I have to tell you that one of the joys of my life lately has been the fact that Zombieland is FINALLY coming out on DVD. I will admit that I have a predisposition to enjoy this movie being that I am a huge Shawn of the Dead fan and that every October I try to watch only Horror movies. But I also like Jane Austin and Gene Kelly musicals, so there is that.
The joy I feel with Zombieland is the same joy I feel anytime I watch a smart, fun, entertaining movie. I laughed, I was moved and I felt like that was a great ride. I cannot tell you how much Woody Harrelson has risen in my opinion, and Abigail Breslin is more than that squeaky little girl from Little Miss Sunshine. Jesse Eisenberg is hitting his stride and has a humanity and a kindness that I believe, and Emma Stone is more than just “the Chick” which is a nice surprise.
So please give Zombieland a try, if for no other reason than rule number 32.
After the undead take over the world, there's no more United States of America... there's just Zombieland, where a geeky survivor (Jesse Eisenberg) keeps himself alive in an empty world by observing his own list of zombie-survival rules until he meets Woody Harrelson, who never follows any rules at all, surviving by his zombie killing skills and a quest to find the world's last surviving Twinkies. When they meet a pair of sisters (Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin), the only other survivors they've seen, everything changes: not only is the world overrun with Zombies, but everyone left has stayed alive by only looking out for themselves. The girls are going to do whatever it takes to get to California, and now the boys have to decide whether to keep going east, or follow them west in search of their post-apocalyptic family, adventure, and Twinkies. On DVD and Blu-Ray.
Christopher Smith's Triangle follows Jess (Melissa George), a single mother, out sailing for an afternoon with some friends, but a sudden storm overturns them and they end up rescued by an ocean liner. The rescuing ship seems empty, but there's fresh blood in the corridors and mysterious messages left for the new arrivals, and there is a mysterious figure stalking them throughout the ship. Jess begins to suspect that she's been on the ship before, and has an idea about how they can be rescued... which either could be their salvation or her descent into madness.
Hillary Swank is the legendary aviator Amelia Earhart in Mira Nair's biopic Amelia, which tells the story of her legacy in the air and her rise to fame. Encouraged by a publishing magnate (Richard Gere) to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, Earhart's feats capture attention and headlines as she continually tops herself, until Earhart and her navigator (Christopher Eccleston) make their ultimate voyage: a trip around the world. With Ewan McGregor and Mia Wasikowska. On DVD and Blu Ray.
Set in Seattle, Love Happens stars Aaron Eckhart as an author made famous by his book on dealing with the loss of a loved one. While at a Seattle workshop, he makes a connection with a beautiful florist (Jennifer Aniston), but their time together is tinted by the writer's inability to take his own advice-- he's still dealing with the death of his own wife. Inspired by his new relationship, and with the help of friends (Dan Fogler) and family (Martin Sheen), he moves forward with his life, leaving behind his grief and guilt. With Judy Greer.
Hugh Dancy is the title character in Adam, the story of a brilliant young man with Asperger syndrome who begins a relationship with his new neighbor (Rose Byrne), but he has a hard time relating to others and at first she doesn't realize what's different about him. As their relationship blooms, they have to adapt different parts of their lives: he has to interact with his girlfriend's social world and and she has to make her parents (Peter Gallagher and Amy Irving) understand why Adam is so special.
After suffering a heart attack on stage, a conductor returns to his small childhood hometown in the Swedish As It Is In Heaven. Though his memories of the town aren't happy ones, he becomes a central figure in the community's world by conducting the church choir, where he makes friends, finds love, as he helps the townsfolk achieve their dreams, and they help him achieve his.
Tony Jaa returns in the sequel/origin story Ong Bak 2: The Beginning, set in 1421 in feudal Thailand. Jaa plays a boy rescued from the slave trade, and trained by guerilla revolutionaries to become the greatest warrior in the world: again, Jaa performs all of his own stunts and fights without the help of wirework, as he takes his fight to the corrupt royalty that killed his family.
The fifth installment in the series, Universal Soldiers: Regeneration has the rejuvenated super-soldiers introduced in the previous films falling into the wrong hands: a mad scientist is using them as terrorist weapons. After being socialized and conditioned to live a normal life, one of the first soldiers (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is brought out of retirement to stop the newer models. The mad scientist has a countermeasure: they've cloned and animated Van Damme's nemesis from the original Universal Soldier mission: Dolph Lundgren.
Paul Giamatti is having a hard time finding his character in a Chekov play until he finds a Charlie Kaufman-esque solution in Cold Souls. When a high tech New York company extracts his soul and puts it into storage, his anxiety fades... but so does most of his talent, his humanity, and his ability to relate to his wife (Emily Watson). When he asks to have his soul put back, the company seems to have misplaced it: Russian soul-trafficking is big business, and though there are many souls available to him, his original soul is the only one he wants. With David Strathairn.
Following Paris, je t'aime, New York, I Love You is another film composed of several vignettes, each dedicated to one of the city's five boroughs. The stories are all built to capture the romance and identity of the city, each helmed by a different director (including Allen Hughes, Mira Nair, and Brett Ratner), and a massive cast, from story to story, including Bradley Cooper, Shia LaBeouf, Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom, Robin Wright Penn, and many more.
Among our smaller releases this week are Nova's documentary Hubble's Amazing Rescue, about the five spacewalks taken to repair and rejuvenate the 20-year-old satellite; the animated Planet Hulk, where Hulk has been banished from Earth and finds himself on a strange planet, in gladiatorial combat; the second season of Brendan Small's Home Movies, and the complete series of R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet.