Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Today's New DVDs- 12/15/09

Inglourious Basterds: It's thrilling, it's smart, it's wickedly funny. It's also overlong and self-indulgent. Quentin Tarantino's latest is a glorious orgy of film fanaticisim, and there are individual moments and entire scenes that are breathtaking. But he's also a filmmaker out of control, and while it certainly doesn't wreck the picture, I'm starting to wonder what happened to the lean, no-nonsense storyteller of Reservoir Dogs.

The Hangover: There's a very simple reason that The Hangover is one of the year's highest-grossing pictures: it makes a promise, and it delivers on it. Big laughs from end to end, and having taken another look this afternoon, I can also assure you that it holds up to repeat viewings.

Taking Woodstock: Less a failure than a disappointment; Ang Lee and his frequent collaborator James Schamus probably don't have a bad film in them, but they're certainly off their game with this period comedy/drama.

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