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Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the DVDs at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.
While nothing Sam Mendes has made since his directorial debut has lived up to the greatness of American Beauty, his recent return to examining the perils of suburban life still provides an interesting examination of what it’s like to feel stuck in a lifestyle you cannot stand, even if it is more concerned with hammering home its bleak message than presenting it in what you’d call an “entertaining” way. The movie certainly has its flaws: it’s overwritten at times, the ending is unnecessarily melodramatic, and the “crazy son” character (despite being brilliantly played by Michael Shannon) acts as nothing more than a lazy device to spell out the film’s message. What saves the film, however, is Mendes’ top notch direction and the emotionally effective lead performances by Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. They all do such an admirable job, you’re liable to forget that the film has any faults at all.
Notable Extras: Commentary by director Sam Mendes and screenwriter Justin Haythe, a “Lives of Quite Desperation: The Making of Revolutionary Road” featurette, and deleted scenes.
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Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper and Justin Long count down 10 Chick Flick Cliches you won’t find in Warner Bros’ new romantic comedy He’s Just Not That Into You.
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New Line has released a new movie trailer, poster, and a bunch of new production photos for Ken Kwapis’ big screen adaptation of He’s Just Not That Into You.
The film has a wonderful cast: Jennifer Connelly, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Justin Long, Ben Affleck, Kevin Connolly (Entourage) (notice how I excluded Jennifer Aniston even though she’s clearly one of the leads? That was on purpose. I don’t like her very much. She is the opposite of wonderful). The film is about modern day relationships and how men and women often misconstrue the intentions of the opposite sex. The authors of the book that the film is based on were consultant and story editors on Sex and the City, which might give you a good idea what to expect.
Three more photos after the jump.
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Sometimes I get to write about some really cool films like The Dark Knight, or a small little indie film which I’ve fallen in love with like American Teen, and then every once in a while I have to write about a romantic comedy. And it’s not that I hate romantic comedies, because I’m not that type of guy. I just find it hard to write about them without making some kind of snide remark or negative statement about the type of people who are excited to see these type of movies. This sometimes leads to a statement which could potentially be labled sexist, and eventually leads to the few female readers we have calling me out in the comments. So I’m going to try to stick to the facts on this one.
So what can I say about the movie trailer for He’s Just Not That Into You? Well, the film has a wonderful cast: Jennifer Connelly, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Justin Long, Ben Affleck, Kevin Connolly (Entourage) (notice how I excluded Jennifer Aniston even though she’s clearly one of the leads? That was on purpose. I don’t like her very much. She is the opposite of wonderful). What else? The film was directed by Ken Kwapis, the guy responsible for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, License to Wed, and Dunston Checks In. And the writers of the book that the film is based on were consultant and story editors on Sex and the City, which might give you a good idea what to expect. That said, enjoy the trailer below (or you could always watch that kick ass Russian Wanted trailer again… yeah, that sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it?).
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Watch the trailer in High Definition on AOL.com. He’s Just Not That Into You hits theaters on October 24th 2008.