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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. The Intouchables Philippe (François Cluzet) is a wealthy quadriplegic in need of a full-time caretaker. The list of applicants is long, but it’s a lower class Senegalese immigrant named Driss (Omar Sy) who gets the job because Phillipe wants someone who won’t look at him with pity. The relationship is bumpy at first, but the pair become fast friends through mutual respect and a shared sense of humor. Writer/directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano based their film on a true story, and while the subject of Philippe’s reality could very easily have made for a sappy melodrama, they wisely avoided that route. Instead the movie finds real humor and compassion in the developing friendship and the effect it has on these two lives. The script is surprisingly funny and never maudlin, and both leads show spectacular chemistry and personality. [DVD extras: None]

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Found footage, no matter your thoughts on it, appears to be here to stay. Horror fans were just recently treated to the latest slice of Paranormal Activity, and both the series and the sub-genre itself are getting a bit stale. Part of the reason for that is we haven’t seen much innovation with the formula. Thankfully, The Bay has some new ideas, and they work too! Barry Levinson, the director of films like Rain Man and Good Morning, Vietnam, is probably the last person anyone expected to do a found footage horror film. In fact, it surprised Levinson himself, who set out researching a documentary on the Chesapeake Bay and ended up with the idea for an ecological disaster film.

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