Welcome to the DVD & Games Forecast.
Last week may have been a little slow, but this week more than makes up for it. Holy cow, if you've got good taste in movies, you're going to be broke by Wednesday morning. The featured titles this week represent one of the strongest single week line-ups in months. Lots to cover, so let's get right to it.
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED TITLES:
At this point, "The Hurt Locker" may well be the most-discussed film from 2009 that no one's seen. Hopefully that will change with it coming out on DVD and BluRay this week. It's a fairly intimate film, and I don't think it's going to hurt the movie at all if people see it at home. It's almost the opposite of its primary Oscar competition, "Avatar," a character-driven drama set in the real world, complex and political. The notion of a lead character who is addicted to the adrenaline of war is difficult for either liberals or conservatives to turn into a simple symbol, which automatically makes it one of the most interesting of the modern war films. Kathryn Bigelow has always been a director of tremendous style, but with this film, she finally became an important one as well.
Although I may not have been quite as in love with this SF film as some of my peers, I think it's smart and admirable stuff. Sam Rockwell gives a couple of strong performances as an astronaut who is nearing the end of a three-year-tour working a largely automated lunar mining station. As some strange events start to unfold, he begins to question the nature of his job and even his reality, and eventually the film becomes a brain-bending trip. The most impressive thing about the film is how much director Duncan Jones pulled off on a limited budget. It's a major announcement for him as a filmmaker, and I look forward to whatever he does next.