I’ve had the great pleasure of enjoying some truly outstanding film and tv recently that I think it would be wise for you to consider.

Pan’s Labrynth: I had heard many good things about this movie before I saw it in theaters. Namely from my brother who wouldn’t stop talking about it until I saw it, so I did. And I was sure it was going to be fantastic, but I didn’t really know what to expect. It’s much bloodier than I thought it was going to be, so weak stomachs beware. But the images and the effects and the entire storyline of this little girls’ world is so fantastic and whimsical and beautiful that it becomes an escape just as much for you as it does for her. This is not to be missed.

Smokin’ Aces: Another one that I wasn’t quite sure of what I was going to get but came out totally pleased and entertained. The movie has all the fantastic elements of a very fun summer assassin movie but I can see how it would have totally drowned coming out in June. It has perfect timing and does exactly what it came to do. Smoke some asses. I mean, Aces. Jeremy Piven is phenomenal and wears his role so well and is supported by a cast that is sexy, funny, all around insane and more often than not, hilariously blowing each other away. Literally. My favorite characters in this movie are The Tremors. I can’t say much, but after you see it we will discuss.

The Illusionist: My elitist nature kept me from seeing this one in theaters. Partially because I am anything but a fan of Jessica Biel and also it had the worst timing of a movie coming out right alongsidethe unstoppable and incomparable Prestige. Being released weeks before The Prestige was probably a good move as to not get buried by it in rental and sales as well. Anyway, I must apologize to Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti (but still not Biel) for missing this outstanding film in theaters. The story is very interesting and the visuals, though sometimes oddly placed and not enough in your face, were over all very well done. Edward Norton will always hold a special place in my heart and in my eyes Paul Giamatti can do no wrong, though Iain will profusely disagree. So when you go to Blockbuster to pick up The Prestige and it is completely sold out, pick up The Illusionist. You shall not be disappointed.

Rome: This is the HBO series that started last year and has just started up its second season. I rented disc one out of curiosity the other day at Blockbuster and can definitely say that I have not been so pleased with a television show of this type in a very long time. The storyline is very involving as I can say that two episodes in I am hooked. Today I rented two more discs and am extremely anxious to get into those as well. Rome is sexy, bloody and intense (it’s HBO) and has left me wanting nothing but more. The show is on Sundays at 9, but I am trying to get caught up on season 1 before I delve into 2. Well done, HBO. Well done.