Bambi – The animated classic is released on Blu-Ray for the first time, and follows a young deer as he grows up in the forest. He befriends many of the creatures and also learns of the many dangers of growing up in the thicket. Through love, loss, good times and bad, Bambi matures and earns his title as prince of a forest. This is the must own DVD of the week
127 Hours – This Best Picture nominee stars James Franco and is directed by Danny Boyle and follows the true story of Aron Ralston, a man who was trapped in a cave for five days before escaping and barely surviving. Much has been made about how gory the end of the film is, and I’ll admit that it is uncomfortable to watch, but don’t let the ending ruin the film for you. There’s a lot to admire about the film, and how Franco goes through the motions of being stuck in a cave for five days. The reason to see this film is Franco, as the film lives and dies by his performance. He definitely deserved his nomination for Best Actor.
Burlesque – Cher and Christina Aguilera star in this film about a young girl with superstar dreams who leaves Iowa to go to Los Angeles to become a star. She gets a job at a burlesque bar, owned by Cher’s character, as a waitress, but soon gets a shot to sing and becomes the biggest star at the bar. Unfortunately, the bar is losing money and unless Cher and Christina Aguilera can find a way to make some cash quick, they will both be out of a job. Burlesque wasn’t a hit, nor was it the flop a lot of people thought it would be, so it might be worth checking out.
Faster – This film stars Dwayne Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton and it is a revenge flick from the opening scene. As soon as Johnson’s character is let out of prison, he starts his quest to find and kill the people who were responsible for putting him in prison and for killing his brother. The film was a bomb in theatres, but with Johnson getting a higher profile thanks to his upcoming “hosting” gig at Wrestlemania, many wrestling fans are sure to check this film out, as they missed it in theatres.
Love and Other Drugs – This film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway and is about a Viagra salesman who falls in love with a girl he meets at a doctor’s office who is in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. This causes complications as Hathaway’s character doesn’t want to start a relationship, knowing that most men won’t be around to help her for the long battle ahead. The film came off as a comedy in the trailers, but expect more of a dramedy if you watch it. Edward Zwick (Legends of the Fall and The Last Samurai) is the director of this film, which is definitely a departure for him, but the talent in front of and behind the camera is a good enough reason for me to see this film.
Scooby-Doo: Curse of the Lake Monster – This TV-movie follows Scooby and the gang trying to solve the case of the Lake Monster that terrorizes a country club. Fred and Daphne also begin to have feelings for one another, which could jeopardize the whole group staying together. None of the cast that starred in the movies are in this film, and it is a TV-movie, so that should tell you about the quality of the film you’re watching. For fans of the Scooby-Doo franchise only.
TV ON DVD:
Reboot: Seasons One & Two
Leave It to Beaver: Season Six
Until Next Tuesday!