This week, Michael Myers returns home for “Halloween,” easily the best bet among new release Blu-Ray and DVD titles. It’s not the only thing of note hitting today, but for pure entertainment value, it can’t be beaten. Read on for more!
PICK OF THE WEEK
This sequel also functions as a franchise reboot, accomplishing the rare feet of doing both things quite well. David Gordon Green and Danny McBride deserve a ton of credit for making this as tremendous as it is. Intense, well made, and one of the best horror sequels ever, it’s truly a cut above. Clayton was a big fan too, chiming in with a review from the Toronto International Film Festival:
David Gordon Green breathes new life into one of the horror genres most iconic characters Michael Myers with his bold and visually striking “Halloween.” Grabbing the Scream Queen herself Jamie Lee Curtis, who shows what owning a franchise means, Gordon Green pays homage to 1978 original while still taking risks to reinvent the franchise for a new generation of admirers.
“Halloween” is undoubtedly genre fare, but it’s so perfectly executed that it feels bigger and better. Franchise fans must pick this one up, potentially even in glorious 4K. Beyond that, fans of quality cinema, in general, should grab it and enjoy!
Special Features: Deleted Scenes, Featurettes, and more
Total Box Office: $159,342,015
Major Awards: None yet
“The Old Man And The Gun”
For Robert Redford‘s swan song, he paired with filmmaker David Lowery for this lark of a heist movie. Lowery and Redford are having a grand old time here. The former is paying tribute to the latter, without question. There’s charm to spare on the screen, a hallmark of Redford’s. Mark was into it when he saw it at the Telluride Film Festival, filing this report:
If storied screen-actor Robert Redford does indeed retire following his performance in David Lowery‘s “The Old Man & the Gun,” then it is safe to say he has capped off a legendary career on a very high note.
“The Old Man and the Gun” is a very simple story, just one that’s told quite well. Redford fans should make it their business to own this one.
Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $11,240,278 (and counting)
Major Awards: Nominated for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy (for Redford) at the Golden Globe Awards
In honor of this week’s release of “Glass,” the pick today is an obvious one. It’s “Unbreakable,” the film from M. Night Shyamalan that now has created its own cinematic universe. A superhero tale before they were all the rage, it also represents one of Bruce Willis‘ best performances to date. Roger Ebert had this to say:
Even if the ending doesn’t entirely succeed, it doesn’t cheat, and it comes at the end of an uncommonly absorbing movie.
Prepare for Shyamalan’s latest by revisiting this one at some point during the week.
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides “Halloween” and “The Old Man and the Gun”:
“Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween”
A sequel to the hit book series adaptation “Goosebumps,” this didn’t benefit from the initial blast of nostalgia that the first one fueled itself with. As such, it fell a bit short. Still, kids will dig it. Entertainment Weekly put forward this shrug of a take about the film:
The cinematic equivalent of an Ikea dresser put together in a rush. It’s slightly askew, and there’s a gap between drawers, but it’ll still hold your T-shirts.
Fans of the first one should consider picking this sequel up as well.
Box Office: $46,700,633
This high concept independent film majorly disappointed. Back at the Tribeca Film Festival, this Ansel Elgort vehicle showed a ton of potential. Then, it screened. Elgort is solid, but the premise ends up not being properly supported. The end result is a failure that could have been actually quite fascinating. New York Magazine/Vulture was similarly displeased by it:
Unfortunately, the film’s structure works against our emotional involvement. The problem is that we see the story almost entirely from Jonathan’s perspective.
Elgort deserved better, and so did we.
Box Office: N/A
An indie favorite in 2018, this title walks the line between being a drama and being a bit of a thriller. As such, it manages to both stand out in the crowd and also get lost in the shuffle. Either way, it’s definitely a bit of a mind fuck, that’s for sure. The Hollywood Reporter was a fan, writing:
Anyone who has ever taken an acting class and witnessed the psychodramas brewed there will relate to this bubbling kettle of raw, unleashed emotions stirred up in shifting power grabs.
If it sounds up your alley, then grab it!
Box Office: $185,576
“Once Upon a Deadpool”
There’s two ways to look at this re-release of “Deadpool 2” as a PG-13 title. One way is to see this second bite at the apple as a charity endeavor by Ryan Reynolds. The other is to know it’s a cash grab by the studio and a test run for whether a cleaner “Deadpool” is viable. We loved the R-rated cut, that’s for sure. The Wrap was charmed by the new material in the cleaner version, as you can see below:
Reynolds has this drily ironic fourth-wall business down pat, and Savage makes for an entertaining foil.
It’s for charity, so why not give it a shot?
Box Office: $6,083,091 (and counting)
One of the worst films of 2018. Between this and “Gotti,” John Travolta really had a race to the bottom last year with himself. Sporting a rare 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s a complete dog. Barely watchable, it’s embarrassing for all involved, Travolta included. The less said about it, the better. Variety had this to say:
What’s not to like? Well, everything — unless you’re the star, who seems convinced that this embarrassingly cloddish biopic-slash-thriller actually flatters both him and its subject.
Avoid this one at all costs.
Box Office: N/A
Special Criterion Collection Section
Representing the one and only new Criterion release this week, have an Alfred Hitchcock classic on our hands. Hitchcock toyed with his audience here, giving Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, and Claude Rains something very different to do than they were used to. The Collection pitches it to you all like so:
With this twisted love story, Alfred Hitchcock summoned darker shades of suspense and passion by casting two of Hollywood’s most beloved stars starkly against type.
Hitchcock fans should definitely make it their business to pick this one up!
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