DVDs for August 30, 2011


If you want to rent an animated movie for your kids, there are buckets and buckets of them to choose from. A lot of them are stupid, but this one isn’t. It’s about a blue macaw from Minnesota who can’t fly but is the last male of his kind. He’s sent to Rio to mate with the last female of his kind, and thanks to smugglers, Carnival, and salsa dancing they actually end up falling in love. It’s your standard “tough broad, wimpy guy” setup, except blue, and there are monkey pickpockets. I had a lot of fun watching it, so get it even if you haven’t got a kid to hide behind. Read the full Rio review here.

Buy Rio on DVD or on Blu-Ray.


Vampire Diaries Season 2

Yes, I know The Vampire Diaries is loaded with teen angst and vampires. I realize that some of the “teens” are in their thirties. But all the same, I have confession to make: I’m totally addicted to this show. It’s far superior to the hackneyed books by L.J. Smith they’re supposedly based on, and the characters have a lot more depth than some other vampire teens I could mention. I warn you, since every episode ends in a cliffhanger, you won’t be able to watch just one. Start at the beginning and work your way forward if you have room in your TV watching schedule for some crack.

Buy The Vampire Diaries Season 2 on DVD or on Blu-Ray.


If you’ve ever thought to yourself, while watching Kyle Reese rescue Sarah Connor in The Terminator, that you wish Kyle would tie Sarah up in a barn and cut her for a while as a six year old watched, than this is the movie for you. Me, I can’t watch my hero be psychotic. Bereavement leans a bit more toward torture porn than I’d like (emotional torture, though, not blood-and-guts Saw style torture) and I cannot fathom why a serial killer would kidnap a little boy and make him witness murders, but watching this movie is a great way to lose about a week of sleep.

Buy Bereavement on DVD or on Blu-Ray.


Of all the teen dramas that we ever made, something like 90% of them feature a prom. The others feature a homecoming dance or winter ball. The gimmick with this movie is that instead of the prom being the setting for the dramatic breakup/showdown/romantic kiss element of an otherwise unconnected plot, the prom is the entire movie. Who are you taking? What’s the decorating theme? Who’s paying for the limo? Will the pretty people kiss each other? These are the central questions. Teen girls dreaming of their own prom will love it. Almost everyone else will be bored.

Buy Prom on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

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