Tuesday, February 19, 2008

New releases today. Tuesday February 19th.

American Gangster: Denzel Washington in one of his finest moments. The 2-disc edition out today is a must-rent. And a should-buy. The second disc adds 18 minutes to an already long movie, but it sure doesn't feel that long when you're watching something this kick-ass, and it's 18 minutes of More Awesome.

In The Valley of Elah: Tommy Lee Jones' Oscar-nominated performance. And he was sublime in No Country For Old Men, so he must be even better in this one. Logically, that is. Assuming the Academy who votes makes sense. Big assumption. But a highly anticipated film nonetheless.

Michael Clayton: Richard Roeper's Number One movie of the year, and a serious contender for Best Picture at the Oscars. I will be renting this one right away. George Clooney hasn't missed lately when doing his own thing.

Rendition: Everyone should watch this movie. Basically the Meher Arar story, it's a fantastic look at the American method of destroying due process in their zeal in the "war on terror".

Lust, Caution: Ang Lee's World War II Chinese resistance film is beautiful to look at, filthy with hardcore graphic sex, and interesting. But way too long.

Redacted: An Iraq war movie starring nobody interesting but directed by Brian DePalma. So it could be good. But his last movie was The Black Dahlia, and that was awful.

Margot at the Wedding: Nicole Kidman is icy and mean. And she plays that in this movie as well. Smart, well-written, but kind of bleak and irritating at the same time. Jack Black is fantastic. This is the best kind of role for him.

Poor Boy's Game: Looks interesting, if one can judge from trailers. A white kid who almost beat a black kid to death gets out of jail, and the black kid's father (Danny Glover) is looking for revenge. But when they meet each other, they end up forming a strange kind of bond. Which all sounds good and interesting, but the big payoff is a brutal boxing death-match, Thunderdome style. Well, if I believe the trailers. Who knows.

Catacombs: This DVD is packaged with Resident Evil: Extinction on Amazon. That indicates to me that it may well be a pile of crap. It stars Pink. That seals the deal. I am assuming this will be crap.

Walker: Texas Ranger Season 4: Well, if you really need your fix of Chuck Norris...wait. This show ran for four seasons?

Chaos: Jason Statham, Ryan Phillippe and a tax-evading Wesley Snipes? This has the makings of high-octane, thrill-ride brainless pile of mush. Or maybe not.

He-Man and The Masters Of The Universe Volume One: Ah, the classics. Isn't Masters Of The Universe reaching a little high? Wouldn't Masters Of Stittsville be more within reach? Anyway, there's nothing like some good old fashioned animated flexing.

It's The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown: Did the Peanuts cartoon ever exist except to mark Valentine's Day, Christmas, Hallowe'en, President's Day, and Easter? Among other landmark holidays?

Pierrot Le Fou: Yes, yes, yes, yes yes! Buy this. Today. I can say with certainty that American Gangster and Michael Clayton and Rendition are not going to be the best movies released today. This one is. Criterion Collection is releasing one of the best movies ever made - Jean-Luc Godard's masterpiece, Pierrot Le Fou. 1965, incredibly stylish and satirical, this one is a must-have for any serious film buff.

Also out:

Dragonball Z Season 4
Curious George Goes To the Doctor And Lends A Helping Hand
WC Fields Signature collection

And - Run Lola Run on Blu-Ray. Now is the time to get a Blu-Ray player, since the battle is basically over. Blu-Ray has beaten HD DVD, and you may as well get on the next big thing. It is likely that Blu-Ray will make traditional DVDs obsolete within a few years now, and although the selection of Blu-Ray stuff is now what I would call suspect, this one will be worthwhile. A fantastic, extremely visually appealing film starring the amazing Franke Potente.

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