It might seem like your everyday stoner comedy, but Pineapple Express is a strange comedic beast. It was helmed by dramatic indie filmmaker David Gordon Green, it brought Huey Lewis and the News back to the world of cinema songwriting, and, of course, it gave us an excellent duo to get high with -- Seth Rogen and James Franco. Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.
Righteous Kill is right, but not in the way that makes the eyes blaze with excitement, but the way that makes you groan in disappointment. While joining heavy weights Robert De Niro and Al Pacino was a big to-do, that was the only noteworthy piece of this police v. serial killer story. Still, it's Rob and Al, so if you're curious: Rent it on DVD or Blu-ray.
Oh, if only we could be back in the days of Airplane. Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer show no signs of stopping their terrible spoof addiction, and this time it's all about disasters. Need I say more? Skip it on DVD or Blu-ray.
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Yet more Nicolas Cage action devoid of indie sparks. As William Goss said in his review: "[Cage] is so reliably aloof throughout, so divorced from the proceedings that it almost becomes its own form of entertainment... which is certainly helpful once genuine entertainment refuses to show up to any other degree." Skip it on DVD and Blu-ray.
This is the week of high-profile, brain-sucking releases. James Rocchi outlined it all in his review -- from Fox's refusal to screen for critics, to director Mathieu Kassovitz disavowing the feature: "Babylon A.D. is a bad, bloated big-budget science fiction film that doesn't even have the distinction of being memorably horrible or bravely idiotic or fascinatingly inept; it's simply an inert mass, a lump of product, a failure too expensive to simply discard." Skip it on DVD and Blu-ray.
More new releases: Eden Lake (+ Blu-ray) and Postal (free of Uwe Boll "work" in high-definition)
Plus: Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia, The Alphabet Killer, The Wicker Man (1974), The Lizard
Ping Pong Playa
Where Balls of Fury failed, even with the delectable Christopher Walken, Jessica Yu's Ping Pong Playa succeeds. C-Dub wishes he was a basketball star, but when is ping pong-teaching mom and ping pong-playing brother are injured in an accident, he has to face his family's sport and livelihood. It's funny, charming, and has an excellent multicultural cast. Buy it on DVD and Blu-ray.
Should we love or hate the film that thrusts us back to 1994, drug dealing, and a raunchy Ben Kingsley? Erik Davis raves about it, Scott Weinberg wasn't so thrilled, and I'm inclined to fall in line with the 'berg. Decide for yourself: Rent it on DVD and Blu-ray.
More new releases: The Grocer's Son, Blind Mountain, and Inheritance
Interested in seeing the likes of Malcolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole, and John Gielgud get raunchy in high definition? The classic retro raunchfest is now on shelves! Thank you, Bob Guccione.
More new releases: The Last Emperor -- Criterion, The Man Who Fell to Earth -- Criterion, An American Carol, Friday Night Lights, and Superhero Movie
Michael Powell Double Feature (Age of Consent , Stairway to Heaven) -- There might only be two films, but there's commentaries and featurettes to fill the void.