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New Rental Releases This Week (22/02/10)

New DVD rental releases at DVBee this week:

Inglourious Basterds, Dumbo, Adam and Smart People!



Inglourious Basterds Movie PosterINGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (2009)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Christoph Waltz, Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Melanie Laurent
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Age Restriction: 16LPV

Quentin Tarantino's recipe: add a handful of spaghetti Westerns and a dash of WW2 comic books and you've got Inglourious Basterds, a fictional account of a special task force destined for Nazi-occupied France, where terror was used as a strategy to cast fear into the hearts of young Nazi soldiers wanting to keep their scalps. This Tarantino show down features a powerhouse performance from Christoph Waltz and blends a taut and exciting hotch-potch of influences to create yet another captivating piece of bloody, awesome Tarantino cinema.

Dumbo Movie PosterDUMBO (1941)
Director: Ben Sharpsteen
Starring: James Baskett, Herman Bing, Billy Bletcher
Genre: Animation, Family, Music
Age Restriction: A

Dumbo is a Walt Disney classic in every respect:  from its fun, lovable characters to the sweet, endearing and innocent story of the elephant that could. This 1941 animated feature is timeless for its touching story about reaching one's true potential and for its Oscar-winning score. While kids will be aware of its old style 2D animation, they won't be able to resist being enthralled by its funny, heartwarming and innocent circus tale. At just over 60 minutes, Dumbo's very rewatchable.

Adam Movie PosterADAM (2009)
Director: Max Mayer
Starring: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Age Restriction: 13PG L

Rain Man gave Dustin Hoffman a platform to shine as some of the mysteries behind autism were given front page attention. Hugh Dancy does the same for Asperger's Syndrome, a condition closely associated with autism. This realistic portrayal is sensitive, tender and sweet as we come to identify with Adam's romantic dilemna. The New York charm and solid lead performances add to this simple, yet sweet love story.

Smart People Movie PosterSMART PEOPLE (2008)
Director: Noam Murro
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ellen Page, Thomas Haden Church
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Age Restriction: 13PG L

This character-driven dramedy takes a slice-of-life from a pompous, eccentric Professor and widower (Quaid) and explores the relationships around his dysfunctional home with his low-life brother (Haden Church), an impressionable daughter (Page), a distant son and a new girlfriend (Parker), who used to have a student crush on him. The comedy is a little prickly, the situation is rife with comic scenarios... a curious blend of Sideways and The Family Stone. While Smart People boasts a savvy cast, the narrative is more concerned with the character's transitions and may come across as a little scatter-shot and depressing at times.

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Kalahari.net Gets a Whiff of the 2OceansVibe

When was the last time you spotted a gorgeous woman wearing nothing but cut-off jeans? I don't think I ever have... that's until today when I received this weekend marketing HTML email from Kalahari.net.

Okay, I know that sex sells - but this is ridiculous... this tanned beauty is not only topless, but looks as though her shorts have been painted on. Now I get the weekend vibe with palm trees in the background and maybe they only intended for males between 16-35 to receive this sassy little mailer, but come on... is this barely legal teen stuff really going to make me want to buy bestselling books, jewelery, watches, pens, electronics, DVDs, music and games up to 35% off?

Especially when what they're selling is predominantly intended for indoor entertainment... see the connection? I'm actually sensing a strong 2OceansVibe breeze in this email, Tuesday Tabs... the palm trees... the weekend vibe. The only thing that doesn't match up is the fact that this mailer was sent on a Saturday - which does not gel with the "work is a sideline" protocol. Don't get me wrong, I love Kalahari.net... but this just came across as distinctly different to their usual marketing slant and I just had to say something. We'll probably hear that a mailer advertising Kalahari.net's "Spice" Shop got mixed up with the generic mailer stock photos or maybe they were just feeling naughty? Either way... I'm looking forward to what they come up with for next weekend - a guy in a g-string or maybe a nip slip? Eye-catching... yes, cheeky... yes, hard-sell... I'll leave that for you to decide.

The Lovely Bones Movie Review: Murder Most Surreal

The Lovely Bones Movie Poster

The Lovely Bones is directed by Peter Jackson of King Kong and Lord of the Rings fame. However, this fantasy drama and thriller points to some of his earlier work. It doesn't have the epic magnitude of his latest ventures, yet nestles itself in the realm of fantasy. The Lovely Bones tells the story of Susie Salmon, a young girl who is murdered, destined to watch over her family and her killer as she decides between the path of vengeance or healing from heaven above.

It's based on Alice Sebold's novel of the same title and is adapted by Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens and Peter Jackson. The setting is '70s America... an age romantically thought to have been void of life's hidden evils. No one had to lock their doors at night and stranger danger was something that happened in the movies. This was a vibrant, warm time for families as they watched their children grow up in the comfort of their white picket fence neighbourhoods... as they rode bikes and made the most of the sunshine years. However, life for the Salmons happened in a "that could never happen to us" space, one that would catapult the underlying feelings into plain sight as their daughter was whisked away by the darkness.

The Lovely Bones is divided into two dimensions... the reality of Susie in the real world, where photographs capture a moment of life and the other side, where a young girl's imagination determines her heavenly environment. There's very little focus on the transition as Jackson chooses to allude to Susie's tragic murder and rape, instead of...continued.

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