Nick’s Picks 01/09/13
FREE DVD GIVEAWAY
We are doing a Free DVD Giveaway! If you are interested in a chance at winning a free copy of The Whale: The True Story of Luna, Money and Medicine and The Legend of Neil: Complete Series, it is really easy! All you have to do is send me an email at HoustonMovieGuy@gmail.com. The subject line of the email should read DVD GIVEAWAY. In the body of the email, be sure to put your name, full mailing address and which DVD or Blu-ray you would like. Winners will be selected by random drawing. Best of luck!
THE WHALE: The True Story of Luna – Docudrama
Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, The Whale tells the remarkable true story of a young, wild killer whale, Luna, who lost contact with his family on the coast of British Columbia and became famous around the world when he tried to make friends with human beings.
MONEY AND MEDICINE – Docurama
As rising health care costs threaten to bankrupt the country, Money and Medicine tackles the medical, ethical and financial challenges of containing runaway health care spending. With remarkable candor and poignancy, Money and Medicine captures the difficult end-of-life treatment choices made by patients and their families, ranging from very aggressive interventions in the ICU to palliative care at home. The film also investigates the controversy surrounding diagnostic testing and screening as well as the shocking treatment variations among patients receiving a variety of elective procedures. In addition to illuminating the so-called waste and overtreatment that pervade our medical system, this timely documentary explores promising ways to reduce health care expenditures while improving the overall quality of medical care.
THE LEGEND OF NEIL: Complete Series – Flatiron
Beer-guzzling slacker Neil Grimsley accidentally finds a code that sucks him into the fantasy video game The Legend of Zelda. Neil is immediately charged with the task of defeating the evil Lord Gannon and saving Princess Zelda, armed with nothing but a shoddy wooden sword and a gigantic hangover. Created and directed by Sandeep Parikh, The Legend of Neil follows our reluctant hero as he traverses the world of Hyrule encountering sarcastic wizard mentors, sex-starved fairies, half-horse dance crews (Robert Hoffman), whiny giants and much more! This unrated DVD contains all three seasons of Comedy Central’s smash hit web series and includes never-before-seen bonus footage including a behind-the-scenes featurette with insider tips on how to make your own web series!
THE ASSASSINS – WellGo USA
In the year 198 BC, Cao Cao, Prime Minister of the Han Dynasty, ventured to the east and defeated China s greatest warrior Lu Bu, terrifying every ambitious warlord across the country. Several years later, after taking the Han Emperor under his wing, Cao crowns himself King of Wei. He built a magnificent Bronze Sparrow Island to symbolize his power and rumors spread that he would replace the Emperor. Meanwhile, young lovers Mu Shun and Ling Ju are taken from a prison camp to a hidden tomb, where they spend five cruel years together, training as assassins for a secret mission. In the year 220 BC astronomical signs predict dramatic change. As a result, Cao s son Cao Pi and Cao s followers urge Cao to become the new Emperor – but unknown and opposing forces plot against him.
SMASH: Season One – Universal
Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston, Megan Hilty and American Idol’s Katharine McPhee star in the groundbreaking, critically acclaimed series Smash. Talented newcomer Karen Cartwright (McPhee) is up for the role of a lifetime in a new Broadway musical based on the iconic Marilyn Monroe. The only thing standing in her way is Ivy Lynn (Hilty), a seasoned theater veteran who is determined to land the part herself and will stop at nothing to realize her own dreams of fame. Also starring Tony Award winner Christian Borle and Jack Davenport.
GAME CHANGE – HBO
Game Change is a searing, behind-the-scenes look at John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, from the decision to select Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as McCain’s running mate to the ticket’s ultimate defeat in the general election just sixty days later. Told primarily through the eyes of senior McCain strategist Steve Schmidt, who originally championed Palin and later came to regret the choice, Game Change pulls back the curtain on the intense human drama surrounding the McCain team, the critical decisions made behind closed doors and how the choice was made to bring Palin on the ticket. The film examines how we choose our leaders by offering a unique glimpse into the inner workings of an historic campaign.
WAR OF THE DEAD – E1 Entertainment
March 1941. Captain Martin Stone (Andrew Tiernan) leads an American unit on a mission to destroy a secret Nazi underground bunker. Fighting alongside an elite platoon,the soldiers find themselves attacked by the same men they killed in an earlier assault. Now, the remaining officers must struggle to survive against the war s most terrifying enemy…a flesh-hungry army of the living dead.
HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET – Fox
Terror hits home in the chilling Unrated Cut of House at the End of the Street – with a shocking added twist you didn’t see in theaters! Academy Award Nominees Jennifer Lawrence and Elisabeth Shue star in this edge-of-your-seat horror hit packed with heart-pounding thrills and gripping suspense. Newly divorced Sarah (Shue) and her teenage daughter Elissa (Lawrence) have just moved to the suburbs for a fresh start. But their hopes quickly shatter as they learn that, years earlier, a grisly murder took place next door when a deranged girl killed her parents and disappeared. The girl’s older brother Ryan (Max Thieriot) still occupies the house, and when he befriends Elissa, his secretive past could become her worst nightmare!
DALLAS: Season One – Warner
The landmark TV drama continues with a whole new generation, as JR’s (Larry Hagman) and Sue Ellen’s (Linda Gray) son, John Ross (Josh Henderson), locks horns with Bobby’s (Patrick Duffy) adopted son Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe), proving that in Texas — oil is still thicker than blood. Both families want control of the coveted Southfork family estate. With JR’s cunning guidance, John Ross is determined to drill it, while Christopher backed by Bobby, searches for alternative fuels, and plans to donate Southfork to a conservatory. It’s a battle without limits, whether it means stealing another man’s money, loyalty, girlfriend or wife. leaving just one question.
ANGER MANAGEMENT – Lionsgate
Charlie Sheen makes his return to series television in the new sitcom, Anger Management. Sheen stars as Charlie, a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management. He has a successful private practice, holding sessions with his group of primary patient regulars each week, as well as performing pro bono counseling for an inmate group at a state prison. Charlie thrives on the chaos in his life while still battling his own anger issues. His life is complicated by his relationships with his own therapist/best friend (Selma Blair), an ex-wife whose positive outlook but poor choices in men frustrates Charlie (Shawnee Smith), and their 13-year-old daughter who has OCD (Daniela Bobadilla).
DREDD – Lionsgate
The future America is an irradiated wasteland. On its East Coast lies Mega City One – a vast violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge jury and instant executioner. The ultimate Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is tasked with ridding the city of its latest scourge -a dangerous drug and the sadistic prostitute turned drug pusher who is using it to take over the city.
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