Monday, September 6, 2010

Top 5 most requested DVDs during August

List by Tosca

"Also watching a movie on DVD is different than watching it in the theater. "- Ivan Reitman

Profound and moving words :) I'm curious about what others watch and read for a couple of reasons - 1) it's always a case of trash and treasure and 2) I'm inherently nosey and constantly looking for something else to read/watch. I quite happily ask our customers and staff why they've chosen a particular title and, more often than not, it sparks some sort of interest and/or inspiration on my part to do the same. With that in mind, this is a list of the top 5 most requested DVDs of August.

Honourable mention:
* Valentine's Day - I enjoyed this film. Unfortunately, I've yet to find one other person who didn't hate it.
* Invictus - starring Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman.
* Boy - written, directed by & starring the fabulously talented Taika Waititi (this title is currently on order). I bought my dad a copy for Father's Day and now I'm the favouritest, #1 daughter (he has 7 so that's a pretty mean feat).
* The lovely bones - starring Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Saoirse Ronan, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon.
* Alice in Wonderland - starring Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska.

The hurt locker (R16) starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Guy Pearce
US Army Staff Sergeant Will James, Sergeant J.T. Sanborn and Specialist Owen Eldridge comprise the Bravo Company's bomb disposal unit stationed in Baghdad. James is the tech team leader. When he arrives on the scene, Bravo Company has thirty-nine days left on its current deployment, and it will be a long thirty-nine days for Sanborn and Eldridge whose styles do not mesh with that of their new leader. James' thrill of the dismantlement seems to be the ultimate goal regardless of the safety of his fellow team members, others on the scene or himself. On the other hand, Sanborn is by the book: he knows his place and duty and trusts others in the army to carry out theirs as well as he. Eldridge is an insecure soldier who is constantly worried that an error or misjudgment on his part will lead to the death of an innocent civilian or a military colleague. While the three members face their own internal issues, they have to be aware of any person at the bomb sites, some of whom may be bombers themselves.

Mao's last dancer starring Chi Cao, Joan Chen, Kyle MacLachlan, Bruce Greenwood, Amanda Schull
This drama is based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin. At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao's cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet. In 1979, during a cultural exchange to Texas, he fell in love with an American woman. Two years later, he managed to defect and went on to perform as a principal dancer for the Houston Ballet and as a principal artist with the Australian Ballet.

Shutter Island (R16) starring Jackie Earle Haley, Leonardo Dicaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Max Von Sydow, Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley
When U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels arrives at the asylum for the criminally insane on Shutter Island, what starts as a routine investigation quickly takes a sinister turn. As the investigation unfolds and Daniels uncovers more shocking and terrifying truths about the island, he also learns there are some places that never let you go.

The boy in the striped pyjamas (Rated M) starring Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend, David Hayman, Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, Amber Beattie, Jim Norton, Sheila Hancock, Richard Johnson
Set in Poland during World War II. Innocent and naive 8-year-old Bruno is bored and restless in his new home. Ignoring his mother, he sets off on an adventure in the woods. He comes across a high fence which separates him from the people he can see through it. Soon he meets a young boy in striped pajamas, and a surprising friendship develops.

Tosca's note: I cried like a little girl when I read the book. In fact, by the last page, where the author writes something like how it was all just a fable and everybody knows those aren't true, I was sobbing my heart out. A good kind of sobbing! The movie...I did feel it didn't have quite that same intensity but I'm always about the book rather than the film adaptations.

The girl with the dragon tattoo (R18) starring Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace
Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found and her beloved uncle is convinced she was murdered and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced investigative journalist Mickael Blomkvist and the tattooed and troubled yet resourceful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate.

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