June 9, 2009

Clint Eastwood comes to DVD this week...and wants you off his lawn

Not that it should surprise anyone based on the title of this piece, but Eastwood's latest film is one of the ones being released to DVD this week. None of the films out particularly wowed me, but one must be named my PICK OF THE WEEK, and after some soul searching I've decided to give it to:
Gran Torino
Even though I had some major issues with this film, I found it to be better than average, just mildly disappointing coming from Clint. Granted, I'm in the minority on this, so I decided to give it top honors this week since it will likely be what most people pick up on DVD this week anyway. If you're an Eastwood fan, it's a good movie to add to your collection, just don't go in expecting a masterpiece. That being said, this might be his last acting role, so it's worth buying for that reason, if no other.
-Also out we have The International, which took Clive Owen, a relevant subject matter (banks ruining lives, though here they murder instead of simply rob), and managed to somehow make an incredibly mediocre movie out of it. It's not terrible by any stretch, but it's not that good either, so think long and hard before you pick this out up. It wastes more potential than almost any movie this year. Speaking of wasted potention, Crossing Over is out this week as well, and most of you are aware of my severe distaste for this film, both in my review and on the Podcast. It's a Crash wannabe that fails at every turn and wastes a director's talent along with some good actors. It's a real disaster.
-Rounding out the releases this week are the pretty dull sex farce Fired Up, which annoyed me a lot for many reasons, but mainly for having 30 year olds play teens...again. The other release is Sarah Jessica Parker's melodrama Spinning Into Butter. It pretty much skipped theaters, and watching it you know why. It's not a piece of crap, but it plays more like a Lifetime movie than a theatrical release.
-My Vintage pick this week is a good way to get Will Ferrell's Land of the Lost out of your mind. It's Stranger than Fiction, and it's Ferrell's best work so far in his career. It's funny and sad and touching, just a wonderful film. Check it out if you have yet to do so. It plays like Eternal Sunshine in a minor key, if that makes any sense.
-What will you be watching on DVD this week?


  1. I loved Gran Torino, you're nuts

  2. I agree with Joey, the film was disappointing

  3. Stranger than Fiction is definitely a new classic, so good choice!

  4. didn't know that Butter flick even came out, just knew it was being made at my school for a bit...

  5. At least part of it was filmed at Brooklyn College while I was there, that's how I knew of it before it came out

  6. below average week

  7. nothing here really thrilled me