Two of the top movies of last year — both dealing with great minds trapped inside frail bodies — top new DVD offerings Tuesday, Feb. 17.
The film, based on the autobiography by Hawking’s first wife, Jane, is a blend of a romance story and a poignant look at Hawking as he goes from an enthusiastic college student to the epitome of irony as a brilliant man trapped in the frailest of bodies.
Director Steve James has put together a full look at Ebert’s life and career from his battles with Gene Siskel to Ebert’s ill health.
The stunningly unique visual style and sacrificial slaughter of stardom makes “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” a modern day “Sunset Boulevard” — where winning and losing recognition can be a maddening experience.
Tommy Lee Jones has crafted a painfully honest assault on the standard trappings of a Western. His attack comes mainly through its brutal look at the limits of the pioneer spirit. The approach is so brutal the film is at times as repelling as it is compelling — but the mixture is so unpredictable, the result is a success.
It’s impossible to be totally disappointed with “Dumb and Dumber To.” The sequel that was two decades in the making makes it clear in the title that it isn’t trying to be creative or smart. The most it shoots for is the unwavering dumbness that fills the film.
It is nothing more than the name suggests.
Also new on DVD Feb. 17