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Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

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DVD Picks  
GRIFFIN AND PHOENIX - Fox

Griffin and Phoenix is a poignantly funny love story about two people who face a seemingly insurmountable obstacle that may stand between them and a last chance at love. Make sure that you pack a box of tissues. This one is a real tear-jerker for everyone. Amanda Peet and Dermot Mulroney are perfect in this film as two people deeply in love making the most of every moment despite terrible obstacles. I was pulled in from the start of the film and found myself laughing and tearing up throughout the picture. I can compare these emotions with the movie “Stepmom”. The chemistry between the main characters fuels the plot and drives the entire film. I can’t find anything wrong with the movie. Films like this don’t come often enough. The major credits go to great direction from Ed Stone for giving us a wonderful film. I don’t want to spoil the plot for you. If you enjoy good stories with lots of character development and emotion, this is the film for you. The DVD is presented in widescreen format with Dolby Digital surround..

LEGION OF SUPERHEROES - Warner

The adventures of a young Clark Kent, as Superman, during his time with a team of teenage superheroes in the far future. As far as animated superhero shows go, this one is not too bad. The show is very creative with talented voices and “cutting-edge” computer animation. The stories are clever with lots of action and mild character development. One can compare this show with “Batman: Animated Series” or “Teen Titans”. This show follows a more traditional superhero feel rather than the darkness of earlier series. There are some crossovers into the comics and films, but overall this is a show that stands on its own. The DVD presents the first four episodes in volume one with crisp picture and sound. Extras include a feature titled “We Are Legion” capturing the evolution from comic to TV.

WE ARE MARSHALL - Warner

In November 1970, a plane carrying almost the entire Marshall University football team, its staff and fans crashed, killing 75 people in all and devastating the small town of Huntington, West Virginia. We Are Marshall, directed by McG tells the tragic true story of how the university and the citizens of Huntington rebuilt the football program and dealt with the loss of so many of their own. The university’s president, Donald Dedmon, earnestly portrayed by David Strathairn, hires the only willing coach to take on such a daunting task, Jack Lengyl (Matthew McConaughey). With the help of the lone Marshall football coach Red Dawson (Matthew Fox) and the three remaining players who weren’t on the plane, Coach Lengyl sets out to restructure Marshall’s team, and spirit. But for some in the community it’s still too soon, including Paul Griffen (Ian McShane) who lost his football-star son. They fear that moving on so quickly is disrespectful to those who died and to the loved ones who still mourn. The film emphasizes this issue, illustrating the struggle of that harrowing time at Marshall, and in college football history.

RED ROAD - Tartan

Developed at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival, Red Road is a bristling, atmospheric thriller that rumbles with intensity. In the squalor of urban Glasgow, Jackie (Katie Dickie) works at a video-surveillance firm that is in charge of protecting people who live on a single block of Red Road. One day a man appears on her monitor, a man she thought she would never see again. That man is an ex-con named Clyde (Tony Curran). Clearly shocked to see him free from prison, Jackie begins stalking Clyde, compelled to confront him for his crimes. What mysterious history do they share, and why is Jackie so determined to punish this man? Filmmaker Andrea Arnold keeps the audience guessing and the tension building as Red Road crescendos to an explosive finale. After three acclaimed shorts, including Wasp, which won the Sundance Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking and the Academy Award, Red Road marks Arnold’s highly anticipated feature debut. It was constructed within the framework of Lars von Trier’s experimental Advance Party project, the first of three films set in Scotland, by three different directors, using the same nine characters. Masterfully crafted, Red Road gets the project off to a stirring start.

Nick be reached at Nick@filmlords.com

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