Yes, the smaller releases beat out the bigger releases this week, though luckily none of the movies out on DVD this week are actually bad, just some are better than others (though one is very mediocre, but more on that later). What I chose as my PICK OF THE WEEK is a film that deserved Oscar buzz for its actor and actress but was sadly ignored. It's:
This romanic dramedy was a real nice surprise this summer, as it has terrific performances by Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne. It's also one of the more charming releases this year, one that doesn't talk down to its audience or provide a false happy ending, while also dealing with mental handicaps in a subtle yet interesting way. In a perfect world, both Dancy and Byrne (especially Dancy) would be in the talk for awards consideration, but as it is, they'll just have to have their performances discovered on DVD. ---Special note here, this film is only available for rental today, the actual DVD comes out for purchase on February 2nd. This is the official release date though, so it shows up on my list this week instead of in February.---
-The other real good small film this week is Trucker, and Michelle Monaghan gives a great performance in this quiet film. The movie itself is only good, but it's elevated a great deal by her performance, and the performances of her able supporting cast (Nathan Fillian, Benjamin Bratt, Johnny Simmons, and Joey Lauren Adams). This is another one to look for and discover on DVD.
-The other releases this week are perfectly serviceable, but not on the level of the former two flicks. The best of the bunch is small action flick Fifty Dead Men Walking, which is pretty slow, but a solid film overall. The other two are the animated flick Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and horror sequel The Final Destination. The cartoon is better than I expected, though it's still a lesser film in terms of animation this year, and the horror flick is pretty average, but if you like the other movies in the series, this one is on the same level as the other sequels (the original one is still the best of the bunch).
-My Vintage pick this week is, in honor of Friday's release of Youth in Revolt, two other real good Michael Cera movies. They are Juno and Superbad. Both show him at his timid best, and while Youth in Revolt will be a bit different of a role for him, these two picks on DVD are just solid films to watch (likely again) and enjoy.
-What will you be watching on DVD this week?