David's Toy Story 3 Review
When Toy Story came out in 1995, I was 9 years old. For the sake of full disclosure, when the film ended I really did believe that toys came alive when I left the room. This of course led to a series of elaborate schemes in which I intended to catch the toys in the act. As you would expect, they never moved from where I had left them. It's not that I was an incredibly gullible child. I just wanted to have friends like Woody and Buzz.
Following Band of Brothers, the HBO mini-series The Pacific focuses on the US actions in the Pacific Theater during World War II, telling stories of US Marines and their battles throughout the region, from Guadalcanal to Okinawa to Iwo Jima. Over the course of 10 episodes and epic scope, the series keeps up with the cocky and rouguish Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale), the Medal of Honor winning John Basilone (Jon Seda), and the driven Eugene Sledge (Joseph Mazzello) as they struggle to survive an unglamorized and hellish war. On DVD and Blu Ray.
Roman Centurion Quintus Dias (Michael Fassbender) is the only survivor of a Pict raid on his outpost in Neil Marshall's Centurion. Determined to wipe out the hordes that haunt the north or what would become the British Isles, Dias guides General Titus Flavius Virilus (Dominic West) and the legendary 9th Legion into battle, only to have the legion destroyed, the general captured, and himself isolated in Pict territory. Hunted by an unstoppable tracker (Ogla Kurylenko), Diaz has to lead the few surviving soldiers (including David Morrissey, JJ Feild, and Noel Clarke) to rescue the general and return to Roman-controlled land... but the cold and snow are formidable, wolves are on the prowl, and the the Picts are driven to ensure the 9th Legion has no survivors. On DVD and Blu Ray.
Also new this week is a Blu Ray of Robert Wise's classic musical The Sound of Music, where free spirit Maria (Julie Andrews) is sent to be a governess for a strict and militant widower (Christopher Plummer) and his seven children. Based on the true story of the von Trap family's escape from Nazi expansion, their love of music, and coming together as a family.
Based on the 1983 miniseries, the first season of V sees aliens, led by Morena Baccarin, landing on earth and guaranteeing peace for everyone, though an FBI agent (Elizabeth Mitchell) and priest (Joel Gretsch) have their doubts... as the aliens' true nature come to light over the course of season 1, the cast is fleshed out from a veritable who's who of television actors, including Morris Chesnut and Laura Vandervoort.
Finally, the second season of Star Wars: Clone Wars continues the adventures of Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) during the years between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith as the seperatists wage war against the Galactic Republic.
The Red Riding Trilogy, Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Doctor Who, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
Liberty Heights, Click
Trees Lounge, Jesus' Son
Final Destination 3, My Little Eye
To Die For, The Spy Who Loved Me
A Touch of Frost, Highlander
West Side Story, Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Unconditional Love, S.O.B.
Raising Helen, Jurassic Park
The Departed, The Black Donnellys
Bad Boys II, Primal Fear
The Lookout, Smallville
Firefly, Stargate SG-1
The Animatrix, TMNT
The Believers, Lackawanna Blues
Winter Solstice, The Hebrew Hammer
Hustle & Flow, I'm Reed Fish
The Shawshank Redemption, Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight
The Family Stone, Mars Attacks!
Igby Goes Down, I Am the Cheese
Split Second, Mannequin
Not on the Lips, Sunday in the Country
Man of the Year, Envy
The Mirror Has Two Faces, Capricorn One
In the Electric Mist, Storytelling