DVD’s I Bought This Week: December 16-21

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.

Burn After Reading (Out December 21)

The Pitch: A spy movie…only without spies, but with idiots.

Why Buy It?: This has easily been one of my favorite films of the year. Smart, witty and hilarious. The Cohen brothers always find a way to keep their work fresh and different by mixing up the tone of their films from time to time. This one is in the same vein as The Big Lebowski or Raising Arizona. Also, I have always loved when Brad Pitt steps outside of his comfort zone and takes a role that is a bit out there. Not to mention that the entire cast (including a small part from J.K. Simmons) performed brilliantly in this one.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (Out December 19)

The Pitch: A super villain falls in love, and plans to get the girl by defeating his arch nemesis.

Why Buy It?: So if you were Joss Whedon, and every television series that you put together was cancelled even though there was a strong fan following, what would you do? Well he created a small internet mini-series starring two of his favorite people in Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion. If you haven’t watched this yet, you should. It’s funny, original and has a lot of heart. Check it out, but I know I will be buying it.

Blu-ray Available: No

Hamlet 2 (Out December 21)

The Pitch: A high school drama teacher, with absolutely no shame, writes a sequel to a Shakespearean classic.

Why Buy It?: So what did we learn about Steve Coogan this year? Well between Hamlet 2 and Tropic Thunder, he apparently has no shame. They guy just does what he needs to for a laugh. This one doesn’t hold back from obnoxiousness or crudeness, it just rapes you in the face as they say in the movie. Tackling issues like alcoholism, peer pressure, racisism and homosexuality…just kidding, it’s not serious whatsoever. If you are looking for something funny and original that will likely be considered a cult film in some time, Hamlet 2 is the sequel you’ve been waiting for.

Blu-ray Available: No

Traitor (Our December 19)

The Pitch: Another (more serious) spy thriller for the week.

Why Rent It?: Where has Guy Pearce been for the last like five years? Don Cheadle though, has made quite a name for himself this entire decade. I have always been a fan of Cheadle since Rebound: The Legend of Earl ‘The Goat’ Manigault. If you haven’t seen it, you should. I didn’t get a chance to see this one, so I definitely want to at least check it out. Let me know what you think.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

The House Bunny (Out December 19)

The Pitch: A former playboy bunny plans to take over academia.

Why Rent It?: Anna Faris…oh how I adore her. I don’t know what it is, but I just find her adorable. I love to watch her because she is freakin’ hilarious. This isn’t exactly the type of film that I gravitate to, but I want to give it a shot for Faris. Also I can’t forget Emma Stone and Kat Dennings. This is just a great opportunity to check out some young attractive actresses that actually have some talent and potential. Now Rumer Willis, that…is a different story.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

Death Race (Out December 21)

The Pitch: A remake of the Roger Corman classic – Death Race 2000.

Why Rent It?: Jason Statham is not giving us much of a reason to still come out and support his films. He has made bad choice, after bad choice. However, no matter how bad his films are…they are always entertaining at the least. Throw in some Ian McShane, and I’m there. Trust me though, if you haven’t seen the original…go see it.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

Mama Mia! The Movie

Synopsis: Only in America. A film inspired by a musical, inspired by ABBA music.

Why Avoid It?: The only thing worse than a typical chick-flick, is a typical musical chick-flick. I won’t lie, I saw this in theaters. While it was mildly humorous at parts, it was just a heaping pile of ABBA that I couldn’t manage to handle. Not helping matters much, Pierce Brosnan’s singing voice is atrocious. The whole singing when you can’t sing situation, really sets me off. On another note, anyone think that Amanda Seyfried matured overnight and looks totally different?

Blu-ray Available: Yes

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Synopsis: The tomb of three fading stars…

Why Avoid It?: This was, in my opinion, the most ridiculous movie of the summer. The only other movie that could compete with that title might be Journey to the Center of the Earth. So what do these two films have in common? Brendan Fraser. He is not the only actor to be falling into oblivion, Jet Li and Maria Bello aren’t that far behind. One of the only actors to show any promise out of the bunch is Australian actor Luke Ford. Which brings me to another point, that Ford (27) is supposed to be playing Fraser’s (40) son. Ridiculous, and un-entertaining.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

The Women (Out December 19)

Synopsis: Diane English’s cruel attempt at taking over the world.

Why Avoid It?: You have two choices. You can either watch The Women, or eat a spoonful of estrogen while being forced to view Lifetime via the Ludovico technique. Either would be equally fun. With that being said, I have no idea why it seems that Diane Keaton should be in this movie but I could have swore the original trailer included her. It could be that I’m just confusing this one with dozens of others just like it.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

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