The first third of the year had a few movies that could be genuinely considered good. Two of those movies are being released today.
New DVD/Blu-Ray Releases for July 21st, 2009:
Directed By: Henry Selick
This is still one of my favorite movies of the year and I can’t wait to see it again. Here is an excerpt from my review: “The story has a lot of layers and complexity for a movie that seems to be aimed at younger audiences. The three levels of the apartment each represent different paths that Coraline could take. She could continue to live in the realm of fantasy like the borders to the north or south, or accept the mundane like her â€œgardening expertâ€ parents who hate dirt.”
Watchmen (Director’s Cut)
Directed By: Zach Snyder
The theatrical version of Watchmen admittedly had its flaws, but a lot of those have apparently been ironed out for this Director’s Cut. This edition contains an extra 24-minutes of footage not seen in theatres. It’s the same old tune – those of you who enjoyed the original version of the film will enjoy the new addition, but those of you who didn’t care for it won’t find anything new. It also should be noted that there is an Ultimate Watchmen collection coming out in December, so it might be worth waiting for that.
The Great Buck Howard
Directed By: Sean McGinly
I didn’t care much for this movie. It features a great lead performance from John Malkovich, but other than that it was pretty empty. Here’s a quote from my review: “The rest of the performances were fine; not particularly unlikable and not really memorable either. Even the normally superb Emily Blunt was nothing special and her characterâ€™s relationship with the protagonist got only a little of the storyâ€™s focus, which was a little more than it needed.”