• A special two-disc set of There Will Be Blood , Paul Thomas Anderson’s recent masterpiece about the nightmarish side of the American Dream arrives on shelves this week. Besides an Oscar-winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis, it comes with more extras than you can shake a milkshake at.
• Lost among the myriad of spoof movies of the past few years, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story attempts to do what none of the others successfully accomplished — be funny. A send up of Walk the Line , it manages to skewer every decade of American music, from bluegrass, up on through disco, and beyond.
• Another film that got completely ignored at the box office this past year, Lions for Lambs
interweaves three different highly political storylines. Robert
Redford’s film fell flat for either trying to hard, or not trying hard
enough (depending on whom you talk to), despite the star power of Meryl
Streep and Tom Cruise.
• Arriving a year early is the 20th anniversary edition of The Adventures of Baron Munchausen ,
Terry Gilliam’s classic, and unclassifiable film. Filled with Gilliam’s
patented imaginative flair, this underappreciated film is, beyond its
flashy surface, an exploration of both aging and dreaming, and how the
two tie together. Hopefully it won’t be another 20 years before it gets
a fully decked out release.