This Week In DVD/Blu-Ray: May 9th

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The second week where my film cred is reduced somewhat.
May 9th

No Strings Attached

Year: 2011
Newly Released On: DVD/Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 49%
Synopsis: Ivan Reitman directs this romantic comedy about Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher accidentally boning each other one night. They decide to keep the relationship strictly no strings attached, but of course, this being a romantic comedy, hijinks ensue.

Blue Valentine

Year: 2010
Newly Released On: DVD/Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 87%
Synopsis: This film follows a struggling couple who tries to rescue their relationship, while flashbacks show the evolution and breakdown of their romance. A lot more dramatic than your average romance film.

Some Like It Hot

Year: 1959
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%
Synopsis: The Marilyn Monroe classic about two musicians witnessing a mob hit and fleeing by disguising as women and joining an all female band.

The Illusionist

Year: 2010
Newly Released On: DVD/Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 89%
Synopsis: Not to be confused with the Ed Norton film, The Illusionist is a French animated film about an illusionist who struggles to make a living in a 1950s USA who’s entertainment landscape is rapidly changing. Based on an unfinished script by French filmmaker Jacques Tati.

I Saw The Devil

Year: 2010
Newly Released On: DVD/Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 80%
Synopsis: A thriller film about a psychopathic serial killer who breaks the morality of a special agent who’s fiancee is killed by the murderer. A violent and deadly game of revenge and cat and mouse ensues.

Black Death

Year: 2010
Newly Released On: DVD/Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating:73%
Synopsis: After his performance as Boromir in Lord Of The Rings but before his performance as Boromir in Game Of Thrones, Sean Bean is a knight who investigates the rumours of a town that is a haven from the grip of the black death that is sweeping all of Europe. However, the town is nothing like what it is said to be.

The Horse Soldiers

Year: 1959
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%
Synopsis: John Wayne stars in this film based on a real American Civil War mission of a Union Cavalry being sent deep into Confederacy territory to destroy a supply centre. Problems are caused when a loyal confederate overhears the plans and must be taken with the squad.

Alien

Year: 1979
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray (Separate Release)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 96%
Synopsis: Now a sci-fi classic, Alien follows the crew of Nostromo who go to investigate a distress call from an alien ship, only to realise too late that it is infact a warning. A creature known as a Xenomorph is let on board and one by one, the crew are picked off.

Aliens

Year: 1986
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray (Separate Release)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%
Synopsis: Back when James Cameron was making films about actual aliens and not blue cats. Aliens is set 57 years after the first film and Ripley and a crew of marines head to the now colonized planet to try and stop the Xenomorph threat once and for all.

The Hit List

Year: 2011
Newly Released On: DVD/Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: N/A
Synopsis: A businessman creates a hit list while drunk at a bar one night, but then has to save each person the hit list and as they are actually targeted.

The Misfits

Year: 1961
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%
Synopsis: A romantic comedy about a divorcee who for a romantically independent cowboy in 60s Nevada.

Something Wild

Year: 1986
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray (Criterion Collection)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 86%
Synopsis: An investment broker allows himself to be kidnapped by a nutcase. A lot of sexy misadventures take place in the process.

My Father The Hero

Year: 1994
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 17%
Synopsis: An overprotective father gets in many misadventures with his overactive teenager daughter at a holiday resort.

Big Business

Year: 1988
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 25%
Synopsis: Two sets of identical twins, one poor and one rich are accidentally switched to birth, only to meet in the future during the closing down of a factory.

An Innocent Man

Year: 1989
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 29%
Synopsis: Tom Selleck is a everyday man who is mistakenly thought to be a drug dealer by two crooked cops, then shot and framed for the drugs. He spends his time in prison planning his escape.

V.I. Warshawski

Year: 1991
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 20%
Synopsis: A female PI tackles the case of her boyfriend’s daughter’s father’s murder. I don’t get it either.

Equilibrium

Year: 2002
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 37%
Synopsis: Our lord and saviour Christian Bale/Batman stars in this matrix sounding ripoff of a dystopia society where emotions are outlawed. Bale accidentally skips his designer drugs that stops emotions and discovers something worth fighting for.

Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers

Year: 1995
Newly Released On: Blu-Ray
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 7%
Synopsis: Another Halloween sequel. Same thing as usual.

Again, I haven’t watched any of these films (I KNOW, I KNOW!) but I’m going to recommend Alien or Aliens here on critical acclaim alone.

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