Merry Christmas! This week, only one title of note is coming to Blu-Ray and DVD. The holiday season has had some incredible releases, but today, on the actual holiday, a sole thing hits shelves in “White Boy Rick.” Luckily, it’s a solid option, so consider that a minor Christmas miracle!
PICK OF THE WEEK
“White Boy Rick”
A would be Academy Award contender earlier on in the year, this biopic/crime drama never really found its groove upon release. That’s a shame, as it offers up underrated performances by Matthew McConaughey and Bel Powley. Throw in Bruce Dern and newcomer Richie Merritt in the title role, mix liberally, and you have a rock solid little movie. Clayton found more to like than he expected in his review, putting forth the following here:
On the surface, Yann Demange‘s “White Boy Rick” looks to lack any cohesive or structural force that could make it enjoyable for anyone. Rest assured, though clumsy at times, the heart and soul of the film is wrapped up in its surprisingly touching storytelling ability and a bombastic performance from newcomer Richie Merritt as the titular character.
“White Boy Rick” offered some compelling performances and a touchingly dark story. Audiences were expecting something else, hence why it suffered. Now, removed from Oscar expectations, Yann Demange‘s feature is a solid pick to grab and dive into!
Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $24,011,188
Major Awards: None yet
With so little to talk about today, we’ll double down with more than on Vintage pick. First up, in honor of this week’s release of “Vice,” the pick today is Adam McKay‘s prior outing, which made him an Oscar winner. It’s “The Big Short,” which completely changed how we viewed McKay. Christian Bale was nominated for an Academy Award then, and likely will be again now. It’s an overstuffed flick, though one that rewards a second viewing. Here is a bit from one of our reviews on the site, which found plenty to like:
Co-writer/director Adam McKay takes a depressing and deeply serious subject and infuses it with enough dark comedy to make the whole thing go down smoothly. In fact, considering how dense the material is and how McKay leans into the minutia and complex nature of the housing bubble, it’s really quite impressive that it succeeds.
Next, since it’s Christmas, it’s a perfect opportunity to be controversial and cite “Die Hard” as the other Vintage pick. Sure, it’s partly in jest, but hey, this is still a classic in its own right. Before Bruce Willis looked bored in everything he made, he was riveting here as the everyman action hero. It’s just a blast to sit through, from start to finish. The Guardian looked back on the film fondly:
The deafening shootouts, the uproarious explosions and the killer catchphrase remain gloriously intact
Give them both a look today, which make for a solid grouping with “White Boy Rick” overall.
ALSO OF NOTE
With such a dearth of things to discuss this week, and with the year wrapping up, it’s a perfect time to remind you all of some of the best titles that have already hit Blu-Ray and/or DVD. Many of 2018’s top Oscar contenders, as well as just some quality cinema, has been available on shelves for weeks now, if not months. So, in alphabetical order, here is 25 films that you can seek out if you’re looking to add to your collection today:
“All About Nina”
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“The Death of Stalin”
“Hearts Beat Loud”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Leave No Trace”
“A Quiet Place”
“Ready Player One”
“Sorry To Bother You”
“Support The Girls”
“Three Identical Strangers”
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
“You Were Never Really Here”
You can’t go wrong with any of those. Pair a few with “White Boy Rick” and enjoy!