DVD/Blu-Ray Picks of the Week for October 20, 2009:
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Directed By: Michael Bay
I realize saying “Skip” Transformers 2 is like a news reporter telling you to avoid a traffic jam. Try as you will, there is no easy way around it. You are probably like everybody else who has already seen it in theatres, but if not, try as hard as you can to avoid it on DVD. It’s a 2 and a half hour time waste with not even enough special effects to dazzle you for that time. The attempts jokes are juvenile and the dialogue is so badly written it is almost unintelligible. Here is a snippet from my review of the film when it was in theatres:
Transformers 2 is a dismal, sloppily put-together piece of high school boy masturbation material. Instead of creating fun summer movie entertainment, Bay manages to put together a head-scratcher that copies other action movies in a failed attempt to create something new. It is uninvolving, unfunny, and overall just plain stupid.
Directed By: Stephen Frears
At one point in the year, this movie was on most people’s Best Picture shortlist and star Michelle Pfeiffer was atop the Best Actress chart, here at Film Misery and across the web. Then the movie was released, and came and went with little to do and now it has little expectations for end of the year Awards. However, that doesn’t mean it is not worth checking out now that you can get it for $1 at Red Box. Michelle Pfeiffer is a great actress and it is based on a very popular book, so if you’re in to period pieces, check it out.
Monsoon Wedding (2001) – Criterion Collection
Directed By: Mira Nair
In anticipation of Mira Nair’s latest film Amelia, which is released in theatres this Friday, Criterion has released their special features packed version of her most successful film. Monsoon Wedding won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2001 and went on to get a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Film. I haven’t seen Monsoon Wedding yet, which needs to change soon, but I imagine it is better than Amelia is destined to be.