We’ve got an extra-large batch of movies hitting DVD this week, so there’s something for everyone. Besides the two Oscar winners in the banner pic, there’s another Oscar nominated flick, a movie Vince hated, Asian kids killing each other, Rip Torn, one lucky elephant, Salma Hayek’s American movie debut, Edward Furlong, a fake Bruce Lee, naked Nazis, some clowns, and a few other gems to whet your appetite.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
From Time To Time
A Lonely Place To Die
National Lampoon’s The Legend Of Awesomest Maximus
One Lucky Elephant
Snow White: A Deadly Summer
This Is Not A Movie
The Dragon Lives Again
Frauleins In Uniform
Vince’s B review was possibly the least favorable review I’ve read for this movie. Having read the book and the first sequel, I wasn’t bothered by the final scene like Vince was. What does bother me is that he gave The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button a better grade. Strangely enough, it was the ending of Benjamin Button that ruined it for me. To each their own.
Some people complained that this movie was made for those of us who grew up with the Muppets, and not for today’s kids. Others complained that it pandered to youth culture and lost that classic Muppet charm. To both factions I say: “F*ck you. I loved it, my son loved it, and if you’d rather live in a world without new Muppet movies, I will find you and shove my fist up your ass.” It’s the Muppet way.
Along with Dragon Tattoo, many people thought this was a more deserving choice for a Best Picture Oscar nomination than Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close or War Horse. Of those films, I’ve only seen Dragon Tattoo, so I couldn’t say. What I will say is that based on the title alone, I’m guessing the mole Gary Oldman’s trying to ferret out (mixed animal metaphor!) is probably the one codenamed ‘Spy’.
Vince’s D+ review wasn’t kind to this movie. He likens the film to ‘Maury for middle-aged intellectuals’ and guesses that most people under 45 won’t enjoy it. Yes, it’s basically a filmed play which exists almost solely for the actors to chew scenery, but when those actors are John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz, and Kate Winslet (sorry Jodie Foster, you lost me after Nell) it will take more than a little Mancini bitch session to turn me off. [Vince’s Note: Come back when you see it and tell me what you think.]
The debate of our time: Fat Jonah Hill vs. Less Fat Jonah Hill. Which is better? Can he still be funny without the quintuple chin? Was he ever funny? With 21 Jump Street getting good reviews, I’m hoping the great divide currently tearing our nation apart will soon come to an end. In the meantime, this seems to be Jonah Hill at his fattest and most Jonah Hilliest.