Friday, February 29, 2008

The Weekend Watch

With the weekend here, it is time to think about one the great time-waster activities of all time: watching DVDs. In most cases, new-release DVDs end up with long hold lists that you may not get to see for several weeks or months. Instead, we will look at older releases and TV series that you may be interested to check out, starting with one from each category:

About A Boy
Starring: Hugh Grant, Rachel Weisz
The presence of Hugh Grant in any movie may automatically make you think that it is a romantic comedy. In this case, you would be wrong. Grant stars as Will, a self-absorbed wealthy slacker who tries to pick up single mothers with no intention of establishing a long-term relationship. Things are going well, until a boy he recruits to act as his son latches on and wants to hang out. While the friendship they form could turn the movie into a sappy flick, but instead, it is witty and funny all the way through.

About A Boy can be found in the DVD collection under 'A' (Humor)

Angel - seasons 1-5
Spinning off from the fan-favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer show, Angel puts the focus on the vampire with a soul and his effort to make up for his horrific acts by helping to save others in Los Angeles. Over the series's five seasons, not only Angel but all of the supporting characters (Cordellia, Wesley, Gunn, Fred, Lorne) are fully explored and developed as they take on various evil creatures and the evil law firm of Wolfram and Hart. While there is a slight Buffy feel to it, Angel is distinctly its own show and is worth the time to watch.

Angel can be found in the NEW DVD collection under 'A' (Drama)

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