Posts Tagged ‘Mila Kunis’

This week’s releases include: woolly vengeance; an old school action flick; an over-the-top family; a biopic; an amusing story of an unlucky guy; a sexy anthology; a memorable musical; revisiting a classic science fiction franchise; a multifaceted coming-of-age story; a flamboyant rock ‘n’ roll picture; and a life awakening. (more…)

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis in the middle of a flash mob in Friends with BenefitsOne of the first things people say about this film is, “Didn’t this movie come out already? No Strings Attached, right?” Yes, Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman released a film with the same premise earlier this year. But all the things it lacked are found in Friends with Benefits. (more…)

This week’s releases include: a sci-fi tour de force; a famous, tragic love story; a plunge into darkness; the true story of a kind-hearted drug dealer; the ultimate public, political betrayal; an entrancing mafia tale; a new Charlie Brown narrative; an amazing crime drama; an appalling future; an HBO series about the New Orleans; and a documentary that demonstrates one man’s trash is another’s treasure. (more…)

JUNE 1
Life (Blu-ray)
From the BBC and the Discovery Channel, producers of Planet Earth and The Blue Planet: Seas of Life, comes the newest landmark natural history series, Life. In Planet Earth, they brought you the world as you’ve never seen it before. Now, get closer with Life. Four years in the making, filmed over 3000 days across every continent and in every habitat, with breathtaking new high definition filming techniques not available for Planet Earth, Life presents 130 incredible stories from the frontiers of the natural world, 54 of which have never been filmed before. This 11-part series narrated by Oprah Winfrey captures unprecedented sequences and demonstrates the spectacular and extraordinary tactics animals and plants have developed to stay alive.

Special features include: “Life on location,” a collection of 10 behind the scenes video diaries showing efforts of the filmmaking team; deleted scenes; and “music only” viewing option. (Warner Home Video)

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Studios tapped the video game pool again, this time giving Max Payne new life.

Payne (Mark Wahlberg) walks the dark, gritty streets of New York seeking justice by any means. He is hunting the person who brutally killed his wife and child but so far no leads. However, his search crosses paths with a series of murders linked to a dangerous narcotic. He teams with a leather-clad woman (Mila Kunis) with her own agenda to find the truth but discovers a conspiracy that hits closer to home than expected.

The picture is highly stylized, somewhat resembling the neo-noir style achieved in Sin City. Shadows are a character in themselves and most of the film is nearly monochromatic. This aesthetic really draws attention to the stunning scenes of bright flames, which also signal an unnatural interference.

Wahlberg tends to do very well when his dialogue is minimal and he’s mostly required to deliver hard, troubled stares. Kunis’ Russian is surprisingly decent, although her “don’t mess with me” attitude could use some work. Beau Bridges is a villain but the menace of his character is not conveyed well. And even though there are other recognizable names in this flick (Olga Kurylenko, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges and Chris O’Donnell), their roles are comparatively so small it’s difficult to remember them.

The special edition DVD contains both the theatrical and unrated versions of the film but with only three minutes between them, the difference is negligible. Part one of a featurette does some exploring of filming in Toronto; while an animated short further explains Payne’s wife’s role in the events of the narrative. There is also feature commentary and a digital copy of the unrated version.

Seth Green and Matthew Seinreich’s anomalous project continues to thrive amongst this generation’s ADD television viewers. The complete third season was released on two-discs by edgy animators Adult Swim.

For those unfamiliar with the series, Robot Chicken pokes sharp fun at movies, music, television and other facets of pop culture. It does so in a channel-surfing format, in which each skit lasts about 30 seconds before being swapped for the next one. Each episode is about 12 minutes. The shows appeal however is derived from the number of obscure references to ‘80s pop culture, political digs, and its fondness for putting unlikely characters in circumstances of extreme sex and violence. Family Guy does something similar but Robot Chicken has less of a plot.

This season’s skits feature Transformers’ Soundwave finding himself lost in the modern world; The Game of Life’s decisions put into action; and Popeye’s intervention. This season’s voice contributors include regulars Green and Breckin Meyer, as well as Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, Mila Kunis, Snoop Dogg, Stan Lee, Rosario Dawson, Matthew Lillard, Chris Evans, Malcolm McDowell, Amy Smart and several of Green’s friends from his days on cult hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer, including series creator Joss Whedon. Like the previous seasons, three is packed with bonus materials. Each of the 20 episodes has audio commentary.

On disc-one, you’ll also find “Chicken Nuggets” that gives viewers the opportunity to watch four of the episodes with informative and funny video commentary interruptions; a short but bloody gag reel; and a look at the stop-motion element before and after visual effects.

Disc-two includes two episodes with alternate audio; deleted animatics that include 22 cutout bits; another eight deleted scenes that did not air on television, including a sketch of Jeopardy with superhero contestants; a guided studio tour by Green and Seinreich; and 11 video blogs by the various departments responsible for putting the show together.