How to Spend $20

By David Mumpower

July 12, 2011

Best Greek chorus ever.

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Welcome to How to Spend $20, BOP’s look at the latest Blu-ray discs and DVDs to hit stores nationwide. This week: lawyers shun office space, lizards try to drink the water, and Dame Helen Mirren channels Sir John Gielgud.

For people who have had their fair share of bad legal advice: The Lincoln Lawyer

Some story premises are sillier than others. Take for example The Lincoln Lawyer, titled thusly because the lead character operates professionally from the back of his Lincoln Town Car. Folks, I think this should go without saying, but if your attorney's office is mobile, he's probably not going to win your case. Never trust anyone operating out of the back of their car. Really, that goes for any profession save for Lincoln automotive salesperson. Or hooker.

Well reviewed and a solid box office performer, The Lincoln Lawyer is a John Grisham film that John Grisham didn't write. Most closely comparable to A Time to Kill but with elements tying it to The Rainmaker and The Firm as well, this is a title I warmly recommend for people looking for a glossier version of a television legal drama. It's an imperfect movie that tells a solid story in a straightforward, formulaic way that reinforces why this genre is so popular. When done well, it's always engaging.


For people looking for the next Saw: Insidious

Saw notable James Wan is culpable for the (thankfully) brief gorno phase that overwhelmed the horror genre for a while. With Insidious, he reinvents himself with this clever take on supernatural horror themes. While astral projection as a concept may not be for everyone, Insidious is the rare horror title that makes critics enjoy. It is also a strong candidate to be the most lucrative box office performer of the year relative to budget. Made for a paltry $1.5 million, Insidious has earned a glorious $53.7 million domestically and roughly $90 million globally. Say what you will about Wan, he understands what the audience wants and he delivers it in an easily consumed, enjoyable package. Insidious is one of the buzz movies of 2011 and one you will definitely need to check out.

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