A new year means a new selection of movies to rent or buy. Although many movies came out just in time for Christmas shoppers, there are also movies being released on DVD and Blue-ray in January 2011. Here’s a movie lover’s look at the movies coming out on DVD in January 2011.
“Dinner for Schmucks”
Starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, ” Dinner for Schmucks ” is a work-related comedy. The basic plot is that the office employees all compete to bring the biggest idiot to dinner with them. I didn’t want to see this movie when it was in cinemas, and I still don’t want to see it now that it’s on DVD. If you like stupid crude humor, maybe you’ll be more interested than I am.
Telling the story of John Lennon’s childhood/teen years, ” Nowhere Boy ” garnered a lot of critical attention although it wasn’t widely shown. This is a bit of an offbeat film about the early years of a musician that has become an icon and legend. Starring mostly unknown actors (they had to have a new face for Lennon, I think) and Kristin Scott Thomas, this looks to be a well thought out and acted film. I applaud the mix of the popular and the art-house. The Beatles were very avante garde in terms of experimenting with the use of film and music videos, and I think John Lennon would have approved of this biopic. I’m looking forward to seeing it on DVD.
“The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”
The final part of the trilogy including “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Girl Who Played With Fire”, ” The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest ” completes the story of Lisbeth Salander. Based on popular books, the ” Millennium Film Trilogy ” have gained an international cult following. If you are a fan of the series of books and films, then this is an exciting DVD release for you. If you don’t know anything about the rest of the series, then I’d recommend going back to the beginning rather than starting with “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”.
Other new movies scheduled for release on DVD (and sometimes Blu-Ray) in January 2011 include:
” Catfish ” (a completely creepy story about a photographer, a painting prodigy, and an inappropriate romance);
” Machete ” (Action/adventure disaster starring Danny Trejo and Robert De Niro) and
” Alpha and Omega ” (animated children’s movie about wolves).