So, you guys–since we know how important at-home-entertainment is for all of us (especially in winter) – every Tuesday we’re going to do a little “what’s getting released on DVD/on demand/Netflix this week” round up for you, with nice little excerpts of our past reviews and more. You’ll love it. Trust us. Now–all you need is someone to watch these movies with.
OUT THIS WEEK & (MOSTLY) RECOMMENDED:
- The Ides of March – what we said in our original review: “…a well-crafted, familiar political drama. Not quite a devastating critique of American politics, the bracing performances from an A-list cast make Clooney’s film a modest success.”
- Dirty Girl - Sort of a perfect road-trip movie for the BYT readers: it is 1987, and Juno Temple’s Danielle has had enough. So she, her best gay friend Clarke, a bag of flour they decided to call Joan (after the Crawford, naturally) and some awesome mix-tapes hit the road leaving their parents (including a delightfully trashy Milla Jovovich as Danielle’s Mom) and this godforsaken small life behind in search of a place where their non-sexual life partnership can fully blossom.
OUT THIS WEEK & PROCEED WITH CAUTION:
- Bucky Larson: Born to Be A Star - Nick Swardson – we love you in Reno 911, but please stop making movies: 30 Minutes or Less was pretty bad, but BUCKY LARSON, a story about a buck-toothed youth who goes to LA to become a porn star, has the unfortunate distinction of being the 2011 movie with O% on Rotten Tomatoes. We rest our case. Though we do hear that if you fast forward to the Don Johnson parts, they’re (sort of) genius.
- Abduction – sure it’s a John Singleton movie but not even John Singleton could save this Taylor Lautner/Daughter-of-Phil-Collins mess, right? (right)
RECENTLY OUT AND WORTH YOUR TIME:
- A Good Old Fashioned Orgy – what we said in our original review: pros on one side, cons on the other, a barely there story in the middle (sort of what you’d imagine National Lampoons may be doing if they didn’t get stuck in that college universe/straight-to-dvd hell in which they are in now) what this really comes down to is the aforementioned cast to elevate it to “worth shelling out 10 bucks and not waiting for this on DVD” status. Therefore, the questions you need to ask yourself are:
- Do you find Jason Sudeikis Peter Pan persona charming? (I do)
- Do you think Nick Kroll is possibly the funniest man in America right now? (I do)
- Do you love that crazy-but-hot persona Lake Bell has so carefully cultivated in mostly Ashton Kutcher vehicles? (I really do)
- Do you think Lucy Punch was the best thing in “BAD TEACHER” and “You will meet a tall, dark stranger” should be a massive star? (I do)
- Do you secretly/not-so-secretly identify with this early-30s plight of youth/adulthood limbo? (I do)
- Do you think quoting GOONIES is pretty appropriate most of the time? (I do)
- Do you deal with that limbo by sticking your head in the sand and/or by throwing parties? (I do)
INSTANT NETFLIX VIEWING OF THE WEEK:
- Sherlock - before War Horse and after being the villain in Atonement, Benedict Cumberbatch and his cheekbones partnered up with the ever-reliable Martin Freeman to play a very modern, extra neurotic versions of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, running around London solving crimes and dealing with their own (sometimes even more sizable) problems. The only issue I have with this is that the first season is only 3 episodes long, and the second season is not out yet, so get ready for some cold turkey-ing afterwards. Otherwise top notch.
- Mad Men – now that we know that the next season IS DEFINITELY COMING BACK on March 25th (and with a 2 hour opener) it is perfect timing to start catching up (or just refreshing your memory) on where exactly we left Don Draper at almost two years a go.
Now-tell us what you’ve been watching at home lately: