DVD Review: The Wild Hunt

The Wild Hunt
Directed by Alexandre Franchi
Starring Ricky Mabe, Kaniehtiio Horn, Mark Antony Krupa
MPI Home Video
Release Date: June 7, 2011

Erik (Ricky Mabe) lives in Quebec and doesn’t have much else going for him other than taking care of his ill father Magnus (Martin Stone) and spending time with his girlfriend Lyn (Tiio Horn). Unfortunately Lyn has decided that she wants more out of life and decides to leave Erik for the spiritual and physical freedom of a live-action medieval role playing village in the countryside where she’ll serve as the feminine arm candy of Murtagh (Trevor Hayes), whose role in the village is that of the shaman and leader of a tribe of rampaging maraduders. Erik seems content to let Lyn go for all time at first but soon finds himself traveling to the village to win back the heart of his lady love. But in order to walk among the other LARPers, Erik will have to reluctantly become one of them. He also encounters Bjorn (Mark Antony Krupa, who also co-wrote), his estranged brother who left Erik with the sole responsibility of caring for their father while he embraced his role of a lusty Viking warrior with a bottomless thirst for the thrill of battle.

Erik gets into the spirit of the village enough that he is able to infiltrate Murtagh’s camp and take Lyn back, but when she refuses to return with the shaman for the purposes of the forthcoming “Big Battle” in which every member of the village will play a part Murtagh gets incensed and creates tension among the ranks of the royalty, warriors, and serfs alike. From there it can only get worse, because Murtagh and his followers are about to kickstart “the Wild Hunt,” an orgy of senseless violence and rampant pillaging, only this hunt, inflamed by Murtagh’s jealousy and petty tyranny, is going down for real.

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DVD Review: Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Season Cinco

Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
Season Cinco
Starring Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Richard Dunn, David Liebe Hart, James Quall
Cartoon Network
Release Date: May 17, 2011

To watch Adult Swim’s Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! is to subject yourself to an experience akin to sitting in the audience of a lethal injection while dwarves in clown makeup throw individually-wrapped slices of cheese on the walls and floor-mounted speakers blast out the immortal eardrum-bleeding ditty “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” by Tiny Tim at different volumes and various revolution speeds. When it’s all over you will find that you’ve laughed, cringed, recoiled in stark horror, and sat in front of your television set wondering just what the fuck that was all about. This is a show that the late comedy writer Michael O’Donoghue, a.k.a. Saturday Night Live‘s Mr. Mike, would have found immensely entertaining. After all, what is O’Donoghue’s Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video if not a Tim & Eric prototype, only much stranger?

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DVD Review: Blood Creek

Blood Creek
Directed by Joel Schumacher
Starring Dominic Purcell, Henry Cavill, Michael Fassbender, Emma Booth
Lionsgate and Gold Circle Films
Release Date: January 19, 2010

Those Nazis were into some weird stuff, and despite being defeated 65 years ago, filmmakers are still finding ways to make them the villains. In the case of Blood Creek, the villain is a single Nazi, Professor Richard Wirth (Michael Fassbender), who travels to America prior to WWII in search of mysterious runestones. His search brings him to the farm of a German family in Town Creek, West Viriginia. Wirth, a student of the occult, finds what he’s looking for — an ancient runestone he believes holds the secret to immortality — but not before war breaks out.

Seventy years later, Victor Marshall (Dominic Purcell) disappears for nearly two years in the same town. When he reemerges in the middle of the night looking like a tortured caveman, he refuses to explain his absence to his brother Evan (Henry Cavill) and demands his help. Evan does as he is asked without getting the details. Personally, if my feared-dead brother suddenly reappeared after two years looking like he had been through hell and demanded I grab as much ammo as possible and follow him, I would probably ask a question or two.

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DVD Review: Gamer

Directed by Neveldine/Taylor
Starring Gerard Butler, Michael C. Hall, Amber Valletta, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Kyra Sedgwick
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Release Date: January, 19, 2010

You know things are bad when the best part of a film based on ultra-violent video games is the dance sequence. However, such is the case with Gamer, which really only gives the viewer what they should expect from a Grand Theft Auto game: an unbelievable plot, half-naked women, and lots of people getting shot. It’s all very generic and blurs together, which is probably why villain Ken Castle (Michael C. Hall) lip-syncing and dancing with soldiers he has under mind control is the only scene that stands out in any significant way.

What passes for the plot of Gamer is simple: In the near future, computer genius Castle creates a type of nanomachine that allows someone to remotely control another human being. Why not just use it to take over world? Well, he’s working on it, but first he decides to use his invention to create a real life version of Second Life, when people can pay to control other real humans, who are in turn paid to be “actors” in the game environment. After amassing the largest fortune in the world, Castle creates a second game, “Slayers,” where the players control death row inmates in a Call of Duty-like shooter. The inmates sign up with the promise of freedom… if they win 30 games.

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