This week, what was briefly the swan song for Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to Blu-Ray and DVD. Yes, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” leads the way today, but what else is hitting shelves besides that MCU outing? Read on to find out.
PICK OF THE WEEK
“Spider-Man: Far From Home”
Opening in the shadow of “Avengers: Endgame,” it seemed like this latest Spider-Man adventure would have big shoes to fill. This first look at the MCU in that epic’s aftermath wound up being incredibly fun, while moving the franchise in a new direction. The tone is a delight, something The Wrap praised in their review:
Never feels like it’s just biding its time between super-battles. If anything, and this is a compliment, the film frequently feels like a charming teen road-trip comedy that occasionally turns into a superhero movie.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” is a terrific adventure, and more importantly, not the end of Spidey’s relationship with Marvel, in light of a new agreement between Disney and Sony. Celebrate by picking this one up!
Special Features: Deleted Scenes, Featurettes, and more
Total Box Office: $389,862,963 (and counting)
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release of “Joker,” the pick today is going to be a film that, along with “The King of Comedy,” clearly inspired Todd Phillips‘ new take on the iconic villain. It’s “Taxi Driver,” an utter classic from Robert De Niro (who co-stars in “Joker”) and director Martin Scorsese. The late, great Roger Ebert raved about this one, writing the following:
Taxi Driver is a brilliant nightmare and like all nightmares it doesn’t tell us half of what we want to know.
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the sole recommended title in “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”
A dramatized look at a pivotal moment in the life of John DeLorean, played here by Lee Pace. However, it’s Jason Sudeikis who steals the show, turning in some of his most impressive work. The two actors find the entertainment value in a tragic tale, which The Hollywood Reporter latched on to:
If the film’s finally an entertaining ride, it is because Sudeikis takes the audience by the hand through this very unlikely story that was inspired by true events.
Box Office: N/A
“Framing John DeLorean”
Speaking of DeLorean, a very unique movie played this year at the Tribeca Film Festival. Part documentary, part making of feature, part narrative work (with Alec Baldwin in the role), it sought to tell the man’s story in a different way than any biopic type project has done before. Our review out of Tribeca found this to be a mostly effective course of action:
It’s fitting that “Framing John DeLorean” takes the route it does. The man himself is hard to have a full read on, so trying to tackle him at all angles makes perfect sense.
Anyone curious about DeLorean will find something of value here.
Box Office: $145,625
This documentary looks at architecture, art, and fundamental questions about who possesses these creations. The doc never takes a straightforward approach to giving its answers, but instead attempts to tackle them in a rather hypnotic manner. The Hollywood Reporter was intrigued by these questions:
Addresses fundamental questions about the ownership of creative work in a unique, entrancingly dreamy way.
Box Office: $45,149
Also Of Note
Television fans looking for an interesting new book to pick up would do well to give a read to “The Science of Rick and Morty: The Unofficial Guide to Earth’s Stupidest Show” by Matt Brady. Trying to connect the show’s ridiculousness to actual scientific theory, you might learn something while having a chuckle or two. Fans of “Rick and Morty” who are curious about this would do well to give it a read.
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“Doom Patrol: Complete First Season”
“Toys That Made Us: Seasons 1 & 2”