Today’s my mom’s 88th birthday; she’s had some health setbacks recently but she’s still smart and opinionated as ever! When I was about 11 or 12 I became my mother’s movie companion when the National Theater opened up in my suburban hometown. I hadn’t gone to too many movies in my young life and all of a sudden my mom was taking me to some pretty eye opening films. Those that I remember seeing are The Godfather, Lady Sings the Blues and The Garden of the Finzi Continis – all movies featuring some pretty heavy material. My mom and I would talk about them (though I’m sure much of it passed way over my head) and I felt like I was such the adult! Here’s to you mom, and the intellectual openness and curiosity that you passed onto me – and the respect you gave to my child’s mind!
Onward to the new DVD/Blu-Ray releases from last and this week:
The Croods – DVD and Blu-Ray: children’s animated movie set in prehistoric times.
This is the End – DVD and Blu-Ray: written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and starring a number of young comedic actors, including James Franco, Mindy Kaling and Jonah Hill, this hilarious movie has the actors playing themselves as the world crashes around them.
Season of Miracles – DVD: Follows the Robins, an underdog Little League team, through their 1974 season with newcomer and autistic baseball savant, Rafer.
Laurence Anyways – DVD: a French film about a couple and the adversity they face when one decides to go through a sex change.
Life and Death is Assisted Living – DVD: Frontline addresses the for-profit assisted living industry that is dominated by one company.
How I Met Your Mother, Season 8 – DVD
New Girl, Season 2 – DVD
Glee, Complete 4th Season – DVD
The Hangover, Part III – DVD: the Hangover continues – is this, hopefully, the last in the franchise?
After Earth – DVD and Blu-Ray: Will Smith and his son star in this not so well reviewed sci-fi flick.
Much Ado About Nothing – DVD and Blu-Ray: a modern remake of the Shakespeare comedy directed by Joss Whedon (he of Avengers and Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame).
Midnight’s Children – DVD: based on Salman Rushdie’s book about the birth of modern India.
Europa Report – DVD: a science fiction movie about a group of astronauts searching for life on Jupiter’s fourth largest moon.
*Aliyah – DVD: this French movie is about a young Parisian who is given a life-changing opportunity to move to Israel. We’re showing this at the Indie Int’l Film Fest on Monday at 6:30 in the Auditorium.
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks – DVD: a thrilling documentary about Julian Assange and the creation of WikiLeaks.
Alaska: The Last Frontier – DVD: a documentary series about a family living and fighting for survival in Alaska.
The Middle, the Complete 3rd Season – DVD
90210, the Final Season – DVD
Psych, the Complete 7th Season – DVD
American Horror Story, Season 2 – DVD
White Collar, Season 4 – DVD
Bones, Season 8 – DVD