DVD Picks 9/18/2012
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)
The craft. The history. The power. All these elements of the hip-hop movement are discussed with director Ice-T and the legends he interviews-Afrika Bambaataa, Eminem, Nas, Mos Def, Kanye West, Chuck D, KRS-One, Snoop Dogg, Run-DMC and Ice Cube-in this compelling and gritty feature-length documentary.
The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
dir. Drew Goddard
This is a grisly movie, not recommended for children but it was highly entertaining and darkly funny.
A rambunctious g(movies that are being released on Blu Ray for the first time.)
roup of five college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed. Sound familiar? Just wait. As the teens begin to exhibit standard horror movie behavior, a group of technicians in a control room are scrutinizing, and sometimes even controlling, every move the terrified kids make! With their efforts continually thwarted by the all powerful eye in the sky, do they have any chance of escape
dir. Tony Kaye
Director Tony Kaye's (American History X) long-awaited film DETACHMENT stars Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist, Splice) as Henry Barthes, a substitute teacher who conveniently avoids any emotional connections by never staying anywhere long enough to form a bond with either his students or colleagues. A lost soul grappling with a troubled past, Henry finds himself at a public school where an apathetic student body has created a frustrated, burned-out administration. Inadvertently becoming a role model to his students, while also bonding with a runaway teen who is just as lost as he is, Henry finds that he's not alone in a life-and-death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly vicious and loveless world.
Katy Perry: The Movie (2012)
dirs. Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz
As far as Rockumentaries or Popumentaries go I've heard this one is entertaining.
Katy Perry is living proof that if you just be yourself, you can be anything! Get an inside look into the real Katy Perry and find out how this regular California girl with big dreams became one of the biggest stars in the world. Including never-before-seen content, with full song performances, behind the scenes interviews and personal moments, this “fascinating glimpse at an inspiring story”* is your chance to experience Katy Perry’s teenage dream come true! *Mara Reinstein, US Weekly
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
dir. John Madden
The best old people being old movie since Cocoon
An award-winning, all-star cast, led by Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, and Maggie Smith, lights up this "buoyant comedy laced with genuine emotion." (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to "outsource" their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways. Smart, life-affirming and genuinely charming, THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is a "true classic that reminds us that it's never too late to find love and a fresh beginning at any age." (Rex Reed, The New York Observer)
The Game (The Criterion Collection) (1997)
dir. David Fincher
Not David Fincher's best but highly entertaining, I'm excited it gets a Criterion release.
Enormously wealthy and emotionally remote investment banker Nicholas Van Orton (Traffic’s Michael Douglas) receives a strange gift from his ne’er-do-well younger brother (Milk’s Sean Penn) on his forty-eighth birthday: a voucher for a game that, if he agrees to play it, will change his life. Thus begins a trip down a rabbit hole that is puzzling, terrifying, and exhilarating for Nicholas and viewer alike. This multilayered, noirish descent into one man’s personal hell is also a surreal, metacinematic journey that, two years after the phenomenon Se7en, further demonstrated that director David Fincher was one of Hollywood’s true contemporary visionaries.
Best of Ernest
Can it get better than the best of Ernest? I submit that it cannot.
Get set for hours of fun with the most loquacious lout ever to show up unannounced at America’s door! Beginning as a TV pitchman in 1980, drawling the praises of products like local amusement parks, car dealerships, “Sprite” and “Mello Yello” to an unseen (and clearly uncomfortable) next door neighbor named “Vern”, Ernest P. Worrell soon wormed his way into audiences’ hearts – making the leap to the big screen in 1987! Over the next decade or so, this hilarious hick would tackle everything from barracks life to basketball stardom to an African jewel hunt to an unexpected semester within the halls of academia, armed with nothing but a simpleton’s smile and a fast talkin’ catchphrase:
“KnowhutImean?” The Best of Ernest provides an unbeatable overview of the iconic character’s twenty year progress from local commercial spots to major national ad campaigns – culminating with 5 of the finest entries from the beloved film series (Ernest in the Army, Ernest Rides Again, Ernest Goes to School, Slam Dunk Ernest and Ernest Goes to Africa). Along the way, you’ll encounter delightful characters like Rimshot (the Jack Russell Terrier who is undoubtedly smarter than his master), Ernest’s brothers in hickdom Chuck and Bobby (played by Gailard Sartain and Bill Bryge), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (who helps Ernest master the finer points of slam dunking) and a wild and woolly assortment of Worrell family members (all played by star Jim Varney - showing off his thespian range and rubber-faced impressions), but don’t count on meeting ol’ Vern! KnowhutImean?
BETTER IN BLU
(movies being released on Blu Ray for the first time)
Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures (Raiders of the Lost Ark / Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom / Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade / Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) (1981-2008)
Ed Wood (1994)