DVDs for May 29, 2012

Man on a Ledge

I’m admittedly biased here, seeing as how Sam Worthington is on my Awesome List, but I’m going to tell you to rent this movie anyway because it’s cool. It’s about a guy (Sam) who was wrongfully convicted of a heist and threatens suicide on a ledge as a distraction while his buddies (one of whom is Jamie Bell, who is also awesome) actually pull off a heist to prove that the guy they’re stealing from is a big fat liar. And of course the policewoman who is sent to talk him down ends up on his side, because who wouldn’t? Anyway, what more could you want??

Buy Man on a Ledge on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

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Gone

This movie is stupid. You don’t even need to get that far into it before you can figure that out for yourself. The story goes that a woman (Amanda Seyfried) was kidnapped by a serial killer years ago and escaped, but nobody believes her for the sole reason that the movie needs this to happen in order to function, because obviously no police/hospitals/etc. are allowed to be that stupid in real life. Anyway her sister is kidnapped, again no one believes her (despite the fact that the sister is demonstrably not there) and she has to face her kidnapper again alone. Ho hum.

Buy Gone on DVD or on Blu-Ray.
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Goon

Fighting is my least favorite part of hockey, so of course it’s the part that movies always seem to focus on. Add Seann William Scott, the guy I hated from the American Pie movies and stir in Jay Baruchel, the irritating nerd from Trotsky, and you’ve got a perfect storm of things I don’t want to watch packed into one movie. I dunno, maybe the story of a bar bouncer who can’t even skate bashing in heads in a series of bloody fight on the way to hockey glory appeals to you, but it doesn’t to me, so I’m going to tell you to skip it.

Buy Goon on DVD or on Blu-Ray.


Coriolanus

If you liked Baz Luhrmann’s take on Romeo + Juliet and also 300, then you stand a decent chance of liking Coriolanus. It’s based on one of Shakespeare’s bloodier plays about a Roman hero-turned-douchebag who gets kicked out of Rome after his policies cause a riot. He sucks up his pride (sort of) and joins forces with his enemy for the purposes of revenge on Rome. It looks modern in a former Soviet Republic sort of way but the language is Shakespeare all the way. Pretty cool if you can get through it without the Cliff’s Notes.

Buy Coriolanus on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

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