David's Scott Pilgrim Review
At a time when we are bombarded with handheld camera moves and quick draw editing, few directors seem up to the challenge of taking hold of the camera to compose a shot or two. Near the top of that short list is British director Edgar Wright. Wright got his start in directing television, most notably the entire fourteen episode run of the BBC sitcom “Spaced”. Based on the loose premise of two people pretending to be a couple in order to rent a flat, the show was very stylized considering the relatively low budget.
Still reeling from a bad break-up, Scott Pilgrim's (Michael Cera) dating a high school girl and living in an apartment so small he has to share a bed with his roommate in Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. When he meets Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), the girl of his dreams (or at least the girl who uses a subspace portal that happens to pass through Scott's head), he loses interest in everything else, including playing bass in Sex Bob-omb (with Mark Webber and Alison Pill) as they compete in a battle of the bands. In order to date Ramona, he has to defeat her Seven Evil Ex's, including a skateboarder-turned-actor (Chris Evans) and a rival bassist (Brandon Routh) with vegan superpowers. Adapted from the popular series of comics, Scott's battles straddle the lines of Hong Kong cinema, anime, and video games, stretching reality to its 8-bit breaking point. On DVD and Blu Ray.Adapted from a popular series of books, Ramona and Beezus is told from Ramona's (Joey King) point of view. Ramona is a nine-year-old with an overactive imagination and an incredible talent for mischief, and her plans to save her home after her father (John Corbett) gets laid off end up costing more than they save. Though she sees her struggles as epic adventures, her big sister (Selena Gomez), mother (Bridget Moynahan) and favorite aunt (Ginnifer Goodwin) usually have to bring her back down to earth and clean up her messes. With Josh Duhamel. On DVD and Blu Ray.
A group of childhood friends reunite in Grown Ups, determined to fulfill a 30-year-old promise to live life to the fullest. Though they've all grown up and settled into their adult lives, Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider gather for a 4th of July weekend and embrace their inner children... but their weekend of immature behavior and comic misadventures has an impact on their adult lives, too. On DVD and Blu Ray.
Based around four families in the Bronx and Harlem, The Lottery is a documentary about education reform filmed during the months leading up to the lottery that will select students for a prestigious New York charter school. The film follows the families that hope for a chance at a prestigious school, as well as interviews teachers and politicians regarding the education crisis and its possible solutions.
Dealing with the death of their son, an unnamed husband and wife retreat to a remote cabin the woods in Lars von Trier's Antichrist. As He (Willem Dafoe) attempts to use his experience as a psychotherapist to help his wife, She (Charlotte Gainsbourg) becomes more unstable and manic as strange occurrences befall the cabin, and their experiences begin to explore guilt, evil, and misogyny while the situation becomes more unstable and violent.
Based on the true story of the U.S.'s first legal brothel in the 1970s, Love Ranch stars Helen Mirren as the madame who runs the ranch and Joe Pesci as her dreamer husband whose latest investment, an Argentinean prize fighter, throws their unorthodox lives out of balance. As they try to survive infidelity amidst big money deals and legalized prostitution, they both begin to come to terms with their real desires.
Martin Landau is a lonely man as Christmas approaches in Lovely, Still, but returns to his home and finds a stranger (Ellen Burstyn) there. What begins as an awkward encounter begins a series of dates that begins the happiest time of his life, as he experiences his first love late in life. With Adam Scott and Elizabeth Banks.
Zac Efron is Charlie St. Cloud, a talented sailor who lets his promising future pass him by, feeling guilty about the death of his little brother (Charlie Tahan). Years later, when his soul mate (Amanda Crew) is lost during a storm, Charlie has to return to the sea... though he had barely been on a boat since his brother's death. With the help of Augustus Prew and Donal Logue, he has to face his fears, take control of his life, and rescue the girl.
New this week to Reckless Video's TV New Releases are the third seasons of the animated racial satire The Boondocks, the most successful death metal band of all time: Metalocalypse, the ribald Showtime drama Californication, and the light hearted British procedural Pie in the Sky.
Also new is the 5th season of Doctor Who, which introduces a new Doctor (the 11th Doctor), as well as the 2nd season of the procedural Lie to Me and the debut season of Men of a Certain Age.
Finally, we have Volume 19 of Mystery Science Theater 3000, offering robots and riffs against the B-movie horror and science fiction films Devil Fish, Devil Doll, Ed Wood's Bride of the Monster, and Robot Monster.
Dogville, Breaking the Waves
Shadow of the Vampire, The Last Temptation of Christ
The Benchwarmers, PCU
The Good Shepherd, Goodfellas
Lord of War, I, Robot