This week brings the release of one of the absolute best films of 2012 alongside a whole host of other interesting titles. I feel confident in saying that this is one of those times where the Blu-Ray and DVD release slate contains literally something for everyone. Almost every genre is covered as well, so pretty much regardless of your age group, gender, or personal taste, there’s a movie with your name on it this week. They might not all be masterpieces, but at least one is in my book. Of course, that means that my top pick today is all but a foregone conclusion, but I do know that I’m not alone in my love of this particular film. For my PICK OF THE WEEK I went with a flick that’s been my #1 movie of the year at certain points over the past 5 months or so. It’s a modern classic in my eyes, and the rare breed of film that already has a decent cult following. Most of you know the movie in question, but in case you don’t, well…it’s:
The Cabin in the Woods
This is a damn near perfect film in my book. A horror/sci-fi mashup with its tongue planted firmly in cheek, there’s absolutely nothing that I didn’t love about it. To quote from my own review of the flick (still spoiler free and found here if you’re curious): “What Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon have achieved here is nothing short of a cinematic miracle. Just as meta as ‘Scream’ but far more intelligent, this is a hybrid horror-comedy that can literally make you shriek, laugh, and frankly utter “what the fuck?” within the same scene (even at the same time during a few choice moments). I’m still in shock over how amazing this film is”. Especially during the third act, things are absolutely pitch perfect, particularly one scene I still won’t spoil for those unfortunate enough to have still not seen the movie. It’s out now, so do yourself a real favor and pick it up immediately. I just can’t recommend it enough. You can thank me later!
-Also out today and getting a recommendation from me, we have both the much maligned but still amusing comedy The Babymakers and the ambitious but flawed drama Detachment. I liked the former a lot more than just about any colleague of mine, while the latter has issues but is still worth seeing. They’re solid choices for you all to check out, just don’t expect anything miraculous from either of them. Lowered expectations are the key here…
-The rest of the releases this week (and there are a bunch of them) include the annoyingly harmless dramedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the sadly only decent “lost” Duplass Brothers film The Do-Deca Pentathlon, the bland dramedy The Magic of Belle Isle, as well as a bunch of movies I’ve yet to see. They include the documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me, the period romantic comedy Hysteria, the animated romantic drama Chico & Rita, the comedy Salvation Boulevard, the suspense flick The Woman in the Fifth, the musical drama Battlefield America, and the drama Oslo, August 31st. The first two mentioned aren’t awful choices, but any of the above titles are better bets. Of course, if you disagree and have your eye on one or more of these, don’t let me stand in your way at all.
-My Vintage pick, in honor of the release this week of End of Watch, is one of the more underrated cop themed films out there; Cop Land, a terrific modern day western that uses the different sides of the police force to stand in for the lawmen and outlaws of old. Sylvester Stallone turns in one of his very best performances as a loser sheriff in a suburban town run by corrupt cops taking one last stand. It’s very old fashioned and just very good as well (it also happens to feature excellent use of a Bruce Springsteen song, which is always a solid way to earn my love and bonus brownie points). The terrific ensemble cast includes Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Liotta in addition to Stallone, all of whom turn in fine work. If you’ve never seen this flick, well, I highly recommend it, and if you’ve seen it once or more…see it again. I always love watching it, so this is going to be a real treat for me. I hope it is for you as well!
-What will you be watching on Blu-Ray and DVD this week? Discuss in the comments!
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