Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE – Obviously, this is the biggest title of the week. Regardless of what anyone
thinks of the film itself or its legacy among vampire lore, the ravenous tweens and soccer moms are going to rush out and buy it or have you buy it and put it under the tree for the holidays. The third installment of Stephenie Meyer’s tale of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) as once again she must decide between her undead love, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), and her “friend” Jacob (Taylor Lautner). With an evil vampiress looking for revenge the danger is at a fever pitch, or at least, that’s what we are told to believe.
THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE – Yeah, Nicolas Cage pretty much plays himself in every film now, but sometimes it works and despite his lousy long locks this film is saved by the turn of Dave (Jay Baruchel) as the fumbling, bumbling, stumbling apprentice that finds his way to defeat the evil Horvath (Alfred Molina) and Morgana (Alice Krige). The real winner here is the special effects as they are top notch and some of the magical battles are very well done. Maybe not something worth gathering dust in your collection, but worth a watch once or twice.
KNIGHT AND DAY – A modern try at combining two things American viewers love: action movies and rom-coms. It works to a point. Cruise has always pulled off the action hero very well from his MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE films to MINORITY REPORT and he does a serviceable job here as well. Cameron Diaz, who has not aged well and continues to look weathered each and every new film she stars in, is also decent as the damsel in distress caught up in high speed chases and a hail of bullets.
FANTASIA/FANTASIA 2000 – Piggybacked with Disney’s full motion version in THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE, both films have been remastered using modern technology to provide the best possible viewing experience. Kids that haven’t seen it will get a kick out of the songs and animation while those that grew up on it will enjoy seeing a new version with new sets of bonus features, new commentaries and more.
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- VAMPIRES SUCK – A pretty pitiful spoof of the recent vampire craze in movies and TV. It really is just a spoof of TWILIGHT with a few nods to TRUE BLOOD and the other vamp flicks that have emerged recently.
PARKS AND RECREATION – SEASON TWO – The under-appreciated and very funny “spin-off” from THE OFFICE was shelved unfairly until the mid-season, but here’s your chance to catch up on what you are missing when it returns in the winter. With THE OFFICE losing Steve Carell next year, this may be the series that takes the ball and runs with it.
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- LUCY SHOW: OFFICIAL THIRD SEASON – Not sure what determines the official from the unofficial season or if there is an unofficial season three, but regardless those that have been waiting to further their collection get a new dose this week.
- HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL: SEASON FIVE, VOLUME ONE – The Richard Boone series continues its roll out on DVD, albeit one where Paramount has split the seasons every season to much annoyance.