Movies Hot Off Oscar Awards Hit DVD: The Descendents, My Week with Marilyn & MORE!!

When there is little to see in the theaters — and right now I can’t be bothered to see 90% of what’s out there, the other 10% I have seen already— that’s when I quickly turn to DVD/Blu-ray for my movie fix. While I have seen some of these movies, I haven’t seen all and while it’s not the same as a theater quality experience, I also don’t have to pay for water or popcorn either or miss an important moment in a movie. (Pause is one of those things that I wish we could all do in a theater– for personal pit-stops or drink refills), So turn down the lights, make yourself some popcorn, get your favorite beverage and fire up the big screen TV & DVD player for at least one of these movies!

The Descendants
If you haven’t seen this, this is a way to see it but you will lose the best quality of seeing things on Oahu and Kauai (where most of the outdoor shots of the movie were done.)

Synopsis/ review
An adaptation of the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, stars George Clooney as Matt King, a middle-age Hawaiian who runs a trust worth several millions of dollars of untouched Kauai real estate that has been passed down to him and various cousins over several generations. He is preparing to sell the area and make millions for everyone in the trust (most have run through their trustfunds so they want to sell); when his wife suffers severe head trauma during a boat race and is on life support.

As Matt realizes that his wife is not going to recover, he starts to deal with all the legal and emotional implications that precurse and also will follow her impending death. He learns of his wife’s affair and
he — along with his two daughters and the elder daughter’s lame boyfriend– set out to confront the man with whom his wife was having an affair. Funny, sad, poignantly moving, the movie is well-played by virtually everyone and the director Alexander Payne deserve kudos for the depth of feeling in this movie.

You can find this movie at Amazon.com and every other major electronic store and mass merchandise outlet (Walmart, Target, Kmart etc)

My Week With Marilyn
A movie I have yet to see ( yeah I know. I should have seen it in the theater– but there were so many movies out), this will be great on Blu-ray and DVD!

Full Synopsis
Based on a missing chapter from the memoir/biography by Colin Clark’s “The Prince, the Showgirl and Me, My Week With Marilyn” is about a missing chapter that had supposedly been in the book.

This movie is about the week he spent as a production assistant which was pretty much spent making sure Monroe was getting to the set and not into “trouble” during the making of “The Prince and the Showgirl”,starring Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) and Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh). While
Monroe had just married playwright Arthur Miller –the newlyweds were on their honeymoon as production began. After Miller leaves to return to the US, Clark takes a chance in befriending the blonde bombshell and showing her what everyday life was like in the UK without the Hollywood scrutiny and ballyhoo. Feeling left behind by Miller and not tolerating the problems with Olivier who was having mutual problems tolerating Monroe’s lacksadaisical behavrior on set, Monroe turns to Clark to be her supportive friend and confidante.

Michelle Williams offers us one of her best performances and others in the supporting cast do as well.

AVailable on Amazon.com as well as all the usual outlets: major electronic stores, mass market stores and even drugstores.

Young Adult is a movie that is about a woman who never got past being queen of the prom and how she turned into this trainwreck of a person—hell bent on self-destruction in her quest for her personal re-conquest of a former flame. Successful in all that she has done, Mavis is a 30-something in search of that which would fulfill her—and that she thinks is her ex-boyfriend.

Played perfectly chill and with a bitch-mouth and body language to match, Charlize Theron earned her nomination by playing this incredibly successful person who is still a teenager inside who wants what she wants and won’t stop till she gets it.

Worth the viewing because you know someone who is exactly like that. (I know I do.)

Mavis cannot fathom a world where Buddy could be content with this small town existence and in her opinion, an average wife. Her dark, ironic, “worldly” attitude contrasts with their simple, sunny outlook. Fortunately she finds a likeminded soul in Matt Freehauf, a fellow damaged traveler.
“I think it’s difficult for her to go back to Mercury and see that some people are content. How dare these people be happy when she’s achieved so much more than them and is so much more attractive and so much more cultured and wears better clothing and they’re happy? But Buddy’s happy. Beth is happy. It’s very frustrating for her and luckily she is able to find Matt Freehauf who is the one person who is just as angry and maladjusted as she is. They’re a good pair,” Cody Diablo notes.

Defnitely worth watching with your BFF’s and even with the guys—because it might give them insight into the workings of the female mind!
Find this one at amazon.com, all the usual major electronic stores and mass market stores.

Melancholia starring Kirsten Dunst and a great supporting cast in the twisted film about marriage, life and the possible end of the earth due to a object in space heading straight to earth

Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) celebrate their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of Justine’s sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and brother-in-law John (Kiefer Sutherland). Despite Claire’s best efforts, the wedding is a fiasco with family tensions mounting and relationships fraying. Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth threatening the very existence of humankind.

This is a tricky movie- both celebratory but with a darkness that underscores the potential destruction of the earth as a metaphor for the wedding/marriage of Justine and Michael—along with Claire and John. Unique movie with a great director who deftly handles all these twisted characters.

You can find this movie at Amazon.com and every other major electronic store and mass merchandise outlet (Walmart, Target, Kmart etc)

Stevie Wilson,
LA-Story.com

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