New DVD Releases for the Week of June 30 2009
Here is a list of the new DVD Releases for the week of January 6 2009 (for TV on DVD releases head over to Daemon’s TV):
Synopsis: Two Lovers is a romantic drama set in New York City. It tells the story of Leonard, an attractive but depressed young man who moves back in with his parents following a recent heartbreak. An aspiring photographer, Leonard works part-time at his father’s dry-cleaners. His concerned parents try to set him up with Sandra, the sweet and caring daughter of a close family friend. A big family dinner serves as their introduction and Leonard arranges to see her again.
Then late one night Leonard looks out his bedroom window and notices a ravishing young woman he’s never seen before. Michelle recently moved into an apartment in his family’s building – an apartment paid for by the wealthy married man she’s seeing.
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Isabella Rossellini, Vinessa Shaw, Elias Koteas, John Ortiz, Moni Moshonov
Director: James Gray
Recommendations: I was intrigued by the trailer for Two Lovers, and because of the cast I think it’s worth a rental.
The Education of Charlie Banks
Synopsis: Charlie Bank’s (Jesse Eisenberg) sheltered world at his Ivy League campus is shaken when Mick (Jason Ritter), an old acquaintance with a violent past, unexpectedly shows up at his dorm room. Intrigued by Charlie’s privileged lifestyle, the charismatic Mick quickly wins over Charlie’s friends and his crush, Mary (Eva Amurri) as he seamlessly integrates himself into Charlie’s life. Unnerved yet also in awe of Mick’s easy charm, Charlie’s unresolved feelings of jealousy, admiration and fear — as well as an unspoken secret between the two — threatens to come to a head with ruinous consequences.
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, Chris Marquette, Eva Amurri, Sebastian Stan, Gloria Votsis
Director: Fred Durst
Recommendations: The trailer of The Education of Charlie Banks looked ok and I think I’m mostly curious to see what Fred Durst came up with as a director.
Buy it: THE EDUCATION OF CHARLIE BANKS on Amazon
Synopsis: A compilation of three short films from three different directors. Each movie takes place in Tokyo. The short films are: “Interior Design,” “Merde,” and “Shaking Tokyo.”
Cast: Ayako Fujitani, Ryo Kase, Denis Lavant
Director: Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, and Bong Joon-ho
Recommendations: I usually either love or hate these types of short films compiled into one, but I always want to see them, so I’ll definitely rent Tokyo!
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
Synopsis: Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li is a live-action feature film based on Capcom’s video game. The new film is focused on female fighter Chun-Li and her journey for justice.
Cast: Kristin Kreuk, Michael Clarke Duncan, Chris Klein, Moon Bloodgood, Neal McDonough, Taboo, Robin Shou
Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Recommendations: Honestly, I wasn’t blown away by the trailer and so I think I can wait to maybe catch it on TV.
Synopsis: Centers on a New Orleans police detective (Cena) whose girlfriend is kidnapped. Harris (“The Practice”) plays an FBI agent and Gillen is taking the kidnapper role.
Cast: John Cena, Steve Harris, Brian White
Director: Renny Harlin
Recommendations: This is just not my type of movie. The trailer didn’t appeal to me at all, so I’ll pass.