Fatso

This Week in DVD

Welcome back to This Week In DVD! Lots of solid releases this week including the first season of Adventure Time, Fatso, the latest seasons of The Glades and iCarly and more. Also out today? The obviously terrible American Reunion and the inexplicably lauded Margaret. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. The Flowers of War The Chinese city of Nanjing has been invaded and occupied by the Japanese, and one of the many traumatic stories unfolding in this crumbling urban jungle involves a group of prostitutes and another of schoolgirls who hole up together in a church for safety. They’re joined by an American (Christian Bale) pretending to be a priest to save his own skin who’s struggling to balance his self interests with the need to protect others. Director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) crafts some stunning battle scenes alongside a truly heartbreaking narrative. Seriously, my eyes may or may not have been leaking profusely at the final scenes. Check out my full review. [Extras: featurettes]

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The world needs more movies like Fatso. Like a grown-up Angus, this flick tells the story of an overweight, sweet man facing the ultimate intimate struggle: finding someone that will agree to have sex with him. Luckily, the film itself isn’t occupied all that seriously with that goal, but treats sex and companionship with a mature (mixed with just enough muffled snickering) mind and a fantastic ear for comedy. Rino (Nils Jorgen Kaalstad) is a pervert. He has an overactive imagination, his best friend is a loud mouth jerk who looks like a pedophile, and he’s recently upgraded from a melon to a Fleshlight. In some regards, he’s vile and filthy, but with the finger being pointed sensually at Rino, three more are pointed back at the giant group of perverts watching him and his exploits on screen. His world changes (as they often do) when an incredibly cute young Swedish girl named Malin (Josefin Ljungman) moves in with him and introduces him to a world of partying and the joys/horrors of social interaction.

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