This week, we have one of the sorrier assortments of titles coming to Blu-Ray/DVD. It could very well be the weakest I’ve ever covered, but that’s just the way the cookie crumbles. Today might be a crummy slate, but there’s still a column to be written, so we must press on. As such, I’m doing something different with my top pick and doubling down elsewhere, in order to make up for dearth of both quality and quantity here. You’ll see below, but my PICK OF THE WEEK is an indie film that I wouldn’t normally be citing. I’ll get to that momentarily, but let’s start on a much better note with the Vintage section!
With the weaker slate today, I’ll doubt down here. In honor of this week’s release of both Green Room (which I really like) and Sing Street (which I absolutely love and will be reviewing in the next couple of days), I wanted to cite the last outings from both filmmakers. In the former case, it’s Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin, while in the latter, it’s John Carney’s Begin Again. Saulnier’s gritty genre effort is as artful as it is thrilling, with some incredibly striking imagery, while I raved about Carney’s musical here in this highly positive review: “If you’ve been waiting for another movie to come along that comes close to capturing the magic of Once, then Begin Again just might be what you’ve been waiting for. John Carney, the writer/director of both films, has crafted something so overwhelmingly lovely that the folks who normally avoid all the summer blockbusters due to their lack of heart (or overabundance of giant transforming aliens) might be able to throw up their hands and say “Finally a summer movie for the rest of us”, especially considering the competition this weekend. I know I sort of wanted to say that once I saw this winner of a musical/dramedy hybrid, much as it may sound reductive. Too often this sort of movie gets buried at another point in the season, so I’m thrilled it’s getting a chance to spread its wings and fly, so to speak. Carney hasn’t quite blown me away like he did with Once, but this is an excellent flick, featuring strong turns from Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. Both are getting to play against type and let loose in a way, which shows in their charming and eye opening performances.” Both are excellent flicks with excellent follow ups, so revisit them this week before diving into the new offerings over the weekend. You’ll be glad that you did!
Other Films Being Released
With just one thing to honor today (sort of, as you’ll see), here now is just a simple list of what else is hitting shelves on this particular day, sans my recommendation. Behold:
This fright flick was long delayed and then basically dumped on to DVD. The one review that exists for it is a negative one from Blu-Ray.com right here that says “It doesn’t work for a myriad of reasons, but it’s certainly not a sloppy effort, just an unnecessary one.” I’ll be checking it out this week out of sheer curiosity, but I doubt you’ll have to bother with it. That being said, you can certainly give it a shot if you’re intrigued.
Box Office: N/A
Our second horror film this week is one that was more or less savaged by critics when it came out. One of the kindest mixed reviews came here from Entertainment Weekly, which said “Ambiguity is good in a horror movie, but with this many plot elements elbowing each other for room, none of them achieve enough clarity to be properly terrifying.” I can vouch for it not being good, so there’s no need to really dive into this one unless you’re a hardcore fan of the genre.
Box Office: $26,594,261
The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun
Honestly, I hadn’t heard of this one until now, and there are only a handful of reviews out there. One positive one is here from the Village Voice, which states “The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun is like a movie-shaped sudoku puzzle: an irresistible time-suck that’s more fun to puzzle over than it is to solve.” I might check this one out at some point, so perhaps you’ll opt to do the same thing?
Box Office: $2,167
Grace and Frankie: The Complete First Season
Heroes Reborn: The Complete Event Series
Power Rangers Wild Force: The Complete Series
Sisters: Season 4
Welcome to Sweden: The Complete Second Season
PICK OF THE WEEK
Here’s a first for me. I’m actually going out on a limb and recommending a title that I’ve yet to see. It is one that I’ve been keen to catch up on though, and it’s a romance flick that has some very solid reviews, including this one here from The Film Stage saying, among other things, that “The euphoria and anguish of first love has been captured in countless films, but few do it with the level of raw authenticity and intimacy as 6 Years.” I’m sold, and with the week we have here, it’s worth putting forward as a top pick. Give it a look and see what you think!
Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: N/A
Major Award: None
–What will you be watching this week? Discuss in the comments!