I call it "Bland. James Bland." Others said Quantum of Solace, the 22nd installment in the James Bond spy series was "with the possible exception of Licence to Kill the worst Bond movie ever," "incomprehensible ... and flat-out dull," "makes us understand the importance of a good director, which is sadly absent here," "nothing but a big-budget mess," and — my favorite — "blurred, not stirred."
There were some kind words, too, and if you're a Daniel Craig fan, go for it. Quantum of Solace is rated PG-13 and retails for $29.99 on DVD, $34.98 for a two-disc special edition and $39.99 for Blu-ray.
More to my liking, if only because they are films that I (and probably you) have not seen — and maybe wouldn't if this week weren't so weak in other offerings — are Saturday Morning and Afro Ninja: Destiny.
Saturday Morning stars Joey Piscopo, the 28-year-old son of Joe, in his feature-film debut. This light-hearted romance took the 2007 best comedy award at Indie Fest USA. Wes Selman (Piscopo) is forced to get up and get going one Saturday morning when house repairs drive him from his bed. Not a morning person, he doesn't expect to like what he finds outdoors. What he discovers is a sort of Utopia in which everything is beautiful and he can do anything — including possibly winning the attentions of the woman of his dreams. Trouble is, this world exists only between 6 and 8 a.m. Saturdays. Sort of like Shangri-La from Lost Horizon. The DVD is not rated and lists for $19.99
You might get a kick out of Afro Ninja: Destiny, an action film inspired by an online short that is one of the funniest and most-watched videos ever to appear on YouTube. This stunt-filled film, which crosses Bruce Lee's classic films and Jackie Chan's martial arts moves with blaxploitation films of the 1970s, is a hoot. This DVD also is not rated and lists for $19.99.