Unstoppable – This film is directed by Tony Scott and stars Denzel Washington and Chris Pine and follows an engineer and a conductor who have to try and stop a runaway train filled with explosives from crashing and incinerating a town. I’m a big fan of Tony Scott//Denzel Washington collaborations, and this one received excellent reviews from critics and is the highest profile title out on DVD this week. The film is inspired by true events and when I read about the actual event, I can see why it got made into a movie.
Waiting for Superman – This acclaimed documentary showcases the troubles of the American public education system by following students going through different schools. Although this focuses on American schools, I’m sure Canadians will be able to see some parallels between the U.S. education system and our own.
Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol – This TV special finds the Doctor dealing with a rich man, who is also the most powerful man on the planet that the Doctor lands on. When the two have a disagreement, the Doctor plans to use a little inspiration from Charles Dickens to get him to change his mind and see the kindness of the world. This DVD is for fans of the series, and maybe even for fans of the Dickens classic.
Ong Bak 3 – This film picks up where the second film left off with Tien being captured. Near death, he is released to a mysterious messenger, who takes Tien back to his village to rehabilitate his injuries. Once Tien is nursed back to health, he goes to confront Bhuti and to finally end their battle once and for all. The action scenes are supposed to be amazing (they were in Ong Bak and Ong Bak 2), although the story is not quite up to par. Still, for action fans, this is the DVD to watch this week.
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger – This Woody Allen film stars Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Gemma Jones and Lucy Punch and follows an older couple (played by Hopkins and Jones) who are going through a divorce as Hopkins is going to marry a prostitute (played by Punch). The Jones character doesn’t take this lying down and goes to a fortune teller in the hopes that her life will change. Meanwhile, their daughter (played by Watts) is going through a troubled marriage of her own (with Brolin’s character) and everyone deals with relationships going sour. The film received mixed reviews on its release, but fans of the director will still want to check this one out.
TV ON DVD
Spin City: The Complete Fourth Season
The Fugitive: The Fourth and Final Season – Volume Two
Until Next Tuesday!