It's been some time since a New DVD Tuesday brought multiple movies that I had more than a passing interest in seeing. Way to go, June 21st, 2011!
Unknown (2011) - Liam Neeson, January Jones, Diana Kruger
A man (Neeson) wakes up from a coma to discover that his identity has been stolen and all memory of him has been wiped away, even in the mind of his wife. And then he gets mad. The obvious comparison to "Taken" is probably pretty accurate but I HIGHLY enjoyed "Taken" so of course, I'm pretty excited to see this sometime this week. Call it the Power of Neeson.
The Adjustment Bureau (2011) - Matt Damon, Emily Blunt
Based upon a Philip K. Dick story, "Bureau" centers around a politician (Damon) and a dancer (Blunt) whose mutual attraction is constantly cut off by a group of mysterious men in fedoras. This movie received generally positive reviews but I personally loved it. It is an old fashioned film and one that might be a bit too hokey for some viewers, but I really dig the love story that can be found within the sci-fi webbing.
The Eagle (2011) - Channing Tatum, Jamey Bell, Mark Strong
Set during the age of the Roman Empire, an important soldier (Tatum) is sent to track down a lost legion of men, accompanied by a slave (Bell). I don't get the fascination with Channing Tatum beyond the obvious physical attributes. I've yet to see him deliver a performance that is anything above "Meh" worthy. That said, "Eagle" somehow got decent reviews and I'm always up for a good sword fight so I expect a viewing in my near future.
Cedar Rapids (2011) - Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Ann Heche
A rowdy comedy about a naive insurance salesman (Helms) who discovers the wild world of middle America insurance conventions. This got great reviews and I genuinely like Helms. It might be my "Office" bias but he is, to me, wholly appealing and likable. You root for the guy's success and by proxy, his characters. Interested.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011) - Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Robert Capron
The sequel to last year's modest hit and based on some bestselling books, "Rodrick Rules" somehow won the box office in its opening week and made more money than I would have ever thought possible. I accidentally caught about seven minutes of the first film on HBO not too long ago and, while I really like kid's movies in general, let me just say that was one of the most painful seven minute stretches of my life. No thanks.
Happythankyoumoreplease (2010) - Josh Radnor, Malin Ackerman, Kate Mara
Six New Yorkers try to come to grips with the responsibilities that come with being adults. I've seen almost no middle ground on this as far as reviews go. Either it's an indie smash that everyone should see or it's a poor attempt at something profound. Radnor, of "How I Met Your Mother" fame, directed this film and put together a solid cast and I find myself intrigued.
New to Blu
The Island (2005) - Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Djimon Hounsou
Set in a futuristic society that develops clones as part of hardcore insurance coverage, "Island" centers around two clones (McGregor and Johansson) who discover the truth of their Utopian existence and set out to escape and alert the world to their plight. Will you stop reading this blog if I tell you that I own and actually quite enjoy "The Island?" It's a pretty awful movie (what else would you expect from Michael Bay?) but for some reason I've always liked it. It's a serious guilty pleasure of mine. My apologies for letting you all down.
The Closer: Season 6 (2010) - Kyra Sedgwick, JK Simmons
Medium: Season 7 (2010) - Rosanna Arquette, Miguel Sandoval
Louis: Season 1 (2010) - Louis C.K.