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This Week in DVD

Last week saw a record 634 DVDs get released unto the world, and we managed to cover half of them in our little column here. Thankfully this week’s schedule features a far more manageable number of titles. Many of them are smaller films that you probably missed during their brief theatrical windows (if they got one at all) including the sweet Dear Lemon Lima, the bloody Stake Land, the unstoppable pimp filled Streetwalkin’, and this week’s Pick, The Music Never Stopped. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. The Music Never Stopped Fifteen years after a teenager (Lou Taylor Pucci) leaves home following an argument with his father (JK Simmons), his parents receive word that their son is in the hospital. He was struck down by a brain tumor shortly after leaving home, but while the tumor was surgically removed he’s been uncommunicative and unable to make new memories ever since. Now a father and son will attempt to reconcile across that fifteen year divide through the only language the young man can understand… music. This true story from the writings of Oliver Sacks is a small film with a huge heart. Pucci and Simmons are both fantastic, the soundtrack is a who’s who of seventies hits, and the film as a whole is a heartwarming reminder of the importance of loved ones. (See? I’m not a cynical bastard all of the time.)

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At the end of the 90s, famous Oscar show writer and Celebrity Fit Club contestant Bruce Vilanch claimed that, “Generally with the Oscars…there isn’t much you can do until the nominations are announced. Then you know what kind of year you’re dealing with – what’s been overlooked, what the issues are.” He was talking about preparing to write the show, but it applies to everyone from the directors, producers and stars on down to the fans. It’s fun to guess around the water cooler (your office still has a water cooler?), but until now, it’s all been speculation. Thankfully, almost all that speculation has been spot on, so we can all continue our conversations about whether Black Swan will beat The Social Network for Best Picture. Whether Natalie Portman has any true competition for Best Actress. Whether, most importantly of all, Colleen Atwood will beat Mary Zophres for Best Costume Design. Here they are. The 2011 Academy Award nominees:

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