Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From The Tourist to Skyline

Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From The Tourist to Skyline

Mar 22, 2011

This week: Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie get lost in Venice, aliens attack the coast of Southern California and a classic cartoon character busts out in three dimensions.

The Tourist: You know that a movie is in trouble when it gets nominated for a Golden Globe for "Best Musical or Comedy" and it is neither. Instead, this remake of the 2005 French film Anthony Zimmer is a disaster for Angelina Jolie, who plays the pursued former lover of an international thief, and Johnny Depp as the guy she meets on a train who gets caught in the middle. The two seem completely awkward around each other and have zero chemistry, so we are left with endless shots of Jolie clicking her heels around Venice, Italy and her giving sultry stares to passers-by. Seriously, nothing else of note happens in this would-be romantic "thriller" except, perhaps, what Blu-ray Bob thinks is the first use of an e-cigarette (by Depp) in a major motion picture. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a commentary track, "Bringing Glamour Back," "A Gala Affair," "Alternate Animated Title Sequence" and an outtake reel; the BD adds "Canal Chats," "Action in Venice" and "Tourist Destination: Travel the Canals of Venice." Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me

Skyline: Before you can say Battle: Los Angeles, here is an apocalyptic alien invasion movie directed by a duo that refers to themselves as "The Brothers Strause"—the guys responsible for dropping Alien vs. Predator: Requiem in theaters, if that tells you anything (and it should). Skyline follows four idiotic characters with irrelevant subplots (one woman keeps talking about her pregnancy while Armageddon happens outside her window) as alien spacecraft arrive off the coast of Marina Del Rey, California and start sucking humans into the sky to extract their brains. Although the movie features some pretty cool special effects, the story is so half-baked and the characters are so unappealing that you'll feel like the extra-terrestrials have sucked out your own brain if you watch this sci-fi stinker all the way to its laugh-out-loud, "oh no they didn't" conclusion. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain commentary by the directors and others, pre-viz clips as well as deleted, extended and alternative scenes. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me

Yogi Bear: Yogi is supposedly "smarter than the average bear," but this live-action update starring Tom Cavanagh and Anna Faris and featuring the voices of Dan Aykroyd as Yogi and Justin Timberlake as Boo Boo is strictly for the young and dumb. Faris—an otherwise hilarious actress who is wasted here—plays a documentary filmmaker who travels to Jellystone Park and is introduced to the park's two talking bears by Ranger Smith (Cavanagh). The group tries to save the park from developers by proving the existence of a rare turtle in between shots of Yogi trying to steal "pic-a-nic" baskets. The movie is also available on Blu-ray 3D, which is the way to go since the film was clearly set up as 3D entertainment in theaters. Best extras: The DVD contains a "Yogi Bear Mash-up;" the BD adds an interactive map of Jellystone Park, the "Are You Smarter Than the Average Bear?" game and the new Looney Tune short Rabid Rider; the Blu-ray 3D adds several mini-featurettes in 3D. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me (if you have wee ones you want to keep occupied for an hour and a half).

How Do You Know: This lengthy romantic comedy by James L. Brooks didn't leave many people laughing at the box office--it was a massive bomb, grossing just shy of $43 million worldwide with a budget of $120 million--despite its likable leads. The story centers on a love triangle between a Team USA softball player (Reese Witherspoon) who is cut from the team after she turns 30, a hard-partying major league baseball pitcher (Owen Wilson) and a straight-arrow young executive (Paul Rudd) who is the target of a criminal investigation. Jack Nicholson is also onboard as Rudd's father and boss, but four talented leads plus one glib screenplay still ultimately strikes out. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain commentaries, deleted scenes, a blooper reel and "Extra Innings;" the BD adds and interactive script gallery as well as a conversation with Brooks and Hans Zimmer. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me

Also New This Week: How Do You Know, Scary Movie 4 (BD), Stand By Me (BD), Anastasia (BD), Robots (BD), Random Hearts, Meskada and Vanquisher

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