Tuesday, May 4, 2010

This Week (and Last Week's!) New DVDs- 5/4/10

Shit was all crazy last week, what with that film festival and all, so I didn't have a chance to note your big new releases, which were mostly bad. But it's okay, because this week is pretty weak too! Let's look at both of them then, for fun.

It's Complicated: It's not, actually: Nancy Meyers is a terrible filmmaker, and It's Complicated is an awful, unfunny film. See? Simple!

Nine: Rob Marshall's latest attempt at a credible movie musical (see, the songs and dances are all in their heads!) is all shiny, and has some good performances (though not Daniel Day-Lewis, whose brooding intensity is all wrong). But it doesn't have any get-up-and-go; it crawls along from vignette to vignette, and most of the songs are either bad or forgettable.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: Good luck finding a bigger Terry Gilliam fan than me, but even I was bewildered and a little bored by his latest, which seems more like a mediocre imitation of a Terry Gilliam movie than the genuine article.

Mine: A documentary about people trying to track down the pets they lost in Hurricane Katrina sounds about as depressing as you can imagine, but this skillful and heartfelt doc is moving and well-done. Yep, it's my one real recommendation this week.

Tooth Fairy: You see, it's funny because Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is a big gruff muscle-y guy, but he's the tooth fairy! With big wings! Get it? Plus Billy Crystal is in it, so how could hilarity not ensue? Eh? Oh, and the tagline: "You Can't Handle the Tooth"! You know? Like that one movie, eigteen years ago? Heh? HEH? FUNNY!

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