The King’s Speech – This film stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter and is based on the true story of King George VI and the relationship he formed with an Australian speech therapist in order to overcome his stutter and address his subjects on a radio broadcast as the nation is headed for World War II. The film won the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Director (Tom Hooper) and Best Original Screenplay (David Seidler) and is my must own DVD pick of the week.
Gulliver’s Travels – The film is a modern update of the classic story with Jack Black playing the lead character, Lemuel Gulliver, who is now a travel writer (mainly to impress a girl) and goes to write a piece on Bermuda. He sets sail in the tropical paradise and gets caught in a storm. When the storm subsides, he finds himself on the island of Liliput, where he is a giant, as the people who live in Liliput are about the size of a finger, which of course leads to comic (mis)adventures. The film was a box office bomb this Christmas grossing only $42.7 million from a budget of $112 million, but I’m sure it will find an audience on DVD.
Rabbit Hole – This film stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart and is about a couple dealing with the death of their young son in a car accident. The relationship grows worse between the couple as the husband wants to start a family again, but the wife does not. Eventually, the wife befriends the man who was responsible for the death of their son, which does not go down well with the husband. The film is directed by John Cameron Mitchell and is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play. Nicole Kidman received an Academy Award nomination for her role.
Somewhere – This film is from director Sofia Coppola and stars Stephen Dorff as a celebrity living a care-free existence at the famous Chateau Marmont hotel, until his daughter shows up to stay with him. He now has to decide whether to continue his lifestyle or put his daughter’s life before his. The film did not get a huge amount of acclaim on its release, but fans of Sofia Coppola will definitely want to check this one out.
I Love You Phillip Morris – This film stars Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor and is about the true life story of a con man who escapes from Texas prisons on four occasions so he can reunite with the man he loves. The film had a hard time being released in theatres as distribution companies balked at the explicit gay subject matter of the film, which is a shame. It eventually was released, although I’m sure most people you meet would say they have never heard of the film. It should find an audience on DVD considering the star power of the two leads.
Ip Man 2 – This film stars Donnie Yen and follows the Ip Man as he tries to open a martial arts academy in Hong Kong. The townsfolk won’t let him open the academy until he proves himself to them. Ip Man also has to deal with the British upper-class coming to Hong Kong, where one of the Brits insults martial arts and Ip Man has to defend the honor of his nation and himself.
If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise – This is a documentary from Spike Lee and it is a follow up to his other documentary When The Levee Breaks: A Requiem in Four Acts. This film, which features many of the same people from When The Levee Breaks, focuses on the Hurricane Katrina aftermath and what has and has not been done, as well as the effects of the BP oil disaster in the region.
TV ON DVD
American Dad: Volume Six
Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Season One
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The Complete Sixth Season
Until Next Tuesday!