April 9, 2008

I Drink Your DVD!

Joey here with this weeks dvd blog. As always, these are not every single film, but only the ones that are worth a look in one way or another.

Let's start it off with a film that flew very much under the radar once it opened after having some significant buzz beforehand:

Reservation Road
This film, while not Oscar material, and considering the strength of the book, perhaps a mild dissapointment, is nonetheless a solid acting showcase. Take special note of Mark Ruffalo. This man is severely overdue for a nomination.

Without further ado, my pick of the week (fairly obvious considering the title of this piece):

There Will Be Blood
If nothing else, see it for Daniel Day-Lewis. Paul Thomas Anderson knocked this one out of the park, and any lover of film would do well to treat themselves to a viewing of this.

Other releases of note include Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, which features a very stellar performance by John C. Reilly in an otherwise fair film, Lions for Lambs, which was ignored in a big way when it was released, but should play better at home, and the environmental documentary The 11th Hour.

Special distinction this week goes to two small movies that are better than you'd expect. Rod Lurie makes a very underrated sports/journalism flick in Ressurecting the Champ, which features Samuel L. Jackson doing a fine acting job as a homeless boxer. Ron Livingston, of Office Space fame, gives a very nice performance in Music Within, and Michael Sheen almost steals the show. They play two friends crusading for equal rights for the disabled. Both are worth your time.

My throwback recommendation this an old school pick but an all time classic, and my favorite film as well. It is The Shawshank Redemption, and if anyone has yet to see it, correct that error at once!

Till next week...Happy Viewing!


  1. I am soooooo jealous about the TWBB DVD release, I won't get it for weeks :(

  2. I'd share my milkshake with you if I could...

  3. I missed Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story in the theater, but it definitely seems worth investigating on DVD.

    The ads that I've seen on TV for the TWBB DVD release are pretty damn awesome.

  4. OMG Walk Hard was terrible...please, save yourself some agony and do NOT see that worthless piece of film...haha, sorry if there are any fans out there, but it really just was terrible...the only laughs you can get out of it (and they are few and far between) come from laughing at how bad the film is...

  5. I wouldn't argue that it's as good as the other things Judd Apatow has been involved in, but it's good for a few laughs and Reilly is very good in it

  6. I'm about to watch Reservation Road, I heard good things early on last year, but since then all I've seen were terrible reviews. It's time now to see where this one went wrong...

  7. I see the problem, bad writing. I busted out laughing when Elle Fanning said, "Mom, can you still hear music if you're in heaven?"

  8. yea...the book did it much better...but the actors did the best they could, and they were the high point for the film

  9. I'll admit, the acting was good, great actually because that was one of the very few cases where the acting overcame the wretched writing.

    I'll get to watch Resurrecting the Champ tomorrow, probably. I'm actually excited about that one now that I've read some good stuff about it.