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What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday

After last Tuesday's DVD dry spell, this week's offerings are very exciting. All of these new DVDs have been getting plenty of buzz. Here are three worth updating those Netflix queues for!

Running With Scissors

This adaptation of the memoir by Augusten Burroughs is tender, funny, and heartbreaking. Joseph Cross is endearing as Augusten, struggling to grow up in an unstable home environment with an emotionally unsteady mother, brilliantly played by Annette Benning. Augusten's life takes a turn for the bizarre when his mother brings him to live with her eccentric psychiatrist and his family. Evan Rachel Wood plays the doctor's daughter, who soon becomes Augusten's partner in dysfunction as the two find themselves growing up quickly.

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The Science of Sleep

Michel Gondry's follow-up to The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind tells a surprisingly straightforward story: Boy meets girl; boy can't have girl. But the movie is also a puzzle without all its pieces. Stephane (Gael Garcia Bernal) is a young Mexican artist who moves to Paris after his father's death, starts a tedious job, and falls madly in love with his disinterested neighbor. But in his dreams, he remembers how joy fees: He grows huge papier-mache hands to crush his boss and charms the girl with a ride on her beloved stuff horse. The line between real life and fantasy stays blurred, as though everything happens in that hazy place between awake and sleep, where nothing computes and yet everything makes sense.


I have yet to see Hollywoodland, based on the real-life murder mystery of George Reeves (played by Ben Affleck), the TV actor who originated the role of Superman. But I'm intrigued by the kudos (and the Golden Globe nomination) that Affleck earned for his apparently spot-on performance. The noir homage stars Adrien Brody as the detective unearthing Reeves' strange story, including his affair with Toni Mannix, portrayed by the excellent yet subtle Diane Lane. I plan to put this in my queue; have any of you seen it?

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bearbizzle bearbizzle 10 years
I will watch ANYTHING with Gwen P. in it... but Running with Scissors did NOT do the book justice. If anyone loved Running, i suggest you read his other memoir "Dry".
JLew1982 JLew1982 10 years
I agree with some of the others--book over movie. I watched the movie tonight and though it doesn't have the "bite" of the book, it is still a worthwhile 2 hours. The cast is great, though I think Gwyneth Paltrow had had more lines.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I LOVE Gael Garcia Bernal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :drool: I read Running with Scissors and really liked it (what he goes through is crazy) and I too heard the movie sucks compared to the book but Ill rent it
SaraSmile SaraSmile 10 years
The Science of Sleep was great - although I'd watch Gael Garcia Bernal pick his nose on screen for two hours, so maybe I am biased. The thing is, I can't remember how it ended (the real movie, not the imaginary nose-picking one ;]), so it is definitely time to rent it.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Looking forward to seeing all three of these, especially The Science of Sleep. I'm reading Running with Scissors right now. What an amazing book.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
The Science of Sleep was AMAZING. Loved it! I haven't seen Running With Scissors yet, but the book is one of my favorites and I hear it just doesn't measure up. I don't know if I really care about seeing Hollywoodland, but I love, love, LOVE Adrien Brody, so I'll probably see it just for him.
LizaToad LizaToad 10 years
it's def one of my favorite movies of the year
LizaToad LizaToad 10 years
OMG.. the science of sleep was SOOOO good!
LizaToad LizaToad 10 years
but annet benning was amazing in it! and so was my good buddy Alec Baldwin
LizaToad LizaToad 10 years
i agree with linds - the book is much better than the movie....
Lindsb Lindsb 10 years
This was a much more interesting book. I was a little disappointed by the movie.. although the cast is :jawdrop:
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