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New to Blu Ray DVD the Last Few Weeks (July 12, July 15, July 19, July 26)

26 Jul

Released July 12, 2011

The Lincoln Lawyer

Rated: R

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei and Ryan Phillippe

Director: Brad Furman

Synopsis from IMDB: A sleazy defense attorney has a crisis of conscience when he represents a wealthy client who has a foolproof plan to beat the system.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: Typically I’ll dismiss any movie where Matthew McConaughey recieves top billing, but the critical success of this film has peaked my interests enough to warrant it a rental (not to mention the ageless beauty that is Marisa Tomei).

Insidious

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Ty Simpkins

Director: James Wan

Synopsis from IMDB: A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: I’m a sucker for a good horror movie, and I hear despite Insidious’s PG-13 rating, it is so far the years best and scariest.  My growing interest in Patrick Wilson also gives this film a boost, and despite The Lincoln Lawyer being the most acclaimed of this week’s releases, I vote Insidious as this week’s rental recommendation.

July 15, 2011

Rango

Rated: PG

Starring: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher and Timothy Olyphant

Director: Gore Verbinski

Synopsis from IMDB: Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: I have to be in the right mood for an animated film, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about Rango.  That being said, I’ll probably add this to my Netflix queue, though I’m sure it will be there for a while.

Arthur

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren and Jennifer Garner

Director: Jason Winer

Synopsis from IMDB: A drunken playboy stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he falls for a woman his family doesn’t like.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: I’m just not sure about this film.  While the original was a great comedy, I find this to be an unecessary remake with a few actors I don’t particularly care for.  Still, the marketing did a good job making this film appear to be genuine and well-scripted.  Helen Mirren is also a plus.  I’ll probably give this one a try in the near future.

July 19, 2011:

Limitless

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel and Abbie Cornish

Director:  Neil Burger

Synopsis from IMDB: A writer discovers a top-secret drug which bestows him with super human abilities.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: I seem to recall being interested in this movie when it was released in theaters but can’t recall what prevented me from seeing it.  Still, now that it is on home video I’ll definitely give it a look.

Take Me Home Tonight

Rated: R

Starring: Topher Grace, Anna Faris and Dan Fogler

Director: Michael Dowse

Synopsis from IMDB: Follow an aimless college grad who pursues his dream girl at a wild Labor Day weekend party. He, his twin sister and their best friend struggle with their burgeoning adulthood over the course of the night.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: A cast full of names that haven’t fully lived up to their potential, Take Me Home Tonight seems to be yet another disappointment for Topher Grace, Anna Farris, and Dan Fogler.  While the reception seems to echo that sentiment, I’ve seen enough glimpses of goodness from each of these actors to at least give this movie a shot.

July 26, 2011

The Source Code

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga

 Director: Duncan Jones

Synopsis from IMDB: An action thriller centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: I’ve heard nothing but good things about this film and am disappointed I wasn’t able to catch it during its theatrical run.  Still, my reward is saving a few bucks and enjoying it in the comfort of my own home.  This will be near the top of my Netflix queue.

Trust

Rated: R

Starring: Clive Owen, Catherine Keener and Liana Liberato

 Director: David Schwimmer

Synopsis from IMDB: A teenage girl is targeted by an online sexual predator.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: I remember seeing this trailer when Chris posted it for an opening this week.  I really like the cast for this film and look forward to watching it.  As and aside, I was pretty shocked to write David Schwimmer in as the film’s director.

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Brandon Routh, Anita Briem and Sam Huntington

Director: Kevin Munroe

Synopsis from IMDB:

The adventures of supernatural private eye, Dylan Dog, who seeks out the monsters of the Louisiana bayou in his signature red shirt, black jacket, and blue jeans.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: I passed on Dylan Dog in theaters solely because of its poor critical reception.  I’ve really been rooting for Brandon Routh after his disappointing departure following Superman Returns and look forward to seeing this on DVD/Blu Ray.  Hopefully I enjoy the film more than others clearly have.

