It’s time to take some movies home – can you imagine? Even fifty years ago, the concept of taking a motion picture to your domicile and watching it in privacy was only available to the Howard Hugheses of the world, and now any schmoe with a sawbuck can get himself whatever cinematic masterpiece he so desires. This week: some cinematic masterpieces! And some movies that aren’t. Let’s try and tell one from the other.
Zombieland – The easy pick of the week, this left-field post-apocalyptic zombie horror comedy is one of the best gore flicks of recent years, fusing the over-the-top gore of Dawn of the Dead with a bunch of great performances, including lead Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson. Add in an awesome cameo that I’m not going to spoil here (except to say that it might be better than Mike Tyson in The Hangover) and you’re set. The DVD has commentary and a behind-the-scenes featurette on the creation of the end of the world.
Amelia – I guess I just don’t “get” Hilary Swank. She’s a good actress, I guess, but why the world falls over themselves to sing her praises is a mystery. I dunno if anybody really dug this historical drama where she plays Amelia Earhart, the most celebrated female aviator of all time. I think having Amy Adams and her dynamic rumpus play the same character in A Night At The Museum 2 kind of set the bar too high.
House Of The Devil – This low-budget horror throwback had a cup of coffee in theaters, but it deserves a long and happy afterlife on DVD. It’s the classic girl vs. stalker tale, set in a dilapidated old house in the middle of the boons, but it’s handled with amazing expertise from director-writer Ti West. Now if only the DVD came with copies of the amazing posters they made to promote the flick.
Ong Bak 2: The Beginning – The best Thai action film gets a prequel, with Tony Jaa returning to play a distant ancestor charged with getting revenge on the murderer of his family. The historical setting takes away some of the low-budget charm that the first installment had, but if you like impossibly flexible dudes kicking ass with completely sick Muay Thai moves, you will watch this movie over and over and over again.
New York, I Love You – Bizarre anthology flick featuring directorial contributions from Mira Nair, Brett Ratner, and… Scarlett Johansson? Like any collection of shorts, some work and some don’t, but taken as a whole it’s worth a stroll through.