Monday, November 20, 2006


A few movies have come out recently on DVD worth commenting on. Here are a couple I really liked:

Mean Creek (2005) A group of kids goes on a fishing trip and winds up killing one of their friends. At first they try to cover it up, but as is always the case with these things, it's not as simple as it seems. It's a sedately paced thriller that focuses more on the feelings of ordinary American kids as they see their lives unravelling than a gore-fest that just has one murder after another. Still, you'll walk away feeling a little disturbed: not one of the characters is a "bad seed", so how did it all go so wrong?
$19.98 at UPC: 097363443346

Transformers: The Movie (1986) The twentieth anniversary edition of one of the most influential films of my adolescence. I watched it nearly every day in seventh grade, and honestly, it's hard to believe it's been 20 years. Giant robots that can conceal themselves by transforming into cars, trucks, just about anything battle it out to protect Earth and their home planet of Cybertron. Possibly the highest death toll of any cartoon movie not produced in Japan. An entire planet is destroyed in the first scene. The animation is not the greatest ever, but it's quite imaginative; and you won't get bored because it's never too long before another huge laser-gun fight scene breaks out. Like most dudes my age, I was in love with the Transformers until I hit puberty, and experienced a little transformation of my own. Till all are one!
$17.58 at UPC: 828768307991

An Inconvenient Truth (2006) Produced by former Vice-President Al Gore, this entertaining documentary explains the dangers of global warming and the conspiracy to cover it up. Al Gore has never been the most charismatic speaker in the land, but he makes an important point: that man made pollution has changed conditions on Earth more in the past few decades than in the previous 8 million years. It's good to be outraged.
$20.98 at UPC: 097363480822

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (2006) While we're on the subject of melting ice, this charming kids' movie comes out the same day. Coincidence? A group of creatures from the Pleistocene struggles with their icy world slowly fading away. It's cute for the kids, but funny enough that the parents will enjoy it as well. Anything featuring Queen Latifah as a schizophrenic wooly mammoth can't be all bad. Not as good as Finding Nemo, or most Disney films for that matter (Ice Age is produced by 20th Century Fox) but still worth the rental fee.
$20.98 at UPC: 024543377719

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