This week, the potential Best Picture winner “Parasite” leads the charge of new Blu-ray/DVD titles. Right as the public is starting to pay attention to what may take home Oscars, this one is hitting shelves. Bravo, Neon. Read on for more.
PICK OF THE WEEK
Bong Joon-Ho blew the entire cinematic world away with “Parasite,” his genre bending masterpiece. Constantly surprising, impeccably made, and with an absolute stunner of an ending, this is one of the defining works of the year, in all ways possible. Every bit of Oscar attention and precursor love is warranted. Clayton fell completely in love with it at the Telluride Film Festival, closing his rave review with this simple bit of praise:
“Parasite” is a fulfilling and rewarding experience, not to be missed.
“Parasite” is a modern classic. You have absolutely no reason not to race out and pick this one up. It’s not just one of the best films of 2019, but one of the decade’s top titles. Grab it and add it to your collection ASAP!
Special Features: Featurette
Total Box Office: $30,939,009 (and counting)
Major Awards: Won Best Ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards
“Terminator: Dark Fate”
The return of James Cameron and Linda Hamilton to the “Terminator” franchise gave it new life. Sure, this isn’t nearly as good as the two that Cameron helmed, but this is heads and tails above the other three installments. Rolling Stone agreed with my take, especially when it comes to Hamilton coming back:
Who better to rescue [the franchise] than Linda Hamilton? Come with her, beleaguered intellectual property, if you want to live!
“Terminator: Dark Fate” is a welcome return to form for fans of the series. You likely already know if you’re interested, but it’s an effective action epic.
Special Features: Deleted and Extended Scenes, plus more
Total Box Office: $62,253,077
Major Awards: None
In honor of this week’s release of “The Rhythm Section,” the pick today will be a previous Blake Lively turn. It’s “The Town,” which was the first suggestion that Lively was a talent to watch out for. One of Ben Affleck‘s best films has a plum supporting part for Lively, and she nails it. New York Magazine was surprised by her work:
Everyone in The Town shines, even Blake Lively, but it’s Chris Cooper as MacRay’s imprisoned dad who astounds.
Prep for her latest with this underrated gem!
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the pair of recommended titles in “Parasite,” and “Terminator: Dark Fate.”
Cynthia Erivo scored two Academy Award nominations for this Harriet Tubman biopic, which on paper sounds like Oscar catnip. Sadly, the biopic just never scratches the surface of why Tubman is such a compelling figure. It’s truly a massive disappointment. From the Toronto International Film Festival, we put this review out into the world:
…this underwhelming drama fails to truly capture the awe-inspiring efforts of its extraordinary heroine.
Oscar completists should pick this one up. Everyone else? Meh.
Box Office: $43,082,155
Despite some initially baity buzz, Edward Norton‘s return to directing fell rather flat. The period piece has occasionally strong elements, but largely comes off as a misguided slog. At the Telluride Film Festival, Clayton had this to say in his review:
Pulling duties as a director, writer, and star, Norton constructs a fascinating and gorgeous crime thriller but there are times it feels as if his own indulgent tendencies are his own hurdles.
Norton fans will be curious, I’m sure.
Box Office: $9,277,736
Special Criterion Collection Section
“All About My Mother”
The first option coming to Criterion today is this 1999 Pedro Almodovar title. It’s “All About My Mother,” which pairs the filmmaker with frequent collaborator Penelope Cruz. Right as his latest “Pain and Glory” is up for Academy Awards, one of his best works is getting this feting. The Collection pitches it to you like so:
Beautifully performed and bursting with cinematic references, All About My Mother is a vibrant tribute to female fortitude, a one-of-a-kind family portrait, and a work of boundless compassion.
Definitely worth a shot this week, especially if you’re an Almodovar fan!
The other title joining the Collection this week is Sidney Lumet‘s 1964 thriller “Fail Safe.” An utter classic, Henry Fonda is one of the great cinematic Presidents in this tense political tale. Criterion puts forward this sales pitch:
Starring Henry Fonda as a coolheaded U.S. president and Walter Matthau as a trigger-happy political theorist, Fail Safe is a long-underappreciated alarm bell of a film, sounding an urgent warning about the deadly logic of mutually assured destruction.
This is a must own!
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