Published Dec 29, 2010In the midst of overspending on a single night of organized drunken hijinks and racking up arbitrary New Year's resolutions to break mid-January, it might be worthwhile to chill for a couple of hours with a DVD or two. As always, Exclaim! has you covered with the most recent DVD reviews, which you can check out in our Recently Reviewed section.
Since laughter is the best medicine to cure a hangover (or was that Tylenol?), we have a review of the sleeper comedy hit Easy A (pictured), wherein Emma Stone wears her Scarlet Letter with pride after a rumour colours her a high school slut. We also reviewed the less warmly embraced Duplass brothers comedy, Cyrus, which goes for awkward laughs when the pathetic John C. Reilly strikes up a relationship with a mother (Marisa Tomei) whose relationship with her adult son (Jonah Hill) is somewhat unhealthy.
For those more interested in sitting down with a television DVD box set, we also have the final season of the late '80s nighttime soap thirtysomething covered, which our reviewer claims has more than just Peter Horton's gorgeous mane of big feathered Sebastian Bach hair going for it, as well as the swan-song season for the syphilis-friendly The Tudors.
While consuming these historical examinations of King Henry VIII's mercurial nature and the unreasonable fashion sense of the early '90s, it might be best to give the kids something to watch in another room. If the referential, irreverent fairy tale comedy of the Shrek universe is appealing, you might want to pop in the final instalment of the Shrek quadrilogy, Shrek Forever After. But if something a little more pedagogical and dramatic is on the agenda, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole might be more appropriate.
Of course, if you're looking for something completely different -- something that attempts to make narrative mortal anxiety, entropy and chaos theory -- we have the Exclaim!-recommended Mr. Nobody, which follows the many possible life paths of Nemo Nobody (Jared Leto) after he is unable to choose between parents on a train platform.
For more of these DVD releases and more, be sure to check out the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section.