DVD/Blu-Ray Picks of the Week for October 27, 2009:
Whatever Works (2009)
Directed By: Woody Allen
This is one of the films this year on which I disagree with the majority. It received an unimpressive 48% on Rotten Tomatoes and was considered by many to be a step back for Allen after his excellent Vicky Cristina Barcelona from 2008. However, I thought it was a great addition to the Allen canon and represented a fantastic return to New York, the home of some of his best work. Patricia Clarkson and Ed Begley, Jr.’s performances still stand out as some of the best performances of the year and Larry David made for an excellent Woody Allen surrogate. However, I was wrong when I wrote in my review that I thought Whatever Works represented a winding down for Allen, but as recent news stories about his work schedule have shown that is not the case.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
Directed By: Carlos Sandanha
They are going to keep spitting out more Ice Age sequels as long as they keep making money, which might be a long time. I haven’t seen any of them beyond the first and I could really care less. I’ve even grown bored of those short films where the wily squirrel struggles in vain to get ths acorn he desires. However, I imagine if you have kids you have been subjected to this franchise often. I’d recommend not letting your kids know that this movie came out this week, if at all possible.
Directed By: Jaume Collet-Sera
October is the time for a glut of horror movies both on DVD and in theatres and this week the early 2009 release Orphan adds to that glut. I haven’t seen the movie, so I can’t really say if it is decent or not, but it has a 55% raring on Rotten Tomatoes, which implies it could be hit and miss. If you’ve exhausted your selection of horror movies and are looking for something different, this might be worth checking out. Personally, I’d rather just go see Paranormal Activity again.