Friday, March 27, 2009

The “I’m Still Alive” Update!

Happy Friday, blogosphere! I always hate writing a post that essentially apologizes for a week of inactivity on The Wort Report, but this is what we’re unfortunately dealing with. If you’re curious, yes, I have been swamped with a lot of other writing assignments, which have reduced my brain to a watery mush. On the plus side, in the event that I’m attacked by a swarm of elderly zombies, my gray matter will be a lot easier to chew (or gum) and digest. Don’t say I never did anything for you, undead seniors, but you’ll have to bring your own straws.

For those moments this week when I haven’t been staring blankly at Word documents, I’ve been enjoying some pretty great recent DVD releases. On Tuesday, we were treated to both Quantum of Solace and Tales of the Black Freighter, a supplement to the Watchmen film. Both are great fun for mush brains, and I mean that as a compliment.

Opinions on Quantum of Solace were pretty mixed among James Bond fanatics when it hit theaters last fall. While I thought it to be a worthy sequel to 2006’s Casino Royale—which successfully revived the franchise after Die Another Day reduced it to a jokey mess just four years earlier—some felt that Daniel Craig’s latest outing just wasn’t Bond enough. I tend to disagree. Casino Royale rebooted the franchise and Quantum of Solace merely continues that trend, ramping up the action in the process. Is it a generic action film at times? Sure. Most Bond movies are. That doesn’t make it any less entertaining.

I also really enjoyed Tales of the Black Freighter, although I’m not sure if the title necessarily warrants a purchase for anyone except the most die-hard of Watchmen fans. The animated Black Freighter segment is certainly well made, but it's also incredibly short at just over 20 minutes. Also on the disc is a faux Under the Hood news segment, which covers a lot of expository ground that the film just didn’t have time for, particularly when it comes to the first Nite Owl, Hollis Mason. However, it's just not something you really need to own as you probably won't rewatch it. It's worth a rent, but this material may very well end up on an extended DVD or Blu-ray set somewhere down the road.

Speaking of roads, that’s it for today. This weekend I hope to spend some serious quality time with Resident Evil 5 as well as finally seeing I Love You, Man, which I’ve heard nothing but good things about. I might even sleep for a few hours. Imagine that.

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