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DVD Tuesday: Here comes the monster!

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It's probably your last minute on earth, you're with her...so why aren't you naked? | Photo courtesy of Paramount

I was stunned that Cloverfield didn't fare better at the domestic box office. Typically, a movie that has a $40M opening weekend easily cruises past the $100M mark, but Cloverfield plummeted after its debut and got stuck at around $80M. Is it a great movie? Of course not. But it is a pleasantly nihilistic thrill ride that won't play nearly as well on DVD. Charlie Wilson's War, on the other hand, is perfect for DVD. Big stars, interesting story, fairly visually inert. Make it a Philip Seymour Hoffman double-feature and pick up the superior The Savages as well. Unfamiliar with the mumblecore movement? Hannah Takes the Stairs is an excellent primer. Why I remember when director Joe Swanberg was just another eager poster on Roger Avary's old message board.

Cloverfield
Charlie Wilson's War
Romulus, My Father
Starting Out in the Evening
The Savages
The Orphanage
One Missed Call
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie
Hannah Takes the Stairs
My Boy Jack