RT on DVD: A Warm Slice of Waitress, A Side of Futurama, Hold the Lindsay Lohan Career Killer

Hot Rod, Bender's Big Score, and more this week on DVD.

If you're looking for a good time on DVD this week, you're in luck -- as long as you navigate the minefields of the rotten (Mr. Bean's Holiday, Hot Rod) and the even worse (Lindsay Lohan's career-murdering I Know Who Killed Me) to pick up a genuine charmer (Waitress), a solid familial tale (The Namesake), a mind-boggling anime import (Paprika), or our personal pick, the return of Futurama (Bender's Big Score)!



The Fresh...


Waitress

Tomatometer: 89%


Small town waitress Jenna (Keri Russell) desperately wants out of her abusive marriage and her dead-end life, passing the time baking delicious and whimsically-named pies while dreaming of leaving town. When she finds out she's pregnant, everything changes, thanks to a secret romance with the local OB-GYN (Nathan Fillion), a chance at winning a $25,000 at a pie bake-off, and the newfound joys of motherhood. Bolstered by a warmly quirky supporting cast, this southern charmer comes to DVD as a bittersweet coda to the life of writer-director and co-star Adrienne Shelly, who was tragically killed last year. Months after her death Shelly's film was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival and picked up for distribution, and opened to critical acclaim the following spring.

 



The Namesake

Tomatometer: 85%


Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair) returns to form with this solid adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's novel, about the culture clash between two generations of an Indian immigrant family. Comic actor Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle) goes dramatic as American-born son Gogol, who struggles to balance his dueling identities and his relationships with two different women; Indian cinema stars Irfan Khan and Tabu play the beleaguered traditionalist parents, who find that their children have grown up very differently than they had imagined.




 



Paprika

Tomatometer: 81%


When a mind-invading device goes missing, doctors enlist Paprika, an electronic persona, to navigate the hallucinogenic dream world and find the culprit. Director Satoshi Kon employs eye-popping visuals and a surrealist touch to invoke the experience of sub-conscious reverie in his artful (if nonsensical) adaptation of the 1993 science fiction novel of the same name. Four featurettes on the disc give insight into the production of the film, but this one is worth it for the film alone.  




 



Bender's Big Score

Tomatometer: N/A

Good news, Futurama fans! In this first of four new films, evil aliens send misanthropic robot Bender back in time to help them take over Earth, sparking a chain of events that could change the course of history; more importantly, series fans get the return of characters like Zapp Brannigan, Nibbler, Robot Santa, Al Gore as himself, and Kwanzaabot, voiced by the inestimable Coolio. Cast and crew commentary, featurettes, a full 20 minutes of Hypnotoad and more await you in the bonus menu. And remember, the return of the Best. Animated. Series. Ever. hinges on the sales of this and the next three Futurama DVDs, so if you really care about the fate of Planet Express and its dysfunctional delivery crew, snap up this release! (And check out our chat with director Dwayne Carey-Hill and producer Claudia Katz!) 

 



The Rotten...



First Snow
Tomatometer: 55%

This slow-simmering noir follows a slick-talking salesman (Guy Pearce) whose ominous visit to a roadside fortune teller (J.K. Simmons) portends success -- and death -- on the horizon. Critics were split on whether first time director Mark Fergus (screenwriter of Children of Men and the forthcoming Iron Man) effectively builds tension in his story or deflates it, but the cast in this indie thriller is certainly notable. Besides, it's supporting actor William Fichtner's birthday today, if that's enough of a reason to give this flick a chance.




Mr. Bean's Holiday
Tomatometer: 50%

The irrepressible Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) returns to theaters a full decade after his first big-screen endeavor (Bean), and despite improving upon that 36 percent Tomatometer effort, he's still got the scribes befuddled. This time the silent funnyman finds himself on a prize vacation to Cannes, France, recording his travels en route to the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. If you've seen any of the classic television show, you already know what you're in store for; if not, be happy knowing there will be no more additional Bean movies to suffer through.




Hot Rod
Tomatometer: 36%

Saturday Night Live enjoyed an energy boost when the Lonely Island comedy trio of Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, and Andy Samberg signed on (what fan could live now without SNL's brilliant Digital Shorts?), but their first feature film -- about an aspiring stuntman named Rod -- failed to capture the hearts of the critical mass. We say, what up scribes? Hot Rod's got a killer 1980s hair metal soundtrack, a punch-dancing sequence, and enough silly laughs to make us want to drop a Hamilton on some crazy delicious cupcakes.





And The Ugly...



Skinwalkers

Tomatometer: 15%


Canadian horror, eh. A half-blood werewolf boy is the key to ending an age-old curse in one small town, but a band of bloodlusting lycans aim to keep the curse alive. Howlingly bad? You be the judge (or trust us, and listen to the critics on this one).  




Bratz: The Movie

Tomatometer: 7%


We know, we know. Who would have thought that a stereotype-reinforcing, live action version of a children's toy line aimed at pre-teen mallrats could be anything but stellar fare?  





