March 2, 2010

Another of the Best Films of the Year hits DVD this week, and it's a "Wild Thing"!

Well, "best" as in it was rather high up on my Top 10 of 2009 list, but hey, I write this column, so I suppose I make the definitions. As it is, my PICK OF THE WEEK is also really the only really great movie on DVD this week. It's:
Where the Wild Things Are
This movie was absolute magic to me, capturing the book of the same name perfectly while expanding it to include some very poignant and timely issues. Director Spike Jonze (who also co-wrote the screenplay with author/scribe Dave Eggers) spun straw into gold, as it were, and add in a great performance by young Max Records, and this was easily one of the best films of the year in my eyes. I highly recommend this one!
-The other movies out this week getting a recommendation are the animated film Ponyo and the documentary We Live in Public. Both were well regarded yet underseen flicks, and if they appear to be your cup of tea, pick them up and enjoy.
-The rest of the releases are somewhat flawed, yet enjoyable. There's the disaster flick 2012, which turned out better than I expected (mostly due to the efforts of John Cusack), but still is way too long and incredibly silly. There's also the drama The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, which should have been a lot better, but just never put it together. Finally, there's the fantasy comedy Gentlemen Broncos, which frankly, was just too weird. None are bad, but all could, and should, have been better than they turned out to be.
-My Vintage pick is, in honor of Friday's release of Brooklyn's Finest, a really great and underrated cop movie. It's Cop Land, and anyone who never got to see this modern day western should do themselves a favor and check it out. You'll thank me later!
-What will you be watching on DVD this week?


  1. I rarely mention Blu-Ray, but Where the Wild Things Are has a Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack that's worth looking at if you're considering either format, it's a good value...

  2. Just bought the movie today. I agree with you 100% that what Spike Jonze did was magnificent.

  3. It was a real emotional journey, but I had one little problem, the way Max got to where the wild things are. other than that, a treasure.

  4. and Andrew, I can understand that...

  5. It got great reviews. I'm not huge on Miyazaki, but I thought it was fine, worth a recommendation if you're a fan. However, my ex girlfriend and current girlfriend both saw it and came out beaming, so it's definitely got appeal.

  6. I didn't think it looked very good, but it had such great reviews I was debating checking it out.

  7. When in doubt, watch and decide for yourself. I've been surprised on a number of occasions that way...