This week, one of the best films of 2017 so far in “Logan” hits Blu-Ray and DVD. Joining that wonderful movie is one of the year’s biggest surprises, along with a few other titles. That makes today a pretty strong day for new releases. Furthermore, there’s a 2016 Oscar nominee in the mix as well. With such quality at our disposal, let us dive right in and discuss!
PICK OF THE WEEK
Not only one of the best superhero movie in years, this is also one of 2017’s very best overall. “Logan” is really something special. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart have never been better as Wolverine and Professor X, respectively, while James Mangold turns in something closer to “Copland” than “The Wolverine“. Honestly, as much as anything, it’s a low key remake of “Shane” in many ways. Moreover, this is the rare blockbuster that will make you cry. Rolling Stone hits on that point in their take, stating:
Make no mistake, Logan earns its tears. If Jackman and Stewart are serious about this being their mutual X-Men swan song, they could not have crafted a more heartfelt valedictory.
“Logan” manages to elevate the genre in a very strong way. Not since “The Dark Knight” has a comic book film been as worthy of awards consideration. Kudos to all involved. In addition, with the Blu-Ray edition of the movie carrying the “Logan Noir” black and white version, this is one to make it your business to own.
Special Features: “Logan Noir” Black and White Version, and more
Total Box Office: $225,860,505 (and counting)
Major Awards: None yet
Perhaps a bit overrated, Jordan Peele‘s directorial debut is still quite good. Mixing horror and social commentary is never easy, but Peele pulls it off with aplomb. Well acted, expertly directed, offbeat, and with something to say, we have an exciting new filmmaker on our hands. Take a gander at a bit from our largely positive 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.
“Get Out” is one of 2017’s ten best so far, though partly by default. Many find this to be a masterpiece though, so if you’re one of those, this is a must own. Regardless, it’s well worth picking up, even if “Logan” is the somewhat superior flick. Furthermore, both might seek awards attention later this year. That alone makes them required viewing.
Special Features: Alternate Ending, Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes, and more
Total Box Office: $174,927,255 (and counting)
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release of “War Machine,” the pick today is a different Brad Pitt led military film. This one, far better, is “Inglourious Basterds“. Where Pitt and filmmaker David Michod wound up making something strange and kind of awful, Quentin Tarantino wound up making something strange and very much brilliant. Roger Ebert puts it well in his review:
Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds is a big, bold, audacious war movie that will annoy some, startle others and demonstrate once again that he’s the real thing, a director of quixotic delights.
“War Machine” might be a giant misfire, but Tarantino’s war epic is not. It’s always well worth revisiting. Also, any excuse to watch “Inglourious Basterds” is a good one. It’s just that good.
Other Films Being Released
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the recommended duo of “Get Out” and “Logan”:
“The Great Wall”
This multinational production is a waste of just about everyone involved. Our take on “The Great Wall” called it just about as pointless as Trump’s proposed wall, and that’s a statement worth standing by. Here is a bit from our aforementioned pan of a review:
It’s rather puzzling what Matt Damon saw in “The Great Wall.” Frankly, it’s just as puzzling what director Yimou Zhang saw in the project as well. An oil and water mix from the get go, this is a would-be historical epic crossed with a creature feature. Furthermore, it’s done in such a way that the fact that it’s an English language outing is almost a joke.
“Logan” represents one of the year’s best, while this represents one of the year’s worst. Skip it.
Box Office: $45,157,105
“I Am Heath Ledger”
A documentary on the late actor Heath Ledger, this seems like something cinephiles can get behind. Entertainment Weekly dug it, writing:
It paints an affecting, impressionistic portrait of the actor’s singular vision and devotion to his work.
If you’re a fan of Ledger’s, give it a look.
Box Office: N/A
“My Life as a Zucchini”
This animated tale scored an Oscar nomination, and rightly so. Our own review here on the site speaks to its high quality:
With a title like “My Life as a Zucchini,” you’d be forgiven for thinking that Claude Barras‘ new animated film would be a happy-go-lucky story with talking vegetables. But you would be sadly mistaken. Barras takes animation down rarely trod paths with this heartrending film centered around children dealing with issues surrounding death, depression and abandonment.
If you missed it in theaters, now could be a time to catch up on “My Life as a Zucchini“. Furthermore, Academy completists will want to give it a look.
Box Office: $309,766
Here’s a bit of animation that was not well liked at all. The AV Club disregards it in their review thusly:
It took nine people to write the cheap-looking animated film Rock Dog, and not one of them ever stopped to consider the fact that the dog of the title never rocks.
Box Office: $9,420,546
A female centric horror anthology, this had a pretty solid debut at the Sundance Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter wasn’t as fond of it, but still had a positive festival review to put forth:
While it’s uneven as these combos invariably are, genre enthusiasts looking for a female spin will want to check it out.
If you dig on horror anthologies or female driven fright flicks, this should be up your alley.
Box Office: $30,911
Special Criterion Collection Section
The only release to get the Criterion treatment today, this is a recent Palme d’Or winner at the Cannes Film Festival. In addition, whenever the collection opts for something newer, that’s an extra bold mark of quality. Variety was a fan, writing the following:
What keeps Dheepan engaging throughout is the tremendous charisma of the performers.
If you never saw it back during its initial run, consider picking up this deluxe version now!
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