DVD Court: Argo, Sinister, and Anna Karenina

This week, we put three movies on trial. As The Jury, we recommend what should happen to a particular DVD released today. Voting Burn It, Skip It, Rent It, or Buy It, we come together to deliver a verdict and hope to help you decide what to watch or avoid. Unfortunately, there is no Court of Appeals this week. We have also added Closing Statements, including quotes from our reviews or opinions about each film on trial. This is to give you all a better idea of why we decided how we did. Also, we are planning on starting a rotating Jury for the DVD Court, so if you have interest in joining the discussion, let us know below!

The Jury:
Nick of The Cinematic Katzenjammer
Ries of The Cinematic Katzenjammer
Joe of Two Dude Review
Andrew and Sarah of Two Tickets For…
Dave of Dave Examines Movies
Sati of Cinematic Corner
Daniel of Daniel’s Film Reviews
Brian of The Soap Box Office
Fernando of Committed to Celluloid
Ben of Benend’s Basement
Alex of Cinemaniac Reviews
Chris of Film Hipster



“A dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran.”
Directed by: Ben Affleck, Rated: R, 120 minutes

Nick: Rent It
Ries: Buy It
Joe: Buy It
Andrew and Sarah: Buy Itbuyit
Dave: Buy It
Sati: Buy It
Daniel: Buy It
Brian: Buy It
Fernando: Rent It
Ben: Rent It
Alex: Buy It
Chris: Buy It

Closing Statements:

Nick: “With incredible direction and terrific acting, Argo is certainly worth your time but it’s hype and buzz have built it up to be something it’s not- a film that pushes the boundaries. It’s simply just too safe.”

Daniel: “The film sort of plays out like an assassin giving you his first choke-hold, he’s inexperienced and you may feel the grip loosening from time to time, but then it strengthens again and doesn’t let go until the very end.”

Brian: “If not the best movie of the year then the second best and one that is PERFECTLY paced.”

Andrew and Sarah:  “Led by a strong all-around cast, the strongest aspect of this political thriller is that while we know how it all works out, Affleck and screenwriter Chris Terrio manage to make it a pulse-pounder until the very end.”

Ben: “All-in-all, the movie is unspectacular but a very well-told, well-acted thriller that’s another notch on Affleck’s directing resumé.”

Joe: “Ben Affleck places himself among the top directors in the industry”

Fernando: “Director Ben Affleck achieves great suspense and the front-runner for the Best Picture Oscar manages great balance between thriller, historical document and comedy, but I have a suspicion this one wouldn’t hold up very well for repeated viewings”



“A true-crime writer finds a cache of 8mm “snuff” films that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose career dates back to the 1960s.”
Directed by: Scott Derrickson, Rated: R, 110 minutes

Nick: Buy It
Ries: Rent It
Joe: Rent It
Andrew and Sarah: Rent Itrent it
Dave: Rent It
Sati: Rent It
Daniel: Rent It
Brian: Skip It
Fernando: Rent It
Ben: Rent It
Alex: Rent It
Chris: Buy It

Closing Statements:

Nick: “A rare worthwhile entry in the horror genre that’s heavy on the atmosphere and light on the logic. But those few moments that scare the shit out of you make the purchase worth it. If only the final act was stronger…”

Ben: “The film is constantly unsettling and on occasion, terrifying. Not only a horror film, it plays intriguingly as a psychological thriller.”

Andrew and Sarah: “One of the stronger horror films to come out in 2012, a strength of the film is it allows the audience to figure out why the family shouldn’t just move out of their haunted house…before the family even figures it out.”

Daniel:  “Its atmosphere is something that one could easily love, or just as easily loathe. The movie may not be the finest horror film of 2012, but it certainly is the most frightening.”



“Set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky.”
Directed by: Joe Wright, Rated: R, 129 minutes

Nick: Rent It
Ries: Rent It
Joe: Skip It
Andrew and Sarah: Rent Itrent it
Dave: Skip It
Sati: Skip It
Daniel: Rent It
Brian: Rent It
Fernando: Rent It
Ben: Skip It
Alex: Rent It
Chris: Rent It

Closing Statements:

Sati: “It’s not what the novel was about. It’s f**king Gossip Girl.


Other Releases:

Fun Size
Atlas Shrugged: Part 2


End of Watch (Buy It)
Death Race 3
For a Good Time Call (Skip It)
Fun Size
Sinister (Rent It)

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Nick is a man obsessed with all things related to film. From the most obscure to the very popular, he's seen it all and hopes to one day turn his obsession into a career that makes a lot of money so he can buy a monkey, a bulldog, and a full size Batman suit.

  • 70srichard

    Argo F**K yourself.Buy It This movie you can watch repeatedly and get something out of.
    Sinister, you would have to pay me to see again. Burn it.

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  • Thanks so much for having me on the DVD Court again. I can’t wait to pound the gavel for next week’s releases! 😀

    Also thanks for linking to my Argo review. Though I could have sworn I had a closing statement for that one as well…I believe it was the last line in my review, something like “Argo see it now” (a nod, of course, to the scene when Alan Arkin says “it means Argo f**k yourself!”). The post is already up, so I won’t go all obsessive compulsive over begging you to add it back (I’m 15 not 5 🙂 ), but if you could, that would be great. 🙂

    Thanks again!


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