Tuesday, December 12, 2006
DVDs Lost and Found
A new batch of DVDs out today, including "Talladega Nights" (which is pretty darn funny and surprisingly gay friendly, sort of, for a flick geared towards NASCAR fans), a bundled collection of the entire "Andy Griffith Show" and Meryl Streep's marvelous performance in "The Devil Wears Prada," a comedy only a step or two away from being truly memorable. Dave Kehr of the NYT delivers thoughtful reviews of "Bugsy" and two Bernardo Bertolucci movies. But I take issue with his quick comment that "Talladega Nights" has fun at the expense of NASCAR-loving rubes. Not at all: their humor is funny and knowing but essentially endearing. If they were mocking NASCAR, the humor would be very different and probably not as amusing. (What's the point of mocking something you despise?) T%he fans got the joke and knew the spirit in which it was delivered and loved it. Finally, USA Today has a very truncated story on movies still MIA from DVD. Any films you've been dying to see that just haven't come out yet? My thoughts turn immediately to TV, where I'm still waiting for "I'll Fly Away" to start getting the full season treatment, along with "The Wonder Years" (a music clearance nightmare) and a lot of others.