Tue April 24, 2012
DVD Preview 04/03/2012
I’ve made fun of this movie enough now. I’m sure it’s fine as an adventure film, it’s Steven Spielberg, but it’s still World War I told through the eyes of a horse.
From legendary director Steven Spielberg comes the epic adventure War Horse, a tale of incredible loyalty, hope, and tenacity. Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play, and set against the sweeping canvas of World War I, this deeply heartfelt story begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and his young trainer Albert. When they’re forced apart by war, we follow Joey’s extraordinary journey as he changes and inspires the lives of everyone he meets. Filled with spectacularly rich visuals — and complete with never-before-seen bonus features — War Horse is a “Genuine movie masterpiece,” (Rex Reed, The New York Observer) and one of the most powerful and moving stories of friendship ever told.
It’s been a long journey for Cameron Crowe from the masterpiece “Almost Famous” to “Jerry Maguire” and now a story of a man who buys a zoo from JB Smoove. I’m sure it’s at least watchable.
Oscar(R) Winner Matt Damon gives a heartfelt performance in this “delightful surprise” (Lou Lumenick, New York Post) that’s based on a true story. When his teenage son gets into trouble, Benjamin Mee (Damon) gives up a lucrative newspaper job to move his family to the most unlikely of places: a zoo! With help from an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, Benjamin embarks on a fresh beginning to restore the dilapidated zoo to its former glory, while uniting his family. From the director of “Jerry Maguire”, “We Bought a Zoo” is a “wonderful, warm and witty” (Bill Bregoli, CBS Radio News) celebration of the human spirit.
What kind of a PBS employee would I be if I didn’t recommend the story of Elmo? This is a great doc and is airing on PBS next week as well as streaming on Netflix. It’s worth a watch!
Beloved by millions of children around the world, Elmo is an international icon. However, few people know the soft-spoken man behind the furry red monster: Kevin Clash.
Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER’S JOURNEY follows Clash’s remarkable career, while also offering a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop. As a teenager growing up in Baltimore in the 1970s, Clash had very different aspirations from his classmates. He wanted to be a part of Henson’s team, the creative force responsible for delivering the magic of Sesame Street on a daily basis. With a supportive family behind him, Kevin made his dreams come true.
Featuring interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney and Clash himself, filmmaker Constance Marks insightful and personal documentary tells the story of one of the world’s most adored and recognizable characters and the visionary behind the icon.
Haven’t seen this one but it got great reviews from the Sundance crowd and the critics. Seems sad, but I’m interested in checking it out. I don’t believe it has anything to do with dinosaurs though.
Tyrannosaur; follows the story of two lonely, damaged people brought together by circumstance. Joseph (Peter Mullan) is an unemployed widower, drinker, and a man crippled by his own volatile temperament and furious anger. Hannah (Olivia Colman) is a Christian worker at a charity shop, a respectable woman who appears wholesome and happy. When the pair is brought together, Hannah appears as Joseph s potential savior, someone who can temper his fury and offer him warmth, kindness and acceptance. As their story develops, Hannah s own secrets are revealed her relationship with husband James (Eddie Marsan) is violent and abusive and as events spiral out of control, Joseph becomes her source of succor and comfort.
When Good Movies Go Blu
This new segment is dedicated to films that have finally made the leap to Blu Ray. So, you can finally throw out the DVD(or give it to goodwill) and buy it in high definition.