So, I hope everyone had a fun weekend. I realize you guys have lots of questions, and we'll have more news on the state of Screened in the near future, but for the moment, we resume our previously interrupted broadcast.
This is another one of those weekends where the top four movies below were all nominated for some kind of Oscar, with a few even winning something. Having not had a chance to check out The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo myself, that's probably at the top of my list for Netflix at the moment, but I might also want to give Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy another go, as well.
One of my favorite things to look for on these DVD lists are the often incongruous box sets that were no doubt formed by studios simply looking at their unsold stock of discs and creating improbable mash-up collections. This week, for instance, we have a Big/Tooth Fairy set, an Agent Cody Banks/City Of Ember set (?), a Fantastic Mr. Fox/Robots set, and a Fat Albert/Meet Dave set, among others. Granted, most of the time I can kinda see what they're going for with these sets, but Agent Cody Banks and City Of Ember? Really?
What are you guys going to be picking up today, if anything?
|1. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy|
This is almost one of those films that strikes me as being in the Drive/The American vein; it's easy to see someone walking into it expecting James Bond spy hijinks, and then being confronted with a wonderfully underplayed performance by Gary Oldman and not knowing what to think. For those of us who like slower, quieter films, though, this is a pretty wonderful two hours in front of your Blu-Ray player.
|2. The Muppets|
Yay! I think I described this as being along the lines of "an aching grin of a movie," and I still stand by that. I love pretty much everything about this movie, and I highly recommend you check it out.
|3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo|
Now that this is out on Blu-Ray, I'll almost certainly give it a chance. I would've seen it in theaters, but I'm pretty sure I need the ability to skip past...you know, that scene. No disrespect to Fincher's artistry, or anything; I just need fewer awful things in my mind, not more.
Oh, wacky upper-crust New Yorkers and their emotional problems! It truly is a topic of relevance to all Americans in this economy.
|5. The Sitter|
I cannot recommend that anyone really take their time watching this. Even my two-star review feels a little optimistic in retrospect. It's really not all that good, and even if it has a few moments here and there, those moments are likely not worth the price of admission.
|6. Serge Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life|
Considering this is the guy who was on an interview show with Whitney Houston and said "I want to fuck her!" multiple times, and tricked France Gall into singing a song about oral sex, I'd love to see how his life was heroic.
|7. A Lonely Place to Die|
I remember seeing the trailer for this quite a while ago, but don't think it ever got a theatrical release. I could be mistaken, though. It's about a group of backpackers who discover a kidnapped girl and then have to escape from her pursuers. I'm guessing they're going to not only have to confront threats external, but also internal.
|8. Battle Royale|
|9. That '70s Show|
If you like That '70s Show, feel free to pick up the first season of it on Blu-Ray. Also debuting is the first season of something called Jane By Design. Also up for sale: Lexx: Seasons 3 and 4, Kojak: Season 3, and sundry other television box sets.