DVDs for July 9, 2013

the host

The Host

I hated the Twilight movies and I couldn’t make it past the first few chapters of Stephenie Meyer’s book version of The Host, but I kinda liked the movie. It’s a post-apocalyptic alien invasion sci-fi love story starring Saoirse Ronan as a girl with an alien living in her head trying to discover where the last people are hiding. Girl loves Max Irons, alien loves Jake Abel, and killer alien death squads are after them, which leads to less action than you would think, but it’s still pretty cool. I guess all they needed to do was remove the Meyer factor. Check it out or read my review for more.

Buy The Host on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

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admission

Admission

I love Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, so anything with BOTH of them in it should be amazing. But Admission is a resounding ‘meh.’ It’s half decently funny, but the story of a college admissions officer trying to get her long lost weirdo son into her university and falling for the teacher at his hippy school just didn’t grab me. I think the problem was that the movie couldn’t decide whether to be a straight up comedy or a romantic comedy so it tried to do both and stretched itself too thin. There are better things out there, so read my review first before you waste your time.

Buy Admission on DVD or on Blu-Ray.
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dead man down

Dead Man Down

I’m not into movies about organized crime and/or retribution because too often they’re ridiculous and convoluted, trying way too hard to make it the most perfectly perfect revenge scheme ever. Dead Man Down falls into this trap. Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace both want Terrence Howard dead. So what does Colin do? Saves Terrence’s life to ‘get close to him.’ Things go downhill from there, with a lot of ‘I do but I don’t’ tomfoolery. It’s very serious and gritty, but with that plot it probably would have been better as a comedy. Skip it.

Buy Dead Man Down on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

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Spring Breakers

This movie is part parody on people’s expectations of spring break and part rampant crime extravaganza. Four teens: Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgins, Rachel Korine, and Ashley Benson, rob a restaurant so they can get to Florida for spring break, whereupon they skip the whole ‘get drunk at the MTV beach house’ scene and take up with a rapper played by James Franco, who turns them all into bikinied mobster hitgirls. The whole thing is bizarre and it’s hard to care about the characters, so you should probably only rent it if you like half naked chicks or movies like Goodfellas.

Buy Spring Breakers on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

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