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Hi ladies and gents. Sorry this is a tad bid late from last week, but rest assured this week is on time and should be from now on. Tons of great releases these past couple of weeks. A few are exclusive only to Best Buy and I believe one or two on the list made my top 10 list of films of 2010.
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Enjoy and Here We Go!!
A BEAUTIFUL MIND (BLURAY)
Glad this film is out in hi-def. Such great characters and acting all around. While I think this film is mostly forgotten by most, after viewing it again, it reminded me of how genius Ron Howard is. From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experiences it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery once he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over this tragedy, and finally, late in life, received the Nobel Prize.
BROADCAST NEWS (CRITERION BLURAY)
I just love this film to pieces. Some truly great storytelling and excellent performances by Holly Hunter, William Hurt, and Albert Brooks. In the 1970s, the name James L. Brooks was synonymous with intelligent television comedy—his shows were insightful about work and love and always tapped into the zeitgeist. With his transition to film in the 1980s, he became a master Hollywood storyteller, and none of his films was more quintessentially Brooks than Broadcast News. This caustic inside look at the Washington news media stars Holly Hunter, in her breakout role, as a feisty television producer torn between an ambitious yet dim anchorman (William Hurt) and her closest confidant, a cynical veteran reporter (Albert Brooks). Brooks’s witty, gently prophetic entertain ment is a captivating transmission from an era in which ideas on love and media were rapidly changing.
THE COLOR PURPLE (BLURAY)
A true gem of a film from master filmmaker Spielberg. He should have got the OSCAR for this one. Whoopi and Oprah were amazing in this film. The music, the costumes, the story are all perfect. Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple is a richly-textured, powerful film set in America’s rural south. Whoopi Goldberg, winner of the Best Actress Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination, makes a triumphant screen debut as the radiant, indomitable Celie, the story’s central character. Her impressive portrayal is complimented by a distinguished cast that includes Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery, Adolph Caesar, Rae Dawn Chong and Akosua Busia. The Color Purple marks a new, more mature color in Spielberg’s artistic palette. It is an exquisitely crafted, landmark film that will be treasured and talked about for years to come.
ENTER THE VOID (BLURAY)
The latest film from Gaspar Noe is just upright crazy. But I loved it. It is not for everyone though much like every Gaspar Noe film (Irreversible, I Stand Alone). It is one of the best and most beautiful P.O.V. shot films I have ever seen. What it boils down to is that it is art. Art is subject to interpretation, discussion, and multiple opinions. It captures fear and unsavory moments in life. This is a film to watch alone or with friends that appreciate true cinema of all kinds.
Controversial and brilliant director Gasper Noe follows his worldwide sensation Irreversible with another triumph. Enter The Void is Noe’s most assured and haunting film yet, a “head trip” a la Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and at the same time a piercing modern drama. Newcomer Nathaniel Brown and Paz de la Huerta (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) star as a brother and sister trapped in the hellish nighttime world of Tokyo where he deals drugs and she works as a stripper.
A crime gone bad leads to shocking violence and then moments of transcendence in which the movie plunges viewers into death and rebirth like no film has ever done before via “mesmerizing camerawork” (The New York Times) that make it “a dazzling and brutal exercise in cinematic envelope-pushing” (New York Post). Stunning audiences around the world, Enter The Void is a cinematic experience like no other.
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (BLURAY)
I remember when this film came out in theaters. It was so magical and tragic all in one. It showed me Jim Carrey had tons of range and that my favorite music video director can take the reigns on a feature film and wow not only me, but tons of people. Love that this is on bluray. Joel is stunned to discover that his girlfriend Clementine has had the memories of their tumultuous relationship erased. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the process, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak, to have Clementine removed from his own memory. But as Joel’s memories progressively begin to disappear, he begins to discover their earlier passion. From deep within the recesses of his brain, Joel attempts to escape the procedure. As Dr. Mierzwiak and his crew chase him through the maze of his memories, it’s clear that Joel can’t get Clementine out of his head.
THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS NEST (BLURAY)
This is the third film in the “GIRL WHO” series and is quite brilliant. I just loved this series. Will be interesting to see if Fincher will sign on to direct all three films. What a great suspense thriller these films were. This was no different. The final installment of the Stieg Larsson trilogy finds Lisbeth Salander fighting for her life in more ways than one. In an intensive care unit and charged with three murders, she will have to not only prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce the same corrupt government institutions that nearly destroyed her life. Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.
