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'Silly season' time to watch crap
By Bruce Kirkland, QMI Agency


A car ride through Manhattan turns into a night to remember for Noah (Jonah Hill) and the kids he's babysitting -- Blithe (Landry Bender, left), Rodrigo (Kevin Hernandez) and Slater (Max Records).

The Sitter, Jonah Hill's demented attempt at being a slacker babysitter, has been sitting on top of a pile of unseen DVDs and Blu-rays for weeks, demanding to be seen and heard.

The time is now. The silly season is upon us in theatres. So why not do it at home ... and the cottage ... and anywhere else you're watching movies this summer. There is something about kicking back and watching crap and not caring as much.

The Sitter is crap, of course. Even the studio knows it. That's why David Gordon Green's movie arrived in what is called the Totally Irresponsible Edition, with two versions, theatrical and extended. When you're watching a bad movie, go all the way and get more of it. It is out as a stand-alone DVD and two-disc combo pack.

Tucked just under The Sitter in my pile were other equally inept flicks. One was Joyful Noise, Todd Graf's unlikely pairing of Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton as choir leaders exchanging sour notes. Both these gals are formidable forces of nature, but need more than a cliche-ridden plot to carry the tune. It is available in separate DVD and Blu-ray editions.

On to a monumental disaster, New Year's Eve. Garry Marshall's movie is so staggeringly bad you have to see it in the right frame of mindlessness. This all-star idiocy is now legendary as a showcase for stars looking cringe-worthy. The cast careens from Robert De Niro to Jessica Biel, Halle Berry, Zac Efron, Ashton Kutcher, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, Sofia Vergara, Katherine Heigl and others. The movie is out in a stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray.

Watching bad can be good -- to a point. These experiences got me thinking: What else is coming in the silly season?


You have to wait until Aug. 18 for one of the true highlights, The Hunger Games. This futuristic action movie will make it to the home entertainment market armed with critical raves and a healthy box office. It generated 85% fresh on the Rotten Tomatoes site. It has earned $643.2 million worldwide already, according to Box Office Mojo. So the sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is already in pre-production.

In Canada, Alliance is planning a stand-alone DVD and a two-disc Blu-ray release with digital copy. An eight-part documentary called The World is Watching will go in-depth into the movie that has obviously turned Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone) into an action star. Before The Hunger Games makes its home debut, however, you will have to make do. Here are other titles in the summer spirit, all due in June:

John Carter: The Martian action adventure fantasy hits shelves on June 5, including in a 3D combo pack.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island: Dwayne (The Rock) Johnston ignores logic and reason in another adventure. Also out on June 5.

Smoky and the Bandit: It makes its Blu-ray debut June 5 with Burt Reynolds in high definition. Sounds scary.

The Three Stooges: The Ultimate Collection: Nyuk, nyuk, these are the originals and the box set is enormous at 20 DVD discs.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance: Nicolas Cage fireballs out of control again on June 12.

Big Miracle: With John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore giving it the sappy Hollywood treatment, this tale of whales splashes down June 19.

Radio Rebel: Debby Ryan and Adam Dimarco are on the dial June 19. Wrath of the Titans: Sam Worthington told me he hated his performance in his first Titans movie and thought he did better in the sequel. You be the judge. It's big and bold on DVD and Blu-ray June 16.

 




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