Tuesday, March 8, 2011

New DVD Tuesday

Morning Glory (2010) - Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Patrick Wilson
A young TV producer (McAdams) takes on a job with a once-great, now-fledgling morning show. I was so incredibly disappointed to see the reviews for "Morning Glory" when it opened last fall. I badly wanted this to be the smart date movie the Lady of the Box Office and I have been waiting for. Alas, that doesn't seem to be. That won't stop me from renting this, however, as my celebrity crush on Rachel McAdams knows not the boundaries of crappy movies.

The Next Three Days (2010) - Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson
When his wife (Banks) is falsely convicted of murder, a man (Crowe) resorts to Jack Bauer-like tactics and busts her out with the help of a friend (Neeson). Two things about this movie. 1.) This got absolutely no support from the studio. Considering the number of positive reviews it received, "Three Days" had almost no advance press and was then released against "Harry Potter" last November. Set up for failure. 2.) I like to think there's a reality or alternate universe where Liam Neeson does nothing but rescue his own family members or help his friends do the same. He's got such a knack for doing it in film, surely the skills translate to real life. I mean, if (God forbid) my wife is ever kidnapped, I would have to really consider whether I would rather contact the FBI or Liam Neeson. I'm just sayin'.

Inside Job (2010) - Matt Damon
A documentary look at the current bank and financial crisis the US finds itself in. I'm a big fan of docs but I tend to shy away from anything politically charged. It's not that I'm not interested in the truth (I am), I just don't feel like I can trust the pundits, researchers, and commentators (and that goes for both sides of the issue). I'll be passing on this, I guess.

Jackass 3D (2010) - Johnny Knoxville
No summary needed. I say with great shame that no matter how hard I might fight the urge, I find myself chuckling childishly every single time an ad for this movie graces my vision. I might need a psych exam.

The Walking Dead: Season 1 (2010) - Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies
A small town police officer awakes in a hospital to discover that the world around him has gotten zombiefied. He then embarks on a mission to find his family and get his group of survivors to a safe haven. Please hear me when I say: I am not a zombie freak. Despite my allegiance to All Things Nerd, I really don't give a rip about the zombiepocalypse. So when I tell you that I looovvvved "The Walking Dead", please understand that I'm not a biased commentator. If anything, I'm predisposed against this show given my dislike of the zombie trend and the fact that AMC, the channel that runs this series, doesn't come in HD in my area, something I fight adamantly against. There are some truly awful actors on this show but the story is excellent. A great, gritty series that feels much more real than the average zombie fodder.

A Film Unfinished (2010)
Produced by Beastie Boy Adam Yaunch (greatness), this documentary uses footage shot by Nazis in a Warsaw ghetto for a propaganda campaign. Now this is the documentary I'm really interested in this week. I've been wanting to check this out for some time now and I'm hoping to get a chance soon.

New to Blu
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) - Banksy

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