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DVD Tuesday: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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Critics were predictably tough on X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but I preferred it to all the other hyper-budgeted blockbusters of the summer (with the possible exception of Harry Potter 6, though I'm still not happy about the elision of Dumbledore's funeral). Gambit could have been better conceptualized, but Hugh Jackman owns the role of Wolverine more than any actor owns any superhero role. Granted, that's not exactly saying a whole hell of a lot, but still -- he fucking rocks it. Jessica Biel + English Period Comedy = Better Than You Might Think. Of course, Colin Firth smoothes all edges so it may not be such a grand accomplishment. Grace = worst movie I saw at the Sundance Film Festival. Avoid at costs unless you love zombie babies!

FILM

X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Easy Virtue
Amadeus (Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]
An American Werewolf in London (Full Moon Edition)
Army of Darkness (Screwhead Edition)
Deadgirl (Unrated Director's Cut)
Grace
Trumbo
Nerdcore Rising
Nightwatching

Is Grey's Anatomy the worst popular show of the last decade? Obviously, the answer is a resounding, "Yes!" Cynical, manipulative, treacly and clumsy all at the same time, it is truly a primer on how not to make a show with any redeeming value. CBS and "comedies that are actually funny" don't really go hand-in-hand, but The Big Bang Theory is almost mildly amusing. It could take a lesson from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia which is gloriously crass and smart. Allow me to do my signature David Caruso impersonation: first I must squat; then I must slowly remove my sunglasses. Brilliant, huh? I used to really dig Jason Lee, but completely took a pass on him after I heard about all that Scientology crap. Shame.

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