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Misery (Blu-Ray) (R)

MGM Home Entertainment/Fox Blu-Ray

One of the "classier" Stephen King adaptations hits Blu-Ray and, man, does it ever hold up. I probably haven't seen Misery since middle school and, while it didn't go over my head at the time, I didn't like it all that much — mostly because I was busy watching crap like Children of the Corn II. Now, as an adult, I realize what a wholly terrifying, intense masterpiece this movie really is. James Caan is dead-on as writer Paul Sheldon, who, after wrecking his car in a blizzard, is "rescued" by his No. 1 fan, Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates, in an Oscar-winning performance). Her obsession with Sheldon reaches realistic boiling points as she forces him to write a new novel. Intact is the harrowing "hobbling" scene, which to this day is still intensely gut-wrenching! Enjoy this as a perfectly grown-up horror movie. — Louis Fowler


Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (PG-13)

Warner Bros.

This repulsive movie has a disgusting premise: that a soulless, heartless man-whore, hotshot photographer Connor Mead (the nauseating Matthew McConaughey), could be redeemed by a phantasmagorical journey, Dickens-style, through all his sexual conquests, so he can be worthy of the childhood sweetheart who's inexplicably still hung up on him (Jennifer Garner, doing her best with a thankless role). It's rather astonishing that one movie could take two wildly different cartoonish depictions of love and sex — nonstop loveless screwing or soft-focus girly romance — and make both look so bad. Connor would like us to believe all men are dirtbags, and if they aren't, they're basically women ... and who on Earth would want to be a woman, especially with the way they let men like Connor Mead treat them? Ugh. — MaryAnn Johanson


Fame: The Complete Seasons 1 & 2 (NR)

MGM Home Entertainment

Fame, the original theatrical movie, was hardly fun family fare: Realistic, non-photogenic teens looking for a career in the arts get built up by their teachers, then torn down by the business. Who can forget when Coco is forced to pose nude by a "casting agent"? The long-running TV series, on the other hand, is as watered-down as can be, with silly, sitcommy plots and "issue of the week" dilemmas mixed among the dated dancing and synth-heavy FM tunes. Confession: I got as far as season one, then couldn't muster the gumption to watch season two. I maybe could see this series appealing to young drama students who fall in love with the airbrushed big-screen remake coming out Friday, and want to keep dreaming. But expect these DVDs to get the heave-ho when those dreams are crushed by the harsh realities of this world. — Louis Fowler

Child's Play (Blu-Ray) (R)

MGM Home Entertainment/Fox Blu-Ray

Just in time to get you all pumped for Halloween, the extremely stupid, yet extremely fun, killer-doll horror classic Child's Play gets a Blu-Ray release, giving it a high-def look that in all honesty, it probably didn't need. Now, I know that the malevolently plastic Chucky has gone on to become a terror icon, but watching this for the first time in years, I realize just how dumb a premise this all really is: A serial killer uses his last dying breaths to transfer his soul into a creepy kid's doll so he can continue his murder spree. Luckily, the filmmakers recognized the absurdity of this, too, giving Child's Play a slight satirical edge with Chucky doling out sarcastic Freddy-level one-liners as he clomps along, stabbing and slashing. Child's Play almost comes off as tame in this era of torture porn. Ah, the good ol' days! — Louis Fowler

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