Sometimes don’t you feel a need for gratuitous gun slinging, bad puns and alien invasions at the end of the day? I know I do, and since my recent move it’s taken B movies chocked full of these elements to help me unwind and power down my brain at night. In case you’re craving a similar dose of mindless cinema this weekend, here’s my rundown of some recent DVD releases…
- “Battle Los Angeles” – Alien invasion? Check. Embittered military man angling for a comeback? Check. Unnecessary bio-mechanical autopsies? Oh yeah…My cheesy checklist aside, I would say this is actually your best bet for an awesomely bad rental this weekend. It is set in Los Angeles during a worldwide alien invasion, and it follows military folks as they wage a battle to save their city. Part of what’s so satisfying about this flick is that it covers just one battle (not the whole war to save the entire world from aliens), and because the movie doesn’t overextend itself in this way it ends up hitting all its story beats quite nicely.
- “The Mechanic” – What can I say? I’m a sucker for Jason Statham and assassins, and this film delivers both. While this flick definitely doesn’t bring anything new to either the assassin- or Statham-movie genres, it builds suspense well. And, did I mention it stars Jason Statham as an assassin?
- “Drive Angry” – What’s a B-movie list without Nicholas Cage? If you’ve found yourself bemoaning the fact that Hollywood doesn’t make enough movies like “Grindhouse” these days, I’d say this Bud’s for you. There’s some pretty graphic mixing of sex and violence in several scenes, so definitely don’t watch this with your kids or impressionable adults you suspect are harboring serial-rapist fantasies.
- “I Am Number Four” – This movie couldn’t really decide what it was, and I still can’t decide either. Part low-budget-sci-fi fantasy and part super-hero knockoff, this flick about a nomadic high-school student with super powers was also in limbo with its story as a result of its genre confusion. In short, there just isn’t an entertaining enough story behind this movie to warrant a DVD rental.
- “The Green Hornet” – I had really lackluster feelings about this flick when it was in theaters, but I watched it again out of desperation for a cerebral light switch the other night and decided it’s only half bad. The film is still only worth watching due to a handful of fresh action sequences, but it’s other shortcomings are easier to handle at the rate of $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video.
Psst: Are there any recent releases I’m overlooking? I’d love to hear recommendations for even the most mindless movie fare.