It’s a half decent week for DVD releases. There’s something for everyone – Vigilantes, male housekeepers, and vampires.
Twilight – It’s the biggest release of the week, and actually does not get released until Saturday. Young females made this film a big hit at the box office [quite honestly, I don’t know any guy who has seen this movie]. Critics were mixed on the film, but when do young girls listen to critics. It’s the big release of the week, and it will tide over fans until the sequel comes out.
Punisher: War Zone – This is a franchise that just cannot seem to catch a break. It’s a backhanded compliment to say that the Dolph Lundgren film is the best of the bunch [that’s what I’ve heard as I’ve not seen the Lundgren version]. Punisher: War Zone is definitely a lot more violent then the Thomas Jane version, and it’s definitely over-the-top action, but you don’t really every care about the Punisher’s story. This film could have been better, but it is what it is.
Married with Children: Season 10 – WOW. I can’t believe that this show was on for 10 seasons. Then I did some research, and found that it actually ran for 11 seasons. Good for the show. I’m not going to bash it, or make fun of it. When I was teenager, this show made me laugh. Al Bundy was the anti-TV dad. He didn’t care about his wife and kids, he didn’t give out morals at the end of the show. All he wanted to do was sit back on his couch, have a beer, and ignore the world. My favourite episode from the show [not in this season] is when Al goes bowling and bowls the game of his life, only to have Peggy usurp him when she has the chance to bowl a perfect game. To see how spiteful and jealous he was of his wife’s success was why it made it so funny. On other sitcoms, you’d have the family cheering everyone on, but not Married with Children. Sure, the humour is a lot of poop, fart, and boob jokes, but it was just refreshing to see families that didn’t always get along.
Mr. Belvedere: Seasons 1 and 2 – Another show from my youth. It had a catchy opening theme song, and has become a beloved sitcom from the 80’s. No episode stands out to me, but this was the typical 80’s sitcom where every episode had a life lesson, and everyone was better off at the end of the episode than they were at the beginning.
Elegy – I don’t know much about this film, but it has a fantastic cast. Penelope Cruz, Dennis Hopper, Ben Kingsley, Patricia Clarkson, and Peter Sarsgaard. The plot sounds like a serious version of Something Like That, with an older man dealing with all his past and all the women he has slept with, but nothing long lasting. Penelope Cruz enters his life, and he might actually be in love. It’s a drama, and the reviews are generally decent, so it might be worth checking out.