Up in the Air (Blu-ray) Criticize This! Pick of the Week – I gave Up in the Air five stars when it was released in the theatre and also put it at the top of my Top 10 Films of 2009 list. After watching it again on Blu-ray I still believe it deserves the high rating. It’s an entertaining film about a serious subject, and handles it perfectly. Up in the Air also looks and sounds great on Blu-ray and I recommend adding it to your collection today. Starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick and Jason Bateman. Directed by Jason Reitman. Special features on the Blu-ray release include commentary, deleted scenes, a Sad Brad music video, and more. Film ***** Blu-ray **** (out of 5 stars).
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire – Claireece ‘Precious’ Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) is a 16-year-old girl growing up in Harlem in 1987. She is raped by her father and physically and psychologically abused by her mother (Mo’Nique in an Oscar-winning role) on a regular basis. She’s also morbidly obese and doesn’t have any friends. Precious is a sad, depressing and shocking film but is also a film I feel is important to see. Special features on the DVD include commentary with director Lee Daniels, a featurette on adapting the book into a film, deleted scenes, and more. Film **** DVD *** (out of 5 stars).
Capitalism: A Love Story – Oh, Michael Moore, how you’ve lost your edge and have become just an annoying mouthpiece. In Capitalism: A Love Story Moore goes around showing us that greed is bad. And while some of it works well, other parts, such as Moore with a blow-horn on Wall Street taping off the stock exchange as a crime scene, are just pompous and annoying. I know Moore wanted to get this out in a timely fashion during the economic crisis but it feels rushed and is neither that informative or entertaining. Special features include extra segments written and directed by Moore. Film ** DVD ** (out of 5 stars).