Wow what a weekend! Sucker Punch was trounced at the box office and the critic’s corner, a double-blow that might be knocking it out of the spotlight… a shame too, cause it’s a great movie experience! Anyway, it’s after Tuesday and that means Toomb’s New DVD/Blu Ray’s are here. It’s a day of intrigue and thrills and Oscar-winning performances at your home theater!
First up we’ve got the real-life political thriller Fair Game, starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. Fair Game is the dramatized story of Valerie Plame and the CIA leak from the Bush Administration that was all over the news a few years ago. Plame’s covert status as an agent was (alleg.) revealed by White House officials out to discredit her husband after he wrote a New York Times op-ed piece accusing the Bush administration of manufacturing intelligence about WMDs to justify the invasion of Iraq. Fair Game is rated PG-13 for some language.
There’s also the true-life crime story of All Good Things starring Ryan Goseling and Kirsten Dunst. It is based on one of New York’s most notorious missing persons case involving Robert Durst, scion of the wealthy Durst family. Goseling (Blue Valentine, Half Nelson, Stay) stars as David Marks, a character based on Durst, and the original script uses new evidence and testimony to tell a tale of love, betrayal, and murder. All Good Things is rated R for drug use, violence, language and some sexuality.tang
Next there’s the family-friendly film Tangled starring the voices of Zachary Levi (Chuck!) and Mandy Moore. Tangled is the re-telling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale of Rapunzel for our modern age… complete with talking animals and slap-stick comedy… We’ve heard this story before, but the kids will love it. Tangled is rated PG for brief mild violence.
Lastly is the Academy Award winning pop-masterpiece Black Swan. Directed by auteur Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler), Black Swan is a horror-movie retelling of Swan Lake that sneaks in under the radar as an art-house film… but either way, it’s a great watch. Natalie Portman won an Oscar for her portrayal of a ballerina unraveling as she gets in touch with the dark side of her personality, in order to “dance the Black Swan.” Black Swan is rated R for strong sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use… a MUST SEE.
Have a great week Eugeneans!