Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino’s latest film was a return to form after some people (not me) thought that Death Proof was a disappointment. Some people called it a love letter to WWII films, others thought it was a love letter to Spaghetti Westerns. No matter what people thought, they all agreed it was excellent and entertaining. Brad Pitt stars as Lt. Aldo Raine, who heads up an elite group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds”. Their mission – to kill as many German’s in as painful a fashion as possible. I won’t say too much about the plot, but if you need any reason to see this film, see it for the supporting performance of Christoph Waltz as Colonel Hans Landa. It is the best supporting performance of the year in my opinion, and Waltz relishes every word that is coming from his mouth. No one has played the bad guy so amazing since Alan Rickman in Die Hard.
The Hangover – What I think is the funniest film of 2009 arrives on DVD. The film stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and a breakout performance by Zach Galifianakis (maybe the second best supporting role of the year) about a bunch of friends who go to Las Vegas for their friends’ stag, and wake up the next morning not remembering what happened the night before, and most importantly, they cannot find their friend. Featuring a very quotable screenplay, the film moves along at a very quick pace, and it does not let up on the gags. Trust me, you will never say the word “retard” the same way again!
G-Force – Zach Galifianakis also stars in this Disney effort about an elite group of Guinea Pigs who are taken out of service, only to be brought back again to stop an evil billionaire’s plans of world domination. Nicolas Cage, Tracy Morgan, Sam Rockwell, Jon Favreau, Penelope Cruz, and Steve Buscemi are the voices of the Guinea Pigs. Hey – if Beverly Hills Chihuahua was a hit, then you knew this was going to be.
Taking Woodstock – The Ang Lee comedy-drama is going to be compared to Almost Famous in that it is a dramedy set against the music of a generation, this time the late 1960’s. The story is about a boy who lives at his parents’ motel in the Catskills, who accidentally sets the events in motion that started the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969. Reviews were mixed, and it is considered to be one of Ang Lee’s weaker efforts. Having said that, the cast is very strong with Imelda Staunton, Emile Hirsch, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eugene Levy, Dan Fogler, and Live Schreiber. They may not be household names, but if you’re a film geek then you know who they are.
The Goods: Live Hard Sell Hard – What do you do when your car dealership is struggling? You hire Don Ready of course! Jeremy Piven stars in this comedy about a used car liquidator who gets hired by a dealership to make their Fourth of July sale a big success. I heard mixed reviews when this came out, and I’m not a huge fan of Jeremy Piven, so I’m going to pass on it, but you might be interested.
The Other Man – Laura Linney, Antonio Banderas and Liam Neeson star in this film about a man who suspects his wife of adultery, and goes on a mission to track down the other man that she is seeing. That’s all I got for this film. Richare Eyre directed the film and he also directed the very good Notes On A Scandal, so if you liked that film, you may like this one.
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie – I do not watch the TV show that this Direct-To-DVD movie is based on, so here is what I read elsewhere. The film is about the Russo’s who go on an adventure to save their family when Alex (Selena Gomez) casts spells that are too powerful.
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The Tudors: Season 3 – This season starts off with Henry marrying Jane Seymour. Meanwhile, protestors led by lawyer Robert Grace start up a peaceful rebellion as they are bringing attention to Cromwell’s actions. Yet another show that I don’t watch, so I don’t really know what the above text means, but if you’re a fan, then you’ll pick up the 8 episode season today!
Until Next Tuesday!