DVD Picks of the Week: Apr 3rd

Another week and more blu rays stacking up to discuss. See below for all such chatter:

Buy It:

War Horse

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Written by: Lee Hall & Richard Curtis

Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Emily Watson, Benedict Cumberbatch & Tom Hiddleston

Why should you buy it? Because it’s the most heartfelt smile induced film of 2011 that didn’t win any awards. Spielberg uses sentimentality in a way that many filmmakers has done before, and he does it so well. It takes a piece of old Hollywood – the old Hollywood that used to give us stories that were just too cheesy but were loved regardless – and feeds it to us and it just works.

I know that a lot of people don’t (and won’t) take kindly to this film due to it’s sentiment, but for me it was just perfect.

Read my full review here.

We Bought a Zoo

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

Written by: Cameron Crowe & Aline Brosh McKenna

Starring: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson & Thomas Haden Church

Why should you buy it? Because you want something to watch with the whole family that won’t rot your brain or make your little daughter cry. It’s a great family drama which finds a way to mix the silly with the real that only Cameron Crowe can do. It at times goes too far, but thanks to a great performance by Damon, and a few cooky characters at the zoo, the movie works so well.

Read my full review here.

Rent it:


Directed by: Paddy Constantine

Written by: Paddy Constantine

Starring: Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman & Eddie Marsan

Why should you rent it? This is a movie that I feel I need to revisit because it says so much about redemption and the true meaning of this sometimes overblown act, but at the same time I found it clouded by all the acting talent that put it forward. I spent so much time admiring all the brilliant acting that the film gives me that I started to lose track of the characters and their emphasis on thematic resolution.

It’s worthy of a mention among some of the best of 2011, but didn’t resonate with me immediately. However, definitely worth seeing if it’ll work with you.

The Rest

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey
Eagleheart: Season One
Double Hour
Chasing Madoff

Blu Ray

Howl’s Moving Castle

What’re You Getting?