Queue It Up: February 23, 2010

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PICK OF THE WEEK:

Fantastic Mr. Fox: One of my favorite movies of last year (No. 7) and a welcome return to form for writer-director Wes Anderson.  Charming and funny in equal doses, and the stop motion animation is a marvel to see.  It deserved to win the Oscar for best animated film (sorry Up). ****

ALSO OUT:

The Blind Side: This treacly sports flick earned a mint at the box office (over $250 mil) and gave Sandra Bullock an Oscar for Best Erin Brockovich Impression, er, I mean Best Actress.  Think the box office influenced the voting? **1/2

The Men Who Stare At Goats: Hard to deny the starpower on display here (Clooney, Bridges, Spacey, McGregor), but even harder to actually like the movie or find much funny in it. **

Brothers: One-half of a decent movie.  It works when Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal are together on screen, but gets a bit melodramatic when Tobey Maguire's traumatized soldier returns home. ***

Mad Men Season 3: A slow burn, but earns its stripes by season's end.  The season finale is awesome, and there's a lot of cool moments leading up to it - the John Deere tractor scene alone is worth a rental.

Red Cliff: Epic war movie directed by John Woo - reportedly the highest grossing film of all time in China.  Lots of slow-mo battle sequences, no doubt.  Will there be pigeons though?

NEW TO BLU:

Toy Story: Even if you already own the Ultimate Toy Box DVD collection, this one, as with all Pixar movies, is worth the upgrade.

Toy Story 2: Ditto for this, the Godfather Part II of animated sequels.

The African Queen: Classic with Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn - this is its first time on DVD (and Blu-Ray).

Elizabeth: Cate Blanchett is great in this, and I bet her costumes look even more glorious on Blu-Ray.

Elizabeth the Golden Age: All the high definition in the world can't save this inferior sequel.

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