DVDs I Bought This Week!

A wise man once said “It’s not just about seeing Star Wars two weeks before everyone else. You’ve gotta plow through crap like Marie Antoinette and Catwoman as well.” I have the fortune of being able to see all of the films that I want, and find out that they are only worth one viewing (or less) before I would willingly pay for the DVD…and subsequently end up hating myself later. But for every The Whoopee Boys there has to be an Indiana Jones, and because of the great films I am able to put myself further in debt every week.

Note: Click on any of the titles below to pick them up over on Amazon.

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Doubt

The Pitch: A priest and a nun go to war. It’s a lot better than it sounds.

Why Buy It?: I really enjoyed the performances in this one. Philip Seymour Hoffman was spot on as usual, delivering a character that seemed genuine enough to question his virtues one way or another. Meryl Streep and Amy Adams delivered the goods as well. One performance I didn’t buy however was Viola Davis’. She was nominated for an Oscar for like three minutes of screen time, which is almost as absurd as Ruby Dee’s nomination. Well call it however you like, this was one film that I really enjoyed.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

Donkey Punch

The Pitch: A thriller that is as crazy as it sounds.

Why Buy It?: So here is a foreign flick that is worth every second of your life that it will occupy. It starts out like any horror flick would, with alcohol, drugs and gratuitous nudity. Then it turns into what you could basically call a softcore porno. Then it takes a twist and turns into a wild thriller. Interested? You should be. It’s messed up. I loved this one.

Blu-ray Available: No

No Country For Old Men

The Pitch: Deja Vu? No, just a special edition that took too long.

Why Buy It?: My original quote for the original release of this DVD was, “I think their official slogan for this DVD release was ‘Buy it, or Javier Bardem will make your head explode.'” Now the official slogan of this three disc edition is “Buy it, or Javier Bardem will make your head explode…again.” Why buy it again? I’m more of a buy first, ask later kind of DVD collecter. Maybe some of those common questions to this film will be answered in the five hours of extra features.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

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Bedtime Stories

The Pitch: Adam Sandler doing the inevitable, a childrens movie.

Why Rent It?: What do I have against Adam Sandler? A lot. I just don’t find the guy funny anymore. Is it that he has lost his ability to make people laugh, or is it that I have outgrown his style of humor? I have no idea. What I do know though, is that I enjoy a lot of Disney films. No matter how formulaic or corny they may be, they are still enjoyable. So can Adam Sandler make a kids movie worth seeing? A rental will answer that question.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

House

The Pitch: Not the campy horror movie from the 80’s, unfortunately.

Why Rent It?: I always give horror movies a chance. I mean horror movies nowadays are like a visit to the dentist. It could be the best visit ever, but it is still ultimately just a visit to the dentist. I have not seen very many worth while horror films and this one seems forgetable. Not many people even heard about this one. Let’s see what it has to offer. Any opinions?

Blu-ray Available: No

Yes Man

The Pitch: Didn’t Jim Carrey make this movie a long time ago?

Why Rent It?: The plot of this one travels oddly close to the same path of Carrey’s 1997 film, Liar Liar. Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily, but nothing is making me want to see this one. I do believe that I am smitten with Zooey Deschanel. She makes me want to see this one. Anyone else think this is worth buying?

Blu-ray Available: Yes

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The Day The Earth Stood Still

Synopsis: Go green, or aliens will blow you up.

Why Avoid It?: This was probably the best career move ever made by Keanu Reeves. He accepted the challenge of portraying an emotionless alien unaccustomed to our social skills. He was awesome. No, he wasn’t…but you knew what I was getting at. This one is a buffet of special effects, with a side of horrible performances. So take the original film and flip it over, and let birds cover it with feces.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

The Tale of the Despereaux

The Pitch: Mediocre mice.

Why Rent It?: This is yet another example of one of those animated films with no heart. Where a studio would rather slap a few “big names” on the billing than actually put some thought and effort into the project. I don’t know if you’d call Matthew Broderick a big name anymore or anything though. Tell me, how did that guy go from Ferris Bueller to Sarah Jessica Parker’s  handbag? Avoid this one, kids didn’t even like it.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

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