...all you have to do is look. Nothing really screams for top honors this week, but one must be selected. My choice for the PICK OF THE WEEK is an underrated film that should find an audience on DVD. It's:
A sci-fi film that was dumped into theaters, this is a movie with some ideas in it, a feature sadly lacking in most films. It plays like a better version of Event Horizon and has good performances from Ben Foster and Dennis Quaid, so if that type of film is up your alley, this one is for you as well.
-Also worthy of a recommendation this week is the very good documentary Outrage, which documents how closeted politicians try to prevent the very lifestyle they secretly lead, the Ricky Gervais comedy The Invention of Lying, and finally, the Criterion version of Che. I include this because this is the way it was meant to be seen, and while it's a chore to sit through, overall it's worth it in order to appreciate Steven Soderbergh's vision.
-The other two films this week aren't terrible, but neither are very good. There's the action film Gamer, which is like watching someone else play a boring video game. The other one is the suspense film Whiteout, which wastes Kate Beckinsale's talents in a boring slog of a movie.
-My Vintage pick this week is, in honor of Friday's dueling Paul Bettany releases (Creation and Legion), an underrated film of his. It's Wimbledon, and it's a very good sports film that has wonderful chemistry between him and Kirsten Dunst. It's worth checking out if you haven't already.
-What will you be watching this week on DVD?