Your Mid-Week Guide To DVD And Streaming: The Perks Of Being James Bond

Good news! After last week’s abysmal releases, this week we’ve actually got some decent flicks hitting DVD. Besides Skyfall, there’s The Sessions and The Man With The Iron Fists.  We’ve got movies starring Helen Hunt, Emma Watson and Russell Crowe.  We’ve got films with robots, thieves, bullies, and cartoons about Monty Python.  There are films about perky wallflowers and 28 hotel rooms. We’ve got gigantic Dutch teddy bears and even a hard-partying Bigfoot.

The DVDs:
The Sessions
The Man With The Iron Fists
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Robot & Frank
Silent Hill: Revelation
A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story Of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman
28 Hotel Rooms
The Thieves
Teddy Bear
Vigilante Vigilante: The Battle For Expression
Kill For Me
Mimesis: Night Of The Living Dead
Bigfoot’s Wild Weekend

Streaming: Check out your choices here.

At least one of these films includes Oscar-nominated full-frontal nudity.  Want to know which one?  Continue reading and I promise you’ll find out.  Two of these films are about thieves.  One of them is Robot & Frank, to find out what the other one is, continue reading. As always, you can simply skip the DVDs altogether by clicking the streaming link above, but if you do that you’ll never know which film shows flopping dong.

James Bond is back in this, the 23rd official film in the 007 franchise, and most people consider this installment to be a winner.  Audiences and critics alike enjoyed the flick, which even set a few box-office records (which doesn’t really seem that hard when the records are things like ‘Highest Box-Office Gross for a James Bond Film co-starring Javier Bardem released in 2012”, but I digress).  Sure there were a few people who felt disappointed by the flick (Vince fell asleep), but for the most part this is considered to be a great addition to the series. I know I loved it, but like Burnsy, I’m a bit of a Bondage Enthusiast, so take that into account.  Would I enjoy it as much if it was the same exact movie, but instead of ‘James Bond’ it was about ‘Jim Brand’ of the CIA?  I dunno.  It doesn’t really matter though, because it is a Bond flick, and that’s that.  The franchise celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, and especially with this film’s success, they aren’t going to stop making these movies anytime soon. Everybody sees these films.  Hell, even the Dove Foundation felt it necessary to review Skyfall, which it gave 0 Doves and warns that the film features a ‘man with homosexual tendencies’. Sex, violence, overly-clever action movie quips and a gay dude?  I will never understand how Vince fell asleep; this flick was tailor-made for him.

The Sessions

Based on a true story, this film stars John Hawkes as Mark O’Brien, a paralyzed man looking to lose his virginity.  He’s aided in this quest by his friend Father Brendan, played by William H. Macy, and Cheryl, a sex therapist played by Helen Hunt.  Now there’s a lot I could say about this flick.  I could mention Vince’s ‘B+’ review, or that he declared it the 7th best film of 2012.  I could ruminate on Helen Hunt’s Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, or share my thoughts on Vince’s assertion that when able-bodied actors portray nobly disabled characters it often ends up being as demeaning as blackface. I could say a lot of things, but none of it would matter. There’s only one thing that anyone really wants to know about this flick, so here it is: Yes, this is the film in which Helen Hunt goes full-frontal, prompting Mr. Skin to name it one of the 10 best nude scene of 2012, and declaring, “We’re Mad About Pubes!” I’m guessing, like with the Oscars, Ms. Hunt feels honored just to be nominated.

The Man With The Iron Fists

It takes a lot for me to have any interest in a movie co-written by, directed by, and starring a hip-hop performer, but damn it, this film looks fun.  Quentin Tarantino ‘presents’ this martial arts action flick from Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA that somehow co-stars respected actor Russell Crowe. The curiosity factor alone is enough to make me want to see this.  Granted, it wasn’t enough to make me want to see this at full price in a theater, but now I can see it cheaply and legally in the comfort of my own home where I don’t have to deal with a room full of obnoxious, loud idiots talking back to the screen. Call me a bigot if you must, but sometimes stereotypes are true: like it or not, Russell Crowe fans have very poor theater etiquette and I’m willing to say so.

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

So this is that teen-angst movie that stars Hermione from Harry Potter and also has Paul Rudd in it.  Apparently, it’s pretty damned good.  That being said, I still have absolutely no desire to see it and I think I know why: I just can’t identify with it. Despite what Hollywood has told us, not everybody in high school suffered through the trials and tribulations of being a social pariah of some sort.  Sure everybody says they were, but really, they weren’t.  As for me, I loved high school.  I had a girlfriend –who put out- the whole four years, I was the absolute best at everything I did without once putting in a single ounce of effort and everybody adored me, and those are just some of the perks of being home-schooled.