Tuesdays are great. Do you know why? Of course you do. It's because Tuesday is when all the new DVDs come out each week. It's a day when we can all put aside our petty differences and rejoice because all those flicks we loved so much at the box office can now be ours to own for about twice the price of a movie ticket. Plus, I think we can all agree that if criminals spent more time watching Molly Ringwald get that birthday kiss she's always dreamed of in 'Sixteen Candles' and less time robbing convenience stores, the world would be a much better place.
OK, so what's new and awesome on DVD this week? The best of the pack is Steven Spielberg's'Munich,' about the Israeli Mossad agents secretly tasked with tracking down and destroying the Palestinians responsible for killing 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games. The four-man squad, which is led by Eric Bana and includes Daniel Craig (aka the new James Bond), accepts their duty proudly, but the men soon begin to grapple with the morality of their actions. The result is a gritty, visceral film that depicts with haunting resonance the human costs of violence -- even when that violence occurs in the preservation of freedom. 'Munich' does have one flaw, however, and that is its penultimate scene, in which Bana makes sweet love to his wife while flashing back to the climax of the Olympic hostage situation. In what would make a very convincing Herbal Essences commercial, Eric throws his glistening mane back in ecstasy, droplets of sweat hurtling toward the heavens. The whole climax commonality aside, the juxtaposition of these two acts is just a little bittoo incongruous. But despite this "totally organic" moment, 'Munich' is a great bet for Spielberg fans who'd rather be breakfast for an alien than watch a certain Scientologist in 'War of the Worlds' again. Read a Q&A with Bana.
This week's other great release is 'The New World,' directed by Terrence Malick and starring Colin Farrell as Captain John Smith. Like Malick's 'Thin Red Line,' 'The New World' moves along at a snail's pace, with Malick taking frequent detours from narrative to allow his camera to linger on a beautiful sunset or a particularly soothing stream. In doing so, Malick captures the purity of America at the dawn of colonization -- a land of almost frightening natural beauty and unbridled promise. On the downside, the film feels VERY long. Thankfully, now that it's on DVD you don't have to watch the whole thing in one sitting. Meanwhile, the surprisingly heartfelt romance between John Smith (Farrell) and Pocahontas (Q'Orianka Kilcher) is one of 2005's best. Funny, though, how the characters in the film have a huge problem with the Smith-Pocahontas love connection because they come from different backgrounds, but no one seems to care that Smith is like 35 and Pocahontas is only 14. Different times, I guess. Check out 'New World' DVD extras.
Also new is the 'Ronin: Collector's Edition,' in case you want to watch one long car chase that calls itself a movie. Yeah, I get it. They're all badass drivers. Now just tell me what the hell's in that stupid box already. And Jennifer Aniston tries -- but unfortunately fails -- to graduate to cinematic success with 'Rumor Has It,' a romantic-comedy stink bomb in which Aniston may or may not be the granddaughter of the woman who inspired 'The Graduate's' Mrs. Robinson. I'm rooting for you, though, Jen. High hopes for 'The Break-Up.'
Finally -- and I probably shouldn't say this because I work for a movie Web site, but I love this show so much that I'm going to anyway -- if none of these movies sound appealing to you, there's always 'Scrubs' Season 3 now on DVD. If you are not yet familiar with the genius of this show, now's the time to remedy that.
Come back tomorrow for the inaugural installment of "Who Wants to Date Me?" Basically, I'll be writing about the lovely ladies starring in this week's big summer releases and then asking you to post about which one you think I should date. Not that I'm actually going to date them, but still ...