This week, yet another “Transformers” sequel comes to Blu-Ray and DVD, along with a star studded independent comedy. The slate isn’t particularly satisfying, but that’s just the way the cookie crumbles sometimes. We press on, regardless!
PICK OF THE WEEK
“The Little Hours”
This indie comedy amassed quite an impressive group of actors and especially actresses. It’s a raunchy endeavor that will end up as an eventual cult classic. Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, and more get to have a blast, and it rubs off on you. The Hollywood Reporter agreed, writing:
A winning ensemble brings present-day attitude to Boccaccio’s irreverent sex comedy.
You probably already know if “The Little Hours” is for you or not. If it is, pick it up and enjoy!
Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $1,637,843 (and counting)
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release of “Literally, Right Before Aaron,” the pick today is going to be another Justin Long outing. It’s “Going the Distance,” which might be Long’s best performance to date. Paired with Drew Barrymore and armed with Geoff LaTulippe‘s terrific screenplay, Long soars. Few romantic comedies have felt more real about what love really entails. It’s a shame that it didn’t do better, or that LaTulippe’s hasn’t been offered dozens of jobs since then. The New York Times was affectionate toward it, stating:
Acknowledges both the difficulty and the comic potential of the arrangement, and does so with enough insight and charm to make you wonder why frequent-flier love is not a more popular theme in romantic comedies.
“Literally, Right Before Aaron” is a flawed picture, but “Going the Distance” is an underrated gem. Fans of Long should make sure to revisit this one soon!
Other Films Being Released
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the recommended comedy “The Little Hours”:
“47 Meters Down”
Shark movies have become a rare thing these days. Unfortunately, this disposable one won’t be bringing the sub genre back anytime soon. Furthermore, it wastes a rare cinematic turn by Mandy Moore. In their review, indieWIRE sums it up well:
47 Meters Down sinks rather than swims, even if there are a few buoyant moments along the way.
Box Office: $44,278,294 (and counting)
The latest documentary from filmmaker Laura Poitras focuses in on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The general consensus was that it’s good, but could have been great. Variety takes that tone in their review, writing:
Running a short 84 minutes, “Risk” offers considerable insights into Assange, but seems to omit as much as it reveals.
It’s not “Citizenfour,” but this is definitely a solid option for the week. Furthermore, considering there’s a “Transformers” sequel competing for your attention, it manages to stand out even more.
Box Office: $200,219
“Transformers: The Last Knight”
Michael Bay strikes again with yet another sequel to his “Transformers” series. This one is yet another incomprehensible orgy of robot violence. Rolling Stone properly panned this one, saying the following:
Every time Michael Bay directs another Transformers abomination (this is the fifth), the movies die a little. This one makes the summer’s other blockbuster misfires look like masterpieces.
Box Office: $130,168,683
Special Criterion Collection Section
“David Lynch: The Art Life”
Our first Criterion release today is this a documentary on none other than filmmaker David Lynch. Perfect timing, considering his recent return to the small screen. The Collection has this tease for you:
A rare glimpse into the mind of one of cinema’s most enigmatic visionaries, David Lynch: The Art Life offers an absorbing portrait of the artist, as well as an intimate encounter with the man himself.
Lynch fans should definitely grab this one. Furthermore, film fans in general will find this one pretty compelling!
“The Piano Teacher”
The other pick to join the Collection this week is Michael Haneke‘s highly regarded collaboration with Isabelle Huppert. This was Haneke’s breakthrough, as Criterion mentions in their description:
In this riveting study of the dynamics of control, Academy Award–winning director Michael Haneke takes on Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek’s controversial 1983 novel about perverse female sexuality and the world of classical music.
Huppert is having a moment lately, so check this one out for one of her best turns!
“Longmire: The Complete Fifth Season”
“Ned & Stacey: The Complete Series”
“Paper Chase: Season Three”
“Shameless: The Complete Seventh Season”
“Sleepy Hollow: Season 4”
“Sleepy Hollow: Seasons 1-4”
“Taken: Season 1”
“The Big Bang Theory: Seasons 7 & 8”
“The McCarthys: Season One”
“You Bet Your Life”