Top DVD Releases for the Week of January 20 2009
Here is a list of the DVD Releases for the week of January 20 2009:
Synopsis:A hunchbacked lab assistant has big dreams of becoming a mad scientist and winning the first place prize at the annual Evil Science Fair.
Cast: John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Jay Leno, Jennifer Coolidge
Recommendations: Cute looking animation. I wouldn’t mind checking it out.
City of Ember
Synopsis: For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights–underground. Built as a refuge for humanity and powered by a massive generator, this City will only sustain for 200 years. Now Ember is falling into darkness as the generator fails.
Cast: Bill Murray, Toby Jones, Saoirse Ronan, Tim Robbins, Martin Landau
Recommendations: Saw this at the movies. It was OK. Hear the book is better.
The Children of Huang Shi
Synopsis: Experience the true story of British journalist George Hogg (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), who snuck across enemy lines in 1937 to expose the Japanese occupation of China. After capture and injury, a Chinese resistance leader, Chen (Chow Yun Fat), had to rescue and send him to hide in a remote orphanage. Now in this foreign land of lost children, far away from the front lines, he’s found more stories than he could have ever dreamed. From his true love of an Australian nurse (Radha Mitchell), to his timeless friendships with Chen and the orphans, Hogg discovers a rare courage and the true pleasures of life in the unlikely sanctum of Huang Shi.
Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat, Radha Mitchell, Guang Wen Li
Recommendations: Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a really cool actor so I wouldn’t mind seeing how he pulled this one off.
Synopsis:Max Payne is a maverick cop–a mythic anti-hero–determined to track down those responsible for the brutal murders of his family and partner. Hell-bent on revenge, his obsessive investigation takes him on a nightmare journey into a dark underworld. As the mystery deepens, Max is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world and face an unthinkable betrayal.
Cast: Beau Bridges, Mark Wahlberg, Jamie Hector, Mila Kunis
Recommendations: Saw it at the movies. Waste of money and film.
Synopsis:Hoffman is seemingly the last person alive to carry on the Jigsaw legacy. But when his secret is threatened, Hoffman must go on the hunt to eliminate all loose ends.
Cast:Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson, Julie Benz and Meagan Good
Recommendations: I hate gory flicks. Not for me.
Synopsis:The true story of Ernie Davis, two-time All-American running back for Syracuse University who led his team to the national championship in 1960. In 1961, he became the first black man to win the Heisman Trophy. Later that year, he was the first pick in the NFL draft. But Davis never got the chance to play professional football, he was diagnosed with leukemia during the summer of 1962 and died nearly a year later.
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Rob Brown, Nelsan Ellis, Kris Wolff, Darrin DeWitt Henson
Recommendations: Dear god, how many true stories are there to be told? If I want to hear about a true story, I will crack open a biography.
Henry Poole is Here
Synopsis:When a man discovers that he has only six weeks to live, he leaves his job, his fiancee and his overbearing mother and tries to spend his remaining days in seclusion. But when a miracle transforms his life, his quirky neighbors disrupt his plan to live out his days in quiet desperation.
Cast: Luke Wilson, Adriana Barraza, Radha Mitchell, Cheryl Hines, George Lopez
Recommendations: God help me but if I see one more movie about a man trying to be alone and then realizes he doesn’t want to be alone, I will go on a rampage.
Repo! The Genetic Opera
Synopsis:In the year 2056–the not so distant future–an epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges: GeneCo, a biotech company that offers organ transplants–for a price. Those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession and hunted by villainous Repo Men. In a world where surgery addicts are hooked on painkilling drugs and murder is sanctioned by law, a sheltered young girl searches for the cure to her own rare disease as well as information about her family’s mysterious history. After being sucked into the haunting world of GeneCo, she is unable to turn back, as all of her questions will be answered at the wildly anticipated spectacular event: The Genetic Opera.
Cast: Anthony Head, Alexa Vega, Paris Hilton, Paul Sorvino, Nivek Ogre
Recommendations: Two Words: Paris Hilton. Yup, she is in the movie. Need I say more.