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.

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Let The Right One In

The Pitch: A young vampire tale that doesn’t suck.

Why Buy It?: This is easily the best vampire movie I have ever seen. Seems like 2008 was the year of the vampire with stories like Twilight, True Blood and Let The Right One In. This one really set itself apart from the bunch though. The film was a combination of several different genres, creating depth and providing a great story along with some amazing visuals. This one didn’t play in many theaters, so if you didn’t get a chance to see it…don’t pass it up now.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

Role Models

The Pitch: What is better than Paul Rudd being completely irresponsible?

Why Buy It?: This one really surprised me. I was set on being prematurely annoyed by Christophe Mintz-Plasse. He was still annoying, but the performances of Paul Rudd, Sean William Scott and Bobb’e J. Thompson make this movie very, very funny. Like I said before, there is not a lot funnier than two adults being completely irresponsible. This was one of my favorite comedies of last year.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

Howard The Duck

The Pitch: George Lucas’ ugly step-child.

Why Buy It?: This is one of those movies that people have been waiting years for the DVD to be released. By people, I mean Chip Zien of course. I am going out on a limb here, and I will say that this one is way more horrible than I remember from my childhood. Do I care? Nope. I have been dying to see this one through adult eyes. Nonetheless, I will keep it in my collection as a film that is so bad…it’s good.

Blu-ray Available: No

Pinocchio

The Pitch: One of the classic Dinsey films, you can’t lie about liking this one.

Why Buy It?: I can honestly say that I can’t remember much about Pinocchio, except that I used to watch it all the time as a kid. It is one of those movies though, that I stopped watching as I got older. I do remember loving it though, and I can’t wait to see this one in amazing high definition.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

Synecdoche, New York

The Pitch: Some more insanity from the mind of Charlie Kaufman

Why Buy It?: This one didn’t even play in theaters near me. Shame really, I loved it and wished more of my friends could have seen it on the big screen. There is not much you can say about this one really, it really has to be seen. The beauty of the film though, is obviously in its writing and its performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

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Rachel Getting Married

The Pitch: Mediocre film, amazing performance.

Why Rent It?: If there were any actress that I could instantly fall in love with, it would be Anne Hathaway. I have enjoyed every performance of hers, and finally she really had an opportunity to show her acting chops with this one. Without a doubt she gave an Oscar worthy performance, and that makes this one worth a peak.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

Milk

The Pitch: The Harvey Milk story all done up Van Sant style.

Why Rent It?: I had already seen The Life and Times of Harvey Milk in sociology class, so I was pretty familiar with the story. I think that may have numbed me to viewing this one, but I won’t sell it short. It was a moving film, with some fantastic performances. However, it isn’t something I can see myself watching over and over.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Pitch: Easily the most depressing title for a story, ever.

Why Rent It?: I haven’t seen this one yet, but I undoubtedly want to. The title depresses me severely. I hear that it is a great story, and I can’t wait to see it. However, bleak and depressing stories don’t really register in my book as films that require multiple viewings.

Blu-ray Available: No

Happy Go Lucky

The Pitch: Enter Sally Hawkins.

Why Rent It?: Mike Leigh hit my map with Vera Drake. I have not had a chance to check out his earlier stuff, but after these two films I will have to. I was really impressed with Sally Hawkins in this one. What starts out as painfully annoying, ends up becoming something really special. Check this one out.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

Battle in Seattle

The Pitch: A story of protest.

Why Rent It?: Our own Cole Abaius said Battle in Seattle was “gripping and intense from start to finish.” This one wasn’t on my map but when it recieved such high praise from Cole, I knew that I had to see it. I just may end up buying it if I really like it, but for now…I will rent it and see how it goes.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

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Cadillac Records

Synopsis: A forgettable music biopic.

Why Avoid It?: I don’t even remember this one. When you forget about a film, you know that can’t be good. Sure it has a good cast, but that’s really where it stops. I have always been a big fan of Adrien Brody and Jeffrey Wright, but with this one…not so much. Good music, but this is a movie and not a concert.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

Transporter 3

The Pitch: Transporter 2 – the sequel.

Why Rent It?: Not that there is anything really wrong with this one, but I just wasn’t a fan. I loved the first Transporter. I thought it was great. The second, not so much. There is only so much that you can expect from the Transporter series…Frank drives, shoots, gets girl, and kills bad guy. There you have it.

Blu-ray Available: Yes

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