Welcome to the Rileys


This is a busy and full week for DVD releases with a common theme… many of them are movies you’ve probably heard of over the past year, but judging by their minuscule box-office you most likely didn’t see any of them. The other common theme? Pretty much none of them are as good as the internet told you they were. I know. It’s shocking. But sometimes the internet does in fact tell lies. Titles out this week include The Tillman Story, Conviction, Let Me In, Hatchet II, Welcome To the Riley’s, Never Let Me Go, Monsters, and more.


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As Admiral Ackbar so phlegmingly exclaimed, “It’s a trap!” You sit down in your seat at the movie theater to see the latest (last?) Saw film, you put on your 3D glasses, this triggers a wire to pull which drops a marble down a shoot which knocks over a pin which falls onto a switch which turns some gears which opens a doorway which allows a bowling ball to roll out which bumps into and starts a lawn mower which blows up and pops a balloon which causes a chicken to lay an egg which turns some more gears which opens Mikey’s front gate which turns some levers which opens a trap door which drops millions upon millions of dollars into Lionsgate’s pockets. That’s how that works. At least, I think it’s how it works. Maybe I shouldn’t be covering box office reports.



Welcome to the Rileys is a big departure from director Jake Scott’s music video work and directorial debut, the little seen Plunkett & Macleane. If you’ve seen a music video of his or a short film (his short for Phillips Cinema, The Hunt, is especially worth checking out: here), he’s a man for eye-popping visuals. This is Scott’s second feature film, but many going in will most likely think it’s his directorial debut, and Scott might prefer it that way; he sort of groaned when I mentioned Plunkett & Macleane was on Netflix Insant and he sounded more fond of the learning experience than the actual film. Macleane and Rileys couldn’t be more different films. With that in mind, here’s 5 Things You Need To Know About Welcome to the Rileys before you see it:



Every year at Sundance, I seem to find that one movie that I just can’t place. It is neither great, nor awful. It is filled with talent and at times, great performances, but it fails to really move me.



Last year, I was mildly successful in writing a list of 13 Films You Should Be Excited to See at Sundance 2009. This year I’m getting bold and adding two more films to the list. Take that!

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