Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New DVD Tuesday!

Karate Kid (2010): Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan
A revamp of the classic 80s awesomefest, this time the action is taken to China. New Daniel Son learns from new Mr. Miyagi and eventually triumphs over the Chinese Cobra Kai dojo. I heard this was good and it sure made a ton of money in a very long theatrical run. I'm just not sure how interested I am. We'll see how desperate I get in the coming weeks.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010): Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Thomas Dekker
Apparently it's "unnecessary remake week" at your local Best Buy. Do I really need to sum this thing up or can we all just move on with our day? Good.

Splice (2010): Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley
Two scientists push the ethical boundaries of genetic engineering and end up creating a super beast that threatens humanity. Again I reiterate my disinterest in horror movies. But "Splice" got strong reviews and may end up on the queue at some point.

Bones - Season 5 (2009): David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel
A procedural crime-drama that focuses on a forensic anthropologist, her team of academics, and the FBI agent who handles their cases. I'm not one for procedurals but "Bones" is an exception on my DVR schedule. It's fun, light hearted, and highly enjoyable. Season 5 wasn't its strongest season but it set the stage for what could be a banner year this time around.

New to Blu Ray
Beauty and the Beast (1991): Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach
The classic Disney fairy tale that everyone knows so well. This is isn't my favorite Disney movie but I appreciate it greatly because it brought animated movies into the mainstream. Before "Beast", animated films were just for kids. After the 6 Academy Award nominations this film received (including Best Picture), these movies were taken more seriously. "Beast" changed the culture of film and paved the way for "Lion King," "Toy Story," "Up," and so on.

The Exorcist (1973): Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn
If you haven't seen "The Exorcist" by now, you're probably never going to. This is the best and the most frightening scary movie ever. I know I'm fond of hyperbole but I feel pretty good about that last statement.

Last of the Mohicans (1992): Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeline Stowe
During the French and Indian War, a colonist raised by Mohicans attempts to defend the life of a British colonel's daughter whom he's fallen in love with. Is it weird that I've never seen this movie all the way through? I love director Michael Mann and I greatly appreciate Daniel Day-Lewis and yet I've never bothered to watch more than 20 or 30 minutes of the film. Am I missing out?

Blu Ray Pick of the Week
The Mission (1986): Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons
A Spanish missionary and his partner, a former conquistador, must fight to defend the lives of the Central American tribe they've come to work with when the Portuguese move in to enslave them. "The Mission" was nominated for Best Picture back in 1987 and is truly one of the great forgotten films of the last 25 years.

Other Blu Ray New Releases
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Mad Max (1979)
Bad Lieutenant (1992)

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