WEEKLY MOVIE REVIEW: I finally watched Headhunters, a Norwegian film from 2011 that’s been on my list for a while. Based on a book by bestselling author Jo Nesbo, it’s about Roger, a corporate headhunter who steals art on the side to support his extravagant lifestyle. Not particularly likeable, Roger is solely interested in status and money and he’s incredibly insecure about his short stature and his beautiful Nordic wife. When he tries to recruit Clas, a former elite soldier, for a job, he discovers that Clas owns a valuable Rubens, a painting whose value would set him up for life. So he decides to steal it. Afterwards, however, things begin to go awry: first he finds that his wife is sleeping with Clas and then Clas begins to hunt him down to try to kill him. Which is where this movie starts to become a rush of violence and outrageous plot twists and Roger has to fight for his survival…and where we may actually start to root for Roger…Oh and you may recognize a familiar face: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, better known as Jaime Lannister, stars as the scary killer Clas.
New releases 4-29:
47 Ronin – DVD and Blu-Ray: Keanu Reeves stars in this movie about a band of samurai who set out to avenge the death of their master.
The Legend of Hercules – DVD and Blu-Ray: another historical film, this one about ancient Greece.
Devil’s Due – DVD and Blu-Ray: a sinister pregnancy fuels this horror film.
Labor Day – DVD and Blu-Ray: Based on the novel by Joyce Maynard, this drama is about about a woman and her son who help an escaped convict and gradually learn his story. Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin star.
Gimme Shelter – DVD and Blu-Ray: a teenage girl runs away from her drug-addicted mother to find the wealthy father she’s never known.
Gloria – DVD: a Chilean film about a middle age woman who gets caught up in a passionate whirlwind romance with a retired naval officer, whom she meets at a dance club for singles.
New releases 5-6:
Justin Bieber’s Believe – DVD and Blu-Ray: a ‘brutally honest’ movie about the young musician.
Still Mine – DVD and Blu-Ray: James Crowell stars as a man determined to create a home for his ailing wife as they enter their twilight years.
Burn – DVD: a documentary about a year in the life of Detroit firefighters.
Veronica Mars – DVD and Blu-Ray: She’s back! Vernonica Mars is graduating from law school and thinks her amateur sleuthing days are behind her, but when she she finds out that her ex-boyfriend Logan who has been accused of murder, she is pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind.
Your Inner Fish – DVD: a PBS documentary that reveals how our animal ancestors shaped our anatomical destiny.
The Story of the Jews – DVD: Simon Schama presents this epic series exploring the extraordinary story of the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day.