There Will Be Blood (9/10): A staggering, brilliant movie, made all the more incredible by the performance of Daniel Day Lewis, which is without a doubt in my mind, the greatest acting job in a movie since DeNiro in Raging Bull. I drink your milkshake!
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (6/10): John C. Reilly stars as Dewey Cox in the highly promoted film “mockumentary” that spoofs Walk The Line and Ray and all the musical biopics of the last few years. It helps if you have seen those movies.
Sharkwater (9/10): A documentary about illegal shark-finning that happens to involve boat chases, international intrigue, prison breaks and a ton of seriously pulse-pounding moments. All of which really add to the film and accentuate the message. Shark finning is heinous.
Water-Horse: Legend of the Deep: A movie for kids about this weird creature that kinda looks like a horse, but isn’t – a young boy befriends this creature, who ends up in the ocean. Or a lake. Or something. I know from the trailers that he outgrows the bathtub.
Alone in the Dark: The Director’s Cut (1/10): Uwe Boll, one of the least-competent directors working in movies today, actually makes this film WORSE with his director’s cut. And it was fairly putrid to begin with.
Lions For Lambs (7/10): An idealistic professor, a charismatic U.S. Senator and a probing TV journalist have opposing viewpoints about the actions of our nation and the attitudes of its citizens. But the human consequences of war become chillingly clear for two of the professor’s former students, who find themselves trapped behind enemy lines, fighting for freedom… and their very lives. It’s directed by Robert Redford, who is a very capable director and on occasion can be brilliant. Looking forward to this one.
Prom Night Collection (2/10): Prom Night is coming out in theatres this week, and so we get this box set of the first four installments in the series. The first has nothing to do with the second, the third is a sequel to the second, and the fourth is unrleated to any of the others. At least “Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night 2″ has full frontal nudity.
P2 (5/10): It’s Christmas Eve. Angela Bridges gets down to the parking garage, and she discovers that her car won’t start. If Angela wants to live to see Christmas morning, she must find a way to escape from level P2 of the parking garage. Yes…a Christmas horror movie about parking garages. How very timely.
Matlock Season One (4/10): One of the most bizarre releases of the past few years, everyone who was a Matlock fan upon the release of this series is either dead, hospitalized, or does not own a DVD player. There may well be less than 200 of these babies sold.
Reservation Road: Ethan and Dwight are two fathers whose lives become intertwined after a hit-and-run accident leaves one of their sons dead. Stars Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly and Mira Sorvino, so it could be very good.
Perry Mason 50th Anniversary Edition (6/10): A much better series than Matlock, but still feels dated. Great guest stars on this set – Robert Redford, Bette Davis, James Coburn.
The Eleventh Hour (7/10): The “11th Hour” is the last moment when change is possible. This film explores how we’ve arrived at this moment and how we live, how we impact the earth’s ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course. Features James Woolsey, in addition to over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders who discuss the most important issues that face our planet and people. Produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, and also stars Stephen Hawking!