This week, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man leads the charge of titles coming to Blu-Ray and DVD. That’s right, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is hitting home video today. There’s not too much else available, but it’s not a totally barren slate. Alright, let’s discuss!
PICK OF THE WEEK
Marvel finally got their hands on Spider-Man and the results were just phenomenal. Pairing the web-slinger with Iron Man was a stroke of genius, as was making this a high school coming of age story. John Hughes would have been proud. Everything about it works. The Marvel Cinematic Universe now has another top tier outing to share with the world. Furthermore, Clayton was a big fan, raving about it here on the site in his review:
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” has elevated the game for Marvel Studios. One of the best action films of the year and not one that you should be ashamed to experience with the family. The magic of the movies is evident in just about every frame.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is the best Spider-Man film to date and one of the year’s best movies. Furthermore, it’s a whole new type of Marvel outing. Long live the MCU. Don’t miss it!
Special Features: Deleted and Extended Scenes, Featurettes, and more
Total Box Office: $333,245,428 (and counting)
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release of “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” the pick today is filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos‘ breakthrough. It’s “Dogtooth,” one of the best foreign films of the past decade. Weird doesn’t begin to describe it, though the movie is absolutely captivating. The world that Lanthimos creates is both bizarre and utterly compelling to visit. Roger Ebert summed it up well in his review, writing:
Dogtooth is like a car crash. You cannot look away.
If Spider-Man isn’t your thing, check out a Lanthimos work this week/weekend instead!
Other Films Being Released
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the recommended comedy “Spider-Man: Homecoming”:
A surprise breakout comedy hit, there has even been some Oscar buzz for scene stealer Tiffany Haddish. Many were shocked at its success, but when R rated comedies are well done, they often find themselves a substantial audience. That was the case here. Time Out was fond of it, writing:
For some reason with this film, the wildness feels wilder, the vulnerability rawer and the sisterhood stronger.
Spider-Man and his recommended title is pretty funny, but if you want another comedy option, this is one to consider.
Box Office: $115,108,515
This costume drama seemed to get lost in the shuffle when it hit theaters earlier this year. Audiences didn’t show up, but critics loved it, in particular Rolling Stone. They had a rave that included the following take:
Newcomer Florence Pugh, in a performance that will soon be legendary, dives deep into this terrifically twisted, erotic thriller and makes it matter.
Fans of this sort of period piece should take a look!
Box Office: $1,129,408
The follow up to “Obvious Child” for Gillian Robespierre and Jenny Slate, this didn’t recapture the magic. The movie is very cute, though not as profound as that previous outing. Entertainment Weekly hit on how it’s good, if not great, writing:
In sweetly calibrated moments … Landline finds the analog joy it’s reaching for.
Keep your expectations in check here.
Box Office: $940,854
One of 2017’s most popular documentaries, this could be a dark horse Academy Award contender. Not only that, it has a future being remade into a hit fiction film. Just ask the Hollywood Reporter critic, who mentioned just that in their highly positive take:
It seems impossible that someone won’t snap up the rights to this uplifting success story and refashion it as a narrative teen pic.
If you’re looking for a different sort of doc, keep an eye out for this one.
Box Office: $1,146,292
Special Criterion Collection Section
Our first of two Criterion releases today is this absolute gem from the master Stanley Kubrick. Unlike anything else he’s ever done, it’s a technical masterpiece. The achievement is really quite something to behold, especially at that stage of his career. Here’s a bit from the Collection on it:
Stanley Kubrick bent the conventions of the historical drama to his own will in this dazzling vision of a pitiless aristocracy, adapted from a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray.
Kubrick on Criterion. Need I say more?
“Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me”
The other pick getting to join the Collection this week is David Lynch‘s curious prequel to his television show “Twin Peaks“. Opinions on this one are all over the place. Furthermore, it stands in even further contrast with the new edition on TV this year. Criterion makes the case for this one in the following way:
In this prequel to his groundbreaking 1990s television series, David Lynch resurrects the teenager found wrapped in plastic at the beginning of the show, following her through the last week of her life and teasing out the enigmas that surround her murder.
Lynch and “Twin Peaks” have a cult following. If you count yourself among the cult, pick this one up and enjoy!
“American Gods: Season 1”
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: The Complete Second Season”
“Game of Thrones: Seasons 3 & 4”
“The Good Place: Season One”
“Green Acres: The Complete Series”
“Masterpiece: The Collection”
“Rhoda: Season 5”
“Samurai Jack: Season 5”
“Samurai Jack: The Complete Series”
“Strike Back: Seasons 1 & 2”