This week, we have one of those situations where the Blu-Ray and DVD offerings are more or less nil. It happens from time to time, but it does make this a tough column to right today. Essentially, there’s only a small handful of things hitting shelves, with almost nothing being worth picking up. I wound up sucking it up and going with a top pick that I could sort of recommend, but it’s nothing to go wild about, to say the least. For my PICK OF THE WEEK, I opted to go with an indie dramedy that played the festival circuit last year. It left me feeling lukewarm about it, but this week, it stands tall. You’ll see the film that I’m referencing shortly, but for now, let’s have a Vintage pick to firmly get behind!
In honor of this week’s release of It Follows (which I absolutely adore…see my review right here for evidence), I wanted to cite the last horror movie to really engage me like that one did. The film in question this time around is You’re Next. When I first saw it (review here), I had this to say: “You’re Next is a ridiculously fun fright flick that I was able to embrace from the opening sequence right on through to the end credits. Director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Adam Barrett have taken the home invasion premise and shaped it to their liking, the result of which should please just about anyone who digs this sort of thing. By combining some especially effective kills with a genuine sense of tension and the welcome introduction of a unique family dynamic, Wingard and Barrett have crafted something beyond a cult classic in the making. This should be a genre favorite for a while. They also have an incredible leading lady in Sharni Vinson. She absolutely owns the screen and essays one of the most interesting horror heroines in some time. Though not for the squeamish, You’re Next offers something for everyone who digs horror.” I stand by those words, and even if this week’s new offering is superior, that just speaks to its strength. Be sure to see both this weekend…you can thank me later.
Other Films Being Released
With only that one aforementioned film to recommend, and barely that, here now is a simple list of what else is hitting shelves on this day, sans my own recommendation or anything of that sort. Take a look:
I wasn’t able to check out this foreign drama about Simón Bolívar, but I was vaguely curious due to the talents of Edgar Ramirez. Perhaps I’ll get around to it in the near future, but for now…I can’t say much about this one. I doubt any of you are racing out to grab it, but if you do, I won’t be stopping you.
Box Office: $113,067
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
After really disliking the first two installments of this franchise, I didn’t bother with this one. Part of me wants to watch it just for Robin Williams, but I don’t think I can do it. If some of you are fans of this series, don’t let me stand in your way, but don’t look for a recommendation from me. I didn’t care for the antics of the first two at all, despite usually finding something to like in a Ben Stiller comedy, so I suspected that that would have been the case again here. Alas, this is not a fond farewell to Williams…
Box Office: $112,342,858 (and counting)
A mediocre suspense drama that’s neither good nor bad, it more or less just is what it is. Not a thrilling comment, I know, but hey. This is the sort of thing that you’d watch if it popped up on cable, but wouldn’t in any form go out of your way to see. It’s just meh.
Box Office: $6,871
I’ve never even heard of this particular title, but it’s a barely released animal centric family comedy co-produced by World Wrestling Entertainment. That might give you an idea about if it’s something for you to look into or not. I didn’t see it though, so I can’t say anything more than that…
Box Office: N/A
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.: The Complete Series
The Legend of Korra: Book Four Balance
Matlock: Greatest Cases
Pee-Wee’s Playhouse: Seasons 3, 4 & 5
Petticoat Junction: Family Favorite Episodes
Power Rangers Lost Galaxy: The Complete Series
Quincy M.E.: The Final Season
The Red Road: The Complete First Season
Treehouse Masters: Season 1
PICK OF THE WEEK
Listen Up Philip
Back at the New York Film Festival, I caught a glimpse of Alex Ross Perry’s film, which left me slightly puzzled, if we’re being honest. Sure, Jason Schwartzman is pretty good as an insanely unlikeable character, while the supporting cast is solid too, but it doesn’t seem to be in the service of much. Ultimately, I had to hang on to the acting in order to actually follow through on this recommendation. I know a few of my colleagues hate this flick, while plenty adore it. The movie is somewhere in the middle for me, very much a two and half star film. I’ll teeter it a bit towards three in order to give it the thumbs up, but just keep in mind that this is a very minor recommendation. It’s the best of the week, but only because of the actually week that it happens to be hitting on…
Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $200,126 (and counting)
Major Award: None
–What will you be watching this week ? Discuss in the comments!