Semper Fi is a drama that meanders in spots and the writing isn’t always the best, including the introduction of best friends at the opening which felt off, but outside of that, the acting at least was respectable.
Life Partners isn’t a great movie but succeeds thanks to its cast, Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs in particular who have great chemistry together; it’s also a breezy film never overstaying its welcome. The Blu-ray released by Magnolia is very basic between the fluff featurettes to so-so audio and half-decent video transfers.
By the Gun is a well intentioned but ultimately lifeless and clichéd crime-drama. Ben Barnes turns in a fine performance and anytime we see Harvey Keitel is a treat but otherwise the writing isn’t up to snuff and the direction is relatively standard. The Blu-ray does have good video/audio transfers while the commentary track highlights the limited bonus material.
“Gossip Girl” is a fun tween soap opera with various storylines which help keep the attention span even when the episodes can sometimes sputter. The DVD itself offers up good video and audio transfers and a decent set of features, though it’s still fairly light and only worth one viewing. Given the price, and assuming you’re a fan, this fifth season is worth it.
Monte Carlo doesn’t break any new ground and is in fact predictable in almost every aspect of the story. The direction is only average even though they managed to film in two of the most beautiful cities in the world and yet thanks to Selena Gomez and the safe story, there’s a certain amount of charm. Now, this isn’t a film that will resonate for me beyond this review but I think enough of it works to make it at least a lukewarm recommendation.
If you’ve stuck with “Gossip Girl” so far, you’re likely going to enjoy Season Four a bit more than Season Three. While it’s nowhere near the awesomeness of Season One, it was still a fun ride. With a huge cast of new characters for season five, and the dropping of 3 original cast members, I look forward to what’s coming up.
Country Strong is a mess of a film. Most of the performances are fine and the songs, even if it is country which I normally don’t like, are catchy but the story doesn’t resonate and the characters, at least two of them, aren’t just very likeable. The video and audio transfers are good and while there are several features, they don’t amount to much except the basics.