Saturday I rented a movie for the first time in weeks. I picked up "The Karate Kid" (which I didn't care for) and I rewatched "How to Train Your Dragon," which was just as good the second time as I thought it was the first time around. Definitely going on the Christmas list. My point in saying all this? The 2010 movie calendar sucks. I would have never rented "Karate Kid" if I wasn't desperate for a new movie and I almost never rent a movie I've seen in theaters. I need SOMETHING worth watching, Hollywood! Please don't let me down!
Sex and the City 2 (2010) - Sarah Jessica Parker et al
The sequel to the 2008 smash hit that may have FINALLY brought an end to this inane franchise. This pile of crap offended or pissed off just about everyone who came in contact with it and received atrocious reviews from critics and audiences alike. I would rather light my own leg on fire than watch this movie. I'm only half kidding.
Winter's Bone (2010) - Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes
A Festival darling about a teenager girl (Lawrence) who goes looking for her criminal father, I am genuinely excited about finally getting a chance to see this. Lawrence is the next big thing of the day and has already been cast as Mystique in the upcoming "X-Men: First Class." More importantly, however, her role is likely to earn an Oscar nod.
The Girl Who Played with Fire (2010) - Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist
The second installment in the world-beating Millennium series got less than stellar reviews as compared to the first one. Still, eventually I'm going to get around to seeing this if for no other reason than A.) to know what in the world every other human on the planet is talking about and B.) to get myself prepared for the American remake being helmed by David Fincher ("The Social Network").
New to Blu Ray
Back to the Future Trilogy (1985) - Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd
Need I provide a summary of one of the three best trilogies the world has ever known? I thought not. There are no words to describe how excited I am for this set finally reaching Blu Ray. I love "Back to the Future." Love it. Can't wait to add this to the collection.
Alien Anthology (1979) - Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Ian Holm
Another classic franchise that didn't age quite as well as "Back to the Future." The first movie is undeniably outstanding. The second is...adequate. I caught it on Netflix Instant View a few weeks ago and it didn't quite match up to my memory. The third is a wild card; I've only seen it once and I'm not sure how I feel about it's quality. And the fourth film is absolute rubbish, a paycheck movie if ever there was one. All that said, am I excited about the upcoming prequels? Um, of course I am! These may deserve a re-watching in the near future.