Speed Racer (Pick of the Week)
Is it the best movie ever? Certainly not, but Speed Racer was about as much mindless fun you could have had at the theater this summer, and box office patrons totally bypassed it. Why? Sure it's a bit overlong, and sometimes it does pander only to the kiddies, but the rest of the time it's white knuckled, badass racing with some generally wholesome and connectible themes. Sometimes the Pick of the Week is for the best movie; this time it's used as a spotlight to get people to look in their rear view to see the Speed Racer they missed.
Pushing Daisies Season 1
Whimsical, wacky and fun. The story centers on a pie-maker who grew up and discovered he had the ability to reanimate dead things with his touch. However should he touch that thing again, it would instantly die and should he keep anything alive for more than 60 seconds, then something else's life must be taken to compensate. We find our piem-aker who has just accidentally kept the girl he fell in love with as a child back to life for too long. Now they have this awkward sweet romance in which they must find inventive ways to be intimate without touching. It's sweet, charming, and made by the creators of Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me.
Made of Honor
Dempsey takes on the Julia Robert's role in My Best Friend's Wedding, only this time the roles are reversed with the man as the one who realizes he's in love with the best friend who asks him to be part of her wedding. Oh man, what a reversal! Never saw, so you will have to tell me how it was.
Chuck - The Complete First Season
I saw the first couple of episodes of this guy who works a computer job, but accidentally gets government secrets downloaded into his brain and is now a secret agent, and then I quit. I am told however by Darcie that it picks up quite a bit and is quite enjoyable, so I'm going back and giving it a second look.
Torchwood - The Complete Second Season
Doctor Who spin off and anagram in which Captain Jack Harkness, the former Time Agent and con man from the 51st century last seen traveling with the Doctor, ventures to early 21st century Cardiff. There, he becomes a member of Torchwood Institute, a renegade criminal investigation group founded by Queen Victoria to battle hostile extraterrestrial and supernatural threats. I've heard good things and it's on my radar to watch.
Dirty Sexy Money: Season 1
It's got Peter Krause from Six Feet Under in it! I'll give almost anything with a SFU alumn in it a chance. Netflix ho! In it a lawyer is forced to take care of one of New York City's wealthiest families. Drama! Excitement! Double crosses and sexual conquests!
Private Practice - The Complete First Season
Spinoff of Grey's Anatomy, and I think you all seemed to get my impression of that when I described it's D release.
Pacino doing is old Pacino thing for those of you who didn't get enough of it this past weekend with him doing it in front of Robert De Niro. This film is also directed by Jon Avnet and was equally panned upon it's initial release.
The Love Guru: Special Edition
Mike Myers stars as Pitka an American raised outside of his country by gurus, returns to the States in order to break into the self-help business. His first challenge: To settle the romantic troubles and subsequent professional skid of a star hockey player whose wife left him for a rival athlete. It is an early front runner for this Fall's Razzy awards for worst picture, actor, and writing. So obviously it's on my Netflix list.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Sneak In Mention)
Yeah, yeah. So it's not actually a DVD or Blu Ray release, but I figured what is being hailed as one of the best Star Wars stories realized in the past ten years was worth mentioning to you story loving DVD buyers and moviephiles. This one picks up between episodes III and IV in which you play the role of Darth Vader's secret Apprentice and are dispatched to rid the galaxy of the Jedi. It sounds awesome, it looks awesome, and the demo was pretty awesome. It's available today on Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii.