April 29, 2008

A "Diving" Week for DVD Releases

Hey all...Joey here. One of the downsides (in my opinion) to the summer blockbusters and the summer movie season on the whole is that the DVD releases dry up a bit as studios want people in the theaters, not at home. This is the weakest week for home video in a while, but there is still a worthwhile film or two out there.

My PICK OF THE WEEK clearly stands out from the rest of the pack, and is a visually beautiful film:

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The story is inspirational, the screenplay exceptional, the direction amazing...what more can you ask of a film?

As for the other releases this week, we have 27 Dresses, which is a decent romantic comedy, nothing special at all, but features a charming performance by Katherine Heigl. Also out is The Golden Compass, a fantasy flick which didn't find an audience theatrically, but should do better at home, and the dancing film How She Move, which is ok, if that's your thing (it's not really mine).

My old school recommendation for this week is one of the few Tim Burton films that I actually like a great deal (this one is my favorite, but I also like Ed Wood and Sweeney Todd). It's Big Fish, and it's a fairy tale of a film that captures the heart and the imagination. Well worth watching if you've never gotten a chance to see it.

What will you guys be buying this week? Anything? Or saving your money for Iron Man this weekend?


  1. I second the praise for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. It was my favorite film of 2007. The book is great, too.

    Never saw Big Fish, but it's currently in my Netflix queue, along with about 150+ other films that I've either never seen or want to revisit. At this point, Ed Wood remains my favorite Burton film, followed closely by Beetlejuice and Batman Returns (due to the performance of Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman).

  2. Burton seems inept with action sequences, and that hurts his Batman movies...that and they're a bit too kinky for my taste here and there...don't get me wrong, kinky is good (very good in some cases) but I much prefer the Batman Begins approach to the caped crusader

  3. Agreed about Burton's Batman. He's completely inept at action sequences (one of the many things that was wrong with his Sleepy Hollow as well) and the stories, as with almost all of his films, tended to fall apart. Batman Returns works for me because of Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, the chemistry between her and Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito as the Penguin and Christopher Walken as Max Shrek.

  4. I didn't mean to come across as snarky, Joey. And I did like Batman Begins a lot. :)