Yes, this week is loaded, and a good deal of the films in question are actually good for a change, which always helps. In terms of my PICK OF THE WEEK, it wasn't a particularly difficult decision, being as my pick was one of the best films of the first half of 2009. It's:
This was just a good time at the movies, besides being an almost shockingly good franchise reboot. It did just about everything right, and the result was a hit with audiences and critics alike. Do yourself a favor and pick up this great flick on DVD and boldly go where, well, you know how it goes...
-Also out scoring high marks from me are films like My Sister's Keeper, which managed to somehow not be manipulative and instead was a very well made drama about death, and Humpday, which put a humorous and indie spin on the male bonding genre of film, albeit in a very interesting way. I'd also like to point out the Michael Caine film Is Anybody There? and the vampire flick Thirst. Both of which are pretty good and deserved to be seen, but any of these four films are good bets this week.
-The remaining films fall into two categories; the average flicks that don't leave an impression, and the sub-par ones that leave a bad impression. Falling into the former category are the road trip flick The Open Road, the opaque indie flick The Limits of Control, and the Ryan Phillippe/Eva Green drama Franklyn. Falling into the unfortunate latter category are Bruno and The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. None of these are really worth your time, but the first three are at least decent.
-My Vintage pick this week is, in honor of the release of The Blind Side, another inspirational sports film. It's Miracle, and it feature a phenomenal performance by Kurt Russell as legendary hockey coach Her Brooks. It's fantastically entertaining, and if you've never seen it before, do yourself a favor and check it out.
-What will you be watching on DVD this week?