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.
The Incredible Hulk
Director: Louis Leterrier
Cast: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt
Rating Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence, some frightening sci-fi images, and brief suggestive content.
Synopsis: A scientist has some trouble controlling his temper, and doesn’t battle mutant dogs.
Why Buy It?: So not only do you guys get to see the Captain America appearance in this DVD, but you get one hell of a movie. This one was a big surprise to me, and I actually enjoyed it just as much and if not more than Iron Man. The DVD is flawless. The sound and special effects are a treat. This is definitely one of those DVD’s that won’t hardly ever go back into place on my shelf.
Family Guy: Volume Six
Why Buy It?: I was one of those fans who watched the DVD’s over and over again while the show was on hiatus from network television. I would like to brag about my trendsetting nature, but in reality…I’m not really that cool. Family Guy is though, and I won’t stop buying the DVD sets until the show causes a lapse in reality for me. I had a close call a few years ago when I tried to feed my TV a bowl of tomato soup, but thankfully my talking dog snapped me out of that nonsense.
Director: Bryan Bertino
Cast: Scott Speedman, Liv Tyler
Rating Rated R for violence/terror and language.
Synopsis: A couple seeks a romantic getaway, and gets terrorized by masked maniacs.
Why Buy It?: I didn’t have a lot of high hopes for this one to begin with. I was wrong though. This was a great film, and a fresh new take on today’s horror. When talking with director Bryan Bertino, I felt that the film sounded a bit too much like Straw Dogs (which if you haven’t seen, make sure you do). However, Bertino made this one his own, in a very definitive and creepy way. Ready to ruin a date night? Turn this one on.
A Threevening With Kevin Smith
Why Rent It?: Kevin Smith is easily one of the funniest human beings on earth. His wit and timing are perfect, and make him a great standup performer. Who would have thought that Silent Bob could kill on the mic? Well if you want to hear more dick and fart jokes from the man who is about to bring us Zack and Miri Make a Porno, make sure to see this one.
The Lazarus Project
Director: John Glenn
Cast: Paul Walker
Rating Rated PG-13 for some violence, disturbing images and thematic material.
Synopsis: A former criminal ends up working in a psychiatric facility, discovers predictability.
Why Rent It?: Here is my theory on Paul Walker. He is great in every other movie. For every The Fast and The Furious, he has an Into the Blue. For every Running Scared, he has a She’s All That. So with him coming off the horrendous The Death and Life of Bobby Z, this one has to be worth seeing at least right? I will rent and find out, this guy’s resume is as sure a thing as anything on the stock market right now.
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
Director: Nathan Frankowski
Synopsis: Ben Stein doing his best Ben Stein impression.
Why Rent It?: I heard some really horrible things about this one, but I think Ben Stein is a really smart guy. He uses his brains in an entertaining manner most of the time, so why not give him a shot at a film? I mean, his voice could sooth a crack addict but the film could be pretty entertaining…right? I might be reaching on this one. Let me know below.
The Last Man on Earth
Director: Ubaldo Ragona
Cast: Vincent Price.
Synopsis: Just like the original film, but this time in color…
Why Avoid It?: What is the deal that people can’t watch a black and white film in black and white? Why make it color? Is that going to make Vincent Price’s acting any less lame? Will it make the vampires look any less cheap? No. It will just make Italy look more like Italy, instead of America. Besides, no one owns copyright on this film. You can find this one in $1 bins at gas stations.
Funny Games [Blu-ray]
Director: Michael Haneke
Cast: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet.
Rated: Rated R for terror, violence and some language.
Synopsis: An unsuspecting family allows two young men into their home to terrorize them.
Why Avoid It?: I first heard of this film from Stephen Jay Schneider’s 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, only it was the original 1997 version. I generally consider that book to be a roadmap for film culture, so the film has to have some merit to have warranted inclusion. I consider Funny Games to be one of those films hat has to be digested slowly, with many sittings. Most people will never understand the film, but that is why god gave everyone else the Rush Hour franchise. Now for the bad part…Tell me why this needs the Blu-Ray treatment? High Definition is meant for action and special effects, and not for a film like this. No point.
Director: Kevin Bray
Cast: Cuba Gooding Jr.
Rated: Rated R for violence and language.
Synopsis: The next logical step for Cuba Gooding Jr. after doing a Hanes ad campaign, a crime thriller.
Why Avoid It?: What the hell ever happened to Cuba Gooding Jr.? The guy’s career has become abysmal. He got a bone thrown his way on American Gangster, but he hasn’t starred in anything that wasn’t straight to DVD since Radio in 2003. You know what it might be? He went full retard…and you never go full retard.
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