On DVD & Blu-Ray, 6/21/11: ‘The Adjustment Bureau,’ ‘Cedar Rapids,’ More

THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU (DVD/Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Combo)

Taken from a short story by Philip K. Dick, The Adjustment Bureau has a great premise: there is a bureaucratic agency governing every decision you make, and if you stray from The Plan, they will step in and adjust your life. What could have been a Truman Show or an Eternal Sunshine instead becomes a mediocre time-waster, as the adjusters’ arbitrary rules and the silly chase scenes get in the way of real chemistry between forbidden lovers Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. It’s a shame to see Anthony Mackie, who was good in The Hurt Locker, turn in a stupefyingly dull performance, but it’s worse to see Richard Slattery, who unloads at least two dozen savagely memorable remarks on each episode of Mad Men, reduced to shouting things like, “Can’t I get a break in this case?!” Under the anonymous, visionless direction of George Nolfi, the film is a cosmic farce as a bunch of old white dudes attempt to cock-block Damon on an epic scale. The spark between Damon and Blunt makes things mildly entertaining. Extras include audio commentary from Nolfi, deleted and extended scenes, and three featurettes. 

(Originally reviewed by me, and much more favorably by Paul, in “Secret Origins.”)

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Listen to Episode 45, “Secret Origins”

Well, after a few frustrating delays, Gobbledygeek episode 45, “Secret Origins,” is finally available for listening or download right here. To celebrate the show’s one-year anniversary, Paul and AJ decide to reach back into the dusty, cobweb-laced corners of their minds to bring us their Secret Origins: their first geek experiences, what led them to becoming full-fledged geeks, what made them into who they are today. Such memories as paper-and-dice role-playing, live-action role-playing, and chat room role-playing are brought up…wow, that’s a lot of role-playing. Never again question their geek credentials. Also, things like comic books, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, computers, and more. Plus you’ve got news; upcoming DVD releases; AJ’s takes on The Troll Hunter, Another Year, and How Do You Know; and Paul and AJ’s joint reviews of The Adjustment Bureau and Rango.

Next: we know we’ve got some listeners who don’t really “get” the comics portions of our show, so we shall endeavor to offer a comic book primer.

(Show notes for “Secret Origins.”)

The Gobbledygeek Guide to the 2011 Spring Movie Season

In this week’s episode, Paul and I discuss 31 different movies opening this spring that we fiund…interesting…for one reason or another, some good, some bad. As promised, here are IMDb links and trailers for each.

February TBA

London Boulevard

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Download Episode 38, “Springtime for Puffy Val Kilmer”

Gobbledygeek episode 38, “Springtime for Puffy Val Kilmer,” is available for download right here. This is our new regular air date, Saturday, so mark yer calendars for future reference, Gobblers. In today’s episode, Paul and I look ahead to the spring movie season, discussing 31 films we find interesting in some capacity. Some we are legitimately anticipating, like The Adjustment Bureau and Super; some we’re merely curious about, like The Beaver or Your Highness; and others, well…we’ve got Justin Bieber: Never Say Never on there, so, yeah. Then, in another segment of “Reel Picks,” I proffer my opinions of The King’s Speech and Blue Valentine while Paul talks up the Criterion release of Guillermo del Toro’s Cronos.

Tune in next week for our Oscar predictions episode!