Secretariat – This film stars Diane Lane and John Malkovich and tells the story of how the world’s most famous horse came to be. The film was marketed like The Blind Side and Disney really pushed the film as a “feel-good” movie. Reviews were decent, but audiences didn’t really make this film the hit that experts thought it should be. Disney is definitely hoping that people will find this film in its DVD life.
Red – This film stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Karl Urban and Mary-Louise Parker. The plot focuses on the Willis character, who is a former black-ops C.I.A. agent, who is not quite adjusting to retired life. He soon finds himself under attack, and escapes to meet up with a woman he only knows from his talks on the phone and some former R.E.D.’s (Retired Extremely Dangerous). They realize the C.I.A. is attacking them, so they plan a mission to break into the C.I.A. and find out that the reason why they are being hunted could go all the way to the White House. A fun movie that I’m sure most people will enjoy.
Saw 3D: The Final Chapter – The supposed last installment (I wouldn’t be surprised if they rebooted the franchise in a couple of years like some other famous horror franchises have done) follows the police as they try to find Hoffman, who continues Jigsaw’s legacy. I have not seen a film in the franchise since the first installment, but from what I have been told, everything comes full circle in this one. The box office gross was better than the previous film, but it ranks as the 6th highest grossing entry in the franchise (which is not good when the series only has seven installments). I think this puts the final nail in the coffin of the “torture porn” genre.
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest – This is the third and final chapter of “The Millennium Trilogy” and it picks up right where The Girl Who Played with Fire left off. Lisbeth is in a hospital fighting for her life, while Blomkvist continues to find out about the network that is responsible for his journalistic friend’s murders and why Lisbeth is such a threat to this group of people. Not my favourite in the trilogy as it is a little slow at points, but it is well done, and for fans of the books, they will not be disappointed.
Nowhere Boy – This film stars Aaron Johnson (most notable for playing the main character in Kick-Ass) and Kristin Scott Thomas and it is about the early life of John Lennon. It follows Lennon growing up as a teenager, the importance of his mom and his aunt in his life, and the very early beginnings of The Beatles. The film received excellent reviews and will be a must-have for any Beatles fan.
Open Season 3 – This Direct-To-DVD release continues the adventures of Boog and Elliot. This film follows Boog, who wants to have a boy’s weekend with all the male animals, but they all have to stay at home with their families. Enraged, Boog goes by himself into the woods and decides to make new friends. When he spots a circus, Boog joins them. Life seems wonderful, but when his nemesis – Mr. Weenie – finds out that Boog is in the circus, Boog’s life is in danger. His friends from the forest come to find him to rescue him. I wouldn’t expect much from a Direct-to-DVD sequel.
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot – This film is a documentary about former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer’s fall from grace as a politician who cracked down on white collar crime to a politician who was caught with a prostitute.
Enter the Void – This film is from acclaimed director Gasper Noe and follows the life of a drug dealer, who is shot and killed. His spirit rises from his body and he sees how his friend’s lives unfold without him (think a darker version of It’s a Wonderful Life). Definitely not a film for everyone, but for fans of the director, they should check this out.
TV ON DVD
Glee: Season 2, Volume 1
The Flash: The Complete Series
Matlock: The Sixth Season
MI-5: Volume Eight
Webster: Season One
Until Next Tuesday!