Confessions of a Shopaholic
Sometimes I just want to stick in a funny, feel-good movie about someone who learns a lesson and finds love. Even if said movie is about excessive shopping and comes in the midst of hard economic times, it can be a welcome bit of escapism. Plus, Isla Fisher is really funny and I like seeing her in a starring role.
Confessions of a Shopaholic follows Rebecca (Fisher), a woman with an addiction to shopping who dreams of writing for a fashion magazine. Instead of fashion, Rebecca winds up writing for a financial magazine — and she's surprisingly good at it. Eventually, though, she spends more than she earns and comes very close to losing everything, including her best friend (Krysten Ritter) and her adorable love interest played by Hugh Dancy. Joan Cusack and John Goodman also star as Rebecca's parents.
Special features include bloopers, deleted scenes and a "Stuck With Each Other" music video by Shontelle featuring Akon.
Two more up next, so
Waltz With Bashir
An animated drama from Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman, Waltz With Bashir was nominated for an Oscar this year in the Best Foreign Language Film category. I have been really looking forward to this one coming out on DVD.
The story is an autobiographical account of life during wartime and follows a 1982 Israeli Lebanon War veteran who begins to recover lost memories of his role in a massacre of Palestinian civilians inside a refugee camp. The animation looks completely stunning and the story sounds riveting. You'll definitely want to add this to your queue.
Special features include commentary with director Ari Folman, a featurette titled, "Surreal soldiers: making Waltz with Bashir," a Q&A with Ari Folman, and a behind-the-scenes look at animatics.
Phoebe in Wonderland
I have been talking about this movie for a long time — ever since I went to Sundance in 2008 (but didn't catch a screening of it, boo). So, yay! Now it's out on DVD and we can all finally watch it. The movie looks like a darkly whimsical and cute film about the incredible imagination of a little girl.
That girl is Phoebe (played by Elle Fanning), who is obsessed with a powerful fantasy life. She has trouble with her rule-filled world, and finds relief and inspiration in her quirky teacher (Patricia Clarkson). Felicity Huffman and Bill Pullman play Phoebe's frustrated parents. I think I'm drawn to this movie for the same reasons the trailer for Where the Wild Things Are nearly had me in tears.