This is a rough week for the ye old DVD column because fate and coincidence have conspired to keep me from seeing most of the releases. I missed the few that hit theaters, and SXSW has left me with precious little time for DVD watching. So consider this week’s installment a “grain of salt” edition if you will. I’ll return next week with more solid opinions, but for now let’s look at the releases I’m forced to give blind ‘Rent’ recommendations to.
There are only two high profile titles hitting shelves, The Fighter and Hereafter, and they’re joined by a handful of slightly recognizable smaller films and some obscure releases that have most likely avoided your radar all together. Like Sugar Boxx…
This Jason Bateman/Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy earns the ‘Pick of the Week’ by default as it’s one of the very few releases I’ve actually seen, but luckily it’s actually a pretty good movie. The two play best friends whose lives get turned upside down when he replaces the semen meant for her vagina with his own baby batter. The film is sweet and funny enough, and both actors prove themselves capable and worthy of the genre.
Pitch: Nicole Kidman can sit on my Huffy anytime she wants…
Why Buy? This 80s classic from Australia sees a sixteen year old Kidman and some other spunky teens who get caught up in a criminal enterprise and pursued by some baddies. Brian Trenchard-Smith took a break from his usual violence and sex filled flicks and came up with this lightweight action romp. It’s goofy, re-watchable fun, and Severin’s new DVD release has some solid extras including director’s commentary, a featurette, and an interview with a young Kidman.
Pitch: Vampires, swordplay, and Skinemax oh my…
Why Rent? If you have to watch a movie about vampires it may as well be one with copious amounts of blood and naked Japanese women. This tale from the director of Shinobi is about a detective investigating the murder of a maid (a cosplay favorite) who finds himself competing for the vagina hand of Madame Miyako. It skirts the line between low and lower budget, but there’s enough action and boobage to keep your attention.
Pitch: See it now before it becomes known as the prequel to The Fighter 2…
Why Buy? Haven’t seen it yet, but my roommates here at Chez Rejects have good things to say about it. Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale play real-life brothers in a story about family, dreams, and sports. Jason says it can be watched over again, and Jack says Amy Adams is very watchable. (He’s a horn-dog with questionable taste though, so take that into consideration.)
Hemingway’s Garden Of Eden
Pitch: Apples aren’t the only things being eaten in this garden…
Why Rent? Haven’t seen it yet, but this adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s novel is billed as a seductive and sexy drama so it’s probably worth a watch. Mena Suvari made a brief splash in American Pie and American Beauty but then saw her career spiral when she failed to find any further movies with ‘American’ in the title. What that means for this film I don’t know.
Pitch: Too soon Mr. Eastwood, too soon…
Why Rent? Haven’t seen it yet, but Matt Damon is usually watchable in anything. Director Clint Eastwood steps out of his comfort zone with this tale about a reluctant psychic compelled to use his gifts to help others. It may not be the best time to watch a movie featuring a deadly tsunami, but it should be worth adding to the very end of your Netflix queue. Oh, and Jack Giroux calls it an ambitious failure.
Pitch: The recidivism rate isn’t the only thing going down at Sugar State Penitentiary…
Why Rent? Haven’t seen this one yet, but the women-in-prison sub-genre is a film institution that seems to be fading from popularity so we have to support it whenever possible. A female reporter goes undercover at Sugar State and discovers a virtual checklist of impropriety. Uh oh, looks like the only thing that can wash that nastiness off is a long, hot, group shower.
Pitch: Someone has taken Brian Austin Green’s wife. He might want to give Michael Bay a call…
Why Rent? Haven’t seen this one yet, but it looks to be a fast-moving thriller about a man trying to save his kidnapped wife. Green is no Luke Perry, but he’s always been a capable enough actor. I guess. If nothing else, Jeffrey Combs co-stars and he’s always fun to watch.
Probably several titles worth avoiding this week, but I can’t say with any degree of certainty so they all get a free pass.
Also out this week, but I haven’t seen the movie/TV show, review material was unavailable, and I have no blind opinion:
Anarchy In (Ja)Panty
Battle Of Los Angeles
No One Knows About Persian Cats
Read More: This Week in DVD
What are you buying on DVD this week?