DVDs for March 26, 2013

lincoln

Lincoln

Pretty much everything Daniel Day-Lewis touches these days turns to gold… or at least into golden awards, usually for himself. Lincoln, a historical biopic of President Lincoln’s struggle to abolish slavery before the end of the Civil War, was nominated for the best picture Oscar but lost to Argo. Lincoln is probably the more stereotypical ‘best picture’ movie, though. It’s two and a half hours long, incomprehensible to anyone with no prior knowledge of the topic, and consists mostly of slow moving scenes of people talking or making speeches. I’d take Argo over Lincoln any day.

Buy Lincoln on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

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parental guidance

Parental Guidance

If your family is getting together for the holidays this weekend and you want to put on something inoffensive to keep everyone from having to talk to each other too much, this would be a good choice. It involves all three generations of a family as the grandparents step in to look after the grandkids when the kids go away for work. Almost everyone will find something to identify with (high strung parents, bratty kids, inflexible grandparents, etc.) and almost no one will find anything really objectionable about it, as the most risque joke in the movie involves grandpa getting hit in the crotch.

Buy Parental Guidance on DVD or on Blu-Ray.
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killing them softly

Killing Them Softly

The title makes it seem like maybe people are smothered with pillows, but actually they spend a lot of time filling houses full of bullets. The storyline has to do with some dumb criminals robbing the mob’s card game and then getting chased around for the rest of the movie. Nobody in this film is really likeable or even redeemable so it’s a little hard to care when they get their asses shot off. There are a few quips and jokes here and they try to satirize American politics (how original) but it just comes off as insufferable and annoying. The pool of people who might actually like this movie is small.

Buy Killing Them Softly on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

empire strikes out

Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out

I’m a big Star Wars nerd and I own most of the Lego video games, but even I wouldn’t pay $12 for 22 minutes of content. The Empire Strikes Out is a cartoon TV special starring Lego characters satirizing The Empire Strikes Back. It’s cute and funny (funnier if you’re a Star Wars fan, obviously) but it’s also on YouTube, where you can watch it for free. Even including a Lego figure of Darth Vader with the DVD doesn’t make it worth the money. If you’ve got $12 to spend, go out and pluck one of the Lego video games out of a sale bin instead.

Buy Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out on DVD.

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