DVD Picks of the Week: Mar 27th

Another week, another dollar, and not much to spend it on to be honest. I guess after last week’s amazing releases Hollywood is giving us a break from debt. Anyways here’s what’s noteworthy from today’s releases.

Buy It:

N/A

Rent It:

A Dangerous Method

Directed by: David Cronenberg

Written by: Christopher Hampton & John Kerr

Starring: Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender & Viggo Mortensen

Why should you rent it? Because while it’s the most showy it is possibly Knightley‘s best performance to date. I expect a lot of people to take issue with her “out there” showing the mentally ill Russian patient turned psycho analyst herself, but it’s kind of brilliant in that sense. She acts as the conduit for the continued relationship between Jung (Fassbender) and Freud (Mortensen) and having two actors of that caliber in scenes together is just fascinating.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Directed by: Stephen Daldry

Written by: Eric Roth & Jonathan Safran Foer

Starring: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock & Max Von Sydow

Why should you rent it? Because if you haven’t seen it yet I’d recommend just to complete the best picture nominee list of films. It’s not a fantastic movie, but it has a lot of great visual flourishes, including the opening credits. While it hinges on the events of 9/11 and a journey that I believe is almost wasted throughout the film I can’t deny the films ability to hand up characters that can help you believe that there might just be good left in the world (and I’m always happy to see that in movies).

Yes I do question these people’s parenting skills throughout the film.

Read my full review here.

Skip It:

South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season

Created by: Trey Parker & Matt Stone

Why should you skip it? Well, I’m pretty sure that anyone reading this knows from the get go how they feel about this show now that it’s 15 seasons in (took you that long?). While I am a big fan of the show and what it’s done for television in it’s longstanding run I feel like this season is when it’s finally gone further than it could. Whether it’s network intervention or the writers just not knowing what else to do with the show I can’t tell you, all I can say is it’s rarely funny anymore.

In a season which dealt with: (1) Apple, (2) The Royal Wedding, (3) Cynicism (you can look at yourselves with that one Parker & Stone), (4) Border Patrol & Racism, (5) The Occupy Movement & (6) Class Warfare; I couldn’t find much that truly spoke out as comedic satire and worked. I guess the funny is just harder to find.

The Rest:

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Eureka: Season 4.5
In The Land of Blood and Honey
Corman’s World

Blu Ray

The Bodyguard
Confucius
A Night to Remember (Criterion Collection) 

 What’re You Getting This Week?

DVD Picks of the Week: Apr 26th

 

Another week in front of the TV means it’s time to walk to the front door and see which DVDs I’ve already ordered for myself. Check out this weeks serving below:

Buy It:

Blow Out (Criterion Collection) (Blu Ray)

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Written by: Brian De Palma

Starring: John Travolta, Nancy Allen & John Lithgow

Why you should buy it? It’s the proper version of Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Conversation where everything makes sense. Where in The Conversation I wanted to personally hurt the protagonist, in this movie I want to cheer for Jack (Travolta) to save the day and for the truth to come out.

It’s a well put together film which is able to make even the technical sound and film side of things still intriguing to a layman like myself.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Criterion Collection) (Blu Ray)

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

Written by: Terry Gilliam & Hunter S. Thompson

Starring: Johnny Depp & Benecio Del Toro

Why should you buy it? It’s one of those once in a lifetime drug tripping film where the character take you on such a psychedelic journalistic lifestyle that you might start to feel a little high while watching the movie.

Depp gives the performance of his career as Raoul Duke, a caricature of Hunter S. Thompson’s  own character that he embodied while out performing his innovative “Gonzo” journalism across the country. This film is not for the weary of heart, but that doesn’t make it any less fantastic.

Rent It:

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Blu Ray)

Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda

Written by: Yasutaka Tsutsui & Satoko Okudera

Starring: Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida & Mitsutaka Itakura

Why you should rent it? While I had my own issues with the final act of the film it doesn’t detract from it’s overall fun likeable nature. The film takes you into the now trite world of time travel with a bit of a twist and it’s kind of enjoyable. If you’re one of those people who have something against anime for one reason or another I’d recommend this film since it definitely stands out as unlike all of those other animes out there that are for the fanboy population out there. This is a really good story told through an interesting medium.

South Park: Complete Fourteenth Season

Created by: Trey Parker & Matt Stone

Starring: Trey Parker & Matt Stone

Why should you rent it? It’s still kind of funny.

While I still had issues with a lot of the second half of the season the show is still hysterical most of the time and maybe it’s showing that this may be a show that needs to die. There’s been talk online that the upcoming 15th season may be the last but if you’re already on the bandwagon then you’re not going to care what I have to say here.

The Rest

Upstairs Downstairs
Human Planet
Growing Pains: Complete Second Season
Sniper: Reloaded
Testees: The Complete Series

Bluray

Eden of the East: The King of Eden
Machine Girl

So what are you getting this week?

Tuned In – Mar. 24th

Here is me introducing a weekly piece (that hopefully you will be able to read weekly assuming I don’t get lazy) where I discuss all the TV I’ve been watching.  I’ve always been looking for a way to incorporate the hours of television I’ve been watching alongside the awe inspiring film critiques and discussions posted here.

The feature will be broken into two segments: 1. Weekly Chapters – where I discuss week to week episodes of TV shows that are ongoing and I’m enjoying (and hopefully you as well); and 2. The DVR Chronicles – where I discuss a show that I’ve recently spent my time catching up on that was aired previously and I’ve finally felt needed some time of mine.

So enjoy and make sure to let me know in the comments what you feel about not just this brand spanking new feature, but also your feelings on the shows I’m discussing (and sometimes not discussing).  Also, I imagine it goes without saying to be weary when reading discussions on each show.  If you aren’t up to date I will take no responsibility for spoilage. Continue reading