This week, one of the best films of 2018 hits Blu-Ray and DVD. Furthermore, this title happens to be one of the most original cinematic works in some time. Courtesy of musician turned filmmaker Boots Riley, we have a movie to rave about today. There are other things hitting shelves too, so with that, let’s get down to business!
PICK OF THE WEEK
“Sorry to Bother You”
The aforementioned Boots Riley made a stunning debut here with this biting satire. In the same way that seeing something from Charlie Kaufman for the first time blows your mind, so too will this. Armie Hammer runs wild in a supporting turn that’s impossible to forget, Lakeith Stanfield turns in one of his best performances, and the premise itself is a riot. This is a perfect debut movie. Take a gander at a bit from our rave review here on the site:
It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while, a film comes along that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Watching “Sorry to Bother You” is an experience like that.
“Sorry to Bother You” is one of the five best films of 2018, without any doubt in my mind. If you share that sentiment, then this is a must own Blu-Ray!
Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $17,490,603 (and counting)
Major Awards: None yet
“I Think We’re Alone Now”
This two hander from Reed Morano is a strong showcase for her filmmaking, as well as co-stars Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning. A slight twist on the end of the world genre, it’s more interested in characters than anything else. Morano especially proves that she should be getting all the jobs going forward. This is a small part of what we had to say in our positive review here:
Director Reed Morano, who also serves as the movie’s cinematographer, has an eye for striking images.
“I Think We’re Alone Now” is a solid motion picture. If you need more to sell you, here is our interview with Dinklage, Fanning, and Morano.
Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: N/A
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release of “Suspiria,” the pick today is going to be an obvious one. As you might have guessed, it’s the original “Suspiria” from Dario Argento. It’s a classic, that’s for sure. Watching it today is a unique experience. It’s very much of its time. The new one goes in a very different direction at times, which was to be expected. A recent evaluation by Time Out had this to say about the OG version:
It’s always fascinating to watch; the thrills and spills are so classy and fast that the movie becomes in effect what horror movies seemed like when you were too young to get in to see them.
Prep for the new one from Luca Guadagnino by checking out this classic!
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides “I Think We’re Alone Now” and the Boots Riley masterpiece “Sorry to Bother You”:
This political documentary would have seemed a lot different had Donald Trump not won the Presidency. The film looks at Trump voters in the run up to the election. It’s an interesting subject for a movie, though the doc obviously has an ominous feel to it now. That’s just unavoidable. The Hollywood Reporter has this to say about it:
Despite… frustrating omissions, American Chaos is a well made film.
Make of this one what you will.
Box Office: $12,368
“A Happening of Monumental Proportions”
Judy Greer‘s latest directorial effort is a real disappointment. Greer is having a nice moment with “Halloween” dominating the box office, but this film came and went without so much as a peep. Despite a really nice cast, it just goes nowhere interesting. You keep waiting for the ship to right itself, but it simply never does. The Los Angeles Times shrugged it off like so:
Seldom has so much name talent been assembled in the service of a film as wan and misguided as “A Happening of Monumental Proportions,” a title that couldn’t be less apt if it tried.
Box Office: N/A
“Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again”
Here we go again, indeed. An unlikely franchise, this musical fantasy definitely knows its audience. As someone who hated the first one, this sequel is far more enjoyable. It’s still not worthy of a recommendation, but it’s easier to see what folks saw in it here. That’s something, right? Rolling Stone had this to say about it, which sums up my thoughts nicely:
Thanks heaven for Cher since Streep is barely in it and the Abba songs are from their B-side, leftovers collection. Like Trump voters, fans of this jukebox-musical franchise see only the good in it, despite irrefutable evidence to the contrary.
If you dig this franchise, pick it up and enjoy.
Box Office: $120,634,935 (and counting)
Special Criterion Collection Section
Our one and only new Criterion release to talk about this week is one of the more notable works from Brian De Palma. Fittingly, with Halloween around the corner, we get to discuss De Palma doing horror. Margot Kidder and Jennifer Salt starred for him here, in what still holds up as a really enjoyable dark romp. This is what the Collection has to say about the 1973 flick:
A scary and stylish dissection of female crisis, Brian De Palma’s first foray into horror voyeurism is a stunning amalgam of split-screen effects, bloody birthday cakes, and a chilling score by frequent Alfred Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann.
De Palma fans should surely pick this one up!
“Alice: The Complete Eighth Season”
“The Americans: The Complete Sixth Season”