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Christopher Webster [DVD News 12.20.11] movie news dvd blu-ray

So what's getting released the last week before Christmas? A whole lot of horror is what. And since there's nothing wrong with stuffing your own stocking, it's time to do some holiday shopping!

Julia's Eyes - What's scarier than losing your sight? This classy Del Toro produced thriller was a minor hit at festivals this year (review from Dead by Dawn), but this is the first chance many of us will get to see it. Bring it on.

Straw Dogs - I'm sure we all agree that Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs did not need to be remade. Having said that, this re-imagining that transplants the action into southern America seems totally harmless and, given the status of the original, could certainly never usurp it's place in history. I'm a huge fan of James Marsden and plan on watching it just to see his performance.

Colombiana - Which director has the coolest last name ever? Olivier Megaton is who. He directed this French produced revenge action starring Zoe Saldana from Avatar and while its supposed to be low on script quality it's supposedly high on octane thrills.

Saint Nick - Why is Santa so evil in Europe? Maybe people should be nicer over there or something. At any rate, Saint Nick (originally SINT, then Saint) is an evil Santa flick from the Netherlands which is supposed to be pretty great. Marina gave it a middling review, but I'm looking forward to a break from feel-good Christmas fare.

Warrior - The Story of two brothers forced to face off in the ring together, a lot of people lavished praise on Warrior this year (including us) and what it tells me is that someone got the formula right. Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton seem perfectly cast though. This is one I won't run out to see, but if I'm ever in need of a boxing movie, I'll check it out.

Burke & Hare - A dark comedy from John Landis about grave robbers played by Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis. What's not to love?

The Tempest - Julie Taymor's lavish and surreal version of Shakespeare's classic play comes to life on high-def Blu-ray

Margin Call - Movies like this just scare the sh^t out of me because they remind me of fragile we've made the world and how easily it could fall apart. Also how you have to be a certain per cent evil to find a place at the top. Kevin Spacey got all the acclaim for this one, but my money is on Paul Bettany who gives a great performance as a guy in the middle of a sh^t storm who manages to stay cool and put all the chaos in perspective.

Blackthorn - Sam Shepard plays Butch Cassidy is this sombre revisionist western. I love westerns. So I will catch it for sure.

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JeffC (9 years ago) Reply

Julia's Eyes I thought was superb! Original and suspenseful! Ordering it today!

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