The Expendables – This testosterone fueled film stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, Eric Roberts and Mickey Rourke with cameos by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. The film follows a group of mercenaries who decide to overthrow a Latin American dictator. Upon arriving, the mercenaries soon realize that they are in for more than they bargained for when they find out that the dictator is backed by an ex-CIA agent. The film is very heavily influenced by 80’s action films, so make sure you check your brain before watching, and don’t expect to see a cinematic masterpiece. Do Expect to see lots of things blow up.
Eat Pray Love – Julia Roberts stars in this dramedy from director Ryan Murphy about a woman who most people thought had the perfect life, but was feeling trapped in her suburban world. After going through a divorce, she decides to leave suburbia behind and goes to Italy, India and Bali where she learns the three things in the title. The film was a modest hit at the box office, and Julia Roberts definitely has a strong fan base, but as is the case with a lot of films based on books, the consensus is that the book is better.
The Winning Season – This film stars Sam Rockwell as an ex-NBA’er who is now a divorced dad that is dealing with his estranged daughter. He has become an alcoholic over the years and has no prospects on the horizon until an old friend sets him up as the coach of a girl’s varsity basketball team. The team starts to win under Rockwell’s coaching and the girls on the team give advice on how to repair his relationship with his daughter. Rockwell seems to pick interesting roles, so I’m sure the film is a lot better than my plot synopsis.
The Search for Santa Paws – When Santa Claus loses his memory, it is up to some magic dogs, two children and an elf to save Christmas by making sure Santa regains his memory in time to deliver presents to children all over the world. It’s a Disney Direct-to-DVD release, but the theme should make people want to see it over the holidays.
The Pillars of the Earth – Based on the book by Ken Follett, this mini-series stars Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Matthew McFadyen, Eddie Redmayne and Donald Sutherland and focuses on the construction of a cathedral that some people might not want built, as they hold a lot of power in England. The mini-series has a strong cast, but I didn’t hear much about it when it aired.
I’m Still Here – This mockumentary follows the journey of Joaquin Phoenix from his announcement of retiring from acting, while seemingly at the height of his career, to pursue his life long dream of becoming a hip hop singer. The film includes the famous David Letterman interview where Joaquin seemed to be on another planet the entire time. It’s not a film for everyone (apparently someone actually defecates on Joaquin in the movie), and people might be put off by the whole charade that Joaquin pulled. Still, I think there is a part of most people that are curious about why Joaquin pretended to quit acting.
Countdown to Zero – This is a highly acclaimed documentary that focuses on the use of nuclear weapons since the end of the Cold War. The film takes the stand point that a nuclear attack is more likely now than it was years ago because of terrorist organizations being able to get their hands on nuclear weapons. You might believe that the end of the world is near after watching this documentary.
The Disappearance of Alice Creed – This thriller stars Gemma Arterton and is about two thugs who plan the perfect kidnapping. They kidnap a woman, who happens to come from a wealthy family, and send a ransom demand to her family. Unfortunately for the two thugs, the woman is not all see appears to be and the three characters all have different motives from one another, especially since the woman actually knows one of the thugs. The film received strong reviews and Gemma Arterton is an actress you’ll see more of in the future.
Exit Through the Gift Shop – This is a documentary that introduces you to the world of contemporary street art. The film starts out by following the director’s cousin who did the famous (or infamous) Space Invader street art. Soon, the documentary begins to focus on the work of the artist known as Banksy, and the film attempts to track him down and find him. The film received great reviews and is definitely something to check out.
TV ON DVD
Murder, She Wrote – Season 12
7th Heaven – The Final Series
Batman Beyond – The Complete Series
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