New to Blu Ray DVD the Last 2 Weeks (June 28, 2011 & July 05, 2011)

7 Jul

Released June 28, 2011

  Sucker Punch

Rated: R

Starring: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens and Abbie Cornish

Director: Zack Snyder

Synopsis from IMDB: A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the mental facility.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: Chris and I both passed on seeing this movie in theaters due to a lot of negative reviews, but given Zack Snyder’s track record and visionary style, it is worth at least a look on Blu Ray.

Season of the Witch

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman and Claire Foy

Director: Dominic Sena

Synopsis from IMDB:14th-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: Nicolas Cage, what else is there to say.  Back with his Con-Air style haircut, this film suffered at the box office due to poor reviews and negative audience feedback.  If you like medieval films or Nicolas Cage then you may want to rent this; I’ll pass.

Barney’s Version

Rated: R

Starring: Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike and Jake Hoffman

Director: Richard J. Lewis

Synopsis from IMDB: The picaresque and touching story of the politically incorrect, fully lived life of the impulsive, irascible and fearlessly blunt Barney Panofsky.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: This is the type of role I like to see Paul Giamatti portray.  Though this is labeled as a drama, there seems to be a lot of comedic elements in the film. Barney’s Version jumps to the top of my queue for this week.

Beastly

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens and Mary-Kate Olsen

Director: Daniel Barnz

Synopsis from IMDB: A modern-day take on the “Beauty and the Beast” tale where a New York teen is transformed into a hideous monster in order to find true love.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: Though I have a soft spot for Vanessa Hudgens, there is no way I’m seeing this film.  Fortunately for me, Hudgens is in two of this week’s releases so I’ll definitely opt for Sucker Punch instead.

July 5, 2011:

Hobo with a Shotgun

Rated: UR

Starring: Rutger Hauer, Pasha Ebrahimi and Robb Wells

Director: Jason Eisener

Synopsis from IMDB: A homeless vigilante blows away crooked cops, pedophile Santas, and other scumbags with his trusty pump-action shotgun.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: Hopefully this turned out better than the last fake trailer-turned-movie from Grindhouse.  This is probably worth a viewing, but given it’s nature I’ll have to be in the right mood.

13 Assassins

Rated: R

Starring: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada and Yûsuke Iseya

Director: Takashi Miike

Synopsis from IMDB: A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: My list of foreign films to see, especially from the continent of Asia is continuing to grow.  13 Assassins looks like a welcome addition and I’m looking forward to seeing it, hopefully I’ll get to it before the inevitable Hollywood remake.

Of Gods and Men

Rated: R

Starring: Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale and Olivier Rabourdin

Director: Xavier Beauvois

Synopsis from IMDB: Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: This French import looks very well made, and given its accolades I’m sure it is.  It really isn’t my type of fare, however, so I doubt I’ll see it anytime soon.

Bloodrayne: The Third Reich

Rated: R

Starring: Natassia Malthe, Clint Howard and Michael Paré

Director: Uwe Boll

Synopsis from IMDB: Rayne fights against the Nazis in Europe during World War II, encountering Ekart Brand, a Nazi leader whose target is to inject Adolf Hitler with Rayne’s blood in an attempt to transform him into a dhampir and attain immortality

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: A director’s cut of a Uwe Boll film, this is probably all sorts of terrible.

 

 

New to Blu Ray DVD the Last 2 Weeks (June 14, 2011 & June 21, 2011)

24 Jun

There are a lot of home video releases the past two weeks, so just like the last entry, I’ll keep the posts brief for the interest of time.  Here we go:

Released June 14, 2011:

Hall Pass

Rated: R

Starring: Owen WilsonJason Sudeikis and Christina Applegate

Director: Bobby FarrellyPeter Farrelly

Synopsis from IMDB: A married man is granted the opportunity to have an affair by his wife. Joined in the fun by his best pal, things get a little out of control when both wives start engaging in extramarital activities as well.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: You can check out our Take Two on Hall Pass here.

