RT on DVD

RT on DVD: We Get Down With Up

Plus, quirk alert in Paper Heart and Parker Posey!

by | January 13, 2010 | Comments


[tomatometer]MuzeID=1195997[/tomatometer]

Up

In a time when the best movie is so often determined by the most whiz bang technology, Pixar can always be relied upon to remember what is really important — the story. There aren’t many animations that will have you moving from laughter to tears in the first five minutes but with Up you will find yourself rolling through the full emotional spectrum.

When Carl and Ellie find each other as children, full to the brim with the spirit of adventure, it is a true meeting of heart and soul. They grow together, marry and live a life. While it is a very happy life, their many dreams of adventure are still just that, dreams. When Ellie dies, Carl decides he will live the adventure for both of them. With the help, that is, of Wilderness Explorer, Russell, a bird called Kevin, and lovable Dug.

This is most definitely suitable for every member of the household from the kids to the old-timers. While there is plenty of colour, adventure and lunacy for the kids, grown-ups will find a real emotional heart here.

There are lots of fun special features to be found. There is the director’s commentary, background featurettes and alternative scenes. Best of all, however, are the Pixar short films. Partly Cloudy is a special treasure. Clouds have feelings too you know.


[tomatometer]MuzeID=1212089[/tomatometer]

Paper Heart

Charlyne Yi is a young love sceptic who travels across America making a documentary about the meaning of love. But this is no ordinary documentary. She uses an intriguing mix of documentary, fiction and paper puppets to tell her story and in a very sweet, sometimes too sweet, way she has delivered a refreshing, urban, slightly neurotic take on this great mystery. Amongst the interviews with widows and high school sweethearts and children she meets a boy of her own, Michael Cera. He is… ichael Cera with all his typical awkward charm. Their relationship becomes a bit of a distraction for the audience as they try to work out what is real and what is simply love-arc story telling but that is all part of the game.

Whether you enjoy this film falls entirely on the shoulders of our host, Charlyne Yi. What is sweet, giggly and endearing to some, can be down-right irritating to others.


[tomatometer]MuzeID=1174364[/tomatometer]

Broken English

Parker Posey is magnificent as Nora, a neurotic, flinty New Yorker deeply uncomfortable in her own skin. Intelligent and beautiful, but with an inability to connect to men, she is lonely and looking for the love she feels comes so naturally to those around her.

Written and directed by Zoe Cassavetes, daughter of the late, great actor/director John Cassavetes, Broken English is a small film that feels as shy and complex as its protagonist. Theoretically it is a romantic comedy but the laughs are subtle and the characters are too far from perfect for it to be mistaken for a genre film.

Nora has the potential to be deeply unlikable with her flagrant display of flaws and in the hands of a lesser actress she may have been. Every character in this film is fractured in some way but the firm direction steers them through, making many of them relatable; and even forgivable.


[tomatometer]MuzeID=1197086[/tomatometer]

Aliens in the Attic

When a throng of itty-bitty aliens attack their vacation home, the kids step up to the battle in this family friendly sci-fi flick.

The kids are a bit too cool and the grown-ups are a bit to clueless but all in all, there is fun to be had for the pre-adolescent set.

Ashley Tisdale of Sharpay fame from High School Musical joins Robert Hoffman (Step Up 2 the Streets), Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond), Carter Jenkins (Bad News Bears) and Austin Butler (Zooey 101) as the last line against the aliens.

The best physical comedy comes from Roberts and Hoffman after they have been taken over by the aliens’ ray gun that turns human adults into zombie puppets. This isn’t a film that works on various levels satisfying kids and parents alike. This is really just for the kids but there are enough laughs throughout to keep them entertained to the end.

The DVD release has a rudimentary selection of special features including an alternate ending, some deleted scenes, a gag reel and a featurette entitled The Ashely Encounters. The Blu-ray has more to play with, throwing in a host of extra featurettes including Behind The Zirkonians, Lights, Camera, Aliens!, Kung Fu Grandma, Brian Anthony ‘Electricity’ Music Video and Fox Movie Channel Presents: Life After Film School with Barry Josephson who is one of the movie’s producers.

