December 22, 2009

It Might Get Loud

It Might Get Loud (Sony) A Fender-lickin’ good blend of jamming and rock nostalgia are offered up in this better-than-VH1 rockumentary by Oscar-winning director David Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth). Featuring Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White, this cross-generational love letter to the electric aesthetic should be required viewing for the Guitar Hero bracket. Extras: commentary, festival press conference, deleted scenes.
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District 9 (Sony) Last summer’s cheapest and brainiest blockbuster succeeds as both a rewarding (if heavy-handed) socio-political parable and frisky sci-fi actioner. Kudos to Peter Jackson for saying “meh” to the Halo franchise in favour of producing Neill Blomkamp’s ingeniously out-of-this-world directorial debut. Extras: commentary, deleted scenes, revealing making-of.
Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day (Alliance) Those who lost hope after the boys’ previous big screen letdown will be relieved to discover a sequel that supplies more than lazy rehashes of what we’ve come to expect from the series. Here the entire cast is put to use and, as always, John Dunsworth steals the show as Jim Lahey, whose struggle with booze is as harrowing as it is hilarious. Extras: commentary, making-of, more trailer trash.
(500) Days of Summer (Fox) Take any standard Hollywood formula, add a nifty mix-tape structure, hip references, a stunning space cadet who totally digs The Smiths and you’ve concocted the summer’s premium romantic cocktail. Still, for every (500) things the film has going for it are also (500) cloying moments of Garden State proportions. Moreover: it’s a terrible date movie. Extras: cast ’n’ crew commentary, deleted scenes.
Robot Chicken: Season 4 (Warner) Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s stop motion cult charmer (that incidentally made a Star Wars–themed special of its own) is still going strong four years on, with nerdtastic cameos from Joss Whedon and Ron Moore. Extras: commentary on all 20 episodes, “Chicken Nuggets,” Comic-Con panels, more.