Whiteout- 4 stars—Don't be fooled by other reviews; "Whiteout" is a fun night at home in front of the TV. Based on a graphic novel (so that should lend some consideration), it breaks no new ground in movie making or suspense but is enjoyable none the less. Personally, I thought it was going to be more like Carpenter's "The Thing", but was surprised to see it was more a procedural thriller. Beckinsale has perfected her American accent and is only mildly annoying opposite Tom Skerritt and Gabriel Macht (where has he been? Let's just all forget about "The Spirit" and give the guy another chance. He's adorable!). Anyone who is a fan of suspense/thrillers both in book or movie form, will see the twists coming and not buy into what the director wants you to think; however it's limiting to say that ruins the movie experience. Personally, I like being more clever than the film; it makes me feel smart and important… Kinda like a US Marshal??? It's fun to solve the case moments before the character. You get to relive that "ah-ha" moment and say "I knew it"! Whiteout won't win any awards and I understand why it didn't do better at the theatres, but it is definitely worth a look on DVD, especially if you are a fan of any of the actors or survivalist thrillers.
The September Issue- 4 stars— Whether you care about Vogue or not, this is an interesting look into the publishing world. Set around the release of the now classic September issue (that's the really thick one), the docu-crew get up close and somewhat personal with the reclusive Anna Wintour (she's the basis for "The Devil Wears Prada"). Wintour comes off well and I enjoyed seeing a personality behind her trademark dark sunglasses. The star is certainly long time creative director Grace who fights and pouts over photo shoot's. Unlike "Valentino: The Last Emperor", I felt like I got a more behind the scenes look at what goes on at the top fashion magazine in America. The extras are equally funny, especially one in which Editor-at-Large Andre Leon-Talley talks about the importance of custom shirts and shorts.