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The Hurt Locker is nominated for a ton of Oscar categories this year, including Best Picture, Actor in Leading Role, Directing, and Cinematography. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the story follows members of a U.S. Army EOD unit in Iraq and shows how they deal with the constant stress and emotions that come with defusing bombs and the threat of insurgency. This intense film also looks at the tension that develops among them as they... more
We're big fans of both Paul Giamatti and offbeat comedies, and Cold Souls combines both into a movie that you'll want to watch over and over again. The story centers on Paul Giamatti, who plays a fictionalized version of himself, and his journey to find his soul after it gets lost in St. Petersburg. If you liked Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, you'll want to check out this movie.... more
The 2010 NBA All-Star Game will be played on February 14th at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas. But if you can't until then wait to get your basketball fix, check out More Than a Game, an inspirational documentary that follows LeBron James and four of his teammates from their early high school basketballs days to James' rise to fame in the NBA. It's a story about friendship and sportsmanship that is sure to get... more
Based (loosely) on historical events and people, Deadwood set the Western genre on its ear with its outstanding ensemble cast, intricate plotlines, and raunchy but lightning-quick language. In turns both brutal and hilarious, this eight-time Emmy winner presented the Old West in all its gritty glory. Fans were understandably upset when the show was cut short after four seasons, but fortunately its available in its entirety with this 19-disc box set.
A must-have for fans of French cinema, the Three Colors Trilogy presents Krzysztof Kieslowski's Blue, White, and Red as they were meant to be seen: together. Kieslowski created the trilogy to commemorate the bicentennial of the French Revolution, with each color representing one of the hues of the French flag and the value it represents: liberty, equality, and fraternity. Although each film stands delightfully on its own, taken together, theyre a beautiful exploration of... more
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button garnered tons of nominations at this year's Academy Awards. While it didn't take home top honors, it did win for Best Art Direction, Best Makeup, and Best Visual Effects. And no doubt, anyone that can make Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett look old and wrinkled deserve to win an award. The story centers on Benjamin Button, a man that was born old and grows younger while still retaining... more
The Wrestler certainly brought Mickey Rourke back into the spotlight, and rightfully so. His role as a washed up wrestler pulls heartstrings, and won him a nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Marisa Tomei's performance as an equally washed up stripper brought her a nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Despite not winning in either category, Rourke's and Tomei's performances make this one of the must-see movies of 2009.
Slumdog Millionaire raked in the nominations and awards for the 2009 Academy Awards. It won Best Picture, Music Score, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Cinematography, and for Writing (Adapted Screenplay). Danny Boyle also brought home an award for Best Director. Set around the popular game show, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," the movie tells the story of a boy growing up in the slums of Mumbai and his search for his one true love.... more
Milk was nominated in several categories for the 2009 Academy Awards, including one for Gus Van Sant as Best Director and one for Best Music (Score). But it was Sean Penn and writer Dustin Lance Black that took home two awards: Penn, for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Black, for Best Writing (Original Screenplay). The movie tells the story of Harvey Milk and his quest to be the country's first openly gay... more
The Duchess brought in two nominations for this year's Academy Awards: one for Best Art Direction and one for Best Costume Design. It ended up bringing home only an award for Best Costume Design. Keira Knightley plays Georgiana Spencer, a sixteen-year-old woman trapped in a loveless marriage to the much older, Duke of Devonsire. The world of the eighteenth-century English aristocracy can certainly be seen in this movie's lavish costumes.
The second time was a charm for Penelope Cruz at this year's Academy Awards. She was previously nominated for 2006's Volver; but this year, it was her performance in Vicki Cristina Barcelona that brought her Oscar gold. In it, she plays the fiery Maria Elena, a divorced woman still locked in a complex relationship with her ex-husband. Directed by Woody Allen, the film tells the story of two girlfriends on summer holiday that fall... more
Revolutionary Road was nominated for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design at this year's Academy Awards. And even thought it lost in both categories, it's still a movie worth checking out. Set in post-World War II America, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet play married couple, Frank and April Wheeler. Despite living what many would call the "American Dream," their lives become torn between their desire for a bohemian lifestyle and their now conventional... more
When put into a category with Meryl Streep and Kate Winslet, Angelina Jolie didn't stand a chance for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Her movie, Changeling, also lost out in both the Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography categories, but that doesn't mean you should miss it. Set in the late 1920's, it tells the story of a mother's grief as she tries to find her missing son, all the while going up... more
No Country For Old Men, the movie that won Oscars for best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, and best supporting actor (Javier Bardem), comes out on DVD this week. Directed by the Coen brothers and based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy, the movie is a modern morality tale about the violent pursuits of money and justice. It also features "one of the most horrible haircuts in history" on Javier... more
In case you missed the Golden Globe awards, Meryl Streep won the award for best actress in a musical or comedy for her role in The Devil Wears Prada. She thanked her co-stars who, she said, "had the difficult job of making me seem monstrous." Hugh Laurie won the award for best actor in a drama television serious for his role as House, and Grey's Anatomy won the award for best dramatic... more
We have a new favorite movie: Everything is Illuminated. Based on the critically-acclaimed novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything Is Illuminated" is the story of a young Jewish American (Elijah Wood) who travels to the Ukraine to solve a family secret, and his fall-off-your-chair-hysterical Ukrainian tour guide (Eugene Hutz, member of the folk-punk band Gogol Bordello).
In Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, now out on DVD, a group of oceanic explorers who call themselves Team Zissou embark on a journey to hunt down the jaguar shark that ate one of their crew members. Starring Bill Murray, this original adventure-comedy has an all-star cast (Cate Blanchett, Willem Defoe, and more).
Out today on DVD: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, starring Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep, Jude Law, and Billy Connolly. It's a comedic saga about three orphans who find themselves fobbed off on a series of odd people, including the narrator Lemony Snicket.
The award-winning film Sideways comes out on DVD this week. Featuring beautiful photography of the California countryside and some unique insight into the wine industry, this comedy about personal tragedy will leave you with a smile on your face and a thirst for a nice glass of Pinot Noir.
The award-winning movie Closer, starring Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, and Clive Owen, comes out on DVD this week. Masterfully adapted from the award-winning stage play, it's the story of two couples who meet, cheat, and deceive each other. It's a witty, romantic, and dangerous love story.