Welcome back! Well, to some of you, anyway. To the rest of you, glad you decided to stop by and I hope that this humble column helps you navigate the stacks of new releases each week. My goal is to point you toward titles of interest and warn you away from those films that seek to do nothing but leech away your time and give you nothing in return.
This week brings an strong selection of films that includes some comedy, a little drama, some indie flavor, a splash of blood, some extreme music, a romance, and more. I know there are a few here that I am looking forward to checking out, as well as some that I am eager to see for the first time. Read on and see if any strike your fancy.
Drillbit Taylor. This is a simple story told through the high concept of kids buying a bodyguard. It is a film that has consequences, it delivers flawed characters making sometimes poor decisions, but always attempting to do the right thing. There is no denying the quality of entertainment. It is a funny movie that does deliver what is promised. Look at it as Superbad: The Prequel. (BUY, RENT, SKIP)
Mad Men: Season One. I have heard plenty of good things about this series although I have never seen an episode. This release could prove to be a good way to finally check it out and see if it's worthy of the praise that has surrounded it. The show is set in the 1960s and centers on an advertising agency, in particular one of their most successful agents. (BUY, RENT, SKIP)
Vantage Point. This movie just rushes by. When it ends it is as if no time has passed at all. It is very nearly in real time, offering very little backstory, and when it ends you will be left with a plethora of questions about why what happened happened. It puts all the pieces into place, but you are never allowed to see what it is supposed to look like. Still, it is enjoyable for the adrenaline rush it provides through its frenetic pace. Worth a rental, but nothing more. (BUY, RENT, SKIP)