Paranormal Activity 2 – This prequel and sequel (that’s weird to write I must say) shows you the events that led up to the first film, as the sister of Katie (the girl from the first film) is dealing with a demon in her house and their attempts to get the demon out of the house, which causes the events of the first film.
Life As We Know It – This film stars Josh Duhamel and Katherine Heigl as adults who don’t particularly like each other but are forced to co-exist when their best friends die and they are named in the will to raise the deceased couple’s child. The film wasn’t a big hit in theatres this fall, but by no means was it a disaster either. Perfect timing with the DVD release, as Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.
You Again – This film stars Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver and Betty White and deals with Bell’s character coming home for her brother’s wedding, only to find out that he is marrying her arch-nemesis from high-school. It gets more complex when Bell’s mom meets her son’s fiancée’s mom and we find out that the two mom’s were also arch enemies in high school. This film should have been a bigger hit in theatres and, like I said with Life As We Know It, it’s a smart move to release this film on DVD just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Doctor Who: The Movie – This is the 1996 TV-movie that hoped to re-launch the Doctor Who series to worldwide audiences. It was a hit in the U.K., but did not catch in on in North America. The Doctor is played by Paul McGann, the only time he played the character in the series.
Middle Men – Luke Wilson stars in this tale about the origins of the internet pornography industry in the 1990’s. The subject matter did not appeal to mainstream audiences as this film was dead on arrival when it was released in theatres this summer.
Monsters – When a NASA probe that was sent to space to examine life on other planets crashes in Central America, it is up to the military to contain the problem as new creatures have spawned and are attacking civilians. A low budget horror film, but it did get some good reviews upon its very limited release.
The Romantics – Josh Duhamel, Malin Akerman, Anna Paquin, Katie Holmes and Adam Brody star in this ensemble film about a group of friends who come together for a wedding of one of their friends. This reunion causes the members to laugh about their lives and for some of them to express their true feelings to one another. The film received scathing reviews on its release.
My Soul to Take – Wes Craven directs this film about a serial killer who vows to kill the seven children who were born the night he was killed (don’t know how a killer would know about who was born on the night he dies, but hopefully the film explains that). When the kids are all teenagers, people start dying and the teens try to figure out if the killer has come back from the dead, if he never died in the first place or if someone is fulfilling his threat. The film received terrible notices when it was released.
I Spit On Your Grave – This film is a remake of the 1979 cult film and follows a woman who goes to a cabin in the woods to work on her next book. She catches the eye of a few men, who break into her cabin and assault and beat her within an inch of her life. She escapes into the river, and once she heals from her wounds, she goes on a murder spree taking revenge on the men who brutally attacked her. The film did not receive very good reviews in its limited release.
Wild Target – This film stars Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt and follows Nighy’s hitman character as he goes on a mission to kill Blunt’s character. When the hitman spares the girl’s her life, a teenager somehow ends up joining them and they all have to find away to avoid the man who wanted Blunt’s character killed in the first place. A British comedy that fans of the two lead actors will wants to see.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story – This film stars Emma Roberts and Zach Galifianakis and follows a 16 year old boy who goes to a psychiatric ward after contemplating suicide. In his time there, he begins to bond with the patients. This is another film that did not do well in theatres in its limited release and don’t expect big laughs just because Galifianakis is in the film as it’s a comedy-drama.
Tamara – Based on the graphic novel, the film stars Gemma Arterton as the title character who comes back to the small English village of her youth. When she returns, the men of the town fall head over heels for her (as she was considered ugly when she was younger) which causes unrest in the village. Stephen Frears directs this film which should attract cinephiles to check Tamara Drewe out on DVD.
The Tillman Story – This documentary focuses on the death of NFL star Pat Tillman, who left his career in the NFL to fight for his country only to be killed. What we eventually find out is the U.S. Military’s cover-up of his death, which at first was reported to be by enemy soldiers, but is soon found out to be by “friendly fire”. The documentary looks at why the false story was used by the military in the first place, and the quest by Tillman’s mother for the truth to be told.
TV ON DVD
The Guardian: The Final Season
Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1991-1993
Until Next Tuesday!