Media | A2Q Archives | A2Q #57: The "Styptic" Edition | September 23, 2008: Welcome to this week's home video release highlights, a column tragically focused entirely on the American market. Sorry, rest of the world. Region locks are the home video industry's way of saying they still don't understand the Internet.

Roundup by Levi | Posted September 23, 2008

Out This Week

The Godfather: Coppola Restoration
Last week in this spot on the line-up we had a hammy Pacino disappointment. As if in response, The Godfather Trilogy has been released on Blu-ray with a new transfer that reportedly puts the rather shameful DVD image to shame. All the fantastic DVD extras are present along with newly-created extras filmed especially for this rerelease. I'm sure I don't have to sell you on the merits of the films themselves, so all I really have to say is that if the picture quality is as remarkable a improvement over the DVD collection as early reviews have suggested, it's definitely worth the upgrade.

LA Confidential
I recently covered Street Kings, which was a fairly decent entry in the "corrupt LAPD officer draws the line a little earlier than his even-more corrupt peers" genre -- but now we get that particular subgenre's masterwork. If you've never seen LA Confidential, it's essential viewing for fans of crime drama. If you have, well, it's worth seeing again. While you're at it, be sure to check out the James Ellroy novel, as its scope is far grander than the movie can contain.

George Clooney and that one guy from The Office fight for the same girl, set against the backdrop of Gridiron Football's early days. Besides than the actors involved, though, no part of this movie appeals to me in the slightest.

Mother of Tears
Long-time "Add to Queue" readers will know that I'm a bit of an Argento fan. Both of them! Asia Argento is a fantastic actress and a powerful screen presence, and in this film she teams up with her father, the legendary horror director Dario Argento, for a thematic sequel to Suspiria and Inferno. Suspiria in particular was a masterpiece. Sure, the acting is terrible, the dialogue embarrassing, and the plot slower than molasses, but no one can put imagery on the movie screen as simultaneously colorful, horrifying, grand, and gothic as Dario Argento when he's at his peak. The only question is: how close is he to his peak in Mother of Tears? For me, he's close enough to make this mandatory viewing for horror fans.

If Mother of Tears doesn't fully scratch your horror itch, check out Pathology, which opens with the faux-orgasm from the diner scene in When Harry Met Sally redone with corpses. The sex scenes involve scalpels and needles. It's from the writers of the pulp-action film Crank, and it shows. The plot (such as it is) revolves around an after-hours club where student pathologists kill people in elaborate ways and challenge each other to figure out how they did it. Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) stars as the newcomer to the group, who convinced that that the people who are being murdered were child molesters or pimps and thus deserved their fate. Nasty, sleazy, trashy, people looking for a little hard-R exploitation should look no further than Pathology.

Run, Fat Boy, Run
The genius from Shaun of the Dead in a rote romantic comedy as a lovable loser who is convinced that if only he gets off his dead ass and runs a marathon for charity like her current beau, it'll prove to his ex that he's worthy of a second look. Unfortunately, the film itslef doesn't even seem to be worthy of a first look. Rent Hot Fuzz again, instead.

Sex and the City
Ye gods, the materialism. The American economy might be swirling down the toilet, but at least we can watch a movie about a group of shallow women who spend enough on shoes in a weekend to feed my family for a year. It wouldn't be so offensive if it were portrayed as fantasy-wish fulfillment (like all those John Hughes movies where the nerd gets the girl), but to see Sex and the City trotted out as some sort of culturally relevant portrayal of empowered, independent women -- as something for women to look up to and aspire to -- well, it's deeply offensive.


Every week, the number one comment I get is that some movie got less coverage than it deserved. When I started writing this column I managed a video store and it was no thing for me to watch every movie in advance of it's release. Nowadays, it's much more logistically difficult to do so, so sometimes very good movies slip through the cracks. This is where I want you guys to step in. Instead of posting "hey dude you forgot _____" I want you to post in the comments or on the official thread in the Talking Time forums an A2Q style write-up of the movie in question. The best one or two will be included in the following week's column in a new community section. Note that I personally am not a fan of anime so you're going to have write something really good if you want a cartoon to make it into the column.


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