Better Living Through Chemistry

WellGo USA

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Confession of Murder A serial killer ends his reign of terror and disappears into the night, but years later when the statute of limitations runs out on the crimes a man comes forward to claim responsibility and sell some books. He becomes an overnight sensation with the media, but the detective that worked the original case is none too pleased with the man’s newfound celebrity. The victims’ families are equally unhappy and set about making their own justice, and soon all manner of shenanigans are in play. Jung Byung-gil‘s action/thriller is an ecstatically energetic and deliriously entertaining flick that moves effortlessly between beautifully choreographed chase/fight scenes, heart-rending drama and purely comedic interactions. The story gets a bit silly at times, but it’s never less than invigorating and exciting. And if you don’t want to take my word for it, you should at least listen to the cover blurb calling it “One hell of a ride.” [Blu-ray/DVD extras: Behind the scenes, interviews, trailer]

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Better Living Through Chemistry

Despite what Better Living Through Chemistry will try to tell you, Douglas Varney’s life isn’t all that hard. Played by Sam Rockwell, Doug’s biggest issues are an asshole father-in-law, an emasculating wife, a son who’s acting out and a general inability and/or lack of desire to do anything about it. Nonetheless, life’s pretty tough for ol’ Doug, and when his lazy teenage employee (Ben Schwartz) ditches work, Doug is stuck delivering prescriptions from the pharmacy he owns. One of those prescriptions happens to be for an Elizabeth Roberts (Olivia Wilde) a lovely woman who seems not to have a care in the world. Doug falls for her and they start sleeping together despite both being married to other people, and she introduces him to the wonders of prescription drugs. Soon he’s making his own drug cocktails for the two of them to take, and the chemicals help him adopt her laissez-faire attitude toward life. This leads to many things that he should have done long ago, like standing up to his father-in-law and his wife and finally talking to his son and spending some quality with him. But when a DEA agent starts poking around the pharmacy, Doug’s new found freedom may well be at risk.

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chemistry

Whenever it’s announced that America’s sweetheart Sam Rockwell is going to be appearing in a new movie, there’s always one important question that immediately springs into any sane mind: “Is he going to get a chance to show off his sweet dance moves in this one?” Well, whoever cut together the trailer for Rockwell’s latest starring vehicle, Better Living Through Chemistry, was wise enough to help advertise the film by answering that all-important question, and the answer is yes, yes, a thousand times yes! We’ve got another movie where Rockwell shakes his booty on our hands, and it is glorious. Okay, that’s not entirely the truth. We only get a brief enough glimpse of moves being busted out to confirm the dancing, but we can assume that it’s going to be glorious. Past evidence supports it. Click through to see the proof for yourself, as well as a bunch of stuff involving Jean Ralphio being irresponsible, Olivia Wilde having loose morals, and—what the heck—let’s throw in a mega-cut of a bunch of scenes where Rockwell has danced in the past for your efforts.

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