Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New DVD Tuesday

Drive Angry (2011) - Nicholas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner
A former baddie (Cage) breaks out of hell in order to avenge the death of his daughter and rescue his granddaughter (Heard). Yup, that's actually a movie. One of the great questions in life is how Nicholas Cage still gets semi-legit roles (meaning the movies actually see a theater) and Val Kilmer has to do straight-to-DVD five times a year. Brutal.

Biutiful (2010) - Javier Bardem
This foreign language film follows a man (Bardem) who can commune with the dead and beyond that, I'm not exactly sure what the heck is going on here. Even the summaries and reviews on IMDB are remarkably convoluted. Bardem scored an Oscar nod for this role but most critics seemed to be much more appreciative of his performance than the film as a whole.

Passion Play (2010) - Megan Fox, Mickey Rourke, Bill Murray
Usually I would skip a film like this completely, but this time around the IMDB summary is just too funny to pass up: "An angel under the thumb of a ruthless gangster is saved by a trumpet player down on his luck." And that's not even half the ridiculousness. Two statements/questions about this project. 1.) What terrible thing act did someone catch Bill Murray in to force him into doing this movie? 2.) THIS MOVIE ACTUALLY GOT MADE!!! I'm not a screenwriter but I have to believe that every time a clunker like "Passion Play" gets the green light, 25 writers move back to Iowa.

New to Blu Pick of the Week or Whenever I Feel Like Picking One
American Graffiti (1973) - Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Charles Martin Smith
A true American classic. This is one of those films that should be set aside and preserved for future civilizations to illustrate just what life was like during this time period. It should also be used to make it clear that at one time, George Lucas wasn't crazy. It's been years since I've seen "Graffiti" but man, I love it.

Also New to Blu
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) - Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson
One of these days I need to get around to seeing the Leon collection. Blu Ray definitely helps.

Legend (1985) - Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry
Easily one of the weirdest "kids" movies ever. It falls right in line with "Labyrinth" and only slightly behind "Something Wicked This Way Comes" in terms of, "What in the freak were people thinking gearing this towards children?!" FREAKING creepy.

A Clockwork Orange (1971) - Malcom McDowell, Warren Clarke, Patrick Magee
Big Jake (1971) - John Wayne (I'm pretty sure this is my mom's favorite John Wayne movie. Just so you know.)
Rio Lobo (1970) - John Wayne

Also New
True Blood: Season 3 (2010) - Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Anna Paquin
Psych: Season 5 (2010) - James Roday, Dule Hill

And since it's such a down week for DVDs, may I recommend you spend your money on music as Eddie Vedder, My Morning Jacket, and Death Cab for Cutie all have new albums out today. Epic win for music this time around. I'm just sayin'.  

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