Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Today's New DVDs: 2/9/10

Heading into a weak couple of weeks on DVD. I'm just warning you. Plan accordingly.

Couples Retreat: There's sooooo many people we like in this one that it's a disappointment to find how sloppy and lazy the whole damn thing is. There's laughs, sure, but nothing like we should expect from the collected stars of The Wedding Crashers, Swingers, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Arrested Development.

A Serious Man: Boy, do I love the Coen Brothers, and I'm happy that they got some more Oscar nominations. But their latest effort just left me scratching my head--it seems willfully obtuse and bewilderingly peculiar, like a Barton Fink without the payoff. There's still things to like in it (there always are, with the Coens), but it's their first movie in years that I didn't want to see again like, right away.

The Life and Times of Tim- The Complete First Season: My new favorite show--a smart, funny, dirty, low-key animated comedy for grown-ups. It's not for all tastes, but folks who like Dr. Katz and Home Movies (or Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) should cotton to it immediately.

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