Welcome back to This Week In DVD! I just moved to Arizona a couple days ago, and I have yet to get carded.
As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it.
A leftist pinko astronaut named Barbarella (Jane Fonda) is tasked with finding the origin of Duran Duran’s name and rescuing a lost scientist along the way. Neither plan comes to fruition, but she does manage to use her skill at love-making to help the resistance in their struggle against tyranny, teach an angel to fly, and break a musical dildo machine. (Probably worth reminding readers that my ‘Pick of the Week’ isn’t necessarily reserved for excellent movies or even the week’s best releases, but instead it’s meant to highlight a title worth, well, highlighting.) This boob and innuendo-filled, PG-rated, late-sixties romp is ridiculous and ridiculously entertaining. Cheesy, absurd and pretty damn funny.
Pitch: Like an R-rated Aaron Sorkin joint…
Why Buy? A man (Joel Murray) discovers he’s dying from a brain tumor and decides to take some of society’s bigger assholes out with him. His mission draws the attention and eventual help of a teenage girl named Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), and together they set their sights on those responsible for America’s societal downfall. This blackly comic social commentary comes courtesy of Bobcat Goldthwait and manages to be funny, smart and violent. It’s at no point meant to be taken realistically, but that never diminishes the joy from seeing obnoxious celebrities and citizens alike get skewered with satire and bullets.
Pitch: Now we know what happened to the talking fox…
Why Rent? A mercenary turned highly specialized hunter (Willem Dafoe) is hired to track and kill the last surviving Tasmanian Tiger, but he faces fierce competition from Yosemite Sam. That last part isn’t true, but the assignment is complicated by a merciless fellow hunter, suspicious locals infuriated by his arrival, a pair of precocious children, and Sam Neill. Dafoe is fantastic and the film boasts some spectacular cinematography, but the script is troublesome when it comes to character/corporation motivations and a fairly nonsensical ending.
Pitch: Rare case of a solid character actor getting a chance at a lead role. Rarer still, he kills it…
Why Rent? Ken Boyd (Kevin Corrigan) is a lonely little man recently released from an asylum and working at a fast food restaurant. He struggles to keep his job, make a good impression on a young woman and do good by his daughter, but the frustrations of those around him are powerful motivators for murder. Like God Bless America above this film mixes laughs and violence, but it lacks the social commentary or grander message. Corrigan is a familiar face to anyone who watches movies, and he does a fine understated job with the role here.
Pitch: Don’t worry, it’s a dry wind…
Why Rent? Four cops head into rural China in search of a killer, but they’re not the only ones after the man. Two professional assassins are also after him, and they’ll stop at nothing in their effort to collect him and the incriminating evidence he has in his possession. This modern day Korean western packs a lot of action into its near two hour running time, but it neglects to include the smarts. The cops here are complete and utter morons who make one mistake after another resulting in escapes, unnecessary deaths and excessive running. The action sequences are worth watching though even if they overuse wires and under use the fantastic Wu Jing.
Nothing to avoid this week! Happy birthday America!
Also out this week, but I haven’t seen the movie/TV show, review material was unavailable, and I have no blind opinion:
Jesus Henry Christ
Rocko’s Modern Life: Season Three
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What are you buying on DVD this week?