December 30, 2008

2008 Goes Out With a Whimper, DVD-Wise

Yes, the year ends poorly for DVD's, though if it helps, next week is a pick up of sorts. Only two releases of any note, but one is of enough quality to warrant being named my PICK OF THE WEEK. It's Allan Ball's follow-up to American Beauty and his directorial debut. It's:
Acting lifts this film from being only fair to rather good. Summer Bishil and Aaron Eckhart stand out in this tale of sexual empowerment and growing up.
-The other release is David Zucker's conservative comedy An American Carol. I see where he was going with it, but he took a wrong turn somewhere and left us with a comedy lacking in much humor.
-My Vintage pick this week will be a multitude of titles, to make up for the dearth of new releases. For fans of TV sets, check out either Aqua Teen Hunger Force, a strange animated show that isn't for everyone, but is hilarious if it works for you, as well as Entourage, a show I've gotten into as of late and find very entertaining. On the film end I offer up Copland, a modern day western of sorts, Birds of America, a dysfunctional family dramedy with Matthew Perry, Ben Foster, and Ginnifer Goodwin all doing very nice work, and the documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, which is a must see for any fans of Donkey Kong.
-What will you guys and gals be watching to close out the year?

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