The last couple of months of the year bring DVD bounty to film critics around the world, as studios send out bushels of screener discs in the hopes that their Oscar-bait projects will land on the countless top-ten lists that nobody really gives a crap about.
Here at Cinema Sideshow Central, we've received gratas copies of Reservation Road, Talk to Me, A Mighty Heart, Hairspray, Into the Wild, Margot at the Wedding, Music Within, Knocked Up, Eastern Promises, and a few more that we can't be bothered to remember. The daily mail/UPS/FedEx pile often includes bizarre extras that are intended to win us over, but serve instead to just clutter up our already cluttered desks -- Fox Searchlight, for example, sent us a DVD of The Kite Runner, plus a foldy card-thingie with stuff about the movie and a copy of the novel on which it was based, each in a separate mailing. The postage bills at Fox Searchlight must be enormous.
Catching up with all of these pictures is a daunting task, and after awhile they kind of start to run together. For an idea of what the experience is like, please enjoy this clip from The Soup, which captures it all quite nicely: