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.
Heroes – Season 2
Cast: Hayden Panettiere, Milo Ventimiglia, Zachary Quinto, Masi Oka
Synopsis: Ordinary people with superpowers, finding their calling.
Why Buy It?: Heroes is easily one of the most epic shows on network television. A great cast and an awesome story make this show a must see. Though it was hindered a bit by the WGA strike earlier this year, the second season of “Heroes” didn’t disappoint one bit. In fact, it pulled out all the stops and delivered surprise upon surprise all the way to the epic final moment, a moment that perfectly sets up season 3, entitled “Heroes: Villains.” As you can imagine, the highly anticipated third round is going to be loaded with some intense stand-offs and unexpected alliances. And if you were one of those folks who got lost in the strike shuffle last year, this is one box set that is required before moving on to season 3.
Entourage – Season 4
Cast: Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara
Synopsis: Pseudo Mark Wahlberg and his friends in crazy situations.
Why Buy It?: This is one of my favorite shows, and it hasn’t lost any steam over the course of 4 years. Considering that I follow film, actors and Hollywood, this show is a pleasant break from reality. I’d like to say that I hang out with celebrities all the time, and share experiences like those in the show…but sadly I don’t. However, sometimes you get to gang out with the right celebrities and you take part in moments that are even unbelievable for television.
The Nightmare Before Christmas 2-Disc Special Edition
Director: Henry Selick
Cast: Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara
Rated: Rated PG for some scary images.
Synopsis: The most unconventional Christmas story ever.
Why Buy It?: I am one of those people who still have a sealed copy of the out of print special edition of the original DVD. It was one of those must own DVD’s for me, as it contained the rare and amazing DTS audio track. Well for the diehard fans, it looks like the studio has heard your cry and created a magnificent special edition set that I referenced back in our officially cool feature last week. I have no reason to expect that the studio skimped on special features, so make sure to run out for this one if you are a fan.
The Brotherhood of The Wolf – Director’s Cut
Director: Christophe Gans
Cast: Vincent Cassel, Monica Bellucci, Mark Dacascos
Rated: Rated R for strong violence and gore, and sexuality/nudity.
Synopsis: A specialist is brought in by French royalty to investigate grisly murders.
Why Buy It?: This was one of those foreign films that I was fortunate enough to catch while I was in high school. I liked to keep my mind open, but the idea of a French werewolf movie still seemed kind of a stretch for me. Fortunately, I was a bit off with my assumptions. The Brotherhood of The Wolf was one of the coolest foreign films I had seen to date. With awesome fight sequences and a very engaging plot, I have to recommend this one highly.
What Happens In Vegas
Director: Tom Vaughan
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Rob Corddry
Rated: Rated PG-13 for some sexual and crude content, and language,including a drug reference.
Synopsis: The ultimate marketing idea that would never happen…visit Vegas, accidentally marry an attractive single and then win big.
Why Rent It?: I would like to say that it would be for the laughs and ridiculous situations…but the only things that made me want to see this one was Rob Corddry and Zach Galifianakis. Call me crazy, but I never found Cameron Diaz very attractive. So I can’t say that she is a big draw for me. Kutcher can be funny, so the movie might not be a lost cause. I guess, expect crap and you will be in for a pleasant surprise with this one.
Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden
Director: Morgan Spurlock
Cast: Morgan Spurlock
Rated: Rated PG-13 for some strong language.
Synopsis: A crazy man from West Virginia sets out to find public enemy number one.
Why Rent It?: While I loved Supersize Me, I only liked Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden. It isn’t like the film isn’t enjoyable, it’s just that it is a very different battle than the one fought in Spurlock’s first film. I guess it was the fact that Supersize Me took a sledgehammer to an American standard, that made it a resounding wake up call. However, Spurlock’s newest film is attacking an agenda that American’s are already weary from. Sure we want to find the guy, but it doesn’t take a movie to make us re-realize the goal.
Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Synopsis: The true meaning of torture porn, disguised as political and socioeconomic commentary.
Why Rent It?: When Criterion released the first print of this film, the property was in court for copyright problems. So the very small run of the DVD became an instant collector’s item. I have seen the DVD go for over $600 at times, seriously. When I found out about this, I knew I had to see the film. I’m sure that your curiousity might be sparked by such a controversial film. Salo was banned in several countries, and for good reason. Check it out if you are curious, but it will challenge all of your sensibilities.
Director: David Mamet
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tim Allen, Emily Mortimer, Alice Braga
Rated: Rated R for strong language.
Synopsis: A set of circumstances put a man into an unfortunate situation, forcing him to fight
Why Rent It?: This one traveled way under the radar, but was written and directed by David Mamet. Chiwetel Ejiofor is quickly becomming a favorite actor of mine. The film has all the ingredients of a fantastic movie, and doesn’t dissapoint. I really liked this one and definitely reccomend it as a must see. I just don’t see this as a must own.
Director: Brett Morgen
Cast: Hank Azaria, Dylan Baker, Nick Nolte, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber
Rated: Rated R for language and brief sexual images.
Synopsis: An animated reenactment of the trials that followed the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
Why Rent It?: I saw the trailer for this one and knew immediately that I wanted to see it. Using archival footage, court transcripts and music from the period, director Brett Morgen tries to show the court case that put the constitution on the chopping block. With an awesome voice cast and a very cool look, Chicago 10 is a must see movie for me…rental or not.
Director: David Leland
Cast: Hayden Christensen, Mischa Barton, Tim Roth
Rated: Rated R for sexual content, nudity and some language.
Synopsis: A young Darth Vader tries his hand at young Italian women.
Why Avoid It?: Because this sounds like the worst rubbish to ever make its way onto celluloid. Unless Mischa Barton gets naked and becomes attractive again, I wouldn’t pay to watch this one. Hayden Christensen is like the Buffalo Bills…three chances to win it all, and you just come up a loser. I’d rather go watch Cassanova, and that was no prize either.
Director: Austin Chick
Cast: Josh Hartnett, Naomie Harris, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Adam Scott, David Bowie
Rated: Rated R for language and some sexual content.
Synopsis: The tale of an entrepreneur, one month before 9/11.
Why Avoid It?: Josh Hartnett is one of those hit and miss kind of guys. He scored with Lucky Number Slevin and then sucked hard in The Black Dahlia and Resurrecting The Champ. He just came off another score with 30 Days of Night, so I’d expect August to be quite a dissapointment. One of those Sundance films that received no press, probably because noone liked it.
Director: Uwe Boll
Cast: Zach Ward, J.K. Simmons, Verne Troyer
Rated: Rated R for extremely crude humor throughout, including strong sexuality, graphic nudity, violence, and for pervasive language and some drug use.
Synopsis: A showcase of Uwe Boll’s talent…and I guess you could call it a “movie.”
Why Avoid It?: Uwe Boll is not a tallented director. He is actually quite the opposite. In a viral video for Postal, he actually attacked peers like Michael Bay and George Clooney. Last time I checked, Clooney is an Oscar winner and Bay’s films are billion dollar properties. Boll is like a car crash, you know exactly what you will see…but it’s so damn fascinating to watch the carnage.
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