Tuesday, December 21, 2010
New DVD Tuesday
A CIA agent (Jolie) goes rogue when she is accused of being a foreign spy. Her mission to clear her name involves disguises, gun play, and general mayhem. I'm no Jolie fan but for some reason I find myself intrigued by "Salt." Not enough to pay theater money to see it, obviously, but a rental is definitely in my future.
Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps - Michael Douglas, Shia Lebeouf, Carey Milligan
A sequel 22 years in the making that no one cares about except Oliver Stone. This one finds Gordon Gecko (Douglas) out of prison and reinventing himself with the help of his soon-to-be son-in-law (Labeouf) but things aren't always what they appear to be. The original "Wall Street" is a very good movie but a sequel this late in the game? No thanks.
Easy A (2010) - Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Thomas Haden Church
An unpopular girl (Stone) lets her friend tell the school of their fictitious fling. When the story creates an uproar, she embraces her new found reputation and the fame/infamy it brings with it. A modern day "Scarlet Letter," "Easy A" is an extremely smart and funny film and Stone absolutely shines (as I've come to expect). The film knows its role, too, and doesn't try to be more than it is which leads to a highly enjoyable experience with a touch of "think about it."
Step Up 3-D (2010) - some dancers
Some people dance. And it's in 3D. That's it.
Devil (2010) - Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Bokeem Woodbine
A group of strangers find themselves trapped in an elevator with the devil. Produced and written by M. Night Shyamalan, this is a glimpse into his future after the absolute awfulness he's put on screen in his last two films. The reviews were fairly good which would suggest Shyamalan still has something left in the tank as long as he's monitored. Still, this didn't exactly set the world on fire so maybe my Shyamalan expectations have just been significantly lowered.