Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New DVD Tuesday

This week's DVD haul is like the greatest hits of 2010. Sure, 2010 sucked but still, this is quite the cornucopia of Christmas gift goodness.

Despicable Me (2010) - Steve Carell, Jason Segal
Would-be evil super villain Gru (Carell) adopts three orphans to help him steal a weapon from his nemesis (Segal). Highly entertaining if a bit up and down, I didn't love "Despicable Me" as much as many others did but it's still unquestionably a worthwhile viewing.

The Town (2010) - Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, John Hamm
Affleck and Renner head a team of Boston area bank robbers who draw the attention of Hamm, an FBI agent. The real action begins, though, when Affleck starts dating a girl the crew took hostage during one of their heists. This was the closest thing to the magnificence of "Heat" in the last 15 years and displayed the extreme talent of Affleck both in front of and behind the camera. Excellent, excellent film.

The A-Team (2010) - Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel
The big screen adaptation of the cheesy 80s action show that features an excellent cast and wide range of wacky, over the top action sequences. Riddled with explosions and "there's no way that could happen" ridiculousness (like flying a tank), "The A-Team" is about as much fun as I've had at the theater all year. It's absurd but man, what a fun filled ride.

The Other Guys (2010) - Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes
When the two biggest NYPD cops are killed in a hilariously shocking moment of stupidity, the city turns to a pair of unlikely partners (Ferrell and Wahlberg) who leave their desk jobs for a shot at becoming heroes. There are some utterly brilliant moments in Adam McKay's take on action-comedy but too much of the rest is muddled and off key. Ferrell truly shines but he seems like the only member of the cast who really knows how to work under McKay. Funny but not life altering.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole (2010) - Jim Sturgess, Helen Mirren, Sam Neill
Another one of the strong animated choices from 2010, this one involves a tribe of talking owls whose fate is left up to a young dreamer (Sturgess). Not sure if it was just the magic of a SWEET trailer backed by a 30 Seconds to Mars song or if I really want to see this but I've actually had a great desire to check this thing out. Will definitely be picking it up on my vacation.

24: Season 8 (2010) - Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Freddie Prinze, Jr.
The final year of my favorite drama series of all time was everything "24" should be. Jack Bauer (Sutherland) was allowed to be at his absolute, Bauer-y best with even less ramifications than normal. From a story standpoint, it wasn't the best "24" season but from an enjoyment standpoint...wow, you just could not ask for more. A truly satisfying end to a great series.

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