This week, there once again really is no way around the fact that nothing of any real note is coming out on Blu-Ray and DVD. I nearly opted to just cite a VOD new release, which would have been a first (in case you’re wondering, it would have been Trust Me, which I just reviewed here). I didn’t go that route, but it came close. I’ve honestly only seen two of the new releases, and while I definitely liked one of them enough to recommend, it’s hardly something I’m particularly pumped about in any way and never anticipated having to give top honors to. Basically, today is another one of those days, so we have a top pick this week coming to you all strictly by way of default. That’s the way it goes sometimes, and next week is much better, I assure you of that, with a good amount of the weeks to come being better quality overall. Like certain times in the past, this is just the sort of day that we have to get through in order to have better ones for the column. Basically, my PICK OF THE WEEK is a mostly forgettable if entertaining character study that wins the day by virtue of having been seen by me. That title will get its moment in the sun rather shortly, but until then, lets focus in on some of those Vintage picks that just might save the day!
In honor of this week’s release of Chef (my rave review of which can be found right here), I’m going to a similar film of sorts from Jon Favreau. It’s Swingers, and while Favreau didn’t direct (Doug Limon did), he wrote and starred in the flick, much like he did with this new one, in addition to being behind the camera as well. I love this movie and it really does hold up today. You should be excited for Favreau’s latest film, but either way, you really should treat yourself to another viewing of this one. If somehow you’ve never seen it, well…just correct that now and we’ll forget you ever confessed that.
Films In Release
With nothing to recommend besides my top pick, here’s just a simple rundown of what movies are coming out and hitting shelves today. None got a thumbs up from me, but are any of them actually bad? Well, you can find out below for yourself…
The Art of the Steal
If there were to be a runner up this week, it’d undoubtedly be this heist flick. It’s got a great cast working in its favor and the plot holds up for a good portion of the running time. Things fall apart before all is said and done, but this is a decent enough movie, that much is for sure.
Box Office: $64,065
Lewis Black: Old Yeller Live at the Borgata
There was a time when comedy concert films actually got real releases, and I kind of miss that time. I’m a fan of Lewis Black, so this was an enjoyable enough show, though also the sort of thing you can normally see for free on television. If you’re a fan of Black’s, this could be worth looking into.
Box Office: N/A
I’m not even sure if this little movie got a theatrical release, but it played last year at the Tribeca Film Festival, so I figured I’d give it a brief mention. I can’t vouch for its quality since I didn’t see it, but here it is in case you’re curious at all about it.
Box Office: N/A
I never watched the show, so I skipped the screening of this one, especially after I heard it’s mostly for fans (though considering its Kickstarter roots, that shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise). I might give it a shot now though, so if you’re like me and didn’t bother, perhaps now is the time to see what some of the mild fuss was about?
Box Office: $3,322,127
The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete First Season
Eureka: Season 3.0
I Love Lucy: The Complete First Season
Laverne & Shirley: The Complete Series
Laverne & Shirley: The Final Season
Rookie Blue: The Complete Fourth Season
PICK OF THE WEEK
If there’s one reason that I’m recommending this movie, it’s the performance of James Cromwell. Just look at how I started my review of the film (which you can read in its entirety here) last year: “For some reason, whenever an older actor that historically is relegated to supporting roles gets a chance to headline a film, magic happens…we can add James Cromwell to the list of performers who’ve made the most of this opportunity. While I wouldn’t say that Still Mine is anything worth going nuts over, it is a very nice movie with a great performance by Cromwell“. The flick is fine on its own, but with Cromwell’s lead performance, it’s the best thing out this week by far. On those grounds, I’d say pick it up if you’re in the mood for something new…
Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $1,159,336
Major Award: None
–What will you be watching this week? Discuss in the comments!