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.
Director: Mel Brooks
Cast: Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr.
Synopsis: Frankenstein’s grandson looks to live up to the family name.
Why Buy It?: How can you get any better than the team of Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder? Maybe if you put one of their best creations on Blu-ray for starters. Brooks comedies are legendary. Brooks’ resume isn’t as long as most other iconic directors, but his credits are still impressive nonetheless. I have heard that the transfer of the film to HD is pretty impressive.
The Simpsons – Season 11
Why Buy It?: This is just one of those no-brainer purchases for me. Sure I own all the other seasons, and it would be irrational to stop now…but The Simpsons is a show to live for and live by. Year after year, the show continues to pump out some of the funniest and most intelligent writing anywhere on the tube. Maybe The Simpsons is televisions most taken for granted show. Well I will proudly purchase my limited edition Krusty head case.
Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer
Director: Jon Knautz
Cast: Trevor Matthews, Robert Englund, Rachel Skarsten.
Rated: Rated R for horror violence and gore, and for language.
Synopsis: Ex-Plumber, Current Monster Slayer.
Why Buy It?: Only once in a while can you find a movie that has the right balance of serious and casual. I praise horror comedies like Slither and Shaun of The Dead, and it is nice when you can find a new film to continue the tradition. I have been seeing a lot of promotions for this one, and I can’t wait to own it.
Director: Gus Van Sant
Rated: Rated R for some disturbing images, language and sexual content.
Synopsis: The scarier side of skateboarding.
Why Rent It?: This one has had a lot of critical acclaim. I have head various comparisons to such films as Elephant and Brick, so I’m sure it is worth at least checking out. It looks like Van Sant is taking a slight step away from his usual films, which I feel have a certain air of pretentiousness, so maybe this one is a winner?
Director: Michael Moore
Synopsis: Michael Moore’s newest attack on the nation’s scariest people: college students.
Why Rent It?: I have lost most of my liking for Moore’s films. However, I will still give them a chance purely as entertainment. I don’t know if you could qualify this is “renting” the film, but I downloaded it free from the films website. You can do so as well, as long as you are a member of the union.
Director: John Crowley
Rated: Rated R for language, sexuality, some disturbing content and brief drug use.
Synopsis: A reformed young man is faced with confronting his past.
Why Rent It?: Our own foreign object Rob Hunter called this one a “harrowing and heartbreaking drama.” I was sold on seeing this one as soon as I finished watching the trailer. It looks like yet another original idea comes from overseas and makes us Americans even sadder to see Beverly Hills Chihuahua at the top of the box office.
Director: M. Night Shyamalan.
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo.
Rated: Rated R for violent and disturbing images.
Synopsis: When trees attack…seriously.
Why Avoid It?: This should do it. When I had a chance to sit and talk with Mark Wahlberg, he said that he was overjoyed to read the Max Payne script…because he thought that The Happening ruined his career. Mind you, he said this while the film was still in theaters. That is a bold statement to make while the film is still trying to establish an audience. Oh, and it sucked.
You Don’t Mess With The Zohan
Director: Dennis Dugan
Cast: Adam Sandler, John Turturro.
Rated: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language and nudity.
Synopsis: An Israeli West Side Story.
Why Avoid It?: This one was just horrible. It seemed like you needed to have some middle eastern heritage to be able to relate to half the jokes. I just didn’t like this one. I keep getting older and so does Adam Sandler, but his humor never seemed to graduate grade school. O’Doyle rules.
Rob Zombie’s Halloween
Cast: Rob Zombie
Cast: Malcom McDowell, Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane.
Rated: Rated R for strong brutal bloody violence and terror throughout, sexual content, graphic nudity and language.
Synopsis: A killer starts slaughtering on…you guessed, Halloween.
Why Avoid It?: I liked this movie, so don’t be confused. What I don’t like though, is a blatant double dip. A three disc version in the month of October? This is totally a bad attempt at cashing in on the Halloween season. I have bought different versions of the same film, but this time I won’t do it. I hope.
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