This week, we have one superior title coming to Blu-Ray and DVD alongside a host of other titles of middling quality overall. I know for a fact that the top choice today is a fan favorite here at The Awards Circuit, so I’m expecting this to be a popular choice of mine. It’s not the only thing worthwhile hitting shelves, but it is easily the best bet for a good time. This doesn’t exactly make my PICK OF THE WEEK much of a secret, but this time around I won’t be around the bush and will get right to it. The film in question is the latest from an up and coming director, one that satirizes the Hollywood screenwriting process in a very unique way. The flick I’m about to fete? Well, it’s:
While I’m pretty sure I still prefer In Bruges, this new film from Martin McDonagh is just as clever as that one, while being far more high concept. McDonagh again gets a good performance out of Colin Farrell (playing a struggling writer, though that’s just the tip of the iceberg here), while this time also getting scene stealing work from Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken. There were very few action comedies that amused me like this one did in 2013, so now that it’s available to own, I can’t recommend it enough!
-The other film today I’d like to direct your attention to is Hello I Must Be Going. The movie itself is good, but Melanie Lynskey’s performance is rather great as a divorcee struggling to find her footing in the world. I actually hosted some Q and A’s with some of the cast here in New York City back during its theatrical run, so I’ve seen firsthand just how people respond to her work in the film. Give it a look and see what most of you missed. In a just world, she’d be a Best Actress nominee…
-Also coming to the small screen this week we have the shark jumping horror sequel Paranormal Activity 4, the mediocre suspense flick The Awakening, as well as the animated film Hotel Transylvania, the barely released action movie The Cold Light of Day, and the horror flick Citadel. None of these seemed to do much for anyone on the big screen, so I think that’ll pretty much be the case here too. If I’m wrong and you’ve been eagerly anticipating one of them, well, enjoy it.
-My Vintage pick, in honor (sort of) of this week’s release of The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, is a sequel with a title as good as the aforementioned one is bad. No, it’s not Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, it’s actually Aliens. Besides just being a great movie, it’s also got a title that works perfectly for the franchise. It’s much of what you liked from the first flick, just more of it. It’s James Cameron’s masterpiece in my eyes, regardless of what some might say, and any excuse to recommend watching Sigourney Weaver fight the Alien Queen is an excuse worth making…
-What will you be watching on Blu-Ray and DVD this week? Discuss in the comments!
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