ok, you guys–since we know how important at-home-entertainment is for all of us – 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:
- For what it is, The Vow – Here’s what we said in our original review:
“…The measure of the quality of this movie is NOT what one measures usual quality with (acting, directing, plot, etc). The measure of quality for a Valentine’s day release date romantic comedy is this: DOES IT MAKE YOU CRY AND/OR BELIEVE IN THE IMPOSSIBLE? In that sense: The Vow is a success. Requiring some serious suspension of disbelief (even though it IS “based on a true story”), it is EXACTLY the kind of movie women across America will want to watch while clutching a pink frosted cupcake in one hand and a box of tissues in another. And there is nothing wrong with that.”
OUT THIS WEEK & PROCEED WITH CAUTION:
- Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie – Here’s what we said in our original review:
“It’s like some new boss that comes in and has to stir things up just to make it seem like he’s doing something. Instead of either committing to a plot or to stream of consciousness absurdity, they do this off-putting hybrid. Instead of going over the top with the look of the film and making good on the title joke, or keeping it lo fi in the spirit of the original, they just went with kinda normal looking. Gross food shots are grosser on VHS. For them, going HD actually ends up dulling everything out.”
RECENTLY OUT AND WORTH YOUR TIME:
- The Big C, Season 2
Laura Linney does a solid job in her role as Cathy Jamison, a middle-aged woman diagnosed with terminal melanoma struggling at times between lashing out and setting a good example for the family she knows she’ll be leaving behind. The Big C’s writing is consistently strong, relying more on humor and gravity than pulling the more obvious tearjerking plot punches. Plus, season two involves Ukranian immigration hijinks and funeral mixups (always a plus).
INSTANT NETFLIX VIEWING OF THE WEEK:
- Restrepo - here’s what we said in our original review:
“Rather than turning the movie into a thrill-a-minute action ride, Junger focuses on everyday life, and the psychological toll combat takes. The soldiers are competent professionals who take their jobs seriously. Some are more candid than others, but the most memorable are the captain who’s responsible for day-to-day missions, and a young soldier who admits his tour left him unable to sleep. The combat scenes are not so much suspenseful as they are chaotic. The camera never gets a good look at the enemy, and it’s never clear how/when someone might die. When the gunfire stops, there are also moments of levity.”
**Restrepo wins this week’s Netflix instant watch selection due to not only its fantastic balance of grit and intimacy, but Corcoran’s celebration of photographer/videographer Tim Worthington’s work and life (through May 20)**