New on Home Entertainment: December 18, 2012

Obviously we can't review every film on the podcast, but that doesn't mean we don't have opinions. Each week Jacob and Pat will offer a couple quick words on the new DVD/Blu-ray releases, and if you're thinking about buying it, we've provided a quick link over to Amazon.

JacobDiary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog DaysPat
I haven't seen any of these films and I doubt I'll start with the second sequel.  I am comforted by the fact that they're still making these and Steve Zahn is getting a steady paycheck.
While I was forced to see the first installment in this franchise, I found nothing there that would entice me to continue following this wimpy kid's story.

Jacob (not seen)
Liberal ArtsPat (not seen)

The trailer makes this look like a rather charming indie romance and I do like the cast, especially Elizabeth Olsen.  This isn't on the top of my list, but I can definitely see watching this on a quiet Saturday night.
As a major fan of How I Met Your Mother, I was excited to see Josh Radnor move into film with his directorial/screeningwriting debut HappyThankYouMorePlease.  While I was not a huge fan of the film, I don't want to quit Radnor just yet. Hopefully this film isn't as much of a snore.

Jacob (not seen)
Pitch PerfectPat (not seen)
Anna Kendrick is really charming and I know I have at least one friend that checked this film out simply for that reason.  I don't know if that will be enough for me, but I can see my Glee-fan wife one day wanting to watch this Step Up for the a capella set.
Riding the coat tails of a show I don't care for, with a supporting cast that I dislike, with a premise I find ridiculous... nope, not for me.

Jacob (not seen)Sleepwalk With MePat (not seen)

I'm still a little upset with myself that I didn't make the extra effort to see this This American Life tie-in film in the theaters.  Birbiglia isn't one of my favorite stand ups, but reviews for this have been very warm and I'm a big fan of the TAL brand, so I will definitely be checking this out.
I love stand up comedy and the added bonus of an interesting narrative/biographical spin make this film a sure fire rental for me.

Total RecallPat

This is a good looking sci-fi film with some pretty clever set pieces, but that doesn't mean it needed to be made.  I can foresee no situation where I would choose this over the Ah-nold-starring Recall.  I'm still disappointed by this film's utter lack of Johnny Cab
Don't turn this movie down because it is an unnecessary remake. The setting is impossible science fiction, the action is preposterous and the story is completely without humor. Still there is a watchable film here. If only Bryan Cranston had a bigger role...

Jacob (not seen)
Trouble With The CurvePat (not seen)

There was a month or two this year where the trailer for this film played before every movie I saw.  Between the Phillips Phillips track and lines like "I'm just a broken down old man" and "I just didn't want you to have to spend life in the cheap seats," the trailer drained any interest I would have in this sports drama.  Maybe it's just a case of bad marketing and the film's a real charmer, but it's likely going to take me at least a couple years to get around to this one.
I see all Clint Eastwood movies, no matter good or bad. There is nothing indicating that this film will be bad, but there is nothing indicating it has the potential to bring the house down. Maybe a year from now I'll check it out and really enjoy it.