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SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
Michael Cera stars as Scott Pilgrim in this wildly prolific comic journey that screams for the attention from all the Attention Deficit Disorder afflicted movie going folks. This is a stereotypical role for Cera - you know, the deadpan loser type that you wanna smack in the face. That is, until you realize he has a heart the size of Texas. At that point, you fall in love with his character and are willing to jump on screen and help him as he fights his battles, literally.
As the film begins, we find Scott Pilgrim as an unemployed twenty something who plays in a rock band by the name of Sex Bob Omb. He has fallen in love with Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) but there is a problem. He is dating a high schooler with serious stalker issues that harkens back to the Kill Bill files. Problem is, he can't really have Ramona until he literally destroys seven of her evil exes who just happen to be trying to do the same to him. The fighting sequences are priceless and the graphics come right from the annals of comic books and video games. The rest of the cast is filled out by Alison Pill, who is incredible as the downtrodden drummer of the band, Brandon Routh as a Vegan bassist, Anna Kendrick as Pilgrim's sister and Kieran Culkin, who plays Scott's gay roommate. Director Edgar Wright has hit a home run in terms of breaking new ground with this film. His adaptation of a live action comic book is sure to please all that see the film. Particularly those that are on high doses of caffeine or sugar. If you don't understand it, you are just too old.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Starring: Michael Cera & Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Director: Edgar Wright
Now Showing: in Local Theaters
MPAA Rating: PG-13
FREE DVD GIVEAWAY
We are doing a Free DVD Giveaway! If you are interested in a chance at winning a free copy of Squidbillies: Volume Three, it is really easy! All you have to do is send me an email at Filmlords@gmail.com. The subject line of the email should read DVD GIVEAWAY. In the body of the email, be sure to put your name, full mailing address and which DVD or Blu-ray you would like. Winners will be selected by random drawing. Best of luck!
LOONEY TUNES SUPER STARS: Bugs Bunny - Warner
All cartoons on this volume are new to DVD, and none have previously been released as part of the Golden Collection sets. There are no bonus features. This volume contains a diverse mix of Bugs Bunny cartoons from the 1950's and 1960's, including the final classic Bugs cartoon, False Hare that contains a rather notable Foghorn Leghorn cameo.
CHARLIE'S ANGELS: Blu-ray - Sony
For every TV-into-movie success like The Fugitive, there are dozens of uninspired films like The Mod Squad. Happily--and surprisingly--this breezy update of the seminal '70s jiggle show falls into the first category, with Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore (who also produced), and Lucy Liu starring as the hair-tossing, fashion-setting, kung fu-fighting trio employed by the mysterious Charlie (voiced by the original Charlie, John Forsythe). When a high-tech programmer (Sam Rockwell) is kidnapped, the angels seek out the suspects, with the daffy Bosley (Bill Murray in a casting coup) in tow. A happy, cornball popcorn flick, Charlie's Angels is played for laughs with plenty of ribbing references to the old TV show as well as modern caper films like Mission: Impossible.
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON - Sony
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon has no shortage of breathtaking battles, but it also has the dramatic soul of a Greek tragedy and the sweep of an epic romance. This is the work of director Ang Lee, who fell in love with movies while watching wuxia films as a youngster and made Crouching Tiger as a tribute to the form. To elevate the genre above its B-movie roots and broaden its appeal, Lee did two important things. First, he assembled an all-star lineup of talent, joining the famous Asian actors Chow Yun-fat and Michelle Yeoh with the striking, charismatic newcomer Zhang Ziyi.
CHOW DOWN - Virgil Films
Root for Charles, John and Garnet as they try to buck the system of pills and procedures and outfox their heart disease and diabetes. When their doctors inform them they can t get better, our intrepid trio tells the doctors to think again. Charles, John and Garnet decide to take on their diseases by drastically changing their diets. We all know making resolutions is easy; sticking to them is the hard part. With lighthearted animation, piercing expert interviews and a feisty attitude, Chow Down is the moving story of the success you can achieve when you rewrite the recipe for a healthy life.
MOUNT ST. HELENS: Back from the Dead - PBS
In 1980, Mount St. Helens in Washington State erupted in an enormous explosion. The eruption ended up causing the deaths of numerous animals and humans for miles. In 2004 the Mountain again spewed forth smoke and lava - but didn't explode as it had 24 years earlier. Since the 1980 eruption, geologists at the US Geological Survey have studied the mountain and the lava specimens trying to determine why it blew and when the next eruption will occur. This 54-minute episode of NOVA was produced in cooperation with Austrian National TV and has some of the most astounding and graphically beautiful photography I have seen in years.
ELVIS ON TOUR: Blu-ray - Warner
Director Robert Abel and producer Pierre Adidge present a marvelous look at Elvis in this documentary, using concert, rehearsal and backstage footage, as well as clips from the early days of his career, and a montage of him kissing his co-stars while "Love Me Tender" is performed. Excellent use of split-screen techniques are used, and the cinematography is always interesting. Elvis looks in great shape from the neck down, quite trim and with the athletic flexibility to do deep leg lunges, and delivering each song with enormous emotional and physical energy. His face shows much dissipation however, and tells another story; the feeling one gets from this film is of a desperately sad man, a hurting soul, putting a brave mask on for the world. We see only a hard-working guy, with not a shred of arrogance. He wears his flashy clothes with grace, style and humility, and sings his heart out, and it's a beautiful thing to see.
