dvd reviews

June 30, 2011 |

By Jared Curtis


'Sucker Punch'

Directed by Zach Snyder

Rated PG-13, 110 minutes


"Sucker Punch" is an awful mess of a film that could have been amazing if only it was edited down to the four dream sequences the main character, Baby Doll (Emily Browning), creates throughout the film. But instead, we get almost two hours of crap. "Sucker Punch" is not even a so-bad-it's-good movie. It's just plain terrible, which shouldn't have been the case. Any time you put together a movie with hot chicks in lingerie fighting dragons, giant samurais, Nazi zombies and robots, it sounds like a blast. And it is, at least for about 20 minutes. Otherwise you get a muddled mess of a girl trying to fight her way out of a mental hospital before she is lobotomized, using dreams as an escape from reality. This film will play better on DVD as viewers can skip straight to the dream sequences, but a kick to the groin is still better than this "Sucker Punch." CV


'Kill Bill'

Directed by Quentin Tarantino

2003/2004, Rated R, 246 minutes


Although they were released as two different films — "Kill Bill Vol. 1" in 2003 and "Kill Bill Vol. 2" in 2004 — the combined effort, "Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair" should be released sooner than later (at least fans hope). The film follows Beatrix Kiddo, aka The Bride (Uma Thurman), as she hunts down Bill (David Carradine), the leader of The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (including Michael Madsen, Darryl Hannah, Lucy Liu and Vivica A. Fox). The group thought they had murdered The Bride on her wedding day, but she survived and is hell bent on destroying all of them. Although each member has his or her own unique specialties and stories, the two that stick out are Budd (Madsen) and O-Ren Ishii (Liu), along with her gang, The Crazy 88's. "Kill Bill" is a wild and gory ride that takes viewers all over the world and ranks as one of the best revenge flicks ever made. CV