New DVD Releases for the Week of September 22 2009
Here is a list of the new DVD Releases for the week of September 22 2009, as well as my intentions to buy, rent, watch on TV, or skip (for TV on DVD releases head over to Daemon’s TV):
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Synopsis: Celebrity photographer Connor Mead loves freedom, fun and women… in that order. A committed bachelor who thinks nothing of breaking up with multiple women on a conference call, Connor’s mockery of romance proves a real buzz-kill for his kid brother, Paul, and a houseful of well wishers on the eve of Paul’s wedding. Just when it looks like Connor may single-handedly ruin the wedding, he is visited by the ghosts of his former jilted girlfriends, who take him on a revealing and hilarious odyssey through his failed relationships — past, present and future. Together they attempt to find out what turned Connor into such an insensitive jerk and whether there is still hope for him to find true love… or if he really is the lost cause everyone thinks he is.
Cast: Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Breckin Meyer, Lacey Chabert, Anne Archer, Emma Stone, Michael Douglas, Robert Forster
Director: Mark Waters
Recommendations: I found Ghosts of Girlfriends Past enjoyable, although I wasn’t blown away by it. I still think it makes a good rental if you enjoy romantic comedies.
Synopsis: Set in the 1970s, a unique take on the dangers of the American dream seen through the innocent eyes of a fifteenyear-old boy.
Cast: Rory Culkin, Alec Baldwin, Kieran Culkin, Timothy Hutton, Cynthia Nixon, Emma Roberts, Jill Hennessy
Director: Derick Martini
Recommendations: I’ve wanted to see Lymelife for a while now so it’s definitely on my Netflix list. It looks like the typical independent dramas I enjoy.
Observe and Report
Synopsis: At the Forest Ridge Mall, head of security Ronnie Barnhardt patrols his jurisdiction with an iron fist, combating skateboarders, shoplifters and the occasional unruly customer while dreaming of the day when he can swap his flashlight for a badge and a gun. His delusions of grandeur are put to the test when the mall is struck by a flasher. Driven to protect and serve the mall and its patrons, Ronnie seizes the opportunity to showcase his underappreciated law enforcement talents on a grand scale, hoping his solution of this crime will earn a coveted spot at the police academy and the heart of his elusive dream girl Brandi, the hot make-up counter clerk who won’t give him the time of day. But his single-minded pursuit of glory launches a turf war with the equally competitive Detective Harrison of the Conway Police, and Ronnie is confronted with the challenge of not only catching the flasher, but getting him before the real cops do.
Cast: Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Michael Peña, Ray Liotta, Aziz Ansari
Director: Jody Hill
Recommendations: I think I’ll hold of to see Observe and Report on TV. I just haven’t been convinced by the trailer and what I heard about the movie.
Battle for Terra
Synopsis: The film tells the story of Senn (Justin Long) and Mala (Evan Rachel Wood), two rebellious alien teens living on the beautiful planet Terra, a place that promotes peace and tolerance, having long ago rejected war and weapons of mass destruction. But when Terra is invaded by human beings fleeing a civil war and environmental catastrophe, the planet is plunged into chaos. During the upheaval, Mala befriends an injured human pilot (Luke Wilson) and each learns the two races are not so different from one another. Together they must face the terrifying realization that in a world of limited resources, only one of their races is likely to survive.
Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Brian Cox, Luke Wilson, David Cross, Justin Long, Amanda Peet, Dennis Quaid, James Garner, Chris Evans, Rosanna Arquette, Chad Allen
Director: Aristomenis Tsirbas
Recommendations: I didn’t hear much about this movie when it came out, but I do remember not really enjoying the trailer that much, so I think I’ll pass.