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DEVIL (Blu-Ray and DVD)
This 2010 horror film about a stuck elevator with five folks who keep getting horribly slaughtered whenever the lights go off, regardless of producer/'story by' credited M. Night Shyamalan not directing or writing the script, has his distinct fingerprints all over it. Having said that, while I wouldn't call its predictable and silly plot mechanics enjoyable, per say, it's still better than anything M. Night has been involved in for quite some time. Perhaps if the concept of the devil coming to earth just to fuck with people in an office building had some more resonance with me (and I'm not spoiling anything that the cover and the title doesn't), I'd feel not quite as bored as I did. And so, M. Night's career of making crappy movie length 'Twilight Zone' episodes continues on apace. The blu-ray comes with a combined total of ten minutes of extra features, so it appears the distribution company didn't give much more of a crap than I did.
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EASY A (Blu-Ray and DVD)
Remember when Lindsey Lohan was cute, funny, and talented? When she was a new star seemingly on the cusp of a promising career? Well, trust me, she once was. Films like "Freaky Friday" and "Mean Girls" seemed to be only the beginning, and I guess they were...of a spectacular downslide into an object lesson of how NOT to be a celebrity, that is. Luckily, we have Emma Stone to pick up where she left off. "Easy A" definitely feels like the movie Lohan would have done next if she hadn't made herself into a nightmare to work with, and to her credit, I thing Stone is much more charismatic than Lohan ever was. She plays average High School student Olive, who, after making up an elaborate lie to her friend about losing her virginity on a big date (just so she can get out of camping....oh, I've been there, sister), finds herself being tagged with the 'slut' label by everyone at her school. Her best friend Brandon, who figures she has nothing to lose at this point, asks her to pretend to have had sex with him so the other kids will stop harassing him about being gay (which he so totally is). Thus begins an exchange of services, as Stone pretends to sleep with the losers of the school and starts to enjoy the ironic notoriety and see how shallow High School kids really are. I'm not sure that's a lesson anyone really needs to learn, but it's fun to watch anyway. Special points go to her uber-liberal parents in the film, played by Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci, who get the biggest laughs of the film in every scene they're in.
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FUTURAMA: VOLUME 5 (Blu-Ray and DVD)
You know how sometimes you don't even miss something until you find out it's gone? That was the case for many folks (come on, admit it) with Matt Groening's OTHER show, the science fiction parody "Futurama", which aired on the Fox network between 1999-2003 before being canceled to much wailing, rending of garments, and gnashing of teeth. Four direct-to-dvd movies released weren't particularly good, but they must have sold well because Groening took his creation over to Comedy Central, which began airing the new season this year to much acclaim....well, maybe not as much as they deserved. I can understand, after the lackluster movies, possibly losing a bit of interest, but truthfully, Season Five (the movies don't count as a season, dammit) is one of the brightest eras of the show yet. The always chancy decision to make the show more topical, and to court considerably more controversial issues as well, pays off in spades. Episodes about censorship, creationism, and gadget obsession, seem to indicate that the writers are a lot more willing to tell it like it is than they were during their tenure on a major network. It's almost like this season, they were reading my mind, as there's even a lolcats episode and an appearance by the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Ok, I'll admit, I'm one of them; the people who didn't know how good it was until it wasn't available anymore. But it appears that being canceled might have been the best thing that could have happened to "Futurama". I'm SO glad to have the irascible Bender back in my life. I for one, would like to salute our new robot overlords. Welcome back, robot overlords.
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