Tuesday, July 07, 2009

DVD: Push and Knowing

It's the day you've all been waiting breathlessly for. You can finally watch superpowered Chris Evans, Djimon Hounsou and Dakota Fanning throw things around (with their minds! ooooh) since Push, their flop f/x thriller has arrived on DVD. You can watch it in the privacy of your own dorm room / apartment / house / attic / basement and conjecture about how long Chris Evans career will last now that his agent doesn't want him to do beefcake anymore. Hopefully his agent has seen The Proposal and has realized that beefcake sure isn't hurting Ryan Reynold's career. Or you can watch it and wonder about how well Dakota Fanning will bridge the child star / young adult actress divide.

I don't mean to sound so snarky because against my better judgment I am actually curious to see this. But like I said back in February...

I'm sure it would be better if Mo'Nique was in it.

Much better.

Unfortunately for us, Mo'Nique's buzzy picture Precious, the movie that once shared this film's name, is not available for our viewing until November 6th. We can't wait.

Also on DVD
  • Box office hit Knowing which I had hoped to see nominated for abundant Razzies including Worst Actor in Perpetuity Nicolas Cage [my review]. Unfortunately Roger Ebert shoved his thumbs way up into its dumb deterministic disaster porn and thus saved it from its deserved fate.
  • The Unborn, a horror movie about a twin that never made it and is angry about it. Carla Gugino and Gary Oldman appear for reasons that only their managers or bank accounts can explain. Where are the projects for these two actors? But the plot got me to thinking about a fantasy book that spins on this same, malevolent dead twin theme called The Bone Doll's Twin. If you like fantasy books, I recommend.
  • I had no idea that the stars of the scary Joy Ride (2001), Steve Zahn and Leelee Sobieski, reunited for another thriller. They did. It's called Night Train and it went straight to DVD.
  • And though it's not its first time on DVD, Kathryn Bigelow's vampire cult classic Near Dark (1987) has also been rereleased today... to coincide with all the hoopla regarding her work on The Hurt Locker? Maybe not. There's been no publicity to celebrate the connection. That's too bad.


josh said...

i just happened to buy Near Dark yesterday not knowing at all that they were releasing a new edition. i also bought Strange Days with it. i was wondering how would you rank Bigelow's films or whats your favorite. i would like to know after the release of The Hurt Locker.

countrycat said...


Seriously, I have never heard of "Push" until now, but I have a feeling the Mo'nique graphic you made was more entertaining.

I happened to catch Bigelow on Charlie Rose. Didn't manage to see the whole interview but her talking about being a female action director was very interesting. I like her and I really like "Point Break". So I may check out "The Hurt Locker". I haven't enjoyed a military pic since "Three Kings", despite the George Clooney casting.

Glendon said...

Any comment on the Big Fan trailer?

Fox said...

Ah yes! Thanks for posting that Mo' banner, Nathaniel! :)

You should see it, but I thought Push was pretty terrible, and WOULD have benefited from at least a cameo from Mo'Nique.

I think Dakota Fanning is fairly good in it though. You get to see her play drunk, and from the way she portrays it, I'm pretty convinced she never has been before (that's kind of reassuring actually).

john said...

I sure wish Chris Evans would still do beefcake, i know i'm not the only one. If it ain't broke don't fix it.

Anonymous said...

Knowing was a fine movie. It's a shame that you didn't notice it.

Unknown said...

Seriously, what was Ebert thinking?!?!