Interesting week for home video, as fans of pretty much every genre have something to enjoy in this crop of DVD/Blu-Ray releases. From post-apocalyptic action to awkward teen comedy, with a few stirring documentaries thrown in the mix, it’s quite a release day for cinemaphiles. Let’s get to the releases, shall we?
The Book Of Eli – Action-packed and frequently quite gory post-apocalyptic action film starring Denzel Washington as a blind swordsman traipsing through the blasted-out American West protecting what may well be the last Bible on Earth. Of course, this brings him into conflict with Gary Oldman as the boss of a corrupt frontier town, who recognizes that with religion on his side his grasp over the fate of humanity could get even stronger. I dug this one – Washington owns as the protagonist, the action sequences are cleverly put together with a minimum of fancy camera BS and Gary Oldman is always great. Watch the trailer or read our review.
Youth In Revolt – Bizarre Michael Cera comedy (with Michael Cera as Michael Cera) that tells the tale of Nick Twisp, a nebbishy teen who finds himself separated from his peers by his love for Sinatra and Fellini. When his hormones lead him down the primrose path of lust for the beautiful Sheeni Saunders, he undergoes a bit of a psychotic break and out comes his alternate personality, the ascot-wearing daredevil Francois. Strange things start to happen as we delve into the chaotic identity-constructing process of the American teenager. Watch a review.
When In Rome – Rom-com with the lovely Kristen Bell and the sort of boring Josh Duhamel as two singles brought together by coins in a magic fountain, if that’s the kind of thing that interests you. It doesn’t take a magic coin to make me fall in lust with Kristen Bell, but I’m not sure I want to shell out my magic coins to see this movie. Watch the trailer.
Collapse – Awesome documentary about Michael Ruppert, a former LAPD cop turned self-educated financial advisor who predicted every aspect of the subprime mortgage crisis in his self-published newspaper years ago. But that’s just the tip of Ruppert’s iceberg,and he spins out intense conspiracy tales that cover just about every element of our modern society, from the end of oil production to secret CIA drug deals.
Sex Positive – During the early days of the HIV crisis in San Francisco, three men desperately tried to educate the gay community that the only way to avoid AIDS was through restricting the number of partners they had and using condoms. The community responded with outrage and aggression, claiming that they were being discriminated against. Well, we all know how that turned out, right? This fascinating-looking documentary examines the fallout of their actions twenty years later.