Posts Tagged ‘Henry Rollins’

This week’s releases include: a slasher sequel; a dark, cyberpunk future; a political docudrama; an historical trek through South America; an eccentric family’s opening season; a police mystery; a fantastic mandated job; and a physical odyssey. (more…)

This week on DVD are two different types of creature features – one animal, one vampire – and a pair of offbeat, non-traditional westerns – neither of which are American, but instead Canadian and Korean. Also hitting shelves is the blu-ray release of 1996’s Hamlet.

Furry Vengeance on DVDFurry Vengeance (DVD)
An ambitious young real estate developer, Dan Sanders (Brendan Fraser), faces off with a band of angry animals when his new housing subdivision pushes too far into a pristine part of the wilderness. Led by an incredibly clever raccoon, the animals stymie the development and teach Dan about the environmental consequences of man’s encroachment on nature.


If you were taken by the story presented in 2005’s Lords of Dogtown and want a better look at the real-life inspirations for the narrative minus the fiction, Dogtown and Z-Boys is the documentary to see.

Using archival footage and recent interviews, director and former Z-Boy Stacy Peralta chronicles the rise of the most influential group of skateboarders in history. Beginning with their initial bond through surfing and the Zephyr customized board shop, he documents their transition to skateboarding and trespassing in the search of empty pools to perform stunts that would eventually make their public debut in the half-pipe. In addition to exploring their contribution to the sport, the guys’ personal endeavours and hardships are presented from neglectful parents to drug abuse to in-fighting. Interviews are also shown with those they influenced, such as Tony Hawk and Henry Rollins.

Having seen Catherine Hardwicke’s movie first, there are parts of the story we already know but there is also a lot we don’t. Seeing it from their perspective rather than an outsider’s who has to edit their lives along the way is enlightening, entertaining and engaging. To see the culture that has had a major impact on sports, clothes and lifestyles taking shape is captivating; though watching the negative impact of their success on their personal lives is more difficult.

Special features include: commentary with Peralta and editor Paul Crowder; an alternate ending; deleted scenes; extended “raw” skate footage with Tony Alva; a Lords of Dogtown webisode featuring Heath Ledger; 2000 interviews with Jeff Ho and Mar Vista; and multi-angle footage.

Henry Rollins appeals to the fringe crowd; Ron Perlman draws in the fanboys; Bill Moseley attracts the horror enthusiasts; Zack Ward provides the humour; Taryn Manning is the veiled eye candy; and Cuba Gooding Jr. is supposed to bring the credibility. The question is: on to what movie did these actors think they were signing?

Something has gone awry at an underground government archaeological project in the Middle East. A special military unit, led by Captain Mack (Gooding Jr.), has been dispatched on a search and rescue mission. Tragically, their debrief has not been one of full disclosure and they are unaware of some pertinent facts that threaten their objective – find and extract Dr. Lee Wesley (Perlman). As their task becomes complicated by the unexpected and unexplainable, it becomes clear they are not only ones with a mission to accomplish.

The Devil’s Tomb had some of the makings of a cult movie, but it just fails to deliver. Rollins plays a scared priest that pops up a couple of times in the narrative to deliver ominous foreshadowing and important information. Perlman’s role is even smaller and less impressive, appearing in the last act as the key to everything. And Gooding Jr. does not leave much of an impression at all. Fortunately, Ward delivers on the comedy front and Moseley is superbly deranged.

There are numerous flashbacks to a single moment in Mack’s past but it always restarts from the same place and only advances by small increments each time it interrupts the narrative; there’s also no indication why this incident is of any significance – it’s quite irritating. The finale’s twist is somewhat unexpected but still fails to provide any real oomph to the film. On the other hand, the body mutilation special effects look oozy and disgusting (i.e. good).

The special features include commentary with director Jason Connery (Sean Connery’s son) and Gooding Jr., which is fairly dry; six alternate scenes that add little to the feature; less entertaining outtakes; and a 16-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, in which Connery explains he wanted a character-driven film rather than a straight-up horror flick – maybe he should have leaned a little more towards the horror than the character.