Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New DVD Tuesday

Takers (2010) - Idris Elba, Chris Brown, Paul Walker
Just your typical "one last big score" heist movie. I quite enjoy heist flicks but I've got no excitement for any movie that stars Paul Walker and Hayden Christensen plus singers/rappers Chris Brown and T.I. Seriously, just the cuts from the trailer that featured T.I. were brutally painful. I imagine this will make its way into my blu-ray player at some point but I can't really tell you why. I have a sickness.

Buried (2010) - Ryan Reynolds
A contractor (Reynolds) working in the Middle East wakes up in a coffin with a limited supply of air. He must negotiate a ransom payment before he dies, locked beneath the earth's surface. Now this, I'm interested in. This is a big test for Reynolds. To carry a movie completely on your own with no or very little support from anyone else is a challenge that some of the very best actors in the business haven't been able to work through. Extremely intrigued.

Justified Season One (2010) - Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins
This FX series follows US Marshal Raylan Givens (Olyphant) who is forced to return to the backwoods of Kentucky where he grew up as punishment for a bad shooting in Miami. Back home, he goes full battle mode against the meth dealers that have overrun the town. My goodness, what a GREAT show! Other than "Sons of Anarchy," you'd be hard pressed to find a show that's better than this. Olyphant is outstanding and the show works beautifully week-to-week.

Stone (2010) - Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich
A soon-to-be-retired parole officer (De Niro) gets tangled up in a messy love triangle involving a convict (Norton) and his wife (Jovovich). When he's on his game and invested in a role, there's almost no better actor than Norton. I'm cautiously optimistic that "Stone" will be one of those "invested" films.

Animal Kingdom (2010) - Ben Mendelsohn, Jacki Weaver, James Frecheville
From Austrailia comes an independent film about a family of crooks whom the youngest brother (Frecheville) wants to break away from. "Animal Kingdom" was a festival favorite and garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Weaver. I have been chomping at the bit to see this movie for the last few months and can't wait to swing through Family Video this week to pick it up.

Jack Goes Boating (2010) - Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan
Per IMDB: "A limo driver's blind date sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples." Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut got mixed reviews so in a week that features this many strong candidates for viewing, I imagine this will slip through the cracks of the Soap Box Office.

Paper Man (2010) - Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Jeff Daniels
Apparently it's indie-week at your local Best Buy. "Paper Man" follows a writer (Daniels) who forms a creative friendship with a teenage girl (Stone) under the guidance of an imaginary superhero (Reynolds). Talk about a concept film! Still, the premise is thoroughly intriguing. I expect a review will be coming your way sooner rather than later.

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