Disc of the Week: September 21st
Hello and welcome to a new feature here on Cinedork.com. Each week I will be taking a look at all the new DVD and Blu Ray releases and telling you which ones you should take a look at and which ones you shouldn’t waste your hard-earned cash on. But, instead of labeling each film “Buy”, “Rent”, or “Skip” I am going to make it easy for you by choosing one (yes, one) movie that’s worthy of being added to your collection. I’ll also pick one TV series that’s great for all of you television junkies out there. The next section will be filled with a few second choices which also will be worth checking out if you missed them in theaters. In other words, they are worth watching once, and if you really want to binge this week, then some may also warrant a buy. The feature will be rounded out with a list of everything else that either I haven’t seen, or isn’t worth your time. Alright, here we go!
Disc of the Week:
The inaugural “prize” goes to the film that won Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars last year. Leading up to the ceremony, A Prophet was the favorite to take the prize, but unlike many other categories, voters are required to attend special Academy screenings before casting their ballot. This means that the foreign film category usually goes to the most deserving film, not the most well-known. In this case, it certainly did. The Secret In Their Eyes is a smart, gripping mystery that stars Ricardo Darin as a man trying to cope with his past as a police detective while also struggling with regret over a past love. The story is expertly directed by Juan José Campanella, who returned to his home of Argentina after directing several episodes of Law & Order and House in order to make this film. Most of the time, the Academy simply fuels their own ego and doesn’t think about the merits of each film, but in this case they enabled a small Argentinian movie to be seen by many more, including me. This film blends a great detective mystery and a romance in a wonderful way. Trust me and buy this film, you won’t regret it.
Also Worth a Look:
I’ll admit. I haven’t seen this movie. I know, it was critically acclaimed upon release, I’ve had many friends tell me to watch it, but I’ve never gotten around to it. In any case, I am definitely going to check out the new Blu-Ray release of Sam Mendes’ American Beauty. So, while I can’t tell you about the film, this is a wonderful chance for you to cross off another film on your “list of shame” or to revisit an excellent movie.
This is the feature film debut of Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who has since brought us The City of Lost Children, Alien Insurrection, Amélie, A Very Long Engagement and Micmacs. Jeunet’s darkly comic sensibilities are definitely on display here in a story, set in a post-apocalyptic France, of an apartment building ruled by the butcher on the bottom floor. If you enjoyed any of Jeunet’s other films, definitely give this a watch.
Inspired by the sociological studies of Robert and Helen Lynd in the 20s and 30s, filmmaker Peter Davis examines what life is like in a “typical American town” by filming in Muncie, Indiana. Although normally PBS documentaries don’t interest me, I am definitely going to give this a look. The idea was to see how much had really changed since the original studies decades prior. The series examines community life, sports, a mayoral election, as well as teen’s lives in 1982.
Here’s another film that I had heard nothing about before I researched the home video releases this week. This Irish mythological drama stars Colin Farrell as Syracuse, a fisherman, who stumbles upon a mermaid, Ondine (Alicja Bachleda), and focuses on the resulting events. My interest has definitely been piqued for this interesting little movie from Neil Jordan.
While this re-teaming of Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe was somewhat of a disappointment, if you’re just in the mood for a grand period epic with some good action, this is what you want to rent this week.
TV Set of the Week:
If you didn’t catch Community this season, here’s your chance. This hilarious new comedy was paired with The Office on Thursdays on NBC and quickly overpassed the latter to become the funniest show on TV. Although I still love The Office, in recent seasons the writing has faltered a bit and the show has, sadly, lost the hilarity of its first few seasons. Community, on the other hand, is an incredibly funny series that follows the misadventures of a group of friends at a community college that includes Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, and Alison Brie. Season two starts Thursday, so I suggest you have a comedy binge and catch up quick.
- 30 Rock: Season 4
- Alien Autopsy
- Being Human: Season 2
- Bored to Death: The Complete First Season
- Calvin Marshall
- Castle: The Complete Second Season
- Designing Women: The Complete Fourth Season
- Desperate Housewives: The Complete Sixth Season
- Directors: Life Behind the Camera
- Eclipse Series 24: The Actuality Dramas of Allan King
- The Experiment
- Gamera vs. Gyaos/Gamera vs. Viras Double Feature Collector’s Edition
- Gamera vs. Guiron/Gamera vs. Jiger Double Features Collector’s Edition
- He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown
- How I Met Your Mother Season Five
- Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train – Special Commemorative Edition
- Human Target: The Complete First Season
- The Hunger: The Taste of Terror
- Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – The Eleventh Year
- Max & Ruby: Everybunny Loves Winter!
- The Mentalist: The Complete Second Season
- Modern Family: The Complete First Season
- The Peacemaker
- Petty Blue
- Saturday Night Live: Best of ’09/’10
- The Secret of Moonacre
- Spartacus: Blood and Sand – The Complete First Season
- Stomp the Yard: Homecoming
- Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
- Triple Dog
- Tom and Jerry’s Greatest Chases Volume 5
- Two and a Half Men: The Complete Seventh Season
Because this is a new feature, I am always ready to change to meet the demands of you, the readers. If you disagree with any of my choices or have a suggestion for the future of this article series, please leave a comment below.