DVD Review: Moonrise Kingdom, Madagascar 3, Avatar and more…

By October 18, 2012


Moonrise Kingdom — My tastes clearly lean towards the action / sci-fi / horror / superhero / nerdly fare, obviously, but I always like to make room for something smart, something heavy, or (in this case) something sweet, weird, and quietly funny. At this point you already know if you’re a fan of Wes Anderson’s films (my favorites are The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and the blissful Fantastic Mr. Fox), so me telling you that Moonrise Kingdom is among the man’s finest work, I’m either preaching to the choir or yelling towards people who don’t care. It’s an odd, amusing, and poignant pre-teen romantic comedy with a great cast, but it also has that distinctive Wes Anderson vibe slathered all over the place. You know what I mean. Not much in the supplementary department (three behind-the-scenes featurettes) but the movie’s what matters, and this is one of the year’s best.


Madagascar 3 — And people call me crazy for going to see Saw 3.


Avatar — An all-new mega-swanky super-ultra mega-fantastic wrapped-in-plastic 3-D blow-your-speakers-out re-issue of James Cameron’s infamous box-office failure. (All jokes; I think it’s a pretty solid sci-fi adventure flick, and if you like it at least that much — and you own a 3-D set-up — this Blu-ray should look and sound pretty damn cool.


That’s My Boy –– Adam Sandler films on Blu-ray are like finding Hot Pockets in the Lost Ark of the Covenant.


Chernobyl Diaries — Not the best horror flick you’ll see all year, but I still had some creepy fun with the setting of this standard-yet-shrieky little experiment. It does seem like the sort of horror movie that’ll find a few fans as time goes by, but there’s no denying that the ending is sort of, well, terrible. Luckily the blu-ray offers a few different endings, so feel free to pick the one you like. That’s not how filmmaking is supposed to work, but hey the world’s an imperfect place. (Full review here, if you’re interested.)


Excision — A severely twisted horror comedy that’s only for the brave, and that’s all I’m saying about Excision. (Oh, except that here’s my review of the movie at FEARnet.)

Catalog blu-rays: A League of Their Own! Terror Train! Pete’s Dragon! The Funhouse! Gone in Sixty Seconds! (yes, the original!)

Next week: Magic Mike, Abraham Lincoln, and Tyler Perry. One of them gets naked.

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Scott Weinberg
Writer. Movie critic. Producer. Semi-actor. Wise-ass. Film advocate. Horror geek. Cat fan. Twitter junkie. Follow me at @scotteweinberg.