This week, it’s again a light slate of releases hitting Blu-Ray/DVD. I prepped everyone last week for this, but we’re right in the middle of it now, so just take a deep breath and make the best of it until things brighten up in a few weeks. Once the summer ends, we’ll be back to top notch (or at least mostly high end) releases, so it’s not the end of the world. I’ll try and make up for it in the Vintage section later on in the column, but for now let’s just take a look at what there is to actually choose from today. For my PICK OF THE WEEK, I really had no choice but to go with the only flick that I particularly enjoyed of the group. Clayton happened to tease it a bit yesterday, but I’ll get into it more now. I bet you all know what it is, but in case any of you don’t, I’ll let you in on the (not so) secret. It’s:
We the Party
I was mixed overall on this Mario Van Peebles film when I reviewed it initially, but it looks a whole lot more appealing this week. As I wrote in the review, the film ” is a solid indie comedy that isn’t quite as good as I’d argue it should have been. It’s funny and sweet though, even if it’s about as far from original as it gets”. Van Peebles has his heart in the right place and the message that the film is trying to deliver is a worthwhile one. If you like your teen comedies sprinkled with some social consciousness, then I’d imagine the movie will be of some interest to you. Today, it’s the best new thing available, so perhaps give it a look if you’re so inclined.
-Also out this week we have the French dramedy Le Havre (which I didn’t get around to seeing), the mediocre horror comedy Detention, the disappointing thriller ATM, and the horrendously titled LOL (which I didn’t see and frankly don’t want to). I don’t know if any of these have an appeal to you all (though the first title mentioned did pick up some Foreign Language Feature Oscar buzz at one point), but if any/all of them do, then definitely check them out and see what you think!
-Today also marks the release of the infamous title Zyzzyz Road, which had a few articles written about it a couple of years ago due to its historically low box office haul during an extremely limited theatrical run. I’ve never actually seen the flick, but if you’d like to see if it deserved such a fate, then by all means check it out…I just might as well.
-My Vintage pick, in honor of this week’s release of Celeste and Jesse Forever, I’ll be listing a whole bunch of bittersweet romantic comedy/dramedies that the film has at least a bit in common with (and in case you were wondering, I really liked the movie and highly recommend seeing it this weekend). I’m going with a larger list than normal since there’s not much to speak of in terms of new releases. The picks I’m recommending are, in alphabetical order: (500) Days of Summer, Annie Hall, Chasing Amy, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Manhattan, Punch Drunk Love, Sideways, and Up in the Air. These are a nice bunch of films to help get you through the week, and many of them are personal favorites of mine to boot, as well as being repeat offenders in this section of the column, so take that into consideration too if you’d like. Either way, make sure to check at least a few of them out again, and if you haven’t yet seen some of them, well…get on that ASAP! You can thank me later.
–What will you be watching on Blu-Ray and DVD this week? Discuss in the comments!