Battle: Los Angeles

Rated: R

Starring: Aaron EckhartMichelle Rodriguez and Bridget Moynahan

Director: Jonathan Liebesman

Synopsis from IMDB: A Marine Staff Sergeant who has just had his retirement approved goes back into the line of duty in order to assist a 2nd Lieutenant and his platoon as they fight to reclaim the city of Los Angeles from alien invaders.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: You can check out our Take Two on Battle: L.A. here.

Red Riding Hood

Rated: R

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas and Gary Oldman

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Synopsis from IMDB: Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family’s displeasure.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: It still baffles me that Gary Oldman would accept such a role.  That being said, he is the only thing that remotely interests me about this movie.

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Martin Lawrence, Brandon T. Jackson and Jessica Lucas

Director: John Whitesell

Synopsis from IMDB: FBI agent Malcolm Turner and his stepson Trent go undercover at an all-girls performing arts school after Trent witnesses a murder.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: I will avoiding this movie like the plague and I suggest you do the same.

Jackass 3.5

Rated: R

Starring: Jason ‘Wee Man’ Acuña, Ryan Dunn and Dave England

Director: Jeff Tremaine

Synopsis from IMDB: N/A

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: The Jackass films have become a little worn out over the years, but the recent tragic death of star Ryan Dunn might prompt a viewing.

Kill the Irishman

Rated: R

Starring: Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken and Vincent D’Onofrio

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh

Synopsis from IMDB: The true story of Danny Greene, a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970’s.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: I was excited to see this film the first time I saw the trailer, and it head to the top of my Netflix queue.

Released June 21, 2011:

The Adjustment Bureau

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt and Florence Kastriner

Director: George Nolfi

Synopsis from IMDB: The affair between a politician and a ballerina is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: Unfortunately I missed this film during its run in theaters so I’ll be sure to put it in my Netflix queue.

Unknown

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger and January Jones

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Synopsis from IMDB: A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: Another film I missed during its theatrical run, I loved Taken so I’ll definitely be adding this to my queue.

The Eagle

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Synopsis from IMDB: In Roman-ruled Britain, a young Roman soldier endeavors to honor his father’s memory by finding his lost legion’s golden emblem.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: Channing Tatum surprised me with his comedic turn in Ron Howard’s The Dilemma, but I’ll still pass on this one.

 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Rated: PG

Starring: Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick and Robert Capron

Director: David Bowers

Synopsis from IMDB: Back in middle school after summer vacation, Greg Heffley and his older brother Rodrick must deal with their parents’ misguided attempts to have them bond.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: I actually enjoyed the first film, but this sequel was and unnecessary, rushed, cash grab.

 Cedar Rapids

Rated: R

Starring: Ed Helms, John C. Reilly and Anne Heche

Director: Miguel Arteta

Synopsis from IMDB: Tim Lippe has no idea what he’s in for when he’s sent to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to represent his company at an annual insurance convention, where he soon finds himself under the “guidance” of three convention veterans.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: As a limited release, I wasn’t able to track this down in theaters, but it is a film I’m excited to see now that it is on Blu Ray.

Happythankyoumoreplease

Rated: R

Starring: Josh Radnor, Malin Akerman and Zoe Kazan

Director: Josh Radnor

Synopsis from IMDB: Captures a generational moment – young people on the cusp of truly growing up, tiring of their reflexive cynicism, each in their own ways struggling to connect and define what it means to love and be loved.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: I’ll queue this one up.

New to Blu Ray DVD the Past Few Weeks (June 07, May 31, and May 24)

9 Jun

I realize that I have fallen behind in keeping our readers up to date with what is being released to home video the past couple of weeks, and for that I apologize.  Unfortunately, life gets in the way sometimes.  Here are the new releases for the past three weeks; in the interest of keeping the length of this post down I’ve only included a brief assessment of whether or not you, the reader, should rent or pass on each film.

