dvd reviews

By Jared Curtis


Directed by The Spierig Brothers
Rated R, 98 minutes

“Daybreakers” takes place in 2019 when vampires have overrun the world. Although everything happens at night now, not much has changed. People still go to work, greedy corporations still run things and, yes, there are people fighting the government — humans. But the blood supply is running low as synthetic blood isn’t cutting it, and hungry vampires are changing into uncivilized monsters. Dr. Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) is trying to figure out a solution but soon crosses paths with a group of humans (including Claudia Karvan and Willem Dafoe), and they work together on a cure as other vampires hunger for fresh blood. “Daybreakers” is a different kind of vampire film that had potential to be great. Even though it runs off course a bit, it’s still worth viewing for the inventive vampire story and Dafoe dropping classic one-liners as a badass vampire slayer. CV


‘Reality Bites’
Directed by Ben Stiller
1994, Rated PG-13, 99 minutes

Starting in high school, I wanted to be like three cool dudes on TV — Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto) from “My So Called Life,” David Wooderson (Matthew McConaughey) from “Dazed and Confused” and Troy Dyer (Ethan Hawke), a laid-back slacker who played in a band but couldn’t hold a job, from “Reality Bites.” Four friends — Lelaina (Winona Ryder), Vickie (Janeane Garofalo), Sammy (Steve Zahn) and Troy (Hawke) — face life in their 20s. After Lelaina is in an accident with a yuppie named Michael (Ben Stiller), a bigwig at an MTV-like TV station, her love life is turned upside down and the video diary of her friends she’s been working on could make her a star. “Reality Bites” defined Generation X but also speaks to multiple generations. It was a film that was ahead of its time in 1994 and could still be considered ahead of its time even today. CV

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