Monday, 16 August 2010

This Week's DVD/Blu-ray Choice, 16th August

This week's chosen flick is Drew Barrymore's directorial debut in Whip It!

Ellen Page stars with a fantastic supporting cast - Kirstin Wiig, Marcia Gay Harden, Juliette Lewis and Barrymore herself - in a film displaying the very best in all-out girl power. Bliss Cavendar is bored with her mother's forcefully, pageant-loving attitude. Therefore strays and joins with an all girls roller derby team, a competitive, violent sport that just about mixes up every aspect of Bliss' life up. Fantastic performances full of vigor and fun, clearly written and directed with a delicate and loving nature. One of the year's most enjoyable films, hands down.

Honourable Mentions:

David Duchovny joins forces with Demi Moore in this surprise hit of the year, The Joneses. The two are the structures of a faux family moving into a neighbourhood with the mission of selling almost everything they own. Equipped with the very best, the 'family' must encourage the surrounding families to want the same, seemingly idyllic, lifestyle. A downright original, well written drama with Moore and Duchovny on top form.

Neil Marshall, the director of The Descent, writes and helms the latest 'toga epic' with Centurion. A rag-tag group of soldiers must defeat the devilish Picts after they jump them with a surprising guerilla attack. Running for their very lives, the Picts, led by Quantum of Solace's Olga Kurylenko, specialise in the bewilderingly outlandish, therefore forcing the soldiers to tread carefully. An intense cat and mouse thriller, with stunning cinematography making for an enjoyable action adventure. Read the full review here.

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