This week, M. Night Shyamalan leads the way on Blu-Ray/DVD with his trilogy capper “Glass.” There isn’t a whole lot else of note today, so we’re kind of stuck with this one. It happens from time to time with this column, so we’re used to it by now. Luckily, there’s an excellent Vintage pick to make up for that. Read on for more!
PICK OF THE WEEK
M. Night Shyamalan tied in “Split” to “Unbreakable” and then created a trilogy with “Glass.” Pairing James McAvoy with previous characters played by Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis had potential, but unfortunately, much of it is squandered. Shyamalan just did not have a whole lot of interesting ideas to present. The New Yorker put forward this mixed take:
You have to admire Shyamalan’s efforts to deconstruct a genre that he evidently loves, yet there is just so little to haunt or to fool us in the result, and a few sharp laughs might have helped his cause.
“Glass” should have been a lot better. It’s not terrible, which gives it the win in a poor week like this but keep your expectations in check.
Special Features: Alternate Opening, Deleted Scenes, Featurettes, and more
Total Box Office: $111,035,005
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release of “Under the Silver Lake,” the pick today is going to be the prior outing from filmmaker David Robert Mitchell. It’s “It Follows,” the highly regarded horror movie that established Mitchell as an auteur to watch out for. Plus, Maika Monroe cut a striking figure as a modern scream queen. From our rave review here on the site:
David Robert Mitchell‘s sophomore feature (after the effective debut coming of age tale The Myth of the American Sleepover) is the most artfully made fright flick in some time.
Any excuse to revisit “It Follows” is a good one!
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the sole “recommended” title in “Glass”:
“Dragon Ball Super: Broly”
This feature-length adaptation of the popular anime was an under the radar hit. Not really on the mind of your average filmgoer, it really hit with its target audience, taking in some solid coin too. The Los Angeles Times had this take:
“Broly” delivers exactly what “Dragon Ball” fans want from a feature; newcomers may find themselves lost in places.
Fans only need apply here.
Box Office: $30,712,119
“The Kid Who Would Be King”
Filmmaker Joe Cornish finally got to make a fully fledged follow-up to “Attack the Block,” but no one really showed up. A throwback to a different generation of action tale, it’s likely headed towards being a future cult classic. Time Out was charmed by this one, as you can see below:
It falls short of enchanting but it’s never less than fun and likable. Watch it through the eyes of your inner teenager and you’ll have a blast.
Take a look if you’re curious about Cornish’s return to directing.
Box Office: $16,790,790
“Of Fathers & Sons”
Oscar-nominated for Best Documentary Feature, this topical doc really only was seen by pundits and awards voters. Now, it’s yours to check out, if you so desire. The Hollywood Reporter was a fan, writing the following take:
An admirably audacious feat of documentarian access, Of Fathers and Sons is of obvious topical and anthropological interest as a glimpse into the gradual radicalization of young males and the deep community ties which underpin the process.
If you missed it during awards season, now is the time to catch up.
Box Office: $12,579
Oh, Keanu Reeves. Why? This science fiction outing has some of the worst reviews in a while, and rightly so. Usually, B-movies like this are bashed unnecessarily. Not so here. It’s just as bad as you might have heard. The AV Club hated it. Just look at this pull quote:
If you woke up in a glitching simulation, this janky garbage would be projected on every screen, possibly under the title Human Movie.
Yikes. Avoid this one unless you’re an obsessive Reeves fan.
Box Office: $4,046,429
Special Criterion Collection Section
“Diamonds of the Night”
Our one title coming to Criterion today is the first outing from Czech filmmaker Jan Němec. You may not be familiar with Němec, so this is a perfect opportunity to expand your cinematic horizons. The Collection has this to say about the work:
With this simultaneously harrowing and lyrical debut feature, Jan Němec established himself as the most uncompromising visionary among the radical filmmakers who made up the Czechoslovak New Wave.
Something to definitely consider!
“The Big C: The Complete Series”
“Escape at Dannemora”
“Masterpiece: Victoria S3”
“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season One”