New DVD Reviews
by Mark Potts
PICK OF THE WEEK: Last Action Hero (Blu-Ray)
Films this good rarely come along. And by “this good,” I mean “this bad.” This is a terrible, terrible film but my God, do I love it. It’s like the filmmakers knew it was bad, so they decided to make the film a satire about bad films, by making it a bad film.
Wait, maybe there is more to this film than we’ve ever known. Could this be the smartest film ever made? Scholars, get to work!
Duncan Jones, the director of this film, is David Bowie’s son. Do you realize what this means? This film could have been the best ever made had he casted his father in the lead role and made everyone on set take a bunch of ecstasy and let the camera role. The film could have been about Ziggy Stardust going to fight the spiders from Mars and the soundtrack would have only been David Bowie music. But no. Hey Hollywood! Check out these film ideas. Call me.
But, if you can ignore the lack of that awesome plot that I just outlined, then Moon is pretty awesome. Sam Rockwell is one of the most underrated actors and deserves more roles and recognition. While I don’t like the ending of this film, I loved it up until its final minutes.
ER – The Complete 12th Season
No George Clooney? No point. Moving on.
Remember that movie starting Alexis Blebel of “Gilmore Girls” and its about her graduating college and having to move back home to find a job and going through all sorts of problems with family and love and job stuff? No? That’s okay, no one does.
The Hurt Locker
I was told this was a great film, but I don’t buy it. It follows an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit as they disarm bombs in Iraq, which sounds cool and all, but where are the big movie stars in this film? Was Nicolas Cage too busy? Where is the dramatic love story between an Iraqi woman, torn between her family, homeland and personal dreams and the American soldier, who just wants to get home, yet doesn’t know how he can get his love to America? (Hint: large suitcase.)
That story is nowhere. Instead, this is one of those “character studies” where you actually have to listen and pay attention to stuff. If that sounds like something you’d like to watch, then by all means, do it. In the meantime, I’m going to go watch Youtube videos of people getting hit in the crotch. There’s art in that.