Okay, admittedly, for some people Christmas Day is really more a day to spend at home. Lots of people don’t even celebrate Christmas, from most of the Jewish community–not to mention all the other religions that don’t celebrate–to the Christians who actually think that Christmas is evil because the early church hijacked it from the pagans (I’ve always wanted to ask them, well, pagans used calendars, too–are those evil?). But if you’d rather spend December 25th as a day off work at home with some hot cocoa and your Netflix queue, well, don’t despair. There are MANY good choices for you–too many to easily list, in fact.
New release day for home video is almost always Tuesday, though there’s been some getting away from that in recent months, the trend seems to hold. Thus, these are releases for Tuesday, December 22.
District 9 - The summer’s biggest and most unexpected sci-fi spectacular had to be District 9. This one began as a YouTube short by director Neill Blomkamp, who drew the attention of Wingnut Films head and Hobbit helmer Peter Jackson.
500 Days of Summer – An offbeat romcom featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, this one focuses on a guy who dates a girl for five hundred days…before she leaves.
Extract -The chronically overlooked Mike Judge goes back to the office to bring us the story of a man who has everything, and may just be about to lose it all.
All About Steve – A clumsy, perky, goofy Sandra Bullock stalks a guy cross country and everyone calls it romantic. Had the genders been swapped on this one it probably would’ve wound up a suspense thriller.
And there’s at least nine more movies coming out that week alone, so if you’d rather not fight the holiday crowds, get to the video store. There’s plenty of company there, and it leaves after two hours or so.