Published Dec 22, 2010With the holiday season bringing families together for a little dysfunction and small talk, a few DVD rentals might come in handy to fill the awkward silences and keep everyone amused. Exclaim! has you covered with the most recent DVD reviews from our Recently Reviewed section, which you can peruse for your amusement.
Unless you've been on sojourn in Kazakhstan for the last year, you have probably already seen Inception. In fact, maybe you've seen it twice. Regardless, if you decide to take a third look this week, you might want to check out our review to see why we think it's the cat's meow. For action a little more female-centric -- albeit with an emaciated Angelina Jolie in drag, kicking the crap out of guys twice her size -- you might want to read our review of Salt.
On the subtitled front, we have a review of the overly stylized Jacques Mesrine biopic, which is actually the first of two parts, Mesrine: Part 1 Killer Instinct, as well as the latest sprawling Giuseppe Tornatore epic Baaria.
If preachy, one-sided documentaries are more your thing, check out our Gasland review to find out how to make money by exploiting the least educated regions of Appalachia. Alternatively, The Year of Getting to Know Us helps fill that straight-to-DVD void of self-indulgent films about depressed writers.
Also straight-to-DVD, but of slightly better quality, is the motion comic Iron Man: Extremis, which posits a confrontation between Mallen and Iron Man after a military nanotechnology serum falls into the wrong hands. Despicable Me also gets the DVD treatment, standing out as "inventive, funny and worthy of repeated viewings" in telling the story of a criminal mastermind (voiced by Steve Carell) bent on world domination.
And last, but certainly not least, we have a review of David Bowie: Rare and Unseen, which juxtaposes a 1976 satellite interview conducted by British talk show host Russell Harty with one in 1999 conducted by NewMusic's Avi Lewis in an effort to dissect the evolution of the man and the "gross misunderstanding of Bowie's various onstage characters by the media."
For more of these DVD released and more, be sure to check out the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section.