Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New DVD Tuesday

I Am Number Four (2011) - Alex Pettyfer, Dianna Agron, Timothy Olyphant
A refugee alien (Pettyfer) comes to earth only to find that his former jailers have followed him. Obviously I'm a sci-fi nerd so I'll be seeing this soon I'm sure but I know it's terrible. It's easily one of the worst reviewed movies of the year. Too bad as it's got a solid pedigree (director DJ Caruso has flashes of brilliance) but I guess there's only so much Olyphant can do to make up for bad scripts.

Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) - James McAvoy, Emily Blunt
The retelling of the Shakespearean classic from the point of view of garden gnomes from rival yards. Is it weird that I actually want to see this? I can't explain why but I admit I laughed a bit during the trailers. I may check this out this week, too.

A Small Act (2010)
This documentary centers around a Swedish woman who sponsored the entire education of a Kenyan boy through one of those 25 cent a day programs. As a result, the boy goes on to track her down to thank her and starts his own scholarship program in her honor. Ebert was very complimentary of this film and I generally fall in line with him on this sort of thing. It's also available on Netflix Instant and I'll be reviewing in the next couple of weeks.

New to Blu
Gettysburg (1993) - Tom Berenger, Martin Sheen, Jeff Daniels, Stephen Lang
Gods and Generals (2003) - Jeff Daniels, Stephen Lang, Robert Duvall
Platoon (1986) - Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe
The Great Dictator (1940) - Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard
Papillon (1973) - Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman

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