DVD’s I Bought This Week – June 24th

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.

In Bruges

Director: Martin McDonagh

Cast: Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Brendan Gleeson

Rated: Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language and some drug use.

Synopsis: Two hitmen on holiday – dark comedy style.

Why Buy It?: This is one of those films that I just didn’t believe any of the hype about, until I saw it. In Bruges is truly one of those funny dark comedies that can’t be passed up. This was one of my favorite releases of the week. I know alot of people don’t think much of Colin Farrell’s acting prowess, but he really does pull it off. Ralph Fiennes is awesome in this one too. Check it out.

Formats: Standard DVD

Definitely Maybe

Director: Adam Brooks

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Abigail Breslin, Elizabeth Banks, Isla Fisher, Rachel Weisz, Kevin Kline

Rated: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, including some frank dialogue, language and smoking.

Synopsis: A dad tells his daughter about the three girls he got it on with before she was born, not in a creepy way though.

Why Buy It?: I think I might have mentioned my slight man-crush on Ryan Reynolds before…look I’ve gone and done it again. I just can’t avoid his movies because even if they are stupid, they are always entertaining. This is a Ryan Reynolds flick that will totally pull on your heartstrings. Oh, and if you were at least 10 years old in 1993 then you will appreciate a ton of pop-culture references in this one. “Who is Kurt Cobain?”

Formats: Standard DVD


Director: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi


Rated: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including violent images, sexual references, language and brief drug content.

Synopsis: A girl’s story that takes place during the Islamic Revolution

Why Buy It?: With a crap-load of Oscar buzz, Persepolis topped my list of must-see films from 2007. This is not necessarily one of those movies that you would invite all your friends over for, but it is totally worth seeing and buying if you love to own great films.

Formats: Standard DVD, Blu-Ray

The Spiderwick Chronicles

Director: Mark Waters

Cast: Freddie Highmore, Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen

Rated: Rated PG for scary creature action and violence, peril and some thematic elements.

Synopsis: Two twin boys try to maintain a fake accent, while trying to escape Nick Nolte.

Why Rent It?: So I won’t lie, I liked The Spiderwick Chronicles. However, I did not like it enough to shell out another $20. I am fine with just seeing it one more time. Seriously though, how much of Nick Nolte’s voice can you put up with nowadays. Take some halls man.

Formats: Standard DVD, Blu-Ray

Charlie Bartlett

Director: Jon Poll

Cast: Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Kat Dennings

Rated: Rated R for language, drug content and brief nudity.

Synopsis: A teenager uses his trust fund life to help sell prescription drugs to other teenagers.

Why Buy It?: The only way I can explain this one is that it is not bad. There were some things that I did like, namely Robert Downey Jr. However, there were alot of things I didn’t like. Anton Yelchin is just plain annoying. If a whiny voiced teenager like him started giving me advice on how to live my life, he would be under my car. This is a good one if you don’t mind predictability…otherwise take my advice and just go use your $20 to buy some prescription drugs from that one friend of yours.

Formats: Standard DVD

10,000 BC

Director: Roland Emmerich

Cast: Steven Strait, Camilla Belle

Rated: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence.

Synopsis: When mammoths attack!

Why Avoid It?: I was hoping that 10,000 BC would surprise me like Apocalypto did. Meaning, that it would be a good movie and better than I expected. I don’t know why I didn’t read the warnings. Any film that stars Steven Strait and Camilla Belle should not be called “epic”, unless the second word of the phrase is “failure” or “mishap”.

Formats: Standard DVD

The Hammer

Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld

Cast: Adam Carolla

Rated: Rated R for brief language.

Synopsis: A 40-year old man tries to resurrect his boxing career.

Why Avoid It?: I can’t wait for all six of you Adam Carolla fans out there to flame me, and stick up for him. When you have to bribe your production studio to get a limited theatrical release, there is a problem. Maybe Carolla should have employed Artie Lange and Larry the Cable Guy, then this could have been the biggest straight to DVD release ever!

Formats: Standard DVD

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