Tuesday, May 10, 2011

New DVD Tuesday

No Strings Attached (2011) - Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher
Two best friends (Portman and Kutcher) enter into a simple, commitment free relationship that turns out to be far more complex than they ever dreamed. I saw some positive reviews but most fell into the "meh" category. I can't take Kutcher seriously, anyway.

Blue Valentine (2010) - Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams
A couple's happy past and depressing present are compared and contrasted throughout a film that a LOT of people really loved. So basically the exact opposite of "No Strings Attached." I've been in a really good mood lately so I'm not sure I'll take in this buzz kill anytime soon but it will find its way into my DVD player at some point.

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011)

New to Blu
Alien (1979) - Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, Tom Skerritt
This one belongs on the Mount Rushmore of sci-fi films. True classic and a game changer. And maybe its most important legacy is the diner scene in "Spaceballs." I'm only half kidding.

Aliens (1986) - Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn
The rare sequel that MIGHT be better than the original. (Very similar to the "Godfather"/"Godfather 2" debate.) I'm going to be honest. I watched all of the "Alien" movies basically back-to-back-to-back-to-back a couple of years ago because I'd never seen them all the way through. And because of that, they all kind of blend together. I may have to reacquaint myself.

Blu Ray Pick of the Week or Whenever I Feel Like It
Equilibrium (2002) - Christian Bale, Emily Watson, Sean Bean
A mix of "The Matrix" and "Fahrenheit 451," Bale plays a law enforcer in a futuristic society that has banned emotion, art, music, etc. He also happens to be able to go Keanu on you in a fight. A very cool, underrated sci-fi flick that not a lot of people have seen. Highly recommended.

Also New
Black Death (2010) - Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne (I'd be okay with my life is Sean Bean just never played a character that didn't have him wielding a sword. So awesome.)
The Illusionist (2010)


  1. I've always had a problem taking Kutcher seriously, too, but I thought he did well in "The Guardian."

    I'll have to take a look at "Equilibrium."

  2. It's excellent. And it even has the guy who played Robert the Bruce in it.


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