The Blind Side – A surprise box office hit from 2009, the film is based on the true story of Michael Oher, a youth from the wrong side of town in Memphis who is taking in by an upper class family. Michael has never played football in his life, but because of his size, he is given a shot on the high school football team, and makes a big impression. Sandra Bullock gives a solid performance (I thought she was very good, but not great, and didn’t really deserve to win an Oscar; I say this even thought I am a Sandra Bullock fan), and the film is a lot better than the trailer would have you believe. Definitely worth checking out.
Brothers – Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this drama about a family that deals with a lot of tragedy. Maguire’s character is married to Portman’s character. When Maguire goes overseas to fight in a war, his family gets word back that he is dead. Portman seeks solace with Gyllenhaal’s character, who is Maguire’s brother. They get romantically involved, but Maguire turns out to not be dead, and returns home causing complications. It is not a romantic film by any stretch, and it was overlooked in theatres when it was released in December. Jim Sheridan is the director, who is best known for his films My Left Foot and In The Name Of The Father. This is definitely the hidden gem of the week.
Fantastic Mr. Fox – George Clooney is the voice of Mr. Fox in this excellent adaptation by Wes Anderson of the Roald Dahl classic. Mr. Fox and his family move to a new place, which happens to be a tree near three factories. To help support the families, Mr. Fox steals from all three factories, which angers all three owners. The owners decide to get rid of their problem by destroying the homes in the area of Mr. Fox. They destroy the homes, but do not kill Mr. Fox, and now Mr. Fox and his friends plan to exact some revenge of their own. The animated film has an all-star voice cast that includes Meryl Streep, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson. Its funny, it’s clever, and it’s not just for kids. This is definitely the must own DVD of the week.
The Men Who Stare At Goats – A reporter meets a special forces agent who talks about a secret military force. This force is secret because it focuses on soldiers using psychic powers to stop any wars from happening. The leader of the unit has disappeared, and they go on a hunt to find him. This film boasts an all-star cast that features George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey, and Jeff Bridges. It did all right with critics, and it was overlooked at the box office by audiences in the fall.
Toy Story and Toy Story 2 – The classic Pixar films get released on Blu-Ray for the first time today to help promote the release of Toy Story 3 this summer. Both films are excellent and follow the adventures of Woody and Buzz Lightyear. The first film deals with Woody no longer being the favourite toy of his owner Andy, as Woody has been passed over for Buzz Lightyear. The second film deals with Woody being stolen by a toy collector, and Buzz and the other toys go on a mission to rescue him.
Damage – The only reason why this DVD is listed because it stars “Stone Cold” Steve Austin doing what he does best, being a tough S.O.B.
The Prisoner – Based on the cult 1960’s TV show, The Prisoner stars Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen. The mini-series is about a man who wakes up one day to find out that he is in a place called “The Village”. To add to the confusion, everyone refers to each other by a number, not their name. Caviezel’s character knows what his real name is, but is told by everyone that this “The Village” is reality, and not the world he once knew. Six’s goal is to escape “The Village” and return to the life he once had.
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Mad Men: Season Three – Season Three starts off with Sterling Cooper being sold to a British company, Pete and Ken sharing a promotion, and Sal and Don go on a business trip to Baltimore. This highly acclaimed series is one that you cannot start mid-season (I say this even though I have never watched the show, but friends have told me this), so if you’re interested in the show, pick up Season One, and work your way up to this release.
7th Heaven: The Complete Tenth Season – I have never watched this show, but was amazed to find out that it had an eleven season run. The basic plot involves a minister and his wife raising a very large family and the issues that happen in their community. The show is family-friendly, and that’s not something that is said a lot nowadays.
Until Next Tuesday!