April 25, 2006

DVD Pick of the Week: Match Point

This week brings with it one of the worst of 2005, as well as a couple of the best. Of course, that is all in my opinion, and like any critic worth his salt, my opinion is the right one. I don't want any one of you to forget it! I'm only kidding, you can dislike my choices if you want.

This week's pick is Woody Allen's Hitchcock-esque, Match Point. This was a great movie, and not what I had come to expect from Woody. I have only seen a few of his films, mostly the more recent ones, and I thought I knew what I was in for when I went to the theater to see this one. I was way off, my limited experience was rearing its ugly head.

The film was no romantic comedy. There was no nebbish little man to be seen. Rather, the film was old school in structure, but feels right at home in the modern setting. The film moves along at a deliberate pace, meaning slow, but a slow that will keep you enraptured until the end. I have to say that I did not see it going in the direction which it did. Very good movie.

Also coming out this week:
  • Aeon Flux. This is here as a warning. Do not see this, it is awful.
  • American Dad: Volume 1. Not quite as good as Family Guy, but still pretty funny.
  • Casanova. Never saw this one, but don't recall it getting much good word. Heath Ledger stars.
  • Elevator to the Gallows. The debut of Luis Malle is a movie that Iwold really like to see. A three pronged story that branches off after a murder gone awry. The movie gets the Criterion treatment.
  • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. This has been much delayed, and the receipient of much acclaim. Can;t want for this.
  • Odyssey 5: The Complete Series. I remember seeing a taped episode of this short-lived science fiction series and thinking it looked pretty good, now the entire run is available on disk.
  • The Replacement Killers: Extended Cut. Does this really need an extended cut? Not sure, although I do remember liking the movie.
  • Shopgirl. Steve Martin proves he still has it. This was an interesting film, looking forward to seeing it again.
  • 3 Extremes 2. I had no idea there was a sequel to this, much less one so soon. But who I to complain?
  • Tristan and Isolde. This, while not perfect, was a lot better than I expected it to be.

What are you getting this week?


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