I've got a couple of aggressive movie lovers in my family. Every year at holiday time it's a race to get them an appropriate DVD or Blu-ray before they pick up the films for themselves.
I've got a couple of aggressive movie lovers in my family. Every year at holiday time it's a race to get them an appropriate DVD or Blu-ray before they pick up the films for themselves. If you're in a similar situation or if you've just put your shopping off, there's a lot of good stuff coming in the next couple of weeks, including two of the most refreshing movies of the year just three days before Christmas.
Hooray for dangerous binge drinking! The most profitable comedy of the year takes Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis to Vegas for a bachelor party they'll never remember. As good as the first two are, this is Galifianakis' show, and reportedly that extends to the audio commentary track on the home version. A two-disc set also offers the irresistibly titled "Ken Jeong's nonstop improv." Grade: B
"Herb & Dorothy"
Megumi Sasaki's documentary about the Vogels, a New York couple who over time managed to amass one of the most important contemporary art collections in the country on their combined salaries as a postal clerk and a librarian, is an inspiring, humorous portrait of married love and collectors' passion. Grade: B+
Quentin Tarantino's epic WWII revenge flick is a little too talky for the adrenaline-fueled action crowd and too campy and bloody for the traditional art-house crowd. But viewers who like a bit of both - namely, the generation of movie geeks weaned on Pulp Fiction - will find it just right. Depending on the edition you buy, extras range from the complete Nation's Pride, the film within the film, to a gag reel. Grade: B+
"(500) Days of Summer"
A sweet, graceful Zooey Deschanel and a perfectly heartbroken Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in Marc Webb's Annie Hall for the hipster set, a total winner as long as you don't find his sincere, whimsical flourishes overly adorable. Grade: A-
Lean and mean, South African director Neill Blomkamp's relatively low-budget blockbuster gives the old story of humans messing up their first encounter with an alien race a thoughtful, contemporary spin and more than a bit of the old ultra-violence. Grade: B+
"Family Guy Presents Something Something Something Dark Side"
Star Wars ultra-geek Seth MacFarlane continues retelling the original trilogy with the cast of his Fox animated series, including Angry Chicken as Boba Fett.
"It Might Get Loud"
Any guitarists in your life? They might appreciate this meeting of the minds between Jack White, The Edge and Jimmy Page from director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth). It hits a few off-notes in the stylistic clashes between them, but mostly it's a tight, entertaining package. Grade: B