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Nick's Pics
Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

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DVD Picks  

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

From the producers of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up comes a comic look at one guy’s arduous quest to grow up and get over the heartbreak of being dumped -- if he can only make himself start Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Struggling musician Peter Bretter (Jason Segel, How I Met Your Mother, Knocked Up) has spent six years idolizing his girlfriend, television star Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell, Veronica Mars). He’s the guy left holding her purse in paparazzi photos and accidentally omitted from acceptance award speeches. But his world is rocked when she dumps him and Peter finds himself alone. After an unsuccessful bout of womanizing and an on-the-job nervous breakdown, he sees that not having Sarah may just ruin his life. To clear his head, Peter takes an impulsive trip to Oahu, where he is confronted by his worst nightmare: his ex and her tragically hip new British-rocker boyfriend, Aldous (Russell Brand), are sharing his hotel. But as he torments himself with the reality of Sarah’s new life, he finds relief in a flirtation with Rachel (Mila Kunis), a beautiful resort employee whose laid-back approach tempts him to rejoin the world. He also finds relief in several hundred embarrassing, fruity cocktails. For anyone who has ever had their heart ripped out and cut into a billion pieces comes a hilarious, heartfelt look at relationships -- featuring Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader and Jack McBrayer. Part romantic comedy, part disaster film, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is the world’s first romantic disaster comedy.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Starring: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell & Mila Kunis

Director: Nicholas Stoller

Company: Universal

Now Showing: In area Theatres

MPAA Rating - R

Grade: A

LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY: Season Four - Paramount

Laverne DeFazio (Penny Marshall) and Shirley Feeney (Cindy Williams) first graced America’s television screens as Richie and Fonzie’s cheap and easy dates on an episode of HAPPY DAYS. Before long, their spinoff show, Laverne and Shirley, would go on to match, and arguably surpass, its parent show’s success with the winsome comic adventures of its two spunky heroines. Sharing a basement apartment in Milwaukee and working as bottlecappers at Shotz Brewery, the blue-collar girls navigated through 1950s America with the help of an endearing assortment of oddball characters: their goodhearted landlady, Edna Babish (Betty Garrett); Laverne’s gruff, pizza-slinging father, Frank DeFazio (Phil Foster); hunky dance instructor--and Shirley’s sometime romantic interest--Carmine Ragusa (Eddie Mekka); and, of course, wacky greaser neighbors Lenny Kosnowksi (Michael McKean) and Andrew “Squiggy” Squiggmann (David L. Lander). But most of all, the series showcased the deep and abiding friendship between brassy Laverne and sweetnatured Shirley with warmth, hilarity, and a few helpings of milk and Pepsi. This collection presents every episode from the beloved show’s fourth season.

THE SHIRLEY TEMPLE COLLECTION: Volume Six - Fox

Shirley Temple’s sunny effervescence was a balm to Depression-era moviegoers and continues to charm audiences of today. This 5-volume set celebrates the ringleted child star’s eternal appeal with a sampling of her most beloved feature films and a collection of rare shorts.

CLOVERFIELD - Paramount

The movie begins at a party for Rob (Michael Stahl-David), who has accepted a promotion that will send him to Japan. Hud (T. J. Miller) is entrusted with the responsibility of videotaping the party--and as the trouble grows, he holds on to the camera, recording everything that happens. In fact, the entire movie is seen through the lens of his camera, reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project. As terrified people in a post-9/11 New York City take to the streets, Rob decides to head uptown to try to save Beth (Odette Yustman), the woman he loves, though he’s afraid to tell her so. Rob is joined by his brother Jason (Mike Vogel), Jason’s girlfriend Lily (Jessica Lucas), Lily’s friend Marlena (Lizzy Caplan), and Hud, who has a thing for Marlena. Rob is determined not to give up, even after almost being crushed by the Statue of Liberty’s head and as the military shows up to force evacuation of the city.

FANTASTIC FOUR: The Worlds Greatest Heroes Vol. Three - Fox

Join Mr. Fantastic, the Thing, the Invisible Woman, and the Human Torch as they leap from comic book pages and the silver screen into this animated universe. From comic king Stan Lee, this Cartoon Network show features the crime-fighting foursome as they face off against villains such as Dr. Doom.

BEWITCHED: Season Six - Sony

Elizabeth Montgomery plays Samantha, a witch who trades in her magical powers for marriage--or tries to, anyway--in this classic sitcom from the 1960s. A witch who inherited her powers from her feisty mother Endora (Agnes Moorhead), Samantha agrees not to use her powers anymore when she decides to marry mere mortal Darrin Stephens -- both of which actions disappoint her mother greatly. Not to worry, though, because most of the time Samantha just can’t help herself, using her magic and creating many a hilariously sticky situation for Darrin, especially with his boss, Larry Tate (David White). This release includes the sixth season in its entirety.

HOW THE EARTH WAS MADE - A&E

How the Earth Was Made isn’t a punishing DVD. This isn’t a program that scolds and belittles as it educates. This documentary actually puts each part of earth’s history in context with human curiosities and the more intense aspects of human history. They talk about how earth’s past relates to our nuclear weapons, how creationism lead to deeper curiosities about the earth, and they even use the term “Waterworld” repeatedly to make sure the short attention span viewers are listening. Ultimately, it’s still a documentary about pre-life earth and not as thrilling as killer robots, but it brings up some interesting points you may be interested in learning. This is a very educational and fun dvd for the entire family.

A GLOBAL WARNING - A&E

On A Global Warning, the History Channel presents a typically thorough overview of the potentially catastrophic problems caused by global warming. The filmmakers take a look at the origins of global warming by examining when climate change may have begun. They also examine some turbulent periods in the planet’s history, where nature wreaked havoc on the planet. Some fascinating facts are revealed, and the program clearly demonstrates that global warming may have threatened the Earth for quite some time.

Nick be reached at Nick@filmlords.com

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