This week, one of the more unique films of the past few years comes to Blu-ray and DVD in “Bacurau.” Joining this one of a kind movie is, well…not a whole lot else, as you’ll see below. Still, there’s a great top pick today, a Criterion release, and a Vintage offering as well.
PICK OF THE WEEK
“Bacurau” is one of a kind, that’s for sure. If you’re the least bit adventurous, this is easily the pick to check out this week.
Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $58,115
Major Awards: None
For this week’s Vintage pick, in honor of the Sundance Film Festival hit “Palm Springs” having come out last Friday, we’re going to be citing another top-notch Andy Samberg work. It’s “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” which really put his dramatic chops on display. Balancing the tone is important here, as the movie walks a fine line between laughs and tears. From our very positive review here on the site:
Celeste and Jesse Forever is a melancholy, but delightful romantic comedy with a sharp script by Will McCormack and Rashida Jones and two great lead performances.
Rashida Jones and Samberg make this one a must-see, as well as a great pairing with “Palm Springs,” one of the year’s best films!
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Despite the ripeness and flammability of its material, the movie feels oddly distant, the screenplay marred by weak scares, graceless plotting and dashed-off characters.
Simply put, you can do better.
An addiction drama featuring Imogen Poots and Alex Wolff, this is tremendously dark material. Poots and Wolff bring the emotions, for sure, even though the movie itself is rather hit or miss. For some, that won’t be enough. For others, the performances will carry the day. Variety came down somewhere in the middle, as you can see below:
An earnest, sometimes skillful effort that nonetheless often feels slack and underwritten, as well as ultimately less-than-rewarding.
An uneven story is balanced by strong acting. Make of that what you will.
Jack Henry Robbins (Tim Robbins‘ son) uses fake television clips from 1980s programs as a vehicle to tell a very odd comedy. It doesn’t always land as intended, but when it’s on, it resembles some rather offbeat, Adult Swim, type sketches. The Hollywood Reporter has this to say about the work:
Though hardly groundbreaking in either its content or its aesthetics, the film is more serious than it initially lets on, and can only benefit from the VHS nostalgia that has, often irrationally, taken root in some quarters.
Special Criterion Collection Section
Our one and only Criterion option today is this 1941 Preston Sturgess effort. “The Lady Eve” stars Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck, working together with Sturgess to craft a riotous screwball comedy. The Collection pitches it to you like so:
One in a string of matchless comedic marvels that Sturges wrote, directed, and produced as part of a dazzling 1940s run, this gender-flipped battle-of-wits farce is perhaps his most emotionally satisfying work, tempering its sparkling wit with a streak of tender poignancy supplied by the sensational Stanwyck at her peak.
If you like Fonda and/or Stanwyck, this is one to check out!