This week, the second “Guardians of the Galaxy” film comes to Blu-Ray and DVD, along with…just about nothing else. Today is a really light day, so luckily the top pick is something pretty worthwhile. The Marvel sequel is what saves the slate, as you’ll see below. Without “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” this could be the worst lineup in the history of the column. Alas. Still, we press on…
PICK OF THE WEEK
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
Marvel continues to do some of their most interesting work with their most offbeat properties. Their MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) is impressively consistent. Even this sequel manages to be a cut above. This particular franchise values science fiction fun and music above all else. It’s the MCU’s take on “Star Wars“. That helps to set it apart. Clayton loved the first one, while just liking this one, as he wrote here in his review:
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is fun, no doubt. It’s action-packed and completely enjoyable. We’re just waiting for the evolution of Marvel to take place. Your move Marvel. Oh, and the opening credits rock.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is no “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but few things are. This follow up is still supremely entertaining and is well worth picking up!
Special Features: Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Featurettes, and more
Total Box Office: $389,194,993 (and counting)
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release of “Bushwick,” the pick today is a fellow independent action outing. It’s “The Raid: Redemption,” which might be one of the best action flicks of the past decade. Sustained action in long takes is the way to a cinephile’s heart. Here is a bit from our highly positive review at the time:
An action film for those who think the modern action film is too talky, ‘The Raid: Redemption’ is almost one long and sustained action sequence stretched out to feature length.
Other Films Being Released
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”:
“Scales: Mermaids Are Real”
Just one other release this week among theatrical titles, and it’s this barely heard of one. In fact, there’s only one review out there for the mermaid flick, coming from Common Sense Media. They wrote the following:
Mermaid coming-of-age drama is forgettable but mild.
Box Office: N/A
Special Criterion Collection Section
The first of two releases getting Criterion’s treatment today is this 1951 French flick. It is the work of Sacha Guitry, a well known multi hyphenate. This happens to be the first film he made with actor Michel Simon. The Collection has this to say:
The writer, actor, and director Sacha Guitry emerged from the theater to become one of France’s best-known and most inventive filmmakers, and La poison marked his first collaboration with another titan of the screen, the incomparably expressive Michel Simon.
“Sid & Nancy”
As for our other offering from the Collection this week, it’s this classic pseudo biopic. Looking at the relationship between rocker Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. It’s a riveting and uncomfortable movie, intentionally so. Much has been written about it over the years, and it has only gotten better with age. Criterion teases you about it a bit with a taste right here:
With the lacerating love story Sid & Nancy, Alex Cox reimagines the crash-and-burn affair between punk’s most notorious self-destructive poster children: Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen—brought to visceral life by brilliant performances from Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb.
Gary Oldman fans undoubtedly already have this one preordered. Besides “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” this stands tall.
“Ash vs. Evil Dead: The Complete Second Season”
“Blue Bloods: The Seventh Season”
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season Four”
“Dominion Creek: Series 2”
“Great British Baking Show: Season 4”
“Ironside: Season 4”
“Lucifer: The Complete Second Season”
“NCIS: Los Angeles – The Eighth Season”
“Portlandia: Season Seven”
“Sharpe: Season 1”
“Supergirl: The Complete Second Season”
“The Walking Dead: The Complete Seventh Season”