As the title suggests, the quality of this week's DVD selections is higher than usual, so that's quite a good thing. In fact, I wouldn't qualify any of the films this week as being "bad", just some won't get the good will others get. There are two films vying for my coveted PICK OF THE WEEK slot, but only one (obviously) can make it. My choice this week is:
The Girlfriend Experience
This very interesting experimental film by Steven Soderbergh stars porn actress Sasha Grey as a high priced escort who gives more than sex to her clients. It's a strangely compelling film that is a bit slow, but well worth your time. It's not what you'd expect, but to me, that's a good thing.
-The movie that challenged for the top slot this week is Away We Go. I only liked it on my first viewing, but my second viewing proved that it was quite a good film. The acting is stellar and the quirks are handled well. If you like movies that are a little offbeat, then you can do far worse than this particular one.
-The other movies out this week are far from bad, just none of them particularly thrilled me. They are Shrink, Management, and Monsters vs. Aliens. Both of the former films are indie comedies with a hint of drama for one, and romance for the other. They're just average, but not something to necessarily avoid if you think you'd enjoy it. The latter of the three is an animated film that doesn't suck, but just proves why Pixar is the king of animation right now, to me at least.
-Of interesting note is that The Brothers Bloom is out this week, but only for rental and video on demand, so it's only getting a mention now, but when it comes out to own on DVD in 2010, I'll cover it properly.
-My Vintage pick this week is, in honor of the release of Whip It (a film I have an early review of on the site, found here), a few films that I think combine to make the experience that Whip It is. The combination is Rocky, Mean Girls, and Slap Shot. All excellent films, and the upcoming Ellen Page movie makes use of elements of all three.
-What will you be watching on DVD this week?