From Russia with love.
Back in the USSR, you don't know how lucky you are, boy. Yep, you've got to love Russia. Just think of all the cool shit they've given us over the years. During the cold war era, a whole bunch of evil Russian wrestlers like Ivan Koloff and Nicolai Volkoff were going around being all... you know, evil and Russian. Of a similar mould was Ivan Drago, Rocky Balboa's dreaded opponent in Rocky IV; in what is still the most hilariously unrealistic boxing match I've seen in a movie.
Another boxing related Russian brute was the mighty Soda Popinski, found in the classic NES game Mike Tyson's Punchout (incidentally, in the character's original form - in the arcade version of Punchout - he went by the more offensive name of Vodka Drunkenski). Zangief is a well known Russian game icon too, being o... Read On
|Q&A With Timur Bekmambetov, Director of Night Watch|
Straight from the horse's mouth.
Sammy's note: I should make it clear that this Q&A was not actually done by me. It was passed on to Buttonhole via our supporters at 20th Century Fox. I don't want to try and take credit for someone else's work!.
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|Stranger Than Paradise. DVD Review|
Another Jarmusch flick from Madman's Director's Suite Label
I saw Jim Jarmusch's latest film, Broken Flowers (starring Bill Murray, in superb form) a few weeks ago and I absolutely loved it. The timing of that tied in well too, because Madman recently sent me this DVD of one of Jim's earliest features- Stranger Than Paradise.
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|Dig! - DVD Review|
The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre
by Madame Hooplah
Dig documents the careers and relationship between these bands over a seven-year period. Courtney Taylor and Anton Newcombe, (singer/writer of The Dandys and egomaniac/"genius" of Jonestown respectively) initially had a close relationship. Over the course of the doco they antagonise each other and grow apart. It's not totally clear how much of this is malicious but it seems to begin with The Dandy Warhols' single "not if you were the last junkie on earth". Whether justified or not, Anton, a heroin user, takes it personally and retaliates with a song called "not if you were the last dandy on earth". From thereon Anton tries to set up a Blur/Oasis type of rivalry for the media and things get strange.... Read On
|Corpse Bride. Movie Review|
Hatchy joins the team with our first cinema release review
Corpse Bride is the latest film in what has been a busy year for director Tim Burton. Devoid of flesh and blood actors and filmed completely with stop motion photography using puppets, this is Burton's second major release in the format since 1993's The Nightmare Before Christmas.
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|Futile Attraction. DVD Review|
Another quality film from NZ. No giant monkeys though.
I'd been looking forward to seeing the New Zealand made film Futile Attraction (or, as I will also refer to it- FA), particularly because I've interviewed its director (Mark Prebble) - not once, but twice. I was impressed by the amount of fortitude it took for him to get his film done and found him to be a really likeable dude. When the DVD of FA Mark sent me for reviewing arrived, I suddenly felt a brief moment of apprehension. The thought that insidiously crept into my alcohol damaged brain was, "What if, after talking about this movie so much on the site, I ended up hating it?" That would be a rather embarrassing situation. Thankfully though, as soon as I began watching the movie my concerns were quickly put to rest. I've now watched Futile Attraction a few times and can honestly say that I reckon Mark (and his cast and crew) did a top job of it.... Read On
|Breaking News. DVD Review|
No news is good news. Is Breaking News also good?
by Australian Ninja
I broke the news one time, but it got better.
Chinese films. I love them. Why? Well, most Chinese films are so refreshingly different to the Hollywood variety that I can't help but enjoy them more than most American films.
The production values in recent years have certainly seen an improvement in Chinese films and I think that as a result Chinese films are being taken more seriously as quality entertainment and less as kooky and bizarre entities.... Read On
|Double DVD Review- Crazy White Boys & Decade of Destruction|
Fazz gets a double dose of dudes doing dumb things
The DVD opens with the following important disclaimer: "Warning: The shit in this video has been performed and supervised by Crazy White Boys. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. If you do, and get fucked up, it's on you asshole. We're not responsible for your bullshit antics." What follows is fifty minutes of needless pranks, and a few moments of hilarity thrown into the mix. ... Read On
|Chelsea 2004-05 Season Review. DVD|
Ichibod hates this team, but at least he follows the game.
"Chelsea football club were formed and entered the league in 1905. Their early years were uneventful and it wasn't until 1955 when they won their first honour, the league title. This double DVD is set over two parts and tells the story of Chelsea's sensational season."... Read On
|Batman Begins DVD Review|
The Dark Knight has been done justice at last
by Australian Ninja
Batman. He could kick your ass six ways from Sunday and you probably wouldn't even see him. Gotta love that.
