Ordinarily, the plan is to post brief reviews
of the indie and indie-relevant DVD releases every week. But, for whatever reason, this week there really *aren't* any
indie or indie-relevant films being released on DVD. This week's biggest release is the Billy Bob
Thornton high school football saga Friday Night Lights, based on the best-selling
non-fictional account, by H.G. Bissinger, of a Texas town's religious worship of those 17-year-old
boys who wear puffy outfits and fall down on one another. And who can blame them?
Also new in stores:
The Forgotten, a psych-thriller no one remembers, starring Julianne Moore. In her New York Times review, Manohla Dargis called it "a pseudo-spiritual, mumbo-jumbo, science-fiction inflected mess." No, thanks.
Cellular, a B-thriller that dares to ask the question: what if the dependability of your cell phone service was the only thing keeping you alive? Poor, poor Kim Basinger clearly has one or two bills to pay.
The Cookout: Queen Latifah and Danny Glover propegate Black stereotypes, pick up paycheck.