...but is it my top pick this week? Well, no. I had considered it, but considering it's (as the title of the post indicates) the highest grossing film of all time (without adjusting for inflation, of course), it really doesn't need my help, so I looked elsewhere. What I came to for my PICK OF THE WEEK was a smaller film, but perhaps a better one. It's:
A few of the best performances of the year, in a movie with some of the best music of the year, this is a small gem that holds the distinction of being the film to finally get Jeff Bridges an Oscar. While it's not on the level of something like The Wrestler, this flick is of a similar ilk and should appeal to anyone who likes country music and/or good character studies. It's well worth a look if you haven't seen it yet.
-Also out this week is, of course, the behemoth known as Avatar. Though not as impressive on subsequent viewings, this is still a pretty entertaining piece of popcorn cinema, and should join many a DVD collection in the coming days (not to mention Blu-Ray collections). You don't need me to tell you anything about this film, so if you want it, go out and get it.
-The rest of the releases are a mixed bag. None of them really do it for me, but the best of the flawed bunch is the suspense drama Uncertainty. It's yet another interesting project by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and while it could have turned out a lot better, it also could have been a lot worse. Next down on the list is the costume drama The Young Victoria, which has a wonderful turn by Emily Blunt, but not much else. After that is this year's 44 Inch Chest, which I didn't dislike, but found lacking (you can read my review here). Last (and in my eyes, least), we come to The Lovely Bones, one of the more decisive movies of 2009. It got a critical dicing, but audience reaction was split down the middle, with equal numbers loving and hating it. Personally, it did absolutely nothing for me, but if you're a fan, pick it up and enjoy.
-My Vintage pick is, in honor of the release Friday of Paper Man, a grouping of some of the best performances of Jeff Daniels' career. In alphabetical order, they are Imaginary Heroes, The Lookout, Radio Days, and The Squid and the Whale. All are excellent movies on their own, and he's excellent in them, to boot.
-What will you be watching on DVD this week?