Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Today's New DVDs- 7/7/09

Knowing: Alex Proyas' end-of-the-world thriller has got some interesting ideas and a couple of great set pieces. But the weak screenplay and Nicolas Cage's jaw-droppingly incompetant performance manage to derail most of its considerable momentum.

Mystery Science Theater 3000- Volume XV: More good stuff from the Satellite of Love. My review has gotten some ire from the MST fan community for daring to mention that they should stop putting out so many episodes from the far-weaker first season, but three of these four episodes are really very funny (and one of them, "Zombie Nightmare," was one of their all-time best).

Night Train: An interesting failure, this one; it starts well, with a Shallow-Grave-on-a-moving-train construct and Steve Zahn being agreeable and Leelee Sobieski being sexy, but it spins out into some weird and unsuccessful supernatural stuff in the third act. Worth a rental, though.

Young and Handsome- A Night with Jeff Garlin: Garlin, best known as Larry David's manager on Curb Your Enthusiasm (or as the voice of the space station captain in WALL-E), has a loose, rambling, enjoyable stand-up style; his meandering stories and funny insights are well-showcased in this unusual special.

Matlock- The Third Season: Something you might not know about me: from the time I was ten until I was 13 or so, I literally never missed an episode of Matlock. I was insane about that show. It made me want, briefly, to be a lawyer when I grew up. This never fails to make people laugh now, since at the time, I was about fifty years below their regualar demographic.

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