13 Tzameti – A suspenseful thriller about a young man who becomes entangled in a deadly game of Russian roulette. It’s got subtitles, so that’s why no one has heard of it. A shame, because it’s worth looking into for fans of mystery/suspense/noir.
The Departed – Was there anyone who didn’t enjoy this movie? I liked it. A lot. But it was still not as great as the original Hong Kong version, “Infernal Affairs.” One of the few instances where the Boston accents didn’t make me want to kill someone, due in large part to local guys, Matty Damon and Marky Wahlberg. Even DiCaprio didn’t blow it. Scorcese should finally get his due come Oscar time.
Half Nelson – Ryan Gosling, well make that Oscar-nominated Ryan Gosling to you, plays a drug addicted teacher, who forms an unlikely bond with one of his students. Breakthroughs all around for Gosling, Shareeka Epps, and the creative team behind it: Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden.
Infamous – Pity poor Toby Jones. While Phillip C. Hoffman got all the love and adulation for his portrayal of the gasp! gay writer Truman Capote, it was widely believed this was the superior movie and Jones’s the superior performance. Featuring a stellar cast with the likes of Daniel Craig, Gweneth Paltrow, Sandra “I can do more than rom-coms” Bullock and Sigourney Weaver.
Marie Antoinette – Sophia Coppola’s much maligned follow-up to “Lost in Translation.” Which could have been the title for her movie about the yet-to-be-beheaded Queen of France. The story follows the teenage Queen as she tries to produce an heir to the throne and have fun while doing it. Too much was written about the soundtrack and use of new-wave songs and not enough about Coppola’s intention of showing the story of Marie Antoinette from a woman’s perspective and not a man’s.
The U.S. vs. John Lennon – A fascinating documentary examining John Lennon’s transformation from musical messiah to anti-war advocate during the tumultuous Sixties. Not surprising the gov’t was scared of the icon and tried to put a stop to his shenanigans.
Zoom – Um… well this Tim Allen movie is being released today. Does anyone care? I didn’t think so, but he plays a superhero trying to teach a group of kids how to be super and heroic.
Beauty and the Beast: Season One – Linda Hamilton and Ron Perleman in a modern retelling from CBS. Man the early nineties were great for serial television.
The Golden Girls: Season Seven – I can’t believe the adventures of Blanche, Rose, Dorothy and Sophia lasted this long. But this was the final season. Fun fact for the day: In real life, Rose (Betty White) was actually a year older than her mother on the show Sophia (Estelle Getty).
The Hills: Season One – MTV drek.
Picket Fences: Season One – David Kelly’s charming and quirky show finally sees the light of DVD.
Mastors of Horror: Pelt – The second season of Showtime’s experiment continues with this outing from Italian master Dario Argento. Stars Meat Loaf as a guy obsessed with making a fur coat out for a lesbian stripper. How very Buffalo Bill of him. Word on the street is PETA would be proud of the film.