Up – This is the best film that I have seen in 2009 so far. The latest film from the fine folks at Pixar is about an elderly man who decides to go on one last adventure before he gets forced out of his home. He makes his house fly to a destination that he personally holds dear to his heart. Unfortunately a young boy tags along for the ride, so the old man and the young boy have to learn to get along. The film is gorgeous to look at, it has an amazing set piece in the form of “The Spirit of Adventure” Zeppelin, and it has many memorable catch phrases. Trust me, you will be saying some of the lines that are said by Dug the Dog after you finish watching the film. Wall-E got overlooked last year in the Best Picture category, and I hope that with Best Picture nominations going to 10 films this year, Up is able to get nominated. It is far and away the best DVD release of the week.
The Ugly Truth – Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl star in this box office hit (It grossed $88.9 million) about a chauvinistic host and a stuck up producer who cannot co-exist (it must be hard to figure out who is who). Eventually, the host convinces the producer to go on dates to help prove his theories, but his plans go awry when something strange happens. I wonder how the film ends (wink wink nudge nudge).
Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days – The iconic TV show gets a special 2 Disc DVD to celebrate its 40th anniversary and features highlights from the past 40 years of the show. Highlights included is “C” is for Cookie, and Big Bird coming to terms with Mr. Hooper’s death. Each of the 40 seasons is represented over the two discs. No sarcastic comments from me here. Sesame Street is an institution, and it will be a lot of fun going down memory lane watching highlights of the show.
Rolling Stones: At The Max – This is the DVD version of the IMAX film that followed the Rolling Stones across Europe as they were on their “Steel Wheels” tour. You either like the music of the Stones or you don’t, so it will be a very easy decision on whether or not you are going to buy this DVD or pass on it.
Spread – This film stars Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche and is about a womanizer who leads an idyllic lifestyle. He lives at the home of an attorney, parties as much as he can, and has sex whenever possible. He has slept his way to the top, but ends up meeting a girl who does the exact same thing. Has he met his match, and can he continue living this lifestyle? Unfortunately I’m not an Ashton Kutcher fan so I probably will never find out.