Well, we didn't rent these DVD's...we borrowed one and bought the others. Anyhoo:
Sweet Home Alabama - This is the one we borrowed. It was no Sophie's Choice, but I enjoyed it. I didn't dislike it like John did, but, again, there's really not a whole lot of substance to the movie. And, yes, Reese Witherspoon looks great in this movie.
Oz: The Complete First Season - We don't have HBO, and I'd heard a lot about the show, so we bit the bullet and bought the DVDs (8 episodes on 3 DVDs). Wow...what an intense show. Very well-written and very well-acted. We'll be buying the second-season DVDs in the next few days. A word of warning, though: If you're easily offended by crude language, nudity, or violence, this show may not appeal to you. I mean, it is set in a men's prison, after all.
Far From Heaven - Again, I have to say...wow. What an incredible movie. It was nominated for 4 Oscars, and, after seeing the movie, I'm surprised it wasn't nominated for more (and didn't win any). Now, I haven't seen "The Hours", so I can't comment on Nicole Kidman's performance, but I have to agree with the critics who say that Julianne Moore should have won the Oscar for this performance. I already knew she was a great and talented actress, but she is incredible in this movie. I also haven't seen "Adaptation" and can't comment on Chris Cooper's performance in that, but how Dennis Quaid was not nominated for Best Supporting Actor (and, therefore, didn't win) is beyond me. Both Moore's and Quaid's performances are absolutely brilliant. The sets/costumes are exquisitely done, and the music selections are perfect for the mood of the film. I cannot recommend this one highly enough.