May 23, 2008, - 10:30 am

Weekend Box Office @ Home: DVD’s I Recommend

By Debbie Schlussel
Since I’ve already reviewed this weekend’s new release, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” and since I’m often asked which movies I’d recommend for rental, I thought I’d take this opportunity before a long Memorial Day weekend to recommend a couple of movies I like that are either out of the mainstream or older. Given my interest in thrillers and homeland security issues, I liked both of these thrillers a lot:
* “Right At Your Door“: This movie, made in 2006, was only released in a handful of theaters in 2007 for a couple of nights. And that was it. It’s hard to tell why, because it’s well done and very timely.

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What would you do if a dirty bomb or some other sort of chemical weapon is detonated in your area? Do you go outside and try to find your wife? Do you let her in after she returns and you’ve decided she’s probably already afflicted with the fumes/chemicals?
This movie, starring little-known actors, asks those questions and shows how unprepared we are for such an attack and how little we know. An unemployed man kisses his wife and sends her off to work. Not long after a chemical attack on Los Angeles takes place. By the time she gets home, he won’t let her in and has insulated his house. What happens next is interesting and surprising.
It’s a must see.
* “The Parallax View“: This 1974 movie is a masterpiece, which stands the test of time. Everything from the way it is shot to the clever, unexpected ending is magnificent. While I don’t generally believe in conspiracy theories, especially when it comes to the shooting of JFK, etc., this thriller–which buys into that–plays it well. (Again, for the record, I find movies like “JFK” and theories that the Warren Commission was covering up for some massive conspiracy, to be extremely loony and wacked.)
The story: One by one, those who witnessed the assassination of a rising star U.S. Senator die in mysterious circumstances atop Seattle’s famed Space Needle. One witness, a journalist played by Warren Beatty (no, I don’t like him or his far-leftism, but he’s good in this), starts investigating and finds a mysterious shadow corporation of assassins.
Thrilling, exciting, and with some great action scenes, I hope they don’t “remake” this movie and ruin it. Only some video rental chains have this movie. Blockbuster and Netflix both have it, but Hollywood Video does not.

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6 Responses

I don’t rent anymore, but the one I’ve been planning to buy for the longest is “The Prestige” and I’m getting it this weekend.
This is one movie I would usually pass on and only saw it based on your review, Debbie.
I’ve seen it a million times on cable, too, and never get tired of it. The only thing, I’m still unsure about the ending.

Jeff_W on May 23, 2008 at 11:00 am

“The Parallax View”?
Yes, it was very well made, but,( Especially,with Warren Beatty being the star of it ), it is so left wing it’s not funny.
[OSW: I DON'T THINK IT'S LEFT-WING. IT'S CONSPIRACY-THEORIST. BUT I DEFINITELY AGREE WITH YOU ON WARREN BEATTY. I DON'T LIKE HIM. BUT HE'S GOOD IN THIS MOVIE. DS]

OldSchoolW on May 23, 2008 at 11:11 am

If you like “Conspiracy” type movies, try “Capricorn One”. It’s about NASA faking a mission to Mars.
For another disaster-tpye movie, try “The Trigger Effect”. It’s about a massive power failure in LA and how people start turning on each other as they struggle to survive.

Shootist on May 23, 2008 at 1:08 pm

I just saw Right at your Door last night.
A LOT of cussing!
Tragic, but timely. What happened at the end to the couple isn’t very plausible, though. I have this opinion from my own research, and I believe the tests I was provided were accurate enough.

bhparkman on May 23, 2008 at 7:50 pm

I know I didn’t mention why I think the ending wasn’t very plausible, but I didn’t want to ruin the movie.
They did point out one thing, though. If you must shelter-in-place; follow the rules exactly for optimal survival.
Secondly, chemical and biological weapons don’t have a good track record. In the open, they have very limited toxicity. They MUST be used indoors or in enclosed areas to be a good (not great, but good) WMD. Nuclear weapons still hold the title as the best WMD, but chemical and biological weapons are cheaper and faster to build – with the highest survival rate.

bhparkman on May 23, 2008 at 11:41 pm

JFK liked playing gangster with his mafia buddies, and when the snob pissed them off, he found out they don’t play. They got Oswald wound up to go shoot him. Ruby was probably trying to curry favor with them by shooting Oswald, and was apparently caught up with patriotic fervor. And I’ve always been convinced that Kennedy’s people killed Marilyn Monroe. What a bunch of wannabes.

John Harper on May 24, 2008 at 11:58 pm

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