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: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski.
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Fox.
Rated: Rated PG for sequences of action, some violence and language.
Synopsis: Acid trip…race cars…incomplete thoughts.
Why Buy It?: Anyone who has been reading this column knows that sometimes, just sometimes, I will buy a DVD solely on its prospect as a great home theater reference DVD. The movie is not bad…its just not amazing. I had a lot of fun watching it. There was some cool action, and the special effects are amazing. I really can’t wait to pop this one into my DVD player and crank up the volume. Besides, Christina Ricci is proving to be like a fine wine…she is looking better with age.
Chuck – Season 1
Cast: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahoski, Sarah Lancaster.
Synopsis: If Best Buy met James Bond, almost there.
Why Buy It?: This was one of the better surprises of network television. While the show is not perfect or amazing by any means, it is really funny. It is especially funny for anyone who has or is working in retail. This is just a fun show that takes a normal guy, and puts him into extraordinary situations.
Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder.
Synopsis: Mix one part comedy with one part childhood nightmare.
Why Buy It?: Beetlejuice was easily one of the most watched movies as a kid for me. How can you get any better? I mean Michael Keaton was next to godliness in the late 80’s. He was Beetle Juice AND The Batman. 20 Years later, my only gripe about this movie would have to be Alec Baldwin. We have a history.
The Love Guru
Director: Marco Schnabel
Cast: Mike Myers, Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake, Romany Malco
Rated: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language, some comic violence and drug references.
Synopsis: Austin Powers with a beard.
Why Rent It?: This movie initially looked like it was going to creep the hell out of me. However, I ended up really liking it. The one huge downside to the film though, Justin Timberlake. I don’t mind the guy, he was hilarious on SNL. It is just that in this movie his horrible, and obviously intentionally over the top, fake French accent was really too much to handle. Other than that, this was a fun Austin Powers-esque film that should make you laugh.
Director: David Gordon Green
Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Olivia Thrilby, Sam Rockwell, Michael Angarano
Rated: Rated R for language, some violent content, brief sexuality and drug use.
Synopsis: A cold wet piece of lawn art?
Why Rent It?: I haven’t seen this one yet, obviously. It does star Sam Rockwell, which is always a good sign in my book. I have heard that Beckinsale is pretty impressive in her role. Also the film is directed by David Gordon Green, which incidentally I found out is a big pothead, which explains why he directed Pineapple Express. This one is sounding better by the second.
Young at Heart
Director: Jason Murhpy
Rated: Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements.
Synopsis: Elderly people sing hits of the 80’s, 90’s and today.
Why Rent It?: I am not an advocate of elderly people doing the things that young people do. To be perfectly honest, I despise it when I see old people with iPods or Blackberries. Not in a hateful way or anything, I just find it ridiculous. So when I heard about this one, I had no interest. I will give it a shot as a rental though, it has been getting some pretty good reviews.
Made of Honor
Director: Paul Weiland
Cast: Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan
Rated: Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language. (edited; originally Rated R for some sex-related material.)
Synopsis: Kind of like a transsexual My Best Friend’s Wedding. Does that even make sense?
Why Avoid It?: This is just an obvious exploitation of Patrick Dempsey’s inexplicable fan following. Can you explain how an 80’s heart-throb disappears in the 90’s and just pops back up like 15 years later as a star? His name isn’t Downey Jr. the last time I checked. I heard there were some funny scenes involving a grandma and anal beads, I’m being serious. Maybe these were the scenes that were cut to achieve the PG-13 rating? Still this is just a copy of a previous hit chick-flick…nothing original…nothing to see here folks, keep it moving.
Director: John Avnet
Cast: Al Pacino
Rated: Rated R for disturbing violent content, brief nudity and language.
Synopsis: 108 minutes of “You have 88 minutes to live”…”You have 87 minutes to live.”
Why Avoid It?: Maybe hair gel has seeped into Pacino’s head, causing him to make some really bad decisions on films these last few years. Have you seen him lately? He looks like an honorary member of The Rolling Stones. This one is pretty excruciating. The movie is way too long, and reminds you every few minutes with a phone call. Pass on this one, go watch Heat.
Director: Peter Tolan
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Brittany Snow, Steve Coogan
Rated: Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue, pervasive language, drug content and brief nudity.
Synopsis: Witness an increasingly fast downward spiral of Matthew Broderick’s career.
Why Avoid It?: Brittany Snow is one of the most deceptively hot actresses in Hollywood. Matthew Broderick is quickly moving towards the status of “hey, didn’t you used to be…?” The fact that some critic references Ferris Bueller, makes me wretch. I have absolutely no idea why a movie like this get’s made. I feel bad for the screenwriter who build all hope that maybe someone like Christian Bale or Anthony Hopkins might get cast, and then finds out he got Matthew Broderick.
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