Star Trek – I’ll be honest, when I first heard that Star Trek was getting rebooted, the first thought that came to my head was “Why?” I’m not a fan of any of the television shows, and I only like a handful of the movies (I’m definitely not a Trekkie). I thought that Star Trek: Nemesis was a nail in the coffin, and Star Trek would be dead. How wrong I was. I went into the film with very low expectations, and came out raving about the best popcorn film of the summer. The cast is great, the script is inventive and sharp, and there are enough inside jokes for fans to get back on board. J.J. Abrams deserves a heck of a lot of credit for re-energizing Star Trek. I’ve written a lot, but have not divulged anything about the plot. It is essentially an origin movie that spins off into a different direction. We get the back story that most Star Trek fans already know about, but then the writers of the film get inventive and add a twist to the mythology that I will not divulge. This is the must own DVD of the week.
Bruno – Sacha Baron Cohen brings his character Bruno to the big screen, and I for one thought it was more offensive and more hysterical than Borat. The film follows Borat as he tries to re-launch his career in America. I was disappointed that the film was not a bigger hit than it was, as some of the set pieces are laugh out loud funny. I say that you should discover the funny on DVD and buy Bruno.
Gone With The Wind – 70th Anniversary Edition – Can you believe that in 1939 both Gone With The Wind and The Wizard of Oz were released? Oz already got the box set 70th anniversary treatment, and now Gone With The Wind has its turn. This truly is a masterpiece, and is a lot of fun to watch. The story of Scarlett O’Hara is everything a sweeping epic should be. Great characters, a great story, amazing sets, and fantastic dialogue. A definite Christmas gift for any cinephile in your family!
My Sister’s Keeper – This film stars Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin and is about a girl who is conceived so that she can become a donor to her sister, who is battling leukemia. At least, that’s how her mother wants things to go. The girl decides that she wants to make that decision on her own and seeks medical emancipation from her mom. It’s a tear jerker for sure.
Thirst – Chan-Wook Park (Oldboy) directs this film and it is about a priest who helps out at a hospital. He volunteers to help out on a secret project, and ends up nearly dying, only to be saved by vampire’s blood. He becomes a vampire, and to be honest, I don’t know much else. Park’s work is not for everyone, but I think he is a very interesting director, and I’m looking forward to checking this film out.
Humpday – This film received excellent reviews, although it was hardly seen. It is about two lifelong friends who want to participate in the amateur porn festival. They struggle to come up with an idea, until the two men decide that they should have sex with each other on camera. They sober up the next idea, and the idea still seems good to them, but will they go through with it? Not a film for everybody, but it was a critic’s favourite when it was in theatres.
The Open Road – This film stars Jeff Bridges and Justin Timberlake and is about a father who is a baseball god, that really doesn’t know his son too well, so he goes on a road trip with him and his girlfriend. Another film that I do not know too much about, but I like Jeff Bridges, as he always makes interesting choices when it comes to picking roles.
Samurai Princess – This is a film for anyone who loves Tokyo Gore Police or Machine Girl. It is about a samurai princess who decides to seek revenge on the people that murdered her friends. To do this, she becomes an android and goes on a murderous rampage. I’m sold!
Wild Child – This film received a theatrical release overseas in Great Britain, but not in North America. It stars Emma Roberts as a spoiled brat who lives in L.A. Her dad has enough of her shenanigans and sends her to a boarding school in England, where her life is turned upside down. She gets accused of a crime that she did not commit at the school, but is threatened to be expelled. That’s about all I know.
TV on DVD
Law and Order: Criminal Intent – Season 4 – I’ve truthfully never watched a full episode of this show, but from what I have seen, it is a worthy addition to the series. I’ve always wanted to watch a full episode, but have never gotten around to it. Having said that, I’ll take the original Law and Order any day of the week
Rome – The Complete Series – This series only lasted two seasons, and both have been released already, but it is being packaged together just in time for Christmas.
Drawn Together – The Complete Series – This animated series is a “reality” show were parodies of familiar cartoon characters live in a house together where shenanigans take place. Definitely not a family cartoon, and the premise is interesting at the beginning, but does fade away by the end.
7th Heaven – Season 9 – I have never watched this TV series, but I am amazed to see that it has a Season 9. You know if you’re going to buy this DVD or not.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas – The quirky television show gets a Christmas episode. I do not know anything else beside that.
Until Next Tuesday!