Blu-ray, Movies

DVD Day: December 7th, 2010

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?? Inception
Let’s talk about Inception for a second, because DVD is kind of meager today. I don’t think I enjoy Chris Nolan movies, because they’re usually awkwardly contrived for one big twist. I didn’t care for Memento or The Prestige (the Christian Bale “twist” was painfully obvious; I admit I did like the movie’s Tesla/sci-fi weirdness, although I’m not sure that radical shift half-way through makes it a good film). I didn’t like Batman Begins because of the horrible contradiction regarding Batman’s refusal to kill (he won’t kill a convicted criminal, but he will kill all his ninja-mates AND leave R’as Al Ghul to die twice?! No). I did like The Dark Knight, but I recognize that the Joker makes no sense — he’s an agent of chaos but he’s obscenely organized to an absurd degree; I kind of get around that by accepting the Joker as a force of nature, which I can see being a stretch for some people).

That all said, I worry about Inception. Between it being Nolan and the subject matter, I’m excepting a twist, obvious, probably that it’s all someone else’s dream the whole time (you don’t need to tell me if I’m right). I’m sure it’ll be interesting and have good performances, but I feel like Nolan thinks up the twist first and then tries to wrap a story around it later — much like Shyamalan, sadly, although I fully admit Nolan is infinitely more skilled a director than Shyamalan.

So anyways, that’s it. Just my thoughts. Oh! One more thing: Ms Robot and I just got into the Angry Birds iPhone game on Sunday, and I’ve seen the Inception on DVD commercials maybe 9 million times over the past two days. When I go to bed, all I can picture in my mind are birds being launched into pigs in slow motion with the Inception BRAAAAAHHM noise playing over and over again.

? Videodrome
The David Cronenberg classic on Blu-ray from Criterion.

? Hunter Prey
This release is actually the whole reason I’m even doing a DVD Day today — it’s the sci-fi flick from Sandy Collora, the guy who made the awesome Batman: Dead End fan flick. It’s an homage to the cheap and decidedly freaky sci-fi flicks of the ’70s and ’80s. You can — and should — watch the trailer here.

? Trek Stars Go West
A DVD entirely of Star Trek stars starring in Western TV shows from the 50s and early ’60s. Includes Leonard Nimoy AND James Doohan playing Indians, apparently. I especially love the fact that “Trek Stars” is in the Star Trek font on the front cover.

Last but not least, I would be a horrible Tron fanboy if I didn’t tell you that Amazon is selling Daft Punk’s new Tron: Legacy soundtrack on MP3 for $4 today and today only. Get it here.

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.