This week, the last of the 2017 Best Picture nominees comes to Blu-Ray and DVD. Of course, this was a certain timely film directed by Steven Spielberg. With a light slate like the one hitting shelves today, it stands out even brighter. Plus, it’s our final Oscar player to come home to own. You’ll see below, and there’s no point in delaying, so here we go!
PICK OF THE WEEK
Pairing Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in anything would have been a winner. Especially when under the direction of Steven Spielberg, that’s a recipe for success. Plus, the trio were making a timely drama about the Pentagon Papers. If the film only ended up good instead of great, that’s still a win. Even if the talent involved initially suggested a classic, we instead got a worthy entry on to all of their filmographies. Here’s what Clayton had to say in his review at the time:
In an era where the political climate is tumultuous and the leadership of the presidency has been blurred by corruption and hatred, Steven Spielberg‘s “The Post” feels as important as ever.
“The Post” is mid level Spielberg. Hanks and Streep enjoy juicy roles, while Spielberg himself seemed to relish the quick turnaround. He’s made better prestige movies for sure, but this is still easy to recommend. Pick it up and enjoy.
Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $81,835,084 (and counting)
Major Awards: Nominated for Best Picture and Best Actress (Streep) at the Academy Awards
In honor of this week’s release of “I Feel Pretty,” the pick today is going to be another comedy starring Amy Schumer. It’s “Trainwreck,” one of the very best comedies of the past five years. Judd Apatow and Schumer proved to be a perfect match for each other, creating something truly memorable and special. Plus, it’s just hilarious. Here’s a bit from our rave review here on the site:
If a movie perfects the recipe it sets out to create, that’s a perfect movie. Trainwreck is perfect at what it wants to do
If you’re a Schumer fan, this is a good week for you. Revisit this modern classic and get ready for her latest starring vehicle on Friday!
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the sole recommended Spielberg tile “The Post”:
Another in a long line of Liam Neeson action titles, this one has the gimmick of being set on a train. As always, he’s an everyman who has to inexplicably save the day. Reviews were fairly mediocre, as they usually are for this sort of genre fare. Entertainment Weekly essentially said to wait for it to hit television, writing the following:
The Commuter is the kind of passable potboiler that may satisfy your junk-food sweet tooth on late-night cable a year from now. But in first run at full price, all you’ll end up feeling is taken.
If you love Neeson kicking ass, this is one to consider. Still, it seems best suited to a future on cable…
Box Office: $36,343,858
This little comedy brings Elliott Gould a role on the big screen again, and that’s never a bad thing. Paired with Jermaine Clement, you have to assume there’s some funny stuff here, especially for the veteran. The Hollywood Reporter agreed, referring to him specifically in their take:
Performances are this movie’s strong suit. Gould could use some better material, but he sketches his character deftly and demonstrates his professional savvy.
Perhaps Gould fans should look into picking it up?
Box Office: $40,099
“A Taxi Driver”
No, not the classic Martin Scorsese film that starred Robert De Niro. This is a foreign drama, set in 1980’s Korea. Reviews were pretty strong too, even if it ultimately flew a bit under the radar upon release. Alas, though that happens with foreign fare more than occasionally. Furthermore, home video is a great place to catch up with it. Variety had this to say:
An entertaining journey into a tragic and violent chapter of Korean modern history.
Consider giving this one a look.
Box Office: $1,527,829
Special Criterion Collection Section
“The Awful Truth”
Our first new Criterion release this week is a Cary Grant farce from the mid 1930’s, which sounds like a delight. In fact, in describing the flick, they actually put forward how this was a defining work for Grant. Additionally, 30’s farces are joys to take in. Just see what the Collection had to say:
In this Oscar-winning farce, Cary Grant (in the role that first defined the Cary Grant persona) and Irene Dunne exude charm, cunning, and artless affection as an urbane couple who, fed up with each other’s infidelities, resolve to file for divorce.
Grant fans should pick it up!
“The Color of Pomegranates”
The other title joining the Collection today is a late 60’s offering from the former Soviet Union. Considered the best in the oeuvre of filmmaker Sergei Parajanov, it’s one that probably hasn’t been widely seen by modern cinephiles. Criterion seeks to change that, pitching the movie like so:
A breathtaking fusion of poetry, ethnography, and cinema, Sergei Parajanov’s masterwork overflows with unforgettable images and sounds.
Trust in Criterion and give it a shot. In addition, Soviet cinema helped create the film world we have today. Pay tribute to our past with this offering!
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“Mystery Science Theater 3000: Season Eleven”
“Perfect Strangers: The Complete Third Season”