NOWHERE BOY (BLURAY)
What a great origina story to the life of one of music’s best writers and musicians, John Lennon. Basically if you are a Beatles fan or a John Lennon fan then you are going to want to get this. It’s great.
RED HILL (BLURAY)
I have not seen this movie yet, but I have heard quite a bit of good things. It is supposed to be pretty brutal. Looking froward to watching this. Constable Shane Cooper (Ryan Kwanten, TV’s “True Blood”) arrives in the small town of Red Hill in search of a quieter life. But, on Cooper’s first day with the Red Hill Police Department, a convicted murderer escapes from prison and heads straight for Red Hill to kill the men who put him there. One by one, the townsmen fall until Cooper discovers the shocking truth about the convict, and must challenge everything he believes in order to stop the massacre and bring justice to Red Hill.
Still have not seen this film yet, but I am sure to like a film with Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren as a kick ass assassin, and Morgan Freeman doing his thing. Plus it is based on a comic book by Warren Ellis. Frank (Willis) is a former black-ops CIA agent living a quiet life alone… until the day a hit squad shows up to kill him. With his identity compromised, Frank reassembles his old team Joe (Freeman), Marvin (Malkovich) and Victoria (Mirren) and sets out to prove that they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Stand back and watch the bullets fly in this explosive action-comedy that critics call a rip-roaring good time.
Deleted and Extended Scenes
Access Red: Immersive 6-part interactive feature including pop up trivia, videos, interviews and more
Audio Commentary with retired CIA Field Officer Robert Baer
SANTA SANGRE (BLURAY)
This might be my favorite release of the week. A film by Alejandro Jodorowsky. You might recognize him from directing the El Topo series. This is just beautifully badass. Glad to add this hi def transfer to my collection. Felix, a circus mime artist, has spent years in an asylum after witnessing his father cutting his mother Concha’s arms off. Upon his return to the now deranged Concha, Felix has to do her bidding. This involves murdering every woman with whom he comes into contact. When Concha orders Felix to murder Alma, his childhood sweetheart, he attempts to resist.
SAW: THE FINAL CHAPTER (BLURAY)
I cannot believe there have been seven films of this franchise. WOW. Thats pretty successful. And now it has come to an end!? Yeah right. somebody will do another sequel or “reboot” the series. These make too much money. Now I still think the first one was the best, but all the sequels after that have been good but not 5 stars good. This one is no different. It is just good, not great. But of you are like me, you will need to get this to complete your set. What these films always do perfectly, is find cool creative ways to kill and torture people. In the seventh and final installment, SAW The Final Chapter leaves no question unanswered. As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw’s (Bell) brutal legacy, a group of the killer’s survivors gather to seek the support of a self-help guru. However, fellow survivor Bobby Dagen’s (Flanery) dark secrets unleash a whole new wave of terror.
52 Ways to Die
A fairly decent horse film. No not that kind of horse film. I prefer Seabiscuit, but this film is is right below that. It is worth checking out, and if you are a huge fan of horses, then it is definitely one you need to pick up.
Disney presents an astonishing true story bursting with hope, heart, and courage. Diane Lane and John Malkovich lead a celebrated cast in this inspirational motion picture from the producers of Miracle, Invincible and The Rookie.
Behind every legend lies an impossible dream. Witness the spectacular journey of an incredible horse named Secretariat and the moving story of his unlikely owner, a housewife who risked everything to make him a champion. Out of the gate with never-before-seen bonus features, Secretariat is hours of pulse-pounding entertainment for the whole family!
SHE-RA: THE COMPLETE SERIES (DVD)
You know you want this. Just admit it. Where darkness rules, fights the champion of light! Armed with the Sword of Protection atop her winged unicorn, Swift Wind, She-Ra, twin sister of He-Man, is the defender of Crystal Castle. Together with the members of the Great Rebellion, She-Ra stands ready against Hordak and the Evil Horde, fighting to bring peace to Etheria. For the honor of Grayskull…I am She-Ra!