Tag Cloud

aliens worst movies DirecTV CNN olympics documentaries The Walking Dead Academy Awards films Valentine's Day 71st Emmy Awards WGN renewed TV shows The CW Best Director sequel Disney+ Disney Plus The Witch indiana jones Food Network Crackle 20th Century Fox WarnerMedia Winners Fox Searchlight Character Guide james bond mutant name the review anthology Legendary Comics on TV BBC America supernatural Song of Ice and Fire rt labs critics edition spain women series legend Marvel Studios comics king arthur high school comic Prime Video Comedy Central child's play target scene in color 79th Golden Globes Awards Alien Fantasy IFC 73rd Emmy Awards Mary Poppins Returns vampires TV movies dexter monster movies Film Festival Countdown YouTube Premium VOD rotten movies we love RT History twilight History talk show Endgame Mary Tyler Moore The Arrangement Oscars GIFs Columbia Pictures halloween Amazon Prime blaxploitation LGBT Apple TV+ kaiju television Rock genre vs. Summer Year in Review Sundance rt labs robots politics biography emmy awards Ovation 2018 joker video ABC Family kids Black Mirror Dark Horse Comics biopic war PaleyFest young adult true crime A24 2020 VH1 know your critic Walt Disney Pictures Disney Superheroe debate Heroines Marvel obituary Musicals 2015 leaderboard Hear Us Out Freeform CW Seed Discovery Channel based on movie obi wan hist ESPN Logo NBA cartoon MCU SDCC game of thrones OWN remakes Lifetime Christmas movies Hulu 1990s art house romantic comedy miniseries directors reviews Binge Guide foreign werewolf DC streaming service binge dark nbcuniversal Toys Amazon Studios Interview marvel cinematic universe popular basketball Arrowverse mob superhero NBC OneApp telelvision Netflix Christmas movies Native 2016 ABC Red Carpet Cannes Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Extras Pride Month Image Comics transformers Certified Fresh Bravo new star wars movies 007 IFC Films HBO Max comiccon disaster historical drama TV Land police drama Trophy Talk Apple 24 frames travel Pop TV scary Tarantino dceu aapi universal monsters spider-verse crime thriller cancelled TV series unscripted See It Skip It Schedule Acorn TV new york AMC Plus cancelled concert GoT crime drama psycho action-comedy toy story streaming movies natural history SXSW 2022 gangster scary movies Sci-Fi french posters Video Games Grammys Esquire razzies blockbusters royal family Star Wars Podcast black E3 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina canceled TV shows dogs Infographic Best Actress Travel Channel critics CMT stoner TBS franchise San Diego Comic-Con black comedy Rom-Com scene in color film series japanese independent AMC japan dc Nickelodeon hispanic diversity First Look HFPA dramedy ghosts suspense Lifetime dragons Disney Plus summer TV Avengers superman revenge Drama 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards 45 Pop TNT Awards Tour Showtime Pacific Islander Watching Series Baby Yoda Neflix Turner Crunchyroll Sundance Now TruTV feel good National Geographic Universal Pictures stand-up comedy cats broadcast spinoff Martial Arts YA Hallmark docudrama TV all-time movies Sony Pictures slashers Anna Paquin Fargo docuseries American Society of Cinematographers hollywood Tags: Comedy Rocky Western blockbuster interviews fresh Writers Guild of America PBS Reality Paramount Network harry potter Spring TV italian book sag awards Television Critics Association 93rd Oscars thriller 2019 TIFF facebook Hollywood Foreign Press Association Disney streaming service green book Fox News CBS stop motion BBC One worst The Walt Disney Company MGM FX Calendar YouTube Red quibi SundanceTV Lucasfilm breaking bad reboot serial killer comic books strong female leads movie Epix TCA Awards Indigenous Marathons Action Family versus Awards free movies TCA Winter 2020 Turner Classic Movies a nightmare on elm street Instagram Live Mudbound pirates of the caribbean south america comedies Ellie Kemper summer TV preview HBO 4/20 justice league Tumblr children's TV Vudu criterion LGBTQ Country classics richard e. Grant award winner TV renewals rt archives 2017 Broadway FXX BAFTA mockumentary X-Men TCM technology DC Comics mcc Best and Worst Women's History Month Geeked Week Trivia rom-coms BBC theme song casting festival 90s what to watch screenings Shondaland cancelled television Elton John Quiz Cartoon Network venice cooking Election Horror Exclusive Video Wes Anderson zero dark thirty fast and furious Nat Geo political drama canceled Pixar FOX Holiday Emmy Nominations Focus Features TV One TLC toronto teaser halloween tv dreamworks anime golden globes Mindy Kaling news DGA First Reviews Animation psychological thriller CBS All Access finale cops Starz The Academy New York Comic Con critic resources Paramount Plus NYCC chucky HBO Go Shudder ID Sneak Peek USA Network APB kong Mystery Best Actor Brie Larson screen actors guild video on demand DC Universe Sundance TV E! asian-american doctor who prank zombie jamie lee curtis Pet Sematary Holidays Syfy cinemax spanish Film streamig nfl 72 Emmy Awards Polls and Games Chernobyl Adult Swim Lionsgate wonder woman jurassic park PlayStation Spike Christmas Comic-Con@Home 2021 comic book movie BET Awards VICE Set visit trailers Box Office sports indie batman hidden camera zombies adventure lord of the rings Premiere Dates mission: impossible Star Trek christmas movies Star Wars Celebration Ghostbusters Teen Tomatazos heist movie GLAAD witnail summer preview Best Picture adenture Hallmark Christmas movies latino USA 21st Century Fox hispanic heritage month adaptation best Britbox Biopics deadpool scene in color series comic book movies king kong Superheroes football Universal Tubi Comedy new zealand slasher Emmys President archives period drama nature Netflix Amazon Prime Video The Purge parents Warner Bros. Disney Channel El Rey cars Nominations SXSW 94th Oscars Apple TV Plus Opinion Oscar international sopranos medical drama scene in color Cosplay 2021 Music crime Tokyo Olympics Winter TV spider-man FX on Hulu satire Pirates MSNBC Paramount social media composers marvel comics Black History Month Super Bowl book adaptation cancelled TV shows live action Stephen King IMDb TV saw Musical spy thriller target ITV South by Southwest Film Festival crossover 99% spanish language Captain marvel science fiction sequels laika live event golden globe awards Funimation sitcom rotten Kids & Family elevated horror documentary Thanksgiving Rocketman romance ViacomCBS TCA Fall TV trophy Masterpiece singing competition Creative Arts Emmys Spectrum Originals die hard tv talk Marvel Television scorecard TCA 2017 RT21 YouTube animated cults godzilla festivals Classic Film streaming ratings Reality Competition Amazon Sony Peacock Trailer Paramount Pictures space australia Photos ABC Signature MTV Comic Book Television Academy game show boxing A&E Mary poppins discovery boxoffice BET