Released May 24, 2011:

 Gnomeo and Juliet

Rated: G

Starring: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt and Maggie Smith

Director: Kelly Asbury

Synopsis from IMDB: The neighboring gardens of Montague and Capulet are at war, but the gnomes, Gnomeo and Juliet, are in love.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: If you have kids under 12 then – Rent.  If not – Pass.

 I Am Number Four

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant and Dianna Agron

Director: D.J. Caruso

Synopsis from IMDB: John is an extraordinary teen, masking his true identity and passing as a typical high school student to elude a deadly enemy seeking to destroy him. Three like him have already been killed … he is Number Four.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: Very low rental

 Burning Palms

Rated: R

Starring: Jamie Chung, Zoe Saldana and Rosamund Pike

Director:  Christopher B. Landon

Synopsis from IMDB: A subversive tale that interlaces five stories set in Los Angeles, where no taboo is left unexplored as each character careens toward a dark and often comic fate.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: I am so perplexed by that trailer, I don’t know what to say.

 The Big Bang

Rated: R

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Thomas Kretschmann and William Fichtner

Director:  Tony Krantz

Synopsis from IMDB: A private detective is hired to find a missing stripper. A simple job turns complicated when everyone he questions ends up dead.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: Maybe I’ve been playing too much LA Noire, but something about this intrigues me.  I’m going to go out on a limb with this one and say Rent.

Released May 31, 2011:

 Drive Angry

Rated: R

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard and William Fichtner

Director: Patrick Lussier

Synopsis from IMDB: A vengeful father escapes from hell and chases after the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: Despite Nicolas Cage, Rent.

 Biutiful

Rated: R

Starring: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez and Hanaa Bouchaib

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Synopsis from IMDB: Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take:  Rent.

Released June 07, 2011

 True Grit

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld

Director(s): Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Synopsis from IMDB: A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn young woman track down her father’s murderer.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: The last of the best picture nominees to be released to home video, Rent.

 Just Go With It

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Brooklyn Decker

Director: Dennis Dugan

Synopsis from IMDB: On a weekend trip to Hawaii, a plastic surgeon convinces his loyal assistant to pose as his soon-to-be-divorced wife in order to cover up a careless lie he told to his much-younger girlfriend.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: This is not a good movie, but if you like Adam Sandler or looking at Brooklyn Decker and/or Jennifer Aniston it is worth a low rental.

 Sanctum 3D

Rated: R

Starring: Rhys Wakefield, Allison Cratchley and Christopher Baker

Director: Alister Grierson

Synopsis from IMDB: An underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: If you have the 3D capability to get the full experience of this film at home, then it is probably worth a rental.  For all of us with modest home theater systems, pass.

 Another Year

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen and Lesley Manville

Director: Mike Leigh

Synopsis from IMDB: A look at four seasons in the lives of a happily married couple and their relationships with their family and friends.

 Trailer:

Pac’s Take: I feel like I’ve seen different incarnations of this movie before, so for me it’s a pass.  However, judging by the trailer and its acclaim, it may be worth a rental for some.

 The Company Men

Rated: R

Starring: Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones

Director: John Wells

Synopsis from IMDB: The story centers on a year in the life of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company – and how that affects them, their families, and their communities.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take: I’m on the fence with this one, but Ben Affleck has impressed me lately – Rent.

New to Blu-Ray/DVD this Week (May 17, 2011)

19 May

The Mechanic

Rated: R

Starring: Jason Statham, Ben Foster and Donald Sutherland

Director: Simon West

Synopsis from IMDB: Follows an elite hit man as he teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take:  I missed this one in theaters, though it was certainly one I wanted to see.  I enjoy Jason Statham more as a comedic actor than an action star, but the true draw of this film is Ben Foster.  I’m captivated by his performance every time he is on-screen, especially in roles where he behaves violently (movies like 30 Days of Night, 3:10 to Yuma, Alpha Dog, and Hostage come to mind).  His involvement escalated this film from another mindless Statham action flick to a must see, and now that it has arrived to home video, it’ll definitely be near the top of my queue.  I will have to keep my expectations in check, however, considering the mixed reviews it received from critics, as well as its paltry domestic gross.

