Starring: James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, and Morgan Freeman
It’s strange that Hollywood is trying to make a movie star out of McAvoy. He’s certainly a very good actor, but he makes Tom Cruise look like Shawn Bradley. Despite this, he’s thrust into this film as an action lead and never seems right for the part. Some people are just good actors and shouldn’t be movie stars, McAvoy is certainly one of those.
“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”
Starring: Ben Barnes, William Moseley and Liam Neeson
What do you call a $10 Billion epic that nobody remembers came out? Why, “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” of course! This film was hardly a bomb, but certainly not the rousing success of its predecessor. One has to wonder whether or not Disney will even complete the series after this arrived well below expectations. Hey, at least it wasn’t “The Golden Compass”.
Starring: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly
At the Oscars a few years back, John C. Reilly joined Jack Black and Will Ferrell onstage for a medley about how to be a comic actor and an Oscar contender at the same time. He told them through song that you first must be serious and then you can do as much comedy as you want. Pretty soon you’ll be winning Oscars and being funny at the same time. Unfortunately, I think the serious ship sailed for Reilly with this goof fest on the heels of “Dewey Cox” and “Talladega Nights”. I think most Oscar voters will seem him as a goof from now on, and it will be very hard to get his former cred back. Of course, he’s all the richer for it, and appears to be having a ton of fun as Ferrell’s buddy.
“The X-Files: I Want to Believe”
Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Billy Connolly and Amanda Peet
Nobody saw this movie. Nobody. It’s astonishing that a TV show that ranked in the top ten for so long could release a movie that nobody cared about. This would be like “LOST” releasing a film in 2020 and having it make less than $30 million. Could anybody picture that happening right now? It didn’t help that this movie got as much publicity as Bob Barr’s presidential campaign, but still, could anyone picture a “Friends” movie opening at number 7 in 4 years? Just shows how fleeting our pop culture minds are these days.
TV ON DVD
Before you go see the surefire Best Picture contender, check out the interviews on DVD that inspired the play and then the film. This DVD set contains all 12 interviews in the series, but be forewarned: Only two of the interviews actually deal with Watergate. Still, this makes compelling viewing in a time where public figures weren’t just sound bytes and television made room for a more expansive format. Plus, there’s nothing like seeing Tricky Dick sweat.
- “Jake and the Fatman”: Season 1 – Buy Now
- “Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist”: Best Of – Buy Now
- “Perry Mason”: Season 3, Volume Two – Buy Now
- “Saturday Night Live”: Season 4 – Buy Now
- “Law and Order”: Season 6 – Buy Now
“Casablanca”: Ultimate Collector’s Edition
At long last, this classic finally gets the DVD treatment it deserves. This two-disc set comes complete with a book loaded with facts about the film and various other trinkets like photos and faux luggage tags. Along with the movie, the discs contain a feature length documentary about the film and its impact.
HORRIBLE STRAIGHT-TO-DVD RELEASE OF THE WEEK
The surest way to spot a terrible straight-to-DVD movie is when the film is loaded with stars but holds its premiere in a Best Buy. This week, there are two such films. “The Contract” features Morgan Freeman and John Cusack while “Lower Learning” brings Jason Biggs, Rob Corddry and Eva Longoria-Parker to kindergarten.
Still, neither of these films take the prize for the HSTDR of the Week. That’s because a movie called “Bam Margera Presents: Where the F**K is Santa Claus?” hits shelves today. If the title is enough evidence to support its winning the award, take note of one of its two special features – naughty photos of Santa’s Sexy Helpers.