– Iron On Tshirt Print
Yes!!! It is an alligator god called Kroona. And he is pissed off at everything and it is time to eat some people. Bout damn time. This movie has tons of great deaths, gorgeous girls, and a reptile full of hate and vengeance. So yes. Pick this shit up. You’ll love it.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND: 60 TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION (BLURAY)
This is the third time I have purchased this. But it is for good reason. It is finally on BLURAY!!! I love this Disney animated version of Alice. This gives me and I am sure anyone of any age pure joy while watching. Magical! Follow Alice as she chases the White Rabbit on a magical journey into the fantastical world of Wonderland. It’s a topsy-turvy place that gets “curiouser and curiouser” as Alice’s madcap adventures introduce her to some truly unforgettable characters – the Mad Hatter, March Hare, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, and more.
ALL ABOUT EVE (BLURAY)
This might be my favorite Bette Davis film. A hilarious bitchy comedy. A true classic. From the moment she glimpses her idol on Broadway, Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) strives to upstage Margo Channing (Bette Davis). After cunningly stealing Margo’s role, Eve disrupts the lives of anyone close to the actress in this timeless cinematic masterpiece that earned a record 14 Oscar Nominations, winning six – including Best Picture!
LET ME IN (BLURAY)
The remake of the better Swiss film, “The The Right One In”. Now this remake is good, but I just think the original foreign one has more going for it. Don’t get me wrong. Chloe Moretz is amazing in this film. I think it has a certain “more friendly” vibe to it than the book or original film, but at times, it is more brutal. It is definitely worth getting and adding to your collection. I just prefer the original. From Matt Reeves – the writer/director of Cloverfield – comes the new vampire classic that critics are calling “chillingly real” (Scott Bowles, USA Today) and “one of the best horror films of the year” (Cinematical). In bleak New Mexico, a lonely, bullied boy, Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee of The Road), forms a unique bond with his mysterious new neighbor, Abby (Chloë Grace Moretz of Kick-Ass). Trapped in the mind and body of a child, however, Abby is forced to hide a horrific secret of bloodthirsty survival. But in a world of both tenderness and terror, how can you invite in the one friend who may unleash the ultimate nightmare?
Based on the Swedish novel, Let the Right One In, “Let Me In is a dark and violent love story, a beautiful piece of cinema and a respectful rendering of my novel for which I am grateful.” (John Ajvide Lindqvist, author).
This was one of my favorite film of 2010. It made my TOP 10 list even. You can read my review about it HERE. Love this film. Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over the southern part of North America. Soon after new life forms began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined. As the US, and Mexican military struggle to contain these alien creatures, a US journalist agrees to escort a shaken tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.
NEVER LET ME GO (BLURAY)
It is such a shame the OSCARS did not nominate this film for anything. It proves they SUCK it long and hard. This film is sooo good. The characters, the emotions are so powerful, that it reminded me of Six Feet Under in that true strong emotional character development. Never Let Me Go is a powerful story revolving around Kathy (Mulligan), Ruth (Knightley) and Tommy (Garfield), three best friends who grow up together at an English boarding school with a chilling secret. When they learn the shocking truth – that they are genetically engineered clones destined to be organ donors – they embrace their fleeting chance to live and love.
“The Secrets of Never Let Me Go” — an exclusive 30-minute behind the scenes look at the making of the film featuring the cast and crew as they chronicle the journey from book to the big screen.
Classic. Bo Derek. Julia Andrews. Dudley Moore. Sex. Boobs. Dangerous. Love this classic film and glad that it finally has a home on bluray. On the night of his 42nd birthday, George Webber, a popular songwriter, begins showing symptoms of “middle-age crisis.” Over the succeeding weeks, he finds himself continually staring at young girls on the street, and he begins envying his high-living neighbor, whose life is one endless orgy. George’s behavior causes great concern to his lover, singing star Samantha Taylor, and to his partner Hugh, who has seemingly avoided George’s dilemma by being gay. While driving home one afternoon, George spots Jenny, a stunning young beauty en route to her marriage ceremony. Regarding her as “the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen” (on a scale from one to 10), George follows her to the church. He later learns her name, and discovers that she and her husband are honeymooning in Mexico. Driven by the impulse to see her again, George flies to Mexico and checks into the hotel where Jenny is staying. Later…
HATCHET 2 (BLURAY)
Still have not seen this due to it being pulled from theaters last minute because it was “too hardcore”. I loved the first film. It was hilarious and gory, and all out fun. I expect the same. This is going to be great.
-Behind the Scenes Feature
That’s it for these past two weeks. Stay tuned for next week.