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One huge Hollywood film that did well and two small movies that hardly anyone saw debut on video this week. And I must admit that the one everyone saw isn’t half as good as the other two that everyone stayed away from, which is too bad because with the big movie’s star power and premise it should have been great.
But ANGER MANAGEMENT isn’t great. Its barely even okay. Adam Sandler of Big Daddy is a passive, calm man who is forced into undergoing anger management therapy with a dysfunctional therapist. The one and only Jack Nicholson is the therapist and with him and Sandler in this picture on paper it should have been one of the best comedies ever! On film, and now on video and DVD, ANGER MANAGEMENT is merely a mildly entertaining comedy. I don’t think I laughed once, and I love Adam Sandler’s work. His BILLY MADISON and HAPPY GILMORE are movies I watch all the time. I doubt I’ll ever watch ANGER MANAGEMENT again.
I must admit that I will watch CONFIDENCE again, and not just because it stars Rachel Weisz from ABOUT A BOY and THE MUMMY, the actress I have a crush on this month.
CONFIDENCE is a heist caper in which the heist is unimportant. What is important is the wonderful dialogue that is spoken throughout the movie. Edward Burns, Andy Garcia and Dustin Hoffman also star in this movie which is derivative of almost every con man movie you’ve ever seen, but you won’t care as it copies from some of the very best.
Finally, after being delayed more times than I can remember CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND is supposed to be available again today. The movie is based on the memoirs of game-show creator-host Chuck Barris, the man responsible for The Newlywed Game and The Gong Show.
This movie doesn’t only cover Barris’s television career, but also his exploits as a government assassin.
Yes, you heard me right. TV Game show guy Chuck Barris claims to have been an assassin for the U.S. Government. In real life that claim is unsubstantiated, but has also not been disproved, so while watching the movie you can believe what you want. I believe him, it made the film more fun!
Sam Rockwell from the upcoming film MATCHSTICK MEN stars as Barris, while a trio of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts and George Clooney – who also directed – round out the cast. Plus there are some great cameos that I won’t tell you about. I just don’t want to ruin the surprise!
Like I said, this thing keeps getting delayed, so call your local store before you go looking for it in case it gets delayed again.
Finally this week the incredible 1970 TV series SOAP debuts in a COMPLETE FIRST SEASON DVD set. Known by some as the funniest comedy of all-time, SOAP is also renowned because it was the first TV show to feature a gay leading character. Who was that actor? It was Billy Crystal.
COMING NEXT WEEK
Daddy Day Care – A couple of fathers open up a guy-run child daycare. (Eddie Murphy, Anjelica Huston, Susan Santiago)
Holes – An innocent teen is sent to a weird detention camp. (Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette)
A Mighty Wind – A trio of folk acts reunite for a tribute concert in this wonderful comedy from the makers of THIS IS SPINAL TAP, BEST IN SHOW and WAITING FOR GUFFMAN. (Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer)
The Shape Of Things – A story of love, seduction and betrayal. (Paul Rudd, Gretchen Mol, Rachel Weisz)
Enjoy the movies and I’ll see you on the couch!
New Video And DVD’s For You To Buy