B-/B+/C Sound: B/B+/C+ Extras: C-/B/C- Films: C/B/C
for some new comedy....
Martinez's Christmas In Paradise (2022) is a
leave-your-brain-at-the-door holiday comedy that brings together the
interesting pairing of two very comedy-capable actors who land up
having mixed chemistry together but are not awful here: Kelsey
Grammer and the underrated Elizabeth Hurley, playing father and
daughter. She has sisters and he has been dumped for the season.
Can the holiday be saved?
Billy Ray Cyrus shows up (???) so that's supposed to help (though he
comes across better here than I ever expected, including a
smarter-than-you-might-think send-up of his lone megahit: (''Achey
Breaky Heart'') and the nearly 90-minutes somehow run smoother
than the glut of such productions over the last few decades usually
do. Those interested will want to give it a look, though Hurley
steals most of her scenes.
trailer is the only extra.
Smith brings the third and final installment in his Clerks Trilogy
to a close with the triumphant, Clerks
Bringing back many of the key players from the first two Clerks
films, Smith crafts a different kind of drama / comedy that he has
been known for in this unusual filmmaking career with an emotional
sendoff for the series that got him into making movies in the first
real life, Kevin Smith had a heart attack a few years ago and it
certainly opened his eyes to a more healthier lifestyle. In this
film, Smith takes a page from his own life and throws it into the
Clerks worse then Randal (Jeff Anderson) gets a heart attack and
survives, coming back with an ambition to make a film of his own.
Meanwhile, Dante (Brian O'Halloran) is dealing with the death of his
girlfriend (Rosario Dawson, who doesn't let fame stand in the way of
being in an independent film!), and the stoner geniuses Jay and
Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Smith) who are in the center of all the
action at the infamous New Jersey Quick Stop. The boys exchange
words on movies, comics, the internet, society, and of course death.
Commentary with Writer/Director Kevin Smith, Actors Brian O'Halloran,
Jeff Anderson, Trevor Fehrman and Austin Zajur
Clerks III Documentary
Not Even Supposed To Be Here Today: 3 Decades of Clerks Documentary
and Alternate Scenes
a Theatrical Trailer
respect Kevin Smith as a filmmaker and feel like he did a really good
job with Clerks III. A film I would recommend to any you are
a fan of Smith's View Askew cinematic universe. If you are a big fan
of Smith's work then you will catch a lot of subtle references here
to some of his earlier projects, which always makes it fun.
Chase's Summertime Dropouts (2022) is a music comedy
(featuring songs by a new band called Simple Plan) with the title
referring to young people giving up a time in their life that could
be the most fun to pursue their dreams. The unknown cast is not bad
and the title is also the name of the fictitious band in the film.
Of course, some people may become romantically interested in others
and maybe they can get a hit, but what else does this offer?
not much new, but I was constantly amused that the script, actors and
makers play and approach this as if it is fresh and happening, which
is actually better than the awful, over-budgeted Fame
remake a few years ago and definitely wants to pick up where the hit
TV show Glee
left off in some ways, reminding us that we have not seen enough such
stories of late. Guess COVID really messed us up in ways we're still
makers here at least care about what they are making, which lasts 93
minutes and we might even see some of these actors later, but even if
it does not work much despite not dragging much, at least they were
trying and that is a small battle won right there. So many actual
big screen musicals have been bad lately, so at least this does not
make their mistakes. Those very curious should give it a look and
who knows how this one will age, but it will be interesting.
Copy and a trailer are the only extras.
for playback performance. Clerks III is presented in 1080p
high definition on Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4 AVC codec, a
widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and an English DTS-HD MA (Master
Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) lossless mix. In Clerks fashion, some
scenes are in black and white in an effect to go back full circle to
the first film, but most of the film is shot in color and looks and
sounds fine here on Blu-ray disc. This is the best performer on the
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Paradise
is a little softer than I would have liked it, and not because it is
trying to be 'soft and Christmassy' or something like that you could
expect from such a production. It is just the limits of the HD
cameras they are using, but the
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless sound mix is more like it and
at least has a consistent soundfield.
anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image on Summertime has
consistent color, but is softer than even I expected for this older
format and it is as if the makers do not realize this, as they just
roll on as if they were shooting in 4K (they were not) but at least
the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound mix (especially offering so much
music) is more serviceable. Could this play better on Blu-ray?
Nicholas Sheffo and James Lockhart (Clerks III)