In this week's edition of view from the couch, Keith Marler offers his take on "Olympus Had Fallen" and "The Muppet Movie."
OLYMPUS HAD FALLEN
"Olympus Had Fallen" - one of the two "White House under siege" flicks of this summer - this one was the underdog and won the battle against the higher-profile "White House Down".
Aaron Eckhart is the president, Gerard Butler is the disgraced former Secret Service agent who happens to know all the nooks, crannies, crawl-spaces and duct work of the white house and happens to be nearby just as evil-doers take over the Oval Office.
In a world of "Die Hard" clones, this one stands out as a novel installment in the micro-genre of "lone wolf vs. terrorists".
Morgan Freeman and Angela Bassett add some gravitas to the supporting role depth chart and help keep the ball rolling when the action-interrupting plot needs exposition.
It's a fun dip into the occasionally implausible, as well as Butler's darkly humorous glee at inflicting bad guy beat downs – all make this a must-watch for purveyors of over-the-top action-as-art.
THE MUPPET MOVIE
Originally released in 1979, this Blu-ray upgrade tells the "mostly true" tale of how the Muppets met and began their decades long team-up.
Loaded with celebrity cameos from the 70s like Dom Deluise, Madeleine Kahn, Steve Martin, Milton Berle, Bob Hope, Cloris Leachman, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor, Telly Savalas, Orson Welles, and Big Bird, as well as an awesome Paul Williams-penned soundtrack.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
Season one of "The Mindy Project"
Season two of "Girls"
Blu-ray upgrade to "Flashdance"