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Rentals for April 15th

April 14, 2008

Finally Juno and Lars and the Real Girl are released on DVD! If you haven’t seen these two great films, go get them first thing tomorrow!

I already know that Juno is one of those movies that when TBS finally gets a hold of it and mangles up all the great dialogue, I will still watch it on rainy Saturday afternoons. Jason Reitman, director of Thank You for Smoking, leads a clever cast of crazies through a 9-month roller coaster ride for 16-year-old Juno MacGaff. Michael Cera and Jason Bateman of Arrested Development make the movie, but Jennifer Garner, Allison Janney and JK Simmons all steal plenty of scenes away from them. I walked into Juno expecting cynicism and witty dialogue; I found that along with an uplifting message. We can all relate a bit to Juno. (originally published in 2007 in Review in the Oxford Town)

Lars and the Real Girl was written by Nancy Oliver. Now, if you aren’t familiar with the name, you may recognize the hit HBO series she wrote, Six Feet Under. If you ever saw the show, you understand that her writing is, let’s say, quirky. She does it at her best in Lars and the Real Girl. Really an excellent film that is very plot driven and with a stellar performance by Ryan Gosling. Yes, it is a little sentimental but it has heart and I dig it. This one will be out for rent soon and I highly recommend it. (originally written for Top Ten Films of Crossroad Film Festival in Scene Now blog)

Other releases:

AVPR: Aliens vs Predator – Requiem is part two of a series that never should have begun in the first place. But if you liked Alien and you liked Predator, you might get a kick out of this. It’s directed by Colin and Greg Strause who have done some pretty neat visual effects on films like Jumper, 300, Babel, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl.

The Final Season stars my favorite hobbit, Sean Astin as the true story of Kent Stock who gave up his career and former life to take over as head coach of the Norway High School baseball team. My favorite critic, James Berardinelli gave it only two out of five stars and Hollywood Reporter commented that the film suffers from poor writing and indifferent production. Hmm. Doesn’t bode well.

In The Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale is based on the video game and stars LeeLee Sobieski. Farmer battles the Krugs to save his family and avenge the death of his son. I’ll probably pass, but let me know how it is!

War Dance is an Oscar nominated documentary on children living in a displacement camp in Northern Uganda. I am sure this is one that will break hearts and tell a fine story.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 24, 2008 2:10 pm

    the over all look and feel of Lars and the Real Girl reminded me a lot of Mozart and the Whale (Josh Hartnett plays a similar character as Ryan Gosling’s), well done over all, Gosling did a great job playing out his character’s psychological transitions


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