Tuesday, March 30, 2010

DVDs: Tea Parties, Sex Education, and Magick Lanterns

What's out on DVD today and which will you be watching?

Sherlock, Dr. Watson and tag-along Jenny. She likes older men, y'see.
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
    I pray that Jason Lee is doing charitable things with the money. Did this make money or were the gods merciful and there'll be no Threequel which is a less offensive word than Squeakquel you must admit
  • An Education
    Time to find out what all the 2009's Mulliganza! was all about if you didn't catch this coming of age breakout the first time around. If you did, enjoy the detailed supporting work the second time around. How the hell does Emma Thompson pack so much punch into her every line?
  • The Baader Meinhof Complex
  • Germanic movie star roll call ahead. The German Oscar nominee hits DVD so you can find out if it deserved to lose to Japan's Departures. You can already 'watch instantly' on Netflix.
  • Sherlock Holmes
    The performances are enjoyable but to tell you the truth the central mystery bored me (since you couldn't play along at all). What I found most mysterious was this: what is Rachel McAdams doing with her career? And why could you barely see her through the immense costumes?
and a couple of classics...
Which of these DVDs does Nathaniel have to post about next Monday?
Boss him around with your vote! (Last week you made him watch Fantastic Mr Fox)

You chose AN EDUCATION. Here's the Write Up.


Andrew said...

Am I the only one who thought Emma Thompson completely phoned in her performance for "An Education"?

Lev Lewis said...

The Squeakel!

Robert Hamer said...

"How the hell does Emma Thompson pack so much punch into her every line?"

I have no idea, considering how Nick Hornby and Lone Sherfig kept stacking the deck against her character, even when it didn't make sense ('It doesn't have to be teaching. There's always the Civil Service.' Really? That's the best comeback you had? Oh, heaven FORBID you actually have the last word over adorable and precocious Jenny!).

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Glenn said...

I voted Baader Meinhof because a) it's very flawed and it would be interesting to get your take on it and b) you've kinda already talked about An Education quite a bit and c) so has everyone else. I don't need to keep reading about these movies that we've been talking about for nearly a year (actually, it has been a year in the case of An Education).

And that's from someone who would place An Education in his top ten of 2009.

BTW isn't the third Chipmunks movie in 3D?

Castor said...

Alvin and the Chipmunks is an abomination and unfortunately, we will most likely see another sequel because it made so much money... Just mesmerizing that people flock to garbage like this.

An Education: great performances by the cast but the movie itself was slightly overrated IMO. I didn't think Emma Thompson was more than solid though.

Rachel McAdams was completely wasted and given nothing to do in Sherlock Holmes but her career is going just fine unless you expect her to become the next Cameron Diaz or Reese Witherspoon Hollywood star. She was in State of Play, The Time Traveler's Wife, and SH last year. She stars in Morning Glory, with Harrison Ford later this year and she has been confirmed in the Woody Allen comedy shooting this summer as well as Terrence Malick Tree of Life continuation (?). All three of those should give her plenty of mainstream appeal and professional challenge.

I voted for Sherlock Holmes but I'd be happy to hear about An Education as well.

Len said...

That Squeakquel made a ton of $$$, so expect a trilogy there. :(

I voted for The Baader Meinhoff Complex just for something different that I'd never heard of before.

Burning Reels said...

What a bore Baader Meinhof is. Adide from a few pretty people, it is a waste of time - very little character insight and the way the film is presented, you may as well watch a documentary on the subject.

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rosengje said...

I was completely annoyed by Rachel McAdams being miscast in Sherlock Holmes. Performance aside, she did not seem realistically paired with RDJ. Their age differences were very apparent, and it was particularly distracting considering how she is supposed to have repeatedly outsmarted him.