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.

MOVIES

REAL STEEL | © 2012 Walt Disney Home Entertainment

REAL STEEL | © 2012 Walt Disney Home Entertainment

REAL STEEL – As the creators of REAL STEEL must have been, I too was a fan of Rock ‘em, Sock ‘em Robots as a kid. Of course, I never really thought I could make a movie out of it, I guess in a world where everything is some sort of adaptation or remake, it’s alright. Of course, Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots isn’t the best movie title. And to be honest, REAL STEEL is a bit misleading … more like CGI STEEL, but again, that’s probably not the best title either for a film. This all sounds like I hated the movie, but I actually didn’t.

Despite the hackneyed premise, the clichéd storyline about a down-on-his-luck former boxer that must care for his estranged son but learns the magic of having children while robots fight to the death, the over-the-top acting from Hugh Jackman and the lousy kid actor they got for the film. I still enjoyed it. Yeah, it is totally brainless, but what the hell it is fun in a lot of ways and who doesn’t like seeing big ass robots knock the sh** out of each other?

TALES OF AN ANCIENT EMPIRE | © 2012 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

TALES OF AN ANCIENT EMPIRE | © 2012 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

TALES OF AN ANCIENT EMPIRE – This is one of those direct to Blu-ray/DVD that has a lot of promise but just fails to actually go anywhere. Set in a mythical land where vampires once ruled but were disposed of by mullet-wearing warriors, TALES tries its best to be 300, with a boatload of green screen scenes and a lot of narration (too much in fact) but overall plot is overly convoluted and at times a mess that you are left scratching your head as what they were thinking or what the hell is actually happening. While it looks good for a straight-to-video production, this really needed a decent re-write of the script or someone to rein in the director.

THE WHISTLERBLOWER | © 2012 Fox Home Entertainment

THE WHISTLERBLOWER | © 2012 Fox Home Entertainment

THE WHISTLERBLOWER – Based on a true story about the sexual trafficking happening in Bosnia, Rachel Weisz stars as a cop that takes a job in the Balkans and discovers a whole level of neglect when it comes to domestic violence and kidnapping among Muslims. The whole film is a series of frustrations for Weisz’s character as she is stonewalled against making any real changes and shows in painful ways how ethnic tensions still grip many parts of the world. It also shows how women in many lands are treated so poorly and have little to no rights that it is a real eye opener.

LETHAL LADIES COLLECTION 2 | © 2012 Shout! Factory

LETHAL LADIES COLLECTION 2 | © 2012 Shout! Factory

ROGER CORMAN CULT CLASSICS: LETHAL LADIES COLLECTION – VOLUME 2 – Another triple threat from the master of the B films. I like these collections because they just don’t give you one film but they give you multiple films of the same genre. Here the three films in the set include THE ARENA, about a host of chicks kidnapped by Roman soldiers and forced to fight; COVER GIRL MODELS, about hot babes that on the service are fashion models but really are international espionage agents; FLY ME, about stewardesses that fight ninjas on a flight – no really, that’s the plot.

And the rest …

  • ANNIE HALL – A pair of Woody Allen films are getting the high definition treatment this week – not sure why as these are not the most fascinating films in high def but as I always say, everything looks better so why not – first being the classic comedy ANNIE HALL that won a host of Oscars .
  • MANHATTAN – The second is his less popular but still quirky and star-studded film about finding love in all the weirdest locations.

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