Tuesday, October 12, 2010

New DVD Tuesday

How to Train Your Dragon (2010): Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler
One of the more inventive movies of the year finds Hiccup (Baruchel), a weak and worthless Viking, helping and subsequently befriending a dragon. This is, in my mind, the best Dreamworks animated feature to date. I really liked this one when I saw it a few months back.

Jonah Hex (2010): Josh Brolin, Megan Fox
The comic-book based Old West tale of a hero (Brolin) who happens to be undead or something. Not really sure what else happens in this thing. It might have been the most critically trashed movie of the summer. So, will you judge me if I tell you I kind of want to see this? It's okay, so do I. But something that got this torn apart...I just feel the need to see what all the fuss is about.

Leaves of Grass (2009): Edward Norton
I know very little about this independent film other than the fact that Ed Norton plays dual roles. That's it and that's all I need to know. In.

TV Shows No One Cares About

Dollhouse - Season 2 (2009): Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix
Joss Whedon's second go 'round with Fox ended almost as quickly and with much less fanfare than the first one. (I'm talking about "Firefly." If you're under the age of 40 and you didn't catch that, I want you to do two things. One, find a small hammer, a tack hammer perhaps, and hit yourself in the left hand as punishment for not understanding. Two, go to Best Buy IMMEDIATELY and buy this series. Do it now.) I confess that, despite my love for Whedon, I haven't watched a single minute of this show. It was just too difficult to get invested knowing that Fox would end it sooner rather than later. Might catch up now.

Ghost Whisperer - Season 5 (2009): Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jamie Kennedy
The show that sort-of almost reinvigorated the Friday night lineup centers around a woman (Love Hewitt) who can see and speak with ghosts. Basically "The Sixth Sense" without Bruce Willis. I have no idea how this thing got through five seasons but good for it, I guess.

CSI: Miami - Season 8 (2009): David Caruso, Emily Procter
The best thing about "CSI: Miami" is that it provides awesome joke fodder for "Saturday Night Live", "Community", and yours truly. I've got a great series of jokes based on David Caruso's terrible "opening line then put the sunglasses on while The Who play the theme song" bit. Trust me, it's a great set.

New to Blu Ray
Three Kings (1999): George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube
I saw this movie back in the day and HATED it. I vaguely remember soldiers played by the three guys listed above trying to steal some ill gotten gold right after the Persian Gulf War and that I didn't like any of the characters. It is held in high regard, however, by people I trust so I may have to give it another try now that I'm no longer 17 and stupid.

Blu Ray Pick of the Week or Whenever I Feel Like Doing This
The Darjeeling Limited (2007): Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman
This is easily the lowliest of Wes Anderson's films but I actually quite liked it. It focuses on three very different brothers who take a train through India in an effort to get to know each other once again. Quirky and off beat just like everything Anderson has ever done, the characters are extremely likable and it's a rather warm, fun movie. Definitely worth a viewing if you've never seen it.

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