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THE INFORMANT!
The true tale at the core of The Informant! is not one that would appear to lend itself very well to comedy, and yet in taking that approach, director Steven Soderbergh managed to craft a sly, unusual little satire that both amuses and perplexes in all the right ways. Soderbergh’s interests appear to lie less in the lysine price-fixing conspiracy that the story revolves around than in the peculiar actions of high-ranking executive Mark Whitacre, presenting an ever-evolving portrait of a goofy, naïve, affable and possibly deranged whistleblower. Viewers will likely feel uneasy at the way the film is presented from Whitacre’s perspective, providing endless stream-of-consciousness anecdotes about corn, polar bears and ’90s corporate thrillers, and yet never giving you a strong sense of what his motives are or what exactly he’s trying to accomplish. The longer the film moves forward though, the more it becomes clear that that’s exactly the point; not even Whitacre is sure why he does the things he does, and it isn’t until he runs out of lies to tell that he stops running his mouth long enough to let that notion dawn on him. Matt Damon’s hilarious, Oscar-deserving performance conveys these facets of Whitacre perfectly, and in doing so, assists Soderbergh in the creation of one of recent cinema’s most fascinating, oddball characters.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Deleted scenes. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as a commentary with director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Burns, and a digital copy of the film.

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$16.99 $19.99 $15.77
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BEST BLU-RAY PRICE
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Everyone’s Fine Movie Trailer

Everybody's Fine

Miramax has released a trailer for Everybody’s Fine, a remake of Cinema Paradiso filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore’s 1990 film Stanno Tutti Bene. The film stars Robert De Niro as “a widower who embarks on an impromptu road trip to reconnect with each of his grown children only to discover that their lives are far from picture perfect.” Written and directed by Kirk Jones (Waking Ned Devine), and also starring Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell.

The trailer presents a film we’ve definitely seen before, and is a bit too generic for my tastes. There has been buzz that De Niro could be nominated for an Academy Award for his performance, although the trailer shows no evidence to back up this claim. I heard the trailer was attached to Extract, which seems odd that the film has taken nearly two weeks to appear online. Watch the trailer online now, embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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