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.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Shia LaBeouf
Rating Rated PG-13 for adventure violence and scary images.
Synopsis: It’s Indiana Jones. He ends up in a jam, and escapes. Only this time with that LaBeouf kid.
Why Buy It?: Say what you will about this new Indy. They could do almost anything to an Indiana Jones movie, and I would still watch it with a grin just as I did when I was a child. There is just something larger than life about Indy. Even though LaBeouf was involved in some more than campy scenes, it was still a fun movie to watch. Not to mention, Indy films are always eye/ear candy for home theater systems.
Dance of the Dead
Director: Gregg Bishop
Cast: Jared Kusnitz, Greyson Chadwick, Justin Welborn
Rating Rated R for horror violence and gore, language and some drug use.
Synopsis: It’s time for prom, and the only thing that could spoil it…zombies.
Why Buy It?: Shaun of the Dead may have started the Zom/Rom/Com genre, but Dance of the Dead is doing its part by keeping the niche alive and thriving. I saw this one at SXSW last year, and effing loved it. I won’t lie, it was a midnight screening and they gave away free beer to anyone at the screening…but it was still awesome. If you are a horror or comedy fan, this is a really fun film. Also, there is a graveyard scene that will go down as one of the coolest horror movie scenes of all time for me. Check it out.
Halloween: 30th Anniversary Box Set
Why Buy It?: I caught a glimpse of this set at Comic-Con and I knew I would have to own it as soon as it hit shelves. It includes Halloween Restored (Original 1978 film), Halloween Extended Edition (out of print for several years), Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween: 25 Years of Terror Documentary, and Halloween Blu-ray. Also, it is individually numbered and contains a Michael Myers Mask.
Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan
Director: Sergei Bodrov
Rated: Rated R for sequences of bloody warfare.
Synopsis: The story of Genghis Khan.
Why Rent It?: Given the fact that this one was nominated for an Academy Award, I knew that I would have to see it. The Genhis Kahn story is pretty interesting for anyone who doesn’t know it. I have heard that the cinematography and storytelling in this one is must see material. I can’t wait to see it.
Director: Martin Gero
Synopsis: An intertwining story of 5 couples as they live out sexual experiences.
Why Rent It?: So the title is Young People Fucking, and you are wondering why you would at least want to check it out? Well I hate to spoil it for you, but this is not like an all out sex fest or anything. It is very enjoyable to watch though. YPF is a funny and smart look at sex for the twenty somethings of today.
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Director: Cristian Mungiu
Synopsis: A Romanian woman seeks an illegal late term abortion.
Why Rent It?: This is another one that was being hailed as a foreign masterpiece. I don’t mind subtitles because I find that I usually love the originality and reality of foreign films. I have heard great things, but given the film’s subject…I doubt that this would be a film to watch over and over again. A rental for me, for sure.
Director: Joshua Seftel
Cast: John Cusak, Hilary Duff, Marisa Tomei, Ben Kingsley.
Rated: Rated R for violence, language and brief sexual material.
Synopsis: Political satire for you Cusak fans.
Why Avoid It?: I don’t necessarily hate John Cusak, I just don’t get the rabid fan following that the guy has built. Also, I generally avoid anything with Hilary Duff in it. This one may turn out to be a film that a lot of people like, but the sight of Cusak instantly turns me away. I’d rather watch Dance of the Dead again.
The Ultimate Matrix Collection [Blu-ray]
Director: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving.
Rated: Rated R for sci-fi violence and brief language.
Synopsis: The sci-fi films that built the newest form of geek since Star Wars.
Why Avoid It?: There is an old saying in Hollywood and I think it is in America too, it goes something like “Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” I have already bought this thing twice. Once on standard definition, and once on HD-DVD. So will I buy it on Blu-Ray to make it three times? No. Well, at least not right away.
Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Why Avoid It?: Don’t get me wrong, I love Hitchcock. However, already own his Masterpiece Collection and his Signature Collection, which contain every single one of his best movies except for two. This new set includes Spellbound, Notorious, and Rebecca. Those three are worth owning, but this current set is going for nearly $90. I’ll just be waiting until after Christmas.
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