I’ve been a bad blogger again. The DVD column took an unexpected hiatus that will hopefully never be seen again. Anyways, let’s get to the meat of the matter with the releases of note below:
The Killing: The Criterion Collection (Blu-Ray)
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Written by: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray & Vince Edwards
Why should you buy it? It’s a classic. It’s one of the films that when I do a pros and cons list of the artist that is Stanley Kubrick. If you’re a fan of heist films then this is a movie for you to enjoy. Kubrick melds the two halves of the plan and the execution so well that you never miss a thing.
Films like this, led by actors like Sterling Hayden, are movies that I love to watch. When you see leading men of the 50s demand the attention that you end up giving it’s just so enjoyable. Also, I think this movie has one of the greatest ending shots that any film ever made.
Read my full review here.
Directed by: Cary Fukunaga
Written by: Charlotte Bronte & Moira Buffini
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender & Jamie Bell
Why should you rent it? Because it’s a solid movie. I’m not one for period pieces but this film used superior performances from Wasikowska and Fassbender, soon becoming my new favourite actor, to bring a pretty overtold story to us once again.
If only I loved period pieces just a little bit more this would be a purchase, but I just can’t see myself watching this movie often enough to get a place on the shelf.
Dexter: Season Five
Created by: James Manos, Jr.
Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas & Julia Stiles
Why should you rent it? Because if you’ve not seen last year’s season then it’s time to catch up in time for Season Six which is coming in the next couple of months I believe. Dexter is one of the few shows which I don’t think has really dipped that much in quality as it continues season to season. They find new ways for Dexter to continually have to learn a new element of his life that he has to understand more and more as he tries to let his deep desires as a serial killer continues to go unnoticed by his employers, the police.
Directed by: Scott Charles Stewart
Written by: Cory Goodman & Min-Woo Hyung
Starring: Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet & Maggie Q
Why should you skip it? Because if you saw last year’s January release, Legion, which pretty much treads the same ground (just swap random monsters for vampires) then you know what you’re in for. If you liked that dross, here’s some more for you to slurp up. If you have any sense and you know what’s good for you you’ll scroll up and check out some good movies this week rather than watch this piece of crap that barely counts as a film and was probably only made so that the theatres would have something to show in 3D that week.
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
The Grace Card
Batman: Brave & The Bold – Season Two Part One
The Big Lebowski (Limited Edition) (Blu-Ray Book)
Cul-de-sac: The Criterion Collection
Muppets Take Manhattan
What’re you getting this week?