Embrace Misanthropy with 'Blue Valentine,' 'No Strings Attached' and 'The Mechanic' in Our DVD Roundup

Embrace Misanthropy with 'Blue Valentine,' 'No Strings Attached' and 'The Mechanic' in Our DVD Roundup
We're heading into the summer period, which means that there are more jerks milling around in flip-flops with blank stares, having no reason to be out beyond the glib, "it's 'nice' out, we should go for a walk in the park," or whatever. So, instead of hopping on the bandwagon, go for a walk in the rain when it's quiet, or sit at home with some DVDs on a sunny day. Forget convention. Oh, but before doing so, be sure to check out our take on the latest releases in the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section.

First up, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams get all actorly and pelvic in Blue Valentine (pictured), which bookends the beginning and end of a relationship. No Strings Attached also harps on the transparency and blandness of heteronormative relationships, only in a partially comic, "friends with benefits" sense that our reviewer suggests is "five years too late."

If you're more interested in watching men tour around with phallic guns, posturing stoic stares and complete lack of self-consciousness, The Mechanic tackles the whole lonely hitman topic, only with Jason Statham. And if you like laughs with your male B.S., Beverly Hills Cop hit Blu-ray as well.

Finally, for something a little more Canadian, we have a review of Daydream Nation and Oliver Sherman.

To read up on more DVD and Blu-ray releases, be sure to check out the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section.