THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS:
CASA DE MI PADRE
2012; $15.98-$24.98; R
While we are not big fans of Will Ferrell, we have to respect his fearlessness: He’s willing to try anything for a laugh — as long as he gets to keep a blank expression on his face while doing it. Here he raises that talent to an art form, doing a complete Mexican potboiler — in sorta-mock-Spanish with subtitles — with a crew of Latino actors. So where’s the funny? Largely in the goofy/straight dialogue, visual gags and weird timing courtesy of director/SNL-writer Matt Piedmont, writer Andrew Steele and a crack cast. Oh, and give them extra points for hiring sultry Genesis Rodriguez (“Man On A Ledge”).
THE THREE STOOGES: THE MOVIE
2012; $19.98-$39.98; PG
Did you see a TV ad or movie trailer for this? Us neither, which is a shame because this comic reboot from the slapstick era is worth your time (especially if you’re a nyuck-nyucklehead like us). A straight-up updating of a lost art form from the always reliable Farrelly Brothers and the Cast of the Gods: Sean Hayes (“Larry”), Chris Diamantopoulos (“Moe”) and Will Sasso (“Curly”), plus Jane Lynch, Sofía Vergara, Larry David (as “Sister Mary-Mengele”!) and Brian Doyle-Murray. A perfect re-introduction, with several sequels planned.
DAN VS.: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
2012; $22.98-$24.98; UR
We are fans of Curtis Armstrong, going back as far as “Moonlighting” with Cybil Shepard and Bruce Willis, and he’s perfect here as the voice of Dan, the pent-up paranoid at the center of this excellent animated series — and it don’t hurt none that he’s joined by Dave Foley and Paget Brewster, two of the best comic minds in the business! All’s fair in Dan’s over-the-top vendettas as he takes on ninja dentists, the Canadian baseball league, renaissance fairs and more. Recommended.
DAVID SUSSKIND INTERVIEW: MARY TYLER MOORE
1966; $13.98; UR
First off, we have to admit something: As far as we are concerned, Mary Tyler Moore is the hottest babe ever to appear on TV. Don’t believe us? Check out her famous “undercuppage” on the old “Dick Van Dyke Show.” This interview was made just after that show left the air, and she was a lean, clean, 30-year-old actress/singer/dancer at the top of her form with a kilowatt smile and big, brown eyes that a man could just fall into and … uh, pardon us, we need to take a shower. Check it out.
2011; $24.98; UR
We were surprised how much we enjoyed this sports doc (they usually bore snot out of us), largely because of its celebration of all things low-tech. The subject is “fixed gear cycling”: riding and sometimes racing good old single-speed bikes for fun and profit. No gears, no hand-brakes, no high-maintenance derailers to throw the chain and leave you with ankle scars — just pedal and go. Will make you want to dig that old “fixie” out of the basement and take a ride.
JAMES MAY’S 20TH CENTURY
2012; $49.99; UR
“Top Gear”’s resident wit takes a curious look back at the last century in this marvelous three-disc set. The guy’s trademark giddy glee at all things techie, combined with his childlike fascination at how the world all seems to mesh together, drives this six-part look at our shrinking globe, space travel, jet packs, the traffic light, robots, energy and so much more. Absolutely outstanding in every way; our highest recommendation.
LEVERAGE: SEASON 4
2012; $29.98-$39.98; UR
Man! We can’t believe this thing has already banked four seasons! It seems like only yesterday we marveled at Timothy Hutton’s “Nate Ford,” leader of a team of disjointed, moody and thoroughly entertaining con artists bent on righting wrongs that mainstream society can’t — or won’t — touch. Each week is like a clever takeoff on “The Sting” starring Gina Bellman, hunky Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge. Good TV.
2012; $22.98; UR
Luc “The Fifth Element” Besson returns to action/sci-fi with Guy Pearce as a betrayed CIA agent, sentenced to 30 years aboard an orbiting space-prison. His only hope: to rescue stunning Maggie Grace (“Taken”) from a gang of ruthless prisoners who have taken over the prison, a la “Escape From New York.” Just lay back and enjoy.
LONE WOLF MCQUADE
1983; $14.98-$19.98; PG
First Blu-ray release of arguably Chuck Norris’ best movie, the thrilling Western/actioner that gave Norris his Texas Ranger persona and established his box-office bankability for a generation. He takes on none other than David Carradine, “Kung Fu”’s Kwai Chang Caine, mastermind of an arms smuggling empire that supports terrorists around the globe. Simply a must-own with R.G. Armstrong, Robert Beltran, Barbara Carrera, Sharon Farrell, L.Q. Jones, Leon Isaac Kennedy and William Sanderson.
SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN
2012; $23.98; PG-13
Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas and Amr Waked (“Syriana”) star in the most unexpected movie hit of the year. What’s it about? Damned if we could explain it, but it somehow involves love, heroism, politics and fishing, combined flawlessly by writer Simon Beaufoy (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and director Lasse Hallstrom (“Chocolat”). If you missed this at the theater, don’t miss it now.
THE GREAT GATSBY
2000; $14.98-$19.98; UR
Our only complaint with this cable TV version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tale of the dark side of The American Dream is that it’s too short. One-hundred minutes seems too little time to spend among a cast that includes Mira Sorvino, Paul Rudd and Toby Stephens, though we have to admit we enjoyed it at least as much as the better-known, 144-minute Robert Redford/Mia Farrow version from 1974.
THE INBETWEENERS: THE COMPLETE SERIES
2008; $29.98-$39.98; UR
A quartet of hormone-addled teens try to survive in drab suburbia — and hopefully land some girlfriends — always crashing in the most embarrassing manner possible in this brilliant British TV series. Internally they see themselves as sophisticated, sexy, desirable and exceedingly brilliant, while the outside world finds only geeky, smelly, awkward idiots. Just like your life. Entertaining as hell, and we didn’t even mention ravishing blonde Emily Atack. Yow!
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