The Rite

Rated: R

Starring: Colin O’Donoghue, Anthony Hopkins and Ciarán Hinds

Director: Mikael Håfström

Synopsis from IMDB: An American seminary student travels to Italy to take an exorcism course.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take:  Unlike The Mechanic, I was able to see The Rite in theaters; and considering it was one of my most anticipated films of 2011, it was a disappointment.  The over use of the exorcism genre in recent years may have contributed to this films disappointment, not to mention some one-dimensional performances.  However,  I do not think the film was as bad as its 19% Rotten Tomatoes score suggests, and Anthony Hopkins performance alone in this film is enough to warrant it a rental.  If you haven’t seen The Rite yet and like Anthony Hopkins, you should absolutely check it out.

The Other Woman

Rated: R

Starring: Natalie Portman, Scott Cohen and Lisa Kudrow

Director: Don Roos

Synopsis from IMDB: A comedy/drama that details the story of a woman’s difficult relationship with her stepson.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take:  The ugly stepchild to the busy year Natalie Portman has had at the box office with Black Swan, No Strings Attached, Your Highness, and Thor; The Other Woman received a limited release and fairly poor reviews.  Though this movie is considered a comedy/drama, there doesn’t seem to be much comedy in the film, based on the trailer.  Still, this is the closest thing to a Rom Com we have this week; and given my premise that one releases each week, I’ll peg it as such.  Though it is not the type of subject matter I’m often interested in watching, Natalie Portman is one of my favorite actresses and I may see the film eventually for her involvement alone.

The Roommate

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Minka Kelly, Leighton Meester and Cam Gigandet

Director: Christian E. Christiansen

Synopsis from IMDB:  College student Sara finds that her new roommate Rebecca has an obsession with her, which quickly turns violent.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take:  Like The Rite, The Roommate is not as bad as its 4% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s still not a very good movie.  This knock off of Single White Female, compromises the quality of acting for prettier faces as well as dropping the R rating to a much more box office friendly PG-13.  The cast list reads a lot like a CW drama and adding the Screen Gems logo is the icing on this incredibly bland cake.  I’m sure this movie will do well in home video sales because of its rating and cast, but there are plenty of better options releasing this week (as well as checking out Single White Female).

New to Blu-Ray/DVD this Week (May 10, 2011)

13 May

Blue Valentine

Rated: R

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams and John Doman

Director: Derek Cianfrance

Synopsis from IMDB: The film centers on a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take:  Despite the critical acclaim this film received with its release, and the billing of Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling as its two stars, the interest I have in this film is minimal.  The subject matter simply does not interest me very much and during the summer months I look for films with a more upbeat tone.  Still, I will eventually watch Blue Valentine because of its notoriety, it’ll probably just sit near the bottom of my queue for a while.

No Strings Attached

Rated: R

Starring: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Kline

Director: Ivan Reitman

Synopsis from IMDB: A guy and girl try to keep their relationship strictly physical, but it’s not long before they learn that they want something more.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take:  Here it is, the Rom-Com release of the week.  No Strings Attached has a little more going for it than your typical Rom-Com, however.  Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) directed this film, it earned itself a hard R, and any film starring Natalie Portman is good enough for me.  This is not a film I’ll jump to the top of my queue but it’s also not one I’ll object to viewing either.

The Illusionist

Rated: PG

Starring: Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin and Duncan MacNeil

Director: Sylvain Chomet

Synopsis from IMDB: A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take:  One of three films nominated for Best Animated Picture at this year’s Oscars, The Illusionist appears to be the same quality and style of Sylvian Chomet’s previous animated film, The Triplets of Belleville.  I’m not huge on animated features, but I like the classic visual style of Chomet’s work.  Couple that with what appears to be a very endearing tale and I find myself more intrigued with this animated film than per usual.

