NEW FEATURE FILMS
Starring: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Richard Dreyfuss, James Cromwell and Jeffrey Wright
This is a movie that a lot of people skipped.Probably because they were worried that Oliver Stone would give some sort of ultra-biased conspiratorial expose of the President, that many were sick of at that point. The film couldn’t be more the opposite.In fact, it’s barely a movie at all – it’s simply a collection of scenes from Bush’s presidency with no sort of bias whatsoever – sort of an acted-out documentary.Yes there is an attempt to explore Bush’s daddy issues, but really this movie is nothing more than a docudrama.
Still, it will probably remain largely unseen and thus continue to be controversial based on perception.So it’s your duty to fight the misconception and Buy the DVD!
Starring: Melissa Leo
This is the major Oscar nominee that nobody’s seen.And, with a box office total of slightly over $2 million (or one day of Paul Blart), nobody may be a generous description of its audience.
Needless to say, come February 22nd, many Oscar viewers will echo a chorus of “Huh!?” when they see Leo’s face on the broadcast alongside the likes of Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, Anne Hathaway, and Meryl Streep.Has there ever been a bigger drop off of star power from the fourth nominee to the fifth in any category?Probably not.
So let’s all raise Leo’s profile by purchasing her film on DVD.
- Miracle at St. Anna – Learn More – Buy Now
- My Name is Bruce – Learn More – Buy Now
- Blindness – Learn More – Buy Now
- The Enforcer – Learn More – Buy Now
- Soul Men – Learn More – Buy Now
- Nights in Rodanthe – Learn More – Buy Now
TV ON DVD
“Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out”, “The Wrong Trousers”, and “A Close Shave”.
Every fan of oddball British comedies can rejoice with a twentieth anniversary treasure trove of the classics from the claymated duo of Wallace and Gromit hitting shelves this week.
For the uninitiated, this is smart humor of the highest order, and some could say the British precursor to the Pixar films.Kind of like Monty Python meets Tom and Jerry with a man and his dog taking the place of the cat and mouse.
These are highly recommended for any comedy aficionado, especially if you’ve recently cut your British Comedy teeth with Ricky Gervais.Time to see his inspiration.
- “One Foot in the Grave”: Season 5 – Buy Now
- “Friday the 13th”: Season 2 – Buy Now
- “Kennedy”: The Complete Series – Buy Now
- “Simon and Simon”: Season 2 – Buy Now
- “Wild at Heart”: Season 1 – Buy Now
- “Melrose Place”: Season 5 – Buy Now
SPECIAL EDITION OF THE WEEK
Criterion Collection: “Essential Art House” Volume 2
Time to impress your friends with all your old film knowledge!Criterion gives you the power with its second set of Art House movies that didn’t quite get lost in the real of yesteryear.Now you can annoy everybody with your knowledge of Truffaut, Kurosowa and Fellini and talk about how they’ve influenced everything and everyone.Now scoff with pride!
This set contains “Black Orpheus”, “The 400 Blows”, “Ikiru”, “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp”, “Pygmalion”, and “La Strada”. So buy it now!
- Street Fighter: Extreme Edition – Buy Now
HORRIBLE STRAIGHT-TO-DVD RELEASE OF THE WEEK
Havoc/Havoc 2: Normal Adolescent Behavior
Okay, so this isn’t ACTUALLY a straight-to-DVD release, and it certainly isn’t new.Havoc was a 2005 straight-to-DVD film, best known as the movie that features Anne Hathaway repeatedly performing in the nude and proving that Paul Haggis probably didn’t need its writer, Bobby Moresco, to make Crash.
The “sequel” was actually a Lifetime TV movie starring Amber Tamblyn with a title that has become its subtitle in this set.And therein lies the problem.
Somebody decided to re-brand this TV movie with the “Havoc” name.Why?Probably because they are thinking that “Havoc” will take on a “Poison Ivy” moniker in that people will associate the title with young nude actresses.
That’s a clever marketing scheme – but here’s the problem: There is no nudity in the supposed sequel!It’s a TV movie from basic cable!So this is just a lie, an out-and-out lie meant to dupe teenage male fans of Amber Tamblyn.That is why this qualifies as a special entry in the HSTDROTW annals.