It’s time once again for us to take a look at the DVD and Blu-Ray discs that are begging you to take them home and watch them over and over again, each time delving deeper into the mystery and wonder of filmic entertainment. The studios are kicking off the New Year with two flicks that couldn’t be more different, as well as some also-rans. Let’s get to it.
The Final Destination – The last installment in the series about an invisible serial killer who kills everyone – you know, Death – pushes the gore into the third dimension. While I found it inferior to some of the previous films in the series, most notably Final Destination 2, it still packs some fun kills with the trademark absurdity the flicks are known for. A fine popcorn movie, even if your home setup might not be able to handle the 3-D effects.
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs – I was all prepared to hate this adaptation of a beloved children’s book for taking liberties with the source material, but surprisingly found myself enjoying it. A great cast (including James Caan and Mr. T) helps significantly, but this is a rare non-Pixar animated tale that manages to stand up to their high standards of quality.
Adam – This unlikely rom-com, about an electronics engineer with Asperger’s syndrome who courts a New York schoolteacher, might as well be called Internet: The Movie, but early reviews are pretty positive, and anything that gets Aspies more play is a good thing.
Fifty Dead Men Walking – This barely had a cup of coffee in theaters but it’s an excellent thriller, loosely based on the true story of a British undercover agent tasked to infiltrate the IRA. When his cover is blown, everything turns tits up real quick, and he’s forced to go on the run for twenty years to stay alive. Great performances from Ben Kingsley and Jim Sturgess make this worth the watch.