Well, the Oscars are over, but never fear because two brand new Oscar worthy DVDs are hitting shelves today! Hurray, because they include one of the night’s big winners, Precious (Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actress), and its biggest loser, Up In The Air (6 major nominations and no wins). But it’s not all about prestige pictures this week. There’s also the bottom of the barrel to scrape with a group spearheaded by Old Dogs.
Check it all out below. . .
Remember when this movie came out, way back at the start of December? Remember the buzz? Remember the hype? Remember the amazing reviews? Remember how that all seems like an afterthought now?
Yes, Up In The Air, had one of the more precipitous falls in recent Oscar history. It went from a front-runner to win Best Picture to an also-ran. From George Clooney’s second Oscar to him simply glaring at the hosts during the monologue. From a lock for Best Adapted Screenplay to the victim of a major upset by Precious. Yes, of the five films that would have been nominated for Best Picture if there weren’t a rule change, this was the only one that failed to notch an award.
Why did this happen? It’s very simple – the buzz for this movie became boring. It didn’t have the hidden feel of The Hurt Locker, the bravura of Inglourious Basterds, the Oprah factor of Precious, or the money of Avatar. It was just a good movie that was forced to stand by itself – something that never seems to work at the Oscars despite its six major category nominations (more than anybody else).
So with that, the DVD box will only be able to claim that the movie was nominated for six Academy Awards.
There’s one reason to see this movie that makes it worth recommending: Monique‘s performance.
There are probably many reading this who just rolled their eyes. Thinking to themselves, “I bet it’s not as good as everyone’s saying,” or, “Overrated!” Well they’d be wrong. Monique is so steadily monstrous, that every moment she’s on the screen is packed with the same sort of suspense inherent in The Hurt Locker. Just looking at her makes you think something bad is coming and that knot in your gut is just preparing you for the fury.
Yet her performance is more than just a terror – she’s also incredibly vulnerable. Never more-so than during the film’s closing monologue, which is already becoming the stuff of legend.
There’s many reasons to check this movie out on DVD, but none more compelling than her.
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- Capitalism: A Love Story – Buy Now
- Old Dogs – Buy Now
- Planet 51 – Buy Now
- The Stoning of Soraya M – Buy Now
TV ON DVD
“Walker Texas Ranger”: The Complete Series
Because if you don’t buy this on DVD, there’s a good chance you could soon be victimized by a roundhouse kick to the solar plexus.
- “Greek”: Chapter 4 – Buy Now
- “In Plain Sight”: Season 2 – Buy Now
- “Wiseguy”: Complete Series – Buy Now
What DVD will you be picking up this week?