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Journey to the Center of the Earth, Kitt Kittredge, Tinkerbell, and Zombie Strippers

Posted Tuesday, October 28, 2008, at 11:27 AM

Well, last week was a big epic fail on your part. Nobody commented on the blog. All it would have taken is one little comment and you would have been able to walk away with a free movie rental at Movie Gallery. So - we'll try it again this week. It's a contest! All you have to do to enter is comment at the end of this blog with something relevant to the reviews or to movies in general. Out of all the 'entries,' one will be randomly chosen to get the free rental. Any questions or what not can be directed to me at mccookgazette@gmail.com

The Reviews

Journey to the Center of the Earth

This was a fun little flick although somewhat boring. The acting was good and the plot was decent. The real thrill was the action and unfortunately I wasn't able to watch the 3D version which was sure to be much more entertaining than the normal 2D version. You can really tell what segments were supposed to be 3D and blaring off the screen at you when you are watching the standard version. It's a bit of a let down but I can't help but think how cool it would have been if I was actually doing the whole 3D thing. Overall, a good flick that relies to heavily on action to entertain. If you get a chance to watch it, you might be sure you get the 3D version as it promises to be even better, although you may look a little weird with the cardboard red and blue glasses.

Kitt Kittredge: An American Girl

This is a family flick that has great production values, wonderful acting, and a story worth watching. It's a heartwarming tale of a little girl and her family going through some really hard times. Father has to leave town for work and Mother ends up opening rooms in the house to people to rent. The main girl Kitt, played marvelously by Abagail Breslin, wants to write for the newspaper and starts an inquiry into a string of recent crimes. To say it all ends well doesn't destroy the movie as it is a family flick and with all family films, it has to end on a happy note. Either way, this is a great little film that deserves to be watched. Check it out now!


The first in a line of fairy related products that Disney will be releasing over the next couple years is Tinkerbell. It's only fitting Disney releases Tinkerbell first to launch their new fairy campaign. I thought it would be pretty awful but ended up slightly enjoying it. It's obviously got some great production values in it, but still doesn't have that final polish that Disney reserves for its theatrical releases. I wish they could find a way to polish up their direct to DVD movies as well, since some of them, are pretty decent. This one is well worth a watch if you are a fan of Disney and especially if you have a little girl in the house. My daughter really enjoyed seeing a movie all about Tinkerbell.

Zombie Strippers

There really isn't anything else I can say about this flick other than it only has Zombies and Strippers in it. Some of the time, the Zombies are the Strippers and vice-versa. Overall, this flick was made by people wanting to make a 'cult' classic and in trying so hard, they sort of failed. It's got plenty of camp and horror in it with lots of nudity, but the script and plot never quite rises to that ultimate cult-classic status. This one is best viewed with a lot of friends to make fun of it for ultimate satisfaction. I can definitely see a place for this flick at Halloween Movie Parties.

So, all these flicks are available at Movie Gallery and remember to comment to get a chance at winning a free movie rental.

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OK ya got me. I have not seen any of this weeks reviewed movies, but I slept at a Holliday Inn Express sometime in the past.

Last movie we saw was Ladder 49 and I really enjoyed it!

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Tue, Oct 28, 2008, at 2:53 PM
Cody Dame's response:
Ladder 49 was a good film, but that's been out for a long time! How long has it been since you've watched a movie?

I just got thru watching "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and in my opinion it was great!!! It had action, it had mystery, it had romance, it had comedy relief, and it even had a know-it-all kid who comes in handy and helps with the plot line. I enjoied it very much. I watch a lot of movies and usually try an see movies as soon as they com out on DVD. I even have seen 'The Happening' which I usually shy away from most 'scary' movies, yet I have seen 'I Am Legend' which I liked the second ending better, and have seen a lot of others to numerous to mention. I buy a lot of DVDs watch them over and over. ;o)

-- Posted by Samantha to be on Tue, Oct 28, 2008, at 10:57 PM
Cody Dame's response:
Did you like The Happening? I have yet to find someone that will honestly admit to liking it. It's just so bad.


-- Posted by billybobi on Wed, Oct 29, 2008, at 1:47 PM
Cody Dame's response:
I know for a fact you did not enjoy The Happening. Good try though.

Hi Cody... Checked out the Ladder 49 DVD from the local library. Last movie out was Hancock, another flick I REALLY liked. BTW, your review of that show was just too right on.

