Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Today's New DVDs- 6/8/10

Shutter Island: It's not A-level Scorsese (I'd put it around Cape Fear in his canon), but it's all compelling and exquisitely told, and Scorsese, more than any other filmmaker working today, knows how to put an audience right into the palm of his hand.

Curb Your Enthusiasm- The Complete Seventh Season: It's the Seinfeld reunion season, but the latest year of Larry David's brilliant HBO show also continues the comic gold mine of Larry on the dating scene from season six. Curb is a show that is continuing to take big chances and unusual risks deep into its run, while maintaining the acid tongue, clever construction, and wry point of view that has made it such a terrific comic series.

Caddyshack (Blu-ray): Thirty years after its initial release, Harold Ramis's slobs-vs-snobs comedy remains fresh, funky, and deliriously funny, thanks to the inventiveness of the free-for-all screenplay and the comic energy and ingenuity of its stars, each of them playing as though they're successfully stealing the picture. It's a bit of a mess, sure, but its looseness contributes to its considerable, spunky charm; there may be more disciplined comedies out there, but there aren't many that are funnier than this one.

From Paris With Love: Aka, That Movie with the "Pulp Fiction" Shout-Out in the Trailer Which Serves as a Depressing Reminder of How Far John Travolta Has Fallen.

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