The Hot Sheet
BY Advocate.com Editors
November 05 2010 7:40 AM ET
Cher: The Film Collection— Six of the beloved entertainer's films are compiled for the first time in this boxed set, just in time for the release of this month's splashy musical Burlesque. The collection includes her '60s time capsule pieces like Good Times (1967), a harmless, sometimes meta-musical in which she and husband Sonny Bono plan to make a musical movie and the Bono-directed Chastity (1969), about a wild-child drifter who hits the streets to find herself. It's not quite as bad as its reputation and proves Cher's early on-screen charisma. Also here is Silkwood (1983), which finds the superstar holding her own against Meryl Streep as the lesbian roommate of whistleblower Karen Silkwood, and Moonstruck (1987), still one of the movies' great ensemble comedies, which brought Cher an Oscar for her turn as an unlucky-in-love Italian widow. Rounding out the set are Mermaids (1990), the eccentric single mother dramedy is best remembered for Cher's promotional video version of "It's in His Kiss," and Tea with Mussolini (1999), a rare period drama which finds the star looking sleek alongside Lily Tomlin, Judi Dench, and Maggie Smith as an American in WWII Florence.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World — Underappreciated during its theatrical release, Scott Pilgrim is a generally satisfying, sometimes very amusing adaptation of the popular comic book about an unemployed young musician (Michael Cera) who discovers that in order to date his dream girl, he must first battle her seven evil superpowered ex-boyfriends. Chris Evans, Jason Schwartzman, and Milk's Alison Pill costar, but the film's standout is the scene-stealing Kieran Culkin as Cera's acerbic roommate (and conscience) who just happens to be gay.
V: The Complete First Season — Gay fave Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost, Gia) left the island behind at the end of Lost’s fifth season to re-create one of the most memorable miniseries of all time. The redux of V gets off to a shaky start (the obvious green screens don’t help) but finds its footing toward the end of the first season, with Mitchell and the queen of the V’s (Morena Baccarin) proving able foes. Plus, Scott Wolf is still looking good, and he spends a fair chunk of the season shirtless.