Monday, January 18, 2010

DVD Picks of the Week: January 19, 2010

I'm feeling motivated, so here comes back to back weeks of DVD and Blu-ray picks. Here we go.

Gamer [DVD][Blu-ray]

The entirely forgettable Gamer starring Gerard Butler is one of the bigger releases on this particular Tuesday. Certainly not the worst of its kind, but Gamer doesn't do anything that titles like The Running Man have already done better. The film is probably worth a rental for fans of the genre, because the battle scenes do amount for some good entertainment. And Michael C. Hall's song and dance scene is so random and delightful that it practically makes the second half of the film worth watching. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the duo repsonsible for the great Crank series, aren't on the same level of greatness as they were in the first two Crank films, but they give a somewhat decent effort. Give this a go if you're a fan of the style or genre.

Pandorum [DVD][Blu-ray]

I've heard enough good and bad about Pandorum, the Event Horizon-esque spaceship thriller that features the great young and talented Ben Foster (3:10 To Yuma, 30 Days of Night) alongside Dennis Quaid. I haven't seen this film yet, but like the above title, this might be worth watching for fans of the genre. I'll definitely take a look sometime soon.

Che (Criterion) - [DVD][Blu-ray]

Workhorse filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has been churning out films like nobody else lately. The Informant! and The Girlfriend Experience have both impressed critics and fans alike. Now the great Criterion Collection has unleashed his two part film Che on DVD and Blu-ray. The film stars Benicio del Toro as the titular character. I haven't seen this yet, even though I am a self-proclaimed big fan of Soderbergh.

Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening [DVD]

Aziz Ansari is one of the breakout comedy stars of 2009. By way of television show Human Giant, bit roles in films like Observe and Report and Funny People and the much improved second season of Parks and Recreation (which I must say, based on my own parks and rec experience, is very realistic), Aziz has busted onto the comedy scene with a rather explosive style. I was able to catch the uncensored version of this stand-up special on Comedy Central last night, and I must say, fans and newcomers alike will be pleased. Ansari tells some of his best jokes. He even busts into the obnoxiously funny character of Randy (with eight A's) at the end of the show.

What else comes out this week: Weeds: Season Five, Dallas: The Complete Twelfth Season, The Invention of Lying, Whiteout, Magnolia [Blu-ray], Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball, Smokin' Aces [Blu-ray], Boogie Nights [Blu-ray], Kingdom Of The Spiders [Special Edition].

What to stay away from: Whiteout. I know Kate Beckinsale is easy as sin to look at, but I've heard through the films literal whiteout you can't even see her! ;)

Take care.

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