Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New DVD Tuesday

The Tourist (2010) - Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany
A heart broken American (Depp) stumbles upon a startling beauty (Jolie) while in Italy. But things aren't what they seem to be and soon he's caught up in an international chase. The reviews for "The Tourist" were very mediocre and I confess it looked incredibly boring to me. I love Depp but Jolie generally does nothing for me. Probably won't make it onto my queue.

How Do You Know (2010) - Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd, Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson
This movie finds a (random much?) professional softball player (Witherspoon) caught in a love triangle with a corporate dude (Rudd) on the verge of indictment and an aging baseball player (Wilson). How in the world a romantic comedy of questionable appeal got approved for a $100-120 million budget is beyond me. This sucker had "gigantic flop" written all over it before it even opened. Not sure what's going on with James L. Brooks these days.

Skyline (2010) - Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, Donald Faison
Part "District 9," part "War of the Worlds" this low budget sci-fi flick finds a group of people rebelling against an alien force that draws humans to their death like a moth to a flame. OK, I know for a FACT that this is AWFUL. But there's no way the "hey, I like alien movies!" voice inside my head will get overruled by the "hey, this has a 4.6 rating on IMDB, you idiot" voice. I'm sure I'll report the sad findings soon.

Yogi Bear (2010) - Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, Tom Cavanaugh
You know, because everyone has just been DYING for more Yogi action over the last 30 years. Easily one of the dumbest ideas Hollywood had last year. And that's saying something.

New to Blu Pick of the Week or Whenever I Feel Like Picking One
Stand By Me (1986) - River Phoenix, Jerry O'Connell, Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman
The classic tale, based on a Stephen King story, about a group of boys in the 50s who travel cross county to see a dead body. There are people who would say that overall, this movie features the best acting by a group of kids ever. I would not argue with those people. An absolutely outstanding movie.

New to Blu Pick of the Week or Whenever I Feel Like Picking One Part II
Sandlot (1993) - Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Chauncey Leopardi
The story of another awesome group of kids, this time in the 1960s, who spend one glorious summer together doing nothing but playing baseball, going to the public swimming pool, and dipping chewing tobacco while riding carnival rides. Oh, how I love "The Sandlot." Then again, who DOESN'T love "The Sandlot?" I would be willing to bet that if you polled 1,000 film watchers from my generation, 999 of them would support this film whole heartedly. And the other person would be an idiot. You will soon be mine, Blu Ray "Sandlot."

Also New to Blu
Anastasia (1997) - Meg Ryan, John Cusack
Robots (2005) - Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Robin Williams
The Riddick Collection: Pitch Black (1999) and The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) - Vin Disel (I love these movies. I'm not ashamed even if I should be.)

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