THE AGATHA CHRISTIE HOUR: Set One - Acorn
A quintet of short stories by the unparalleled mistress of crime fiction are turned into one-hour mysteries in The Agatha Christie Hour, Set 1. What's most interesting about these episodes is that none of them are murders; instead, they range from intriguing character portraits to whimsical comedy in a P. G. Wodehouse vein. Two feature one of Christie's lesser-known recurring characters, Parker Pyne, a retired statistician who's turned his gift for finding patterns in data to solving the problem of unhappiness. Both cases involve folk whose lives have gone flat--one, a middle-aged wife who fears her husband has eyes for his young secretary, the other a retired military officer who finds civilian life bland and tedious. With the aid of his secretary Miss Lemon and the author Ariadne Oliver, both of whom went on to appear in some Hercule Poirot tales, Pyne orchestrates adventures for his clients.
ERROL FLYNN ADVENTURES - Warner
Brought to you by TCM and Warner, this is a must own set for any fan of Errol Flynn. This set contains some of Flynn's films including Desperate Journey, Edge of Darkness, Northern Pursuit and Uncertain Glory. In Journey, Flynn stars with Ronald Reagan in a wartime spirit film, while Uncertain Glory focuses on Frenchmen and the resistance movement. The set is brilliantly put together and will fly off the shelves. Get your copy today!
HEROES: Season Four - Universal
Season four of Heroes has the show nearing season one quality again. After the disaster of the past two seasons, the show titled this season "Redemption" to try and earn some respect back. In my mind, they did earn redemption. This season wasn't as good as season one, but Heroes was fun to watch again. Heroes hasn't been fun at all since season one. This season finally started to organically develop the characters again and introduced many new characters I enjoyed.
TRAUMA: Season One - Universal
Like an adrenaline shot to the heart, Trauma is the first medical drama series set exclusively where the real action takes place in the field. Cliff Curtis and Derek Luke star as ambitious heroes dedicated to one of the most dangerous professions in the world: first responder paramedics. When emergencies occur, the trauma team from San Francisco City Hospital is first on the scene, traveling by land, sea or air to reach their victims in time. From the heights of the city's Transamerica Pyramid to the depths of the bay, they must face the most extreme conditions to save lives – and give meaning to their own existence in the process.
PLAIN TRUTH - Lifetime
Alison Pill plays a young Amish girl who is arrested on suspicion of killing her newborn child. Normally, the girl gets arrested for killing her baby wouldn't make for a very worthwhile movie plot since this topic is nothing new, but having an Amish girl be in the center of it all adds an unusual twist to the movie. And Alison Pill nails this role; I'm shocked that she has not been in more well-known movies. Her acting talent is obvious. Equally as good is Mariska Hargitay as the lawyer who represents her in court.
DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER: Crime is on the Run - A&E
Who you gonna call when somebody skips on bail? Dog, that's who! This set from A&E packs in eight of the most adventures Dog episodes that have never been released on DVD before. The perps have Dog and his posse visiting the scenic surroundings of Hawaii as well as Colorado. The episodes allow the group to visit family and friends as well as celebrate the addition to the crime fighting family.
A POCKET FOR CORDUROY - Scholastic
Scholastic Storybook Treasures - A Pocket for Corduroy offers the long-popular title story about the adventures of a stuffed bear that wanders off in search of a pocket while at the laundromat with his little girl owner. Two other stories on the subject of unlikely friendships are Blue Burt and Wiggles about two best friends who happen to be a bird and a worm that don't want to let summer end, and Big Al about a very big, very lonely fish who wants to make friends, but the smaller fish are afraid of him until they learn what a valuable friend he can be.
GOODNIGHT MOON - Scholastic
Good Night Moon takes a classic, simple story and makes it come alive through gentle animation. As the story is read aloud, the words to the story show up on the screen, encouraging children to read. While it’s read, a woman signs the story using American Sign Language (ASL). This title makes it fun to learn to read and to sign at the same time. It’s perfect for children with Down’s Syndrome or children who are hearing impaired, and can encourage other children to learn ASL so they can communicate with children who sign. It can promote discussion on different means of communication.
WUBBZY GOES TO SCHOOL - Anchor Bay
The perfect social development cartoons for kids is back again with a new installment! Wubbzy and his pals - Widget and Walden have to deal with the same social and kids of issues all kids deal with. Everyone wants to be liked, fit in with theirs, understand their feelings and others around them. Wubbzy shows everyone just how much fun school can be. Oh, and the kids are gonna rock with Moo Moo Magician!
GHOST WRITER - Summit
Ewan McGregor plays an unnamed ghostwriter who signs on to pen the memoirs of former British prime minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan). The money is good, but there's a catch: the ghost's predecessor perished under mysterious circumstances. Being the adventurous sort, the ghost puts that information aside and travels to Lang's austere compound on Martha's Vineyard, where he meets Lang's efficient personal secretary, Amelia (Kim Cattrall), and acerbic wife, Ruth (Olivia Williams). Just as he's wading through Lang's dull text, the PM's ex-cabinet minister accuses him of handing over suspected terrorists to the CIA, fully aware that torture would be on the agenda. The next thing the ghost knows, he's working for a possible war criminal, and the deeper he digs, the more convinced he becomes that Lang is lying about his past. After exchanging a few words with a sharp-eyed old man (Eli Wallach) and a tight-lipped professor (Tom Wilkinson), he realizes his life may also be at risk.
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION: Blu-ray - Warner
Everything is planned, packed – and about to go hilariously wrong. The Griswolds are going on vacation. In the driver’s seat is Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), an Everyman eager to share the open road and the wonders of family togetherness. Myriad mishaps, crude kin (Randy Quaid), encounters with a temptress (Christie Brinkley), financial woes, Aunt Edna (Imogene Coca) on the roof, one security guard (John Candy) and 2,460 miles later, it’s a wonder the Griswolds are together. There’s never been a family vacation like it. Except maybe yours. And that helps explain why National Lampoon’s Vacation remains so popular…and so very funny.