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Your Mid-Week Guide To DVD & Blu-ray: Free Birds For The Dallas Buyers Club

Still feeling depressed about Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death? Did you lose money on the Super Bowl?  I can’t really help you with either of those problems, but I can share this week’s new DVDs, and that’s got to count for something, right?  It’s a pretty even mix of offerings this week; besides the multiple Oscar-nominated Dallas Buyers Club, we’ve also got an appropriately big, dumb Hollywood action film, a couple romantic comedies, an animated film for kids, a documentary, a few independent films, a thriller, and even a Danny Glover movie. Who doesn’t like a little Danny Glover now and then?

The DVDs:
Dallas Buyers Club
Escape Plan
About Time
Free Birds
Baggage Claim
Cutie And The Boxer
Romeo And Juliet
Mother Of George
A Case Of You
The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete
From Above
Scorned

Besides Dallas Buyers Club, there’s another film in the above list nominated for an Oscar this year. There’s also a movie co-starring Brendan Fraser and Vince Vaughn.  Think they might be the same movie? Continue reading and you’ll get that question -and several others nobody has actually asked- answered. I even mention my grandma!
Dallas Buyers Club

In the running for six Oscars, including nominations for biggies such as Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Original Screenplay, Dallas Buyers Club is the latest high-profile, high-prestige film that makes all your Christian conservative family members feel okay about watching an AIDS film because the main character is straight. My mom hasn’t been this excited about AIDS-related entertainment since she sat us all down to watch The Ryan White Story in 1989. Her opinions aside, plenty of critics and Academy voters (obviously) liked the movie as well, so you might want to check this out regardless of your religious inclinations or political leanings.  Of course, not everyone thinks this movie is the greatest thing since Milk –FilmDrunk’s own Heather Dockray certainly had some complaints. So, like always, form your own opinion.  One man’s trash is another man’s art and all that. Love it, hate it, or skip it to watch Magic Mike again, there is one thing I’d like to think we can all agree on about this film: there really ought to be an apostrophe in that title.  I won’t say where exactly, but damn it, there really ought to be one.


Escape Plan

Oddly enough, this film, starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger as a couple of ‘roided out geriatrics busting out of prison, did not get as much critical acclaim and awards-season attention as Dallas Buyers Club, and I have to say I am shocked.  Sure Stallone and Schwarzenegger are basically playing the same character they’ve been playing for decades, but isn’t that the point? These characters have to learn how to escape not only from prison, but from their former selves as well.  It’s beautiful, really. I’m not saying they deserve Oscars for their work, but what about some of their co-stars, like Vinnie Jones or Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson? The man is using his real name so you know he’s delivering a serious and moving performance.  Also, no love for the screenplay?  It was a collaborative effort between one of the co-writers of Mirror Mirror and one of the co-writers of Road House 2: Last Call –so clearly these guys are serious masters of the craft. And don’t even get me started on the Oscar snubbing of costume designer Lizz Wolf. The obvious choice for prison uniforms is D.O.J. orange, but she went with the daring choice of thin black stripes against a grey backing.  There’s only one word for that revelation in fabric: Transcendent.


About Time

This is that romantic comedy/drama involving time travel and starring Rachel McAdams.  No not the Woody Allen one, the one with the Irish guy. Yes, I know Eric Bana’s Australian; I’m not talking about that movie, I’m talking about the one from the writer/director of Love Actually.  In this one the male lead is that friendly-looking ginger fellow –I think he played one of Ron Weasley’s brothers in a few Harry Potter movies. Are we all thinking of the same movie now?  Good. Jesus Christ, Rachel McAdams makes a lot of these time-travel romance flicks, doesn’t she? I wonder why that is.  Something to ponder as you sit next to your wife/girlfriend watching this instead of Escape Plan.


Free Birds

Speaking of time travel, Free Birds is an animated family film about time-traveling turkeys.  For real. They go back in time and change history by serving Chuck E. Cheese pizza instead of turkey  at the first Thanksgiving.  No shit.  This was a real movie that really played in theaters, too.  Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, Dan Fogler, and George Takei all provided their vocal talents.  If that’s not strange enough, how about this: it’s co-written and directed by the guy who last directed Jonah Hex.  That other co-writer? Scott Mosier, who is also producing.  On the off chance you don’t recognize Mr. Mosier’s name, he’s Kevin Smith’s pal, long-time producer, and podcast co-host. Best of all, this movie has the Dove Seal of Approval!  It’s like we’re playing shitty movie mad-libs.  Respected critic The Dove Foundation loves Free Birds, a 91-minute commercial for Chuck E. Cheese, from the people that gave you Jonah Hex and Jersey Girl, and starring Dan Fogler.   For real though, Dove’s Four Dove review has provided me with three of my all-time favorite content warnings to date.  Under ‘OTHER’ they include “A character says he is ‘The Great Turkey’” and simply, “time travel”.  Even better, under ‘SEX’ they provide only this warning: “Two turkeys kiss.

At least they were both turkeys, am I right?


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