Imagine, if you will, the love child of (500) Days of Summer and The Breakfast Club, and you’ll get just a taste of this week’s top DVD release. If that’s not up your alley though, don’t worry — we’ve got four more fit for nearly every crowd!
1) The Perks of Being a Wallflower
When I heard Stephen Chbosky was taking his beloved novel to the big screen, I must admit I had my reservations. In text, The Perks of Being a Wallflower was one of the most sincere portrayals of heartache and acceptance I’d ever read and a coming-of-age tale that easily ranks among the top. That being said, its film counterpart demands the same respect and gentle reverence from all audiences. This isn’t another vamped-up Hollywood reflection on jocks and cheerleaders; Perks examines the dark corners of adolescence, the light of friendship, romance, redemption and the explorative nature of our younger years — years that, ultimately and infinitely, define our future selves. Join Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller on this wonderful ride guaranteed to resonate with the sensitive side in all of us.
Rotten Tomatoes: 85% fresh
2) The Sessions
The Sessions is an unbridled autobiographical journey into the depths of love and the undying pursuit of passion from the perspective of a man shackled to his own body. Mark O’Brien is imprisoned in an iron lung at age 38, and he’s desperate to make his dream of having sex become a reality. From priests to therapists and everything between, O’Brien writes his way through his tender determination to lose his virginity with the help of a sex surrogate. Helen Hunt, William H. Macy and John Hawkes star.
Rotten Tomatoes: 94% fresh
3) Robot & Frank
Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden and Liv Tyler star in this story about friendship in unexpected places. Watch as Frank befriends a futuristic, fully functional robot voiced by none other than Peter Sarsgaard. The inanimate robot helps give this human a new lease on life.
Rotten Tomatoes: 86% fresh
4) The Man With the Iron Fists
Join Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu and debut director/actor RZA (better known for his roots in rap group Wu-Tang Clan) as they fight their way through the warriors and weaponry of feudal China. Action/martial arts fans will get a kick out of this.
Rotten Tomatoes: 50% splat
5) Silent Hill: Revelation
Here’s the wildcard for this week. If you couldn’t get your loved one to cuddle up for a sentimental session in theaters on Valentine’s Day, maybe you can convince him to sit down on the couch for a horror flick. If you play your cards right, you might be able to hide behind him during the scary parts and score a little proximity in the process. Silent Hill: Revelation was a bit of a bust, but you never know what might make your hair stand on end.
Rotten Tomatoes: 6% splat