Does the world really need another Batman movie? Yes, yes it does. I consider Batman Begins to be the first "real" Batman movie. That is, the first Batman film not to be campy, not to compromise the character and not to be, in a word.... shit. Yes I'm talking about a certain two movies I shall call Generic Batman Movie number three and Generic Batman Movie number four. To this day I have never watched them and refuse to watch them on principle. Which principle is that you ask? The principle of not watching shit movies of course.... Read On
|The Eye. DVD Review|
What can Mugwai spy, with his little eye?
Mun (Lee Sin-Je) has been blind since two years of age but has finally had a life changing operation and received a cornea transplant. Unfortunately this operation has given her the gift of more than one form of vision. At first Mun assumes the shadowy figures and semi-solid beings she witnesses are no more than tricks being played by her newly inherited eyes though she is soon to realize who she sees are no longer of this world.... Read On
|Brotherhood of War. DVD Review|
15000 bullets, 3000 extras, 500 Stunt people. 1 Sammy Review
In war people get killed, shot, stabbed, crushed, blown up and various pieces of their bodies come off. One of the ways we know about this is because war movies show it. It seems many directors love showing us such things and people then say how important it is that the movie is so realistic in displaying the brutality of war. I suppose that's true to a degree (though, sadly, it has hardly proven to be a very affective deterrent), but how many times does one actually have to see people getting blown to bits in horrific ways in these films before the point is well and truly gotten? For me, I'd say it was about 10 war movies ago.... Read On
|Follow up interview with Director Mark Prebble|
Because one serving just wasn't enough!
After Buttonhole's initial Interview with NZ based director Mark Prebble, plenty of further developments have taken place for him, his film Futile Attraction and more. It seemed like the best thing to do would be for us to run a follow up interview! Mr. Prebble agreed. ... Read On
|Dead Man 10th Anniversary Edition. DVD Review|
I'm not dead. Am I?
Every so I receive a product for review that causes me to smile like an idiot and say, "my life is awesome!" One of those times occurred just the other day, when the DVD of Jim Jarmusch's Deadman arrived. The film has long been a favourite of mine and this 10th Anniversary edition disc (courtesy of Madman's excellent Director's Suite series label) has ensured that it will forever remain that way.... Read On
|2B Perfectly Honest. DVD Review|
Who names these things?
To be perfectly honest I don't know if this is a film for everyone. It is a quirky little comedy that has some fantastic acting talent behind it, but a story that you have to trust in order for it to grab you. Does it pay off on that trust? That's where opinions will differ greatly.... Read On
|Blade Trinity. DVD Review|
Jessica Beil is so hot right now.
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Parker Posey, Triple H
The third and final installment (yeah right) of the Blade series is now here on dvd and I'm sorry to report unless you're a hardcore fan you'd be better off spending your casholah on cheap crack and made for television Christian movies. Much was expected after Guillermo del Toro's (Hellboy) fantastic and greatly improved Blade 2 and maybe I expected too much. Reviewers; always wanting more.... Read On
|Deck Dogz. DVD Review|
Can they match up to the BMX Bandits?
Deck Dogz screened for all of about five minutes in the cinemas, typical for an Australian production, thankfully a quality release of the dvd is here and if you like skateboarding in any way, shape or form you should check this shizzle out. Yes even all you kids who wear Bam Margera Element shirts and have no idea who he is.... Read On
|Bubba Ho-Tep. DVD Review|
Don't F*#ck with The King!
Long live the King, baby. According to this movie, which is a true story (okay, it is not true at all, but just play along - it is funnier that way), Elvis Presley is alive; though heâ€™s kind of unsure as to whether or not thatâ€™s a good thing. Early in the picture, he looks at himself in a mirror and asks "How could I have gone from the king of rock â€˜nâ€™ roll to this? An old guy in a rest home in East Texas with a growth on his pecker."
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|Superhero DVD Double Review|
Daredevil Director's Cut & The Incredibles
More DVD reviews at planet Buttonhole! That's always good, right? I'll have some other movie reviews up for you soon too but, right here and now, here's a "double review" of two recent flicks that I tied together, because they both have a superhero theme (other than that though, they are really nothing alike). I'll start with the Daredevil Director's Cut review and right under that you'll find my review of Pixar's The Incredibles. Rock on!... Read On
|Napoleon Dynamite DVD Review|
Moon boots and 'Tater tots; together in a movie at last!
This is an unusual flick and not everyone will like it, but I sure do. The characters are odd (at least when compared with more typical movie characters) and not even particularly appealing, the pace is sedated, the humour is subtle and subdued and the plot is barely even there. Yet, for me, it mostly just comes together and works, in a quirky (that's an overused adjective, but still the most appropriate one in this case) kind of way.
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