This is the movie Joaquin Phoenix was supposed to be promoting on Letterman when he appeared to be losing it. His batty appearances at the time probably overshadowed the very good work he did in this aching drama about love and attraction. So, if you didn't catch this movie directed by James Gray, now it's out on DVD to take home.
Phoenix plays Leonard, a somewhat tortured soul living with his folks who falls for two women: kindhearted family friend Sandra (Vinessa Shaw) and the beautifully damaged Michelle (Gwyneth Paltrow). Sandra makes her feelings clear, and Leonard could have a stable relationship with her. But Leonard is drawn to Michelle because she's disturbed, confused, and vulnerable — just like Leonard. The question becomes: which one should he be with?
Special features include commentary with director James Gray, behind the scenes footage, and deleted scenes.
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Secret Diary of a Call Girl: Season Two
Instead of paying for Showtime, I have some friends who just keep up with their favorite series on DVD. If you do this, too, it's time to check out the second season of Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
At this year's TCAs, the show's producer, Rebecca De Souza, talked about what audiences could expect from season two and said that the main story of the season is "Belle falling in love and can she manage to sustain a relationship? Can she juggle Belle and Hannah? Can Hannah get what she wants? Hannah wants a relationship. Or will Belle always take her away from that?"
Special features include "Billie On Belle," an interview with Billie Piper and Webisodes.
Entourage: Season Five
Entourage is one of those shows I love to watch on DVD because it's so fun to see these episodes back-to-back. Here's how Netflix describes the fifth season, now on DVD: "HBO's hit Hollywood-centered comedy is back for a fifth season, with movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) once again at the helm of his considerable posse, including his friends from back home, his brother, his representatives and a cadre of beautiful women. This time around, Vince must pick himself up off the pavement and square his shoulders against Hollywood as he struggles to save face in Tinseltown after his biggest failure yet."
Special features include revealing behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew and three audio commentaries with creator/executive producer Doug Ellin, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Adrian Grenier, and producer Ally Musika.