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Robert Downey Jr. charms and amuses yet again, and composer Hans Zimmer offers up a wonderfully oddball score, introducing the world to a new subgenre of music: neo-classical gypsy folk synth. This knockout pairing breathes considerable life into Sherlock Holmes, a film which otherwise feels strictly perfunctory—so mechanical in structure and storyline that I can only imagine a studio exec was at the ready to quickly nix even the slightest deviations from formula. Director Guy Ritchie keeps it all moving at a quick enough pace, but going through the motions swiftly is still going through the motions. Even the revelation at the end of the movie seems like an afterthought, with the film focusing far more on its obligatory cliffhanger set piece climax than Holmes’ crime-solving abilities. Sherlock Holmes is perfectly sufficient attention-diverting entertainment, but is it something I plan to revisit? Was I ever emotionally invested? Did I have loads of fun watching it? Would I go gay for Robert Downey Jr.? No, no, not really, and most definitely.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A Sherlock Holmes: Reinvented featurette. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as WB Maximum Movie Mode (Director Guy Ritchie Walk On, PIP, Focus Points, Storyboard Comparisons, Still Gallery Timeline), deleted scenes, and a digital copy of the film.

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The Baader Meinhof Complex Movie Trailer

The underlying message in this enticing teaser trailer for The Baader Meinhof Complex seems to be that young idealists who cross the chasm into full-blown terrorism are undeniably sexy. So, rest assured that many German critics feel the film doesn’t glorify sexy terrorism. Moreover, they have selected the movie for Best Foreign Film consideration in this year’s Oscar race.

In what is being reported as a comeback of sorts for German director, Uli Edel (the grim Christiane F., Madonna’s Body of Evidence), his feature film explores the early years of the region’s Red Army Faction, a group of young, far-Left protesters turned “guerillas” who wore sunglasses and organized bombings, bank robberies and kidnappings in the ’70s. Their acts resulted in many civilian casualties and a still-controversial (romanticized?) place in history that zig-zags into current global politics.

The cast has been noted as a “who’s who” line-up that includes Moritz Bleibtreu (Run Lola Run, Speed Racer), Martina Gedeck (The Good Shepherd), Bruno Ganz (Youth Without Youth), and Alexandra Maria Lara (Control, Miracle at St. Anna). The film is currently without a U.S. distributor (hopefully not for too much longer given the buzz), and there’s a “why haven’t I seen it” critic controversy nicely explained over at Hollywood Elsewhere, with further embargo-tales offered at GreenCine. I already have a random and unwarranted crush on this movie.

Full Length Trailer

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Teaser Trailer

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Discuss: If you are well-informed on the source material or the book this was adapted from, please chime in below. Is the teaser trailer enough to dis/interest you?