Puppies. Who doesn’t love them? Okay, sure, Terrorists hate puppies. So does the ghost of Hitler. And, fine, the MPAA can’t stand them either – but everyone else out there can rejoice in knowing that this week features the addition of the sure-to-become-a-classic film, Air Buddies – a sequel to Air Bud. Also this week: a new release of Narnia and the arrival of Ricky Bobby on DVD.
alphamonkey’s note:This was supposed to run yesterday, but I’m an idiot. Carry on.
Air Buddies: Thank goodness, just when you thought the classic Air Bud franchise was about to be sent to the farm, Disney pumps in a shot of adrenalin to deliver another classic entry into one of the most heart-warming and precious film series out there! When Buddy and his bitch are taken from home, only one cuddly force can save the day – their offspring! What won’t those puppies do to save their parents? I just can’t tell you how doggoned happy I am to hear that these films are still being made!kill me now.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe: Extended Edition (4-disc set): Was a one- or even two-disc edition of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe not enough for you? Then god bless Walt Disney Pictures for having the insight to release the 4-disc set, coincidentally timed with the Holiday season! This new edition contains a couple of docs exclusive to this incarnation of the film on DVD – a 75-minute one on C.S. Lewis, and at a whopping 140-minutes comes “Visualizing The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe: The Complete Production Experience,” sure to lose the attention span of children who only asked for the set to watch Lion-Liam Neeson kick some ass.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby: There’s something beautiful about Will Ferrell-staring, Adam McKay-directed films. The films are glorious examples of what a main-stream comedy should be – brainless, almost plotless, but super-effective at leaving it’s audience breathless and weak-cheeked after all of the laughter-inducing jokes. The film goes 100 miles a minute, never afraid to stray from the story to make a joke; but never feeling directionless. I think McKay is the David Zucker of the generation; while it might be premature to label Talladega Nights or Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy as worthy of the likes of Airplane, can you name any other movie this decade that comes close? You can read my review of the film here.