVD player up to a TV in my bedroom. It was sitting on top of one of those Rubbermaid totes, hooked up to an RF modulator because the TV didn't have RCA inputs. I recall watching this movie one night, and then watching it with the commentary the next.

Lingering questions: Why Margot Kidder? Annoying, whiny, and definitely not hot. Hey, Mr. Luthor, could you come up with a plan that doesn't involve real estate? Wait a second...that's a question for Superman Returns. And to be fair...Luthor did plan to team up with those three criminal Kryptonians to bring Superman down. Can you believe how big Clark Kent's glasses are?

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