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12 O’clock Boys – Dirt biking rebels in West Baltimore speeding down the city street poppin’ wheelies at all hours of the night is apparently the name of the game in this well-reviewed documentary. I have to say, I’m intrigued. Intrigued enough to point out it comes out this week.
Community: The Complete Fifth Season – Dan Harmon returned to the show he created in this, the last NBC season; and as a fan, I feel it was too late. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good season with some fine writing. But the mojo left the show at this point, and I only hope they are able to pull something brilliant off in the new Yahoo season(s). It’s a very smart and funny show, and Dan’s a very smart and funny guy, so we’ll see.
Divergent – I’m not the YA audience demo, but this still looks neat enough that it’s in my Netflix queue this week. I’m hoping it’s a good time.
I’ll Follow You Down – Time travel sci-fi with Haley Joel Osment, Gillian Anderson, Rufus Sewell and Victor Garber? Yes please. It’s a DVD only release, sneaking into homes, so I’m not holding my breath, but reviews are saying it’s solid enough with a strong acting sense, so I’m there to check it out at least.
Need for Speed – This is the one this week that doesn’t need any push from me. A glossy videogame adaptation with Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul in the lead... eh. I’ll watch it, but I’m not expecting much.
Oculus – This one looks creepy, so I’m hopeful it’s at least a fun time. Plus Karen Gillan is adorable, so there’s that.
Phantom of the Paradise – I should have bought this one at the Con. I’m kicking myself because I didn’t. I love this flick. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself the favor of picking this one up and just dumping yourself into it and have a ball. It’s great. Probably De Palma’s best film.
Without Warning – Never saw this one, but the VHS cover always creeped me out with the huge alien head and the warnings. I should check it out now that I’m older and those alien movies don’t bother me anymore. What? They don’t. I’m not afraid of aliens anymore. Well, not as much.
That’s about all that caught my eye this week. Next week is huge actually. Batman, Spader, Wiig, Hardy, the other other white meat and Muppets are coming to you, and I’ll guide you through what’s good, great and not so much. Join me here next week and we can spin some discs together.
– Todd Doogan