September 22, 2009

Some nice variety on DVD this week for everyone to choose from!

As mentioned in the title, there's no shortage of things to choose from, though nothing will likely blow you out of the water. My choice for the PICK OF THE WEEK is a below the radar pick though, so readers interested in a challenge will like this. My pick is:
Adam Resurrected
This film barely got a release, but the few who saw it got to see Jeff Goldblum do career best work and Willem Dafoe be his excellent and creepy self in the latest film directed by Paul Schrader. It tells the story of a circus clown who survived the Holocaust and how he begins the ringleader of sorts at an asylum for survivors. It's not a perfect film, but it's powerful stuff.
-Also out this week worth a positive mention are Observe and Report, as well as Lymelife. The former film was an unfairly ignored dark comedy with an excellent turn by Seth Rogen as a disturbed mall cop. Think Taxi Driver in a mall, and you'll get an idea of where it goes. It's a good, but nowhere near great film, but one worth a watch. The latter is an indie about a family on the verge of divorce as Lyme Disease hits the community. It's a good little film to check out.
-Films out that don't get a recommendation from me are Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and Battle for Terra. Neither are terrible, but both are so average it's just really annoying.
-My Vintage pick is, in honor of the release of indie horror film Paranormal Activity (look for a review with the next site update), a fellow "found footage" horror film: The Blair Witch Project. It's been out long enough that you can watch it as a movie and not with the hype, and I think you'll enjoy it. It's still creepy, and that's something.
-What will you be watching on DVD this week?


  1. Sometimes authors use a novel or screenplay to support political or social beliefs; or to cry out for morality and ethical principles. This is no more clearly evident than with Holocaust books and films. Whenever we stand up to those who deny or minimize the Holocaust, or to those who support genocide we send a critical message to the world.

    We know from captured German war records that millions of innocent Jews were systematically exterminated by Nazi Germany - most in gas chambers. Despite this knowledge, Holocaust deniers ply their mendacious poison everywhere, especially with young people on the Internet. Holocaust books and films help to tell the true story of the Shoah, combating anti-Semitic historical revision. And, they protect vulnerable future generations from making the same mistakes.

    I wrote Jacob’s Courage to promote Holocaust education. This coming of age love story presents accurate scenes and situations of Jews in ghettos and concentration camps, with particular attention to Theresienstadt and Auschwitz. It examines a constellation of emotions during a time of incomprehensible brutality. A world that continues to allow genocide requires such ethical reminders and remediation.

    Many authors feel compelled to use their talent to promote moral causes. Holocaust books and movies carry that message globally, in an age when the world needs to learn that genocide is unacceptable. Such authors attempt to show the world that religious, racial, ethnic and gender persecution is wrong; and that tolerance is our progeny's only hope.

    Viewing the Holocaust through the eyes of young lovers represents a unique and emotionally penetrating analysis of Jewish life during the Shoah. Called, "Gut wrenching and heart rending" Jacob’s Courage allows the reader to comprehend the terror experienced by Holocaust victims on a personal level. Yet, it also reveals the triumphant spirit of humankind and demonstrates how ordinary people can perform extraordinary acts of courage when the lives of loved ones are in danger.

    Charles Weinblatt
    Author, "Jacob's Courage"