This week, the most recent Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature comes to Blu-Ray and DVD. Yes, we can once again praise “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” on this day. Along with diving back into the “Spider-Verse,” a classic cinematic character returns as well. Read on for more…
PICK OF THE WEEK
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
Less than six months ago, to consider an animated Spider-Man outing an Oscar frontrunner would have been quite the bold statement. However, you would have seen that without having entered the “Spider-Verse,” and that makes all the difference. This animated gem is a modern classic in the making and absolutely re-wrote the rules of how to tell a superhero story. Clayton had this out and out rave here on the site to contribute:
Hold on to all your senses because the new web-slinging animated “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is downright sensational.
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is a major step forward for diversity, inclusion, and the superhero genre. It’s also one of the best animated films of the past few years. It’s a must own, so pick it up and enjoy!
Special Features: Audio Commentary, Alternate Universe Mode, and more
Total Box Office: $189,470,053 (and counting)
Major Awards: Won Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards
In honor of this week’s release of “Us,” the pick today is obviously going to be an absolute no-brainer. Yes, it’s “Get Out,” the Oscar winner from Jordan Peele. One of the more unique choices voters have made in some time, it heralded Peele as an immediate filmmaking superstar, and rightly so too. From our review here on the site:
An ambitious filmmaking debut from Jordan Peele, “Get Out” aims to be a bit more than just a horror comedy. Funny at times but more concerned with unsettling its audience, this film is an often serious satire that only descends into outright terror in the third act.
Prep for “Us” by revisiting this Academy Award winner today!
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the sole recommended title in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”:
“Adult Life Skills”
This quirky British coming of age dramedy threads the needle between being too odd and being too sappy. The route it decides to take doesn’t lead to any real high level praise, but it does make the final product fairly solid. The Hollywood Reporter found a middle ground to reside in:
Sweet but less oddball than it thinks.
It’s nothing to go crazy over, but there’s some charm on display here.
Box Office: N/A
“Mary Poppins Returns”
Disney brought back one of their iconic characters for a long in the making sequel, which Oscar nominations and box office glory quick to follow. Emily Blunt is dynamite in the title role, even if everything else can be a bit more up for debate. By and large though, this was a well-liked hit. Our highly positive take here on the site had this to say:
Without asking too much of the viewer, it invites you to cozy up and be entertained.
If you love the character, invite Mary Poppins into your home once again!
Box Office: $171,696,674 (and counting)
A sequel to “The Wave,” this Norwegian disaster film raises the stakes and brings devastation to Oslo. Instead of a small town facing a massive title wave, a deadly earthquake aims to take down a major city. It’s old fashioned, to be sure, and largely enjoyable. Variety had fun with this one, as you can see below:
It’s just intelligent and serious enough to give you your escapist cake – deluxe popcorn perils in all their big-screen glory – without making you eat the familiar guilt of empty-calorie overload.
Those of you in the mood for a disaster movie would do well to give it a shot.
Box Office: $6,235
Special Criterion Collection Section
The first of two new Criterion releases we have to discuss this week is an old fashioned film noir. Interestingly, this was apparently restored by the Academy Film Archive as well as due to a helping hand by the George Lucas Family Foundation. So, George Lucas is part of why this is available today. The Collection has this to say:
From Poverty Row came a movie that, perhaps more than any other, epitomizes the dark fatalism at the heart of film noir.
Something else to consider this week for sure!
Our other title that’s joining the Collection today is a noteworthy American independent effort. From a filmmaker who only made one movie, it’s the rare opportunity to take in someone’s career in one fell swoop. The Criterion write-up for this one is as follows:
With her first and only feature film—a hard-luck drama she wrote, directed, and starred in—Barbara Loden turned in a groundbreaking work of American independent cinema, bringing to life a kind of character seldom seen on-screen.
Another possibility for curious cinephiles!
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