A little late putting the list together this week. Like so many others, I did some traveling over the holiday and didn't have the computer access to really put this together. Visiting family is always time for me to see bad movies, too, so I sat through one pretty decent one (The Next Three Days--slow start, excellent final act, kind of lame final scenes), a mediocre one (Karate Kid; Jaden Smith is the most phony actor, I don't get it), and one truly awful, awful piece of crap (Grown-Ups; an ironic title since the humor was aimed at dimwitted toddlers). I washed it all away with the original True Grit when I got home. I am so ready for the Coens now.
NEW IN THEATRES...
* Burlesque. I still love you Christina, but why did you make me sit through this? Cher is going to be great in the Ben Stiller threquel Night at the Wax Museum.
* Outside the Law, a familiar but overall solid story of three brothers in the fight for Algerian independence.
UPDATED TO CRITERION CONFESSIONS...
My last three Criterion reviews have a running theme: socially conscious comedies from the past that are still relevant today.
* Modern Times, the classic Charlie Chaplin comedy manages to remain timely and hilarious. [Also at DVDTalk.]
* My Man Godfrey, with William Powell as the butler who is more than he seems.
* Sulivan's Travels, a profound comedy about the power of laughter and the human spirit from Preston Sturges.
THIS WEEK IN DVD/BD REVIEWS...
* Metalocalypse: Season Three: Somehow the cartoon series manages to overcome its thin premise (chronicling the over-the-top situational adventures of the biggest black metal band in the world) and continue to crank out the comedy. Best season yet.
* The Venture Bros.: Season 4, Vol. 1, one of the best cartoons on TV has a bit of a lacklustre cycle, but still worth it for when the jokes hit their mark.
Current Soundtrack: the Ride station on Pandora
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