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Wed, Oct 29, 2008, at 3:39 PM
Cody Dame's response:
Thanks Brian. Hancock comes out on DVD November 25th. I'm really excited about some of the special features on the disc including an unrated cut of the film which will be interesting to see what the MPAA made them cut out to get the rating it did.

no really i did enjoy the happening, i also enjoyed hancock, so MEH :P

-- Posted by billybobi on Thu, Oct 30, 2008, at 8:15 AM
Cody Dame's response:
Well FINE, I'll just let it go....:)

Haven't seen the movies that you're reviewing this week - yet. Once my girls know Tinkerbell is out, I'm sure they'll badger me until I rent it for them. Usually doesn't take much badgering. I was told not to waste my time on the Happening, but I'll watch it anyway, because I like to form my own opinion (and I'm kinda stubborn). Dunno when I'll get around to it, but I'll let you know whether I liked it or not. Most recent movies watched were the new Indiana Jones & the Incredible Hulk. Loved them both, but I had issues with the IH not having any of the original actors from Hulk. The actors in it did a good job, though. I'm looking forward to a Hulk/Ironman movie.

-- Posted by dlfiend4ever on Fri, Oct 31, 2008, at 8:42 AM
Cody Dame's response:
I highly recommend watching The Happening - It's just too bad to miss - I'd love to hear your thoughts when you do get around to it. I must say I really liked Eric Bana from the first Hulk flick much better than the new Hulk, Edward Norton. He was just so much better at it - but I'm one of the few that liked the first Hulk way better than the new Hulk. I am also looking forward to Marvel's new way of thinking in creating movies that all merge to create one Marvel universe. They do it in the comics so well, why not in the movies?

I am just going to say - I haven't seen any of this weeks new releases... but would just like to comment on some comments.

'The Happening' might have been a horribly acted movie (huge non-Marky Mark fan)...it might not have been the usual M. Night 'twist' movie... but think about it... something, in the air... once it hits you... you just think of a ridiculous way to kill yourself... knowing it's bound to happen... the paranoia...the fear... how scary would it be... to drive down Norris Ave. and see people hanging from the tops of the buildings? that is what I think M. Night was getting at...

The 'Hulk-Iron Man' movie will be a Justice League movie... then they've about tapped all the Marvel resources they can get...

'Zombie Strippers' sounds like an intriguing movie... and it couldn't be worse than another High School Musical...

I don't need a movie gallery coupon... I'll just keep commenting...

-- Posted by ringobonham on Sat, Nov 1, 2008, at 7:27 AM
Cody Dame's response:
I completely agree with you on what M. Night Shymalan was trying to get at with The Happening, but it was an epic fail on his part. There is no question that the idea could have been great, but The Happening didn't quite make it happen. I have to delightfully disagree with you on Marvel tapping all their resources. They haven't even begun to get into all the comic book heroes they have. As an avid reader of comic books, I'm excited Marvel is making more flicks and can't wait for 'smaller' heroes to make it to the big screen such as Deadpool (Before I start an argument, yes he's slightly popular, but not as big of a level as Thor, Captain America, or Wolverine). Also - The Hulk-Iron Man flick will be an 'Avengers' movie featuring Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America. Both Thor and Captain America movies are scheduled for the next couple years. The Justice League movie you were probably thinking about was supposed to already be in production, but had to be cancelled due to problems involving actors and actresses. The Justice League is actually DC Comics and features Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. I can take your username out of the running for the Movie Gallery Coupon if you like - just let me know if you really want me to take it out of the random drawing. Love the comments, be glad to hear more from you in the following weeks. Just interested to know - did you like M. Night's 'Lady in the Water' flick?

'Lady in the Water' is probably my least favorite M. Night film... I understand it was a lullaby his mother told him every night before bed... but, compared to 'Sixth Sense' and 'Signs'...movies that make you wonder... it just didn't hit it off for me...

Yeah - I really dont need a drawing for a movie gallery rental...

I am as well excited about Marvel coming out with the movies... but, I must say... the best use of a Marvel character was 'Thor' in the one and only...'Adventures in Babysitting'.... haha...

-- Posted by ringobonham on Mon, Nov 3, 2008, at 7:11 PM
Cody Dame's response:
Agreed. Adventures in Babysitting with Elisabeth Shue was an excellent flick.

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Cody Dame is the CEO and owner of three local McCook Businesses, Game On, Spotlight Studios and Divine Productions. He also manages to work for the McCook Daily Gazette.