I Know Who Killed Me

Tomatometer: 7%


Ouch. Lindsay Lohan's latest couldn't even beat the irredeemable Bratz movie's Tomatometer (some might say it single-handedly killed her career). Comparisons to movies like Boxing Helena and unnecessarily gory torture porn flicks don't help, either. Sadly, we know as well as TriStar Pictures that the extended stripper sequence will boost DVD sales exponentially... 




Take aim, home theater enthusiasts. May your DVD-hunting arrows fly true.

Comments

CoUcH ToMaToE DoUgIe

Shawn Amoroso

wait a minute, the least i deserve for even thinking of ever owning

a piece of trash like i know who killed me, is lindsay in an extended stripper scene:)

i mean what else is she good for now, anyway? i got... playboy or a reality show on E!

she was always overated anyway and her big break was when she suddenly inherited a

pair of pam anderson size jugs, before that she was just another crappy disney actress

(hillary duff, raven, hanna montana... i cold go on but i think you readers don't

deserve anymore torture) Still, on to important news, Alleuia Futurama is back and

Bender is gonna kick some shiny metal as#s! and yes the hypnofog is more pleasent and

talented than lohan as well!

Nov 28 - 12:54 AM

jeremyf1977

jeremy fein

It's HypnoToad not Fog or frog........or however you wanted to spell it. Great DVD, and I can't wait for the other three movies. I'm sure with fans support there will be more films and possibly the return of the series. I mean if the Simpsons lasted 19 years so can Futurama.......ALL GLORY THE HYPNO TOAD.

Nov 28 - 06:06 AM

CoUcH ToMaToE DoUgIe

Shawn Amoroso

jeremyf1977, thanks for correcting my error, damn my stupidity but i guess

thats what i get for watching lindsay lohan. i don't deserve to watch the glory of

Hypno Toad, i guess i never be a winner like, dr. zoidberg;)

Nov 28 - 03:17 PM

jasperoosterveld

Jasper Oosterveld

haha i was with my family in laws in the states and the kids watched Hanna montana and raven....oh my god! Talking about overacting! hahaha

Nov 28 - 01:46 AM

jeremyf1977

jeremy fein

It's HypnoToad not Fog or frog........or however you wanted to spell it. Great DVD, and I can't wait for the other three movies. I'm sure with fans support there will be more films and possibly the return of the series. I mean if the Simpsons lasted 19 years so can Futurama.......ALL GLORY THE HYPNO TOAD.

Nov 28 - 06:06 AM

CoUcH ToMaToE DoUgIe

Shawn Amoroso

jeremyf1977, thanks for correcting my error, damn my stupidity but i guess

thats what i get for watching lindsay lohan. i don't deserve to watch the glory of

Hypno Toad, i guess i never be a winner like, dr. zoidberg;)

Nov 28 - 03:17 PM

rgallitan

robin thompson

To be fair, "I Know Who Killed Me" had nothing to do with the demise of Lohan's career. It was already dead by the time it came out - thanks to her various adolescent antics, which in turn resulted in a dismal performance in "Just My Luck." Once her torture porn flick showed up, nobody cared enough to even turn up opening weekend. And I got the impression the studio was spending as few marketing dollars as possible, hoping to bury the film and minimize losses.

Nov 28 - 09:08 AM

Unbreakable Samurai

Unbreakable Samurai

Fichtner is the man, so happy birthday to him and I'm watching First Snow. And there will be no more Bean, Atkinson said this was it.

Nov 28 - 11:41 AM

CoUcH ToMaToE DoUgIe

Shawn Amoroso

jeremyf1977, thanks for correcting my error, damn my stupidity but i guess

thats what i get for watching lindsay lohan. i don't deserve to watch the glory of

Hypno Toad, i guess i never be a winner like, dr. zoidberg;)

Nov 28 - 03:17 PM

robzass

Dan Barrett

Wait. When did Lindsay Lohan ever have a movie career? I thought she was in the business of selling tabloids.

Nov 28 - 03:56 PM

kungfu_sage

Ian Turner

I like Lohan, she is a teen actor, but she is nothing like Hillary duff. She has been in a few legitimately good movies, and acting aside her ability to pick scripts like freaky Friday as opposed to any one of the Duff movies. I think Lohan is one of the most underrated actresses around because people all equate her with the people you listed. She's not the best by any means, she's no Scarlet Johanson, but give her a break, just because she makes bad decisions off screen dosn't mean she is the same as Paris Hilton on screen. and as far a ruining her career, it's been a little over a year i think since her last movie, so lets not jump to saying her career is over. and if it is over I'd wager it was more the drugs and booze not that one movie.

Nov 28 - 06:07 PM

Pengoo

Adam Koussari

Lohan was great in Freaky Friday and Mean Girls.

She should have kept going with that line of work but instead took a few too many real (drinking/drugs) and fake (movie scripts) and now she kinda just fell off the edge.

Hopefully she can turn this one around because she used to be extremely hot (see: Mean Girls), and she can act if she would just try.

Jan 22 - 10:33 AM

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