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DVDs for April 19, 2011

The King’s Speech

It’s not often that the “real” (read: paid) movie critics and I agree, but The King’s Speech is just one of those movies that appeals to everyone. It’s a surprisingly funny period story about King George VI, who became King of England on the eve of World War 2, when the people needed a lot of rousing speeches. The problem: he stuttered. Bad. The story, production values, and performances are all amazing, especially Colin Firth, who won an Oscar for his fake stutter. Even if you know or care nothing for history, you’ll still like this movie. I promise. It’s at the top of my Top 5/Bottom 5 of 2010 list.

Buy The King’s Speech on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

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Rabbit Hole

The title makes it seem like a fantasy or a thriller, but Rabbit Hole is a drama based on a play about a couple grieving the loss of their son. This tells you two important things about the film: 1) that is it mostly talking and 2) that there’s going to be a lot of “emoting” going on (you know, that over the top stuff actors do when they’re looking for an Oscar nod). If you’re one of those people who loves films that just wallow in character for two hours (or if you’re a huge Nicole Kidman or Aaron Eckhart fan) you might like this movie if you can deal with the depressing subject matter. If you need plot and action from a movie to go with the characters, avoid it like the plague.

Buy Rabbit Hole on DVD or on Blu-Ray.
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The Way Back

I wanted to see this in the theater, but of course it never came here. It’s an adventure drama about a group of prisoners (Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Saoirse Ronan, Mark Strong, and Jim Sturgess) who escape from a gulag in Sibera and have to hike something like 4000 km to India in order to be free. It’s a cool enough story (even if none of the main cast is Russian) that’s (sort of) true, but what really convinced me it could be good was that it was directed by Peter Weir (he did Gallipoli, an Australian World War I film). So check it out (especially you, Dad).

Buy The Way Backon DVD/Blu-Ray.


Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure

Gulliver’s Travels also comes out today, but watching it would be such a massive waste of your time that I decided I’d rather talk about this straight to DVD High School Musical spinoff instead. Sharpay (she knows that’s the name of a dog breed, right?) was one of the villains in HSM, but is the hero of this story, where she basically goes to New York and ends up having all the bitchy, self-centered things she did to Zac Efron in High School Musical done to her. And she gets a boyfriend (naturally). If you have a daughter between four and eleven, this movie is good for an hour and a half of silence.

Buy Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure on DVD or on Blu-Ray.
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