I Saw the Devil

Rated: R

Starring: Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi and Gook-hwan Jeon

Director: Jee-woon Kim

Synopsis from IMDB: When his pregnant fiancée becomes the latest victim of a serial killer, a secret agent blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take:  I’ve been excited to see this film for a while now.  The South Koreans have given us some very worthy imports the past few years with Oldboy and The Good, the Bad, the Weird, and now I Saw the Devil.  Jee-Woon Kim’s follow-up to The Good, the Bad, the Wierd is the kind of revenge/horror tale I love to watch, and is definitely my pick of the week.  Warning: I’ve been told this film is extremely graphic and is not for the faint of heart.

Cougars, Inc

Rated: R

Starring: Sarah Hyland, Denise Richards and Kyle Gallner

Director: K. Asher Levin

Synopsis from IMDB: Sam has been kicked out of every school across the country. When he learns that his mother can no longer afford to keep him in school he and his friends start their own escort service, Cougars, Inc., to help pay for his tuition. Through this hilarious new job Sam and his friends explore the generation of Cougars who are desperately trying to stay young and loving every lesson they are taught.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take:  This sounds, and at times looks a lot like a straight to DVD American Pie or National Lampoon movie with a higher billed cast.  Denise Richards and Jim Belushi have come a long way from hay day but the biggest surprise is Kyle Gallner whose Career seemed to be taking off after starring in The Haunting in Connecticut just 2 years ago (immediately after his phenomenal guest role on The Shield)Cougars, Inc is a straight to DVD feature for a reason and will probably be skipped by most (including myself).

New to Blu-Ray/DVD last Week (May 3, 2011)

13 May

The Green Hornet

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Christoph Waltz

Director: Michel Gondry

Synopsis from IMDB:  Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, heir to his father’s large company, teams up with his late dad’s assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take:  Though I thought The Green Hornet was a disappointment, I certainly believe this film is worth at least a rental.  The 3D in the film was extremely lacking, Cameron Diaz’s performance was typically lacking, and I was expecting more from a Michel Gondry film.  Despite its flaws, however, there was a lot to enjoy about The Green Hornet.  The chemistry between the two leads, Seth Rogan and Jay Chou, provided the film with a lot of charisma, the story was unique for its genre, and Christoph Waltz was great in his role.

The Dilemma

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James and Winona Ryder

Director: Ron Howard

Synopsis from IMDB:  A man discovers that his best friend’s wife is having an affair.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take:  If you like either of the two leads in their previous work you’ll probably enjoy The Dilemma.  Though neither Vince Vaughn or Kevin James reach beyond their comfort zone, the direction of Ron Howard gives this film an endearing quality that at times makes it seem so.  The biggest surprise of this film, however, was Channing Tatum.  There isn’t much on Tatum’s body of work to praise, but he seems much more natural in a comedic role than he ever has as an action or romance star.

My Own Love Song

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Madeline Zima and Forest Whitaker

Director: Olivier Dahan

Synopsis from IMDB: A wheelchair-bound singer and her best friend embark on a roadtrip to Memphis.

Trailer:

Pac’s Take:  I had never heard of this film before just now, and after viewing the trailer it doesn’t seem like I’ve missed much. Featuring two Academy Award winners, I’d at least expect this film to feature some strong performances.  However, the plot of the film doesn’t interest me much, and one of the aforementioned Academy Award winners (Renee Zellweger) has never been an actress I particularly enjoyed.  I’ll probably skip this one.

Waiting for Forever

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Rachel Bilson, Tom Sturridge and Richard Jenkins

Director: James Keach

Synopsis from IMDB:  A Hollywood-set romantic tale of a guy who is content to live his life without a job yet with the love of his life, a young actress.

Pac’s Take:  This week’s romantic comedy release, Waiting for Forever stars Rachel Bilson and some guy with an earring.  “Romantic comedy” seems to be used in the loosest of ways here, however, because there is nothing funny about this trailer.  The synopsis from IMDB also seems to be more about the two leads real lives than the plot of the movie itself, but even that doesn’t interest me.  The director seems like a pretty awesome guy though, considering Johnny Cash and Christopher Reeve are the Godfathers to his two sons.

Though my first choice would have been Marlon Brando