This week, a highly divisive film is hitting Blu-Ray/DVD after a much anticipated summer release, along with…well, not much actually. There’s a few big studio releases coming out today, but not a whole lot in the way of indie flicks, which is a bit unique this time of year. It’s not a big deal especially, but it’s something to take note of as we begin discussing this new crop of movies. I honestly kind of had to make my top pick a default choice, even though I don’t dislike the film at all. It’s just not one I loved. Yes, for my PICK OF THE WEEK I’m going with Ridley Scott’s much ballyhooed return to the science fiction genre he helped to revolutionize. You must know what I’m talking about, but in case you don’t, here you go. It’s:
Perhaps a victim of its own hype in some ways, audiences seemed to either love and defend or almost completely dismiss the flick, though I do fall somewhere in between. While watching it in IMAX that first time, I was very much enjoying it in the moment. It was only when thinking more about it that I realized the movie’s script had plot holes that you could drive a truck through. I won’t get into them here in case you’ve yet to see the film, though we did get into it in a special Power Hour over the summer. Still, Scott’s visuals are great, the thrills are effective, and Michael Fassbender has a great supporting turn. It’s no classic, but it’s a good sci-fi flick. Especially with lowered expectations, this is well worth picking up and I feel comfortable recommending it to you all.
-Also out this week we have the very disappointing Broadway musical adaptation Rock of Ages, the bland suspense flick The Raven, and the forgettable indie dramedy The Giant Mechanical Man. The first film is downright bad at times, though Tom Cruise delivers a terrific supporting performance that deserved a better flick. As for the rest, well…no thanks, and that’s coming from a John Cusack fan too. If you disagree, don’t let me stop you from getting them, but I’m not expecting many of you to spring for them.
-The other release today is the indie drama Restless City, and it’s the one title hitting stores that I haven’t seen. I honestly was only barely aware that it existed, so that might be saying something. Still, if any of you are interested, go pick it up and let me know if it’s something that’s slipped through the cracks. Any takers there? Anyone?
-My Vintage pick, in honor of this week’s release of Argo, is a fairly obvious double feature. It’s both of Ben Affleck’s previous directorial outings, which are Gone Baby Gone and The Town. Both are terrific movies, though the latter is the stronger film to me. The former showed the debut of a talent to watch, with the subsequent flick solidifying Affleck as an A-list filmmaker. They’re both Boston set crime dramas, but they’re also so much more than that. Depending on when you read this, I may have already seen Argo, so it’ll be interesting to see where it falls with these two other works. For my money, Ben is on his way to becoming one of the greats. Yup, I said it…
–What will you be watching on Blu-Ray/DVD this week? Discuss in the comments!