This week, Seth Rogen brings his passion project animated film to Blu-ray and DVD, along with a Philip Roth adaptation featuring a tremendous Logan Lerman performance. They’re just two of the handful of titles hitting shelves today, making for a solid yet top heavy slate. Who will get your vote? (Yes, it’s also Election Day, so make sure you vote in that regard as well.) The top pick here is a tough choice, but that’s never a bad thing. For the PICK OF THE WEEK, it’s between Lerman’s drama and Rogen’s comedy. You’ll see which movie was tapped for the honor in short order, but first, we’ll begin with a Vintage pick!
In honor of this week’s release of “Arrival,” the choice here is clear. You have to go with Christopher Nolan‘s science fiction epic “Interstellar,” right? Following up his hugely successful Dark Knight trilogy, Nolan went to deep space, seeking to engage our hearts and our minds. The results were divisive, but some, including many of us here at Awards Circuit, loved it. For example, this take from the site:
What Christopher Nolan has given us is nothing short of a work of cinematic art. This is the sort of thing that the movies were made for. For just shy of three hours, Nolan weaves a story that captivated me from start to finish. This is easily his most complete film, one that fills you with wonder at all turns.
Love it or hate it, it’s undeniably one of the most ambitious cinematic works of the past few years. “Interstellar” pairs well with “Arrival,” so feel free to double feature these sci-fi tales.
“Morris from America”
A smartly made and unique coming of age story, this didn’t quite hit during its theatrical release like many expected it would. Regardless, filmmaker Chad Hartigan is a talent to watch out for, a man with a distinct view of the world. Our review praised him in the following way:
This is a look at growing up, making your way in a strange land and the connections you make, so if it’s familiar or rings true, to some degree that’s got to be intentional. Hartigan does a good job of making just about every element of ‘Morris from America’ effective, so even if your not blown away, you’re likely entertained.
A fulfilling coming of age story with a twist, a wide swath of viewers should enjoy this one. Pick it up and give it a chance.
Special Features: Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes, and More
Total Box Office: $91,151
Major Awards: None yet
Leave it to Rogen to push the limits of what computer animated entertainment can do, content wise. “Sausage Party” is profane in all of the best ways possible. Our fearless leader Clayton raved about it here, writing:
Animation has never been such a fantastic blend of fun and dirty as seen in ‘Sausage Party’ from Sony Pictures. Created as the movie your perverted older brother made in high school but you can’t help but love him for it, the definitely offensive but enthusiastically rapturous romp is the surprise hit of the summer.
Rogen is a unique auteur, but he’s an auteur nonetheless. In addition, Rogen just knows how to make you laugh. Furthermore, the religious satire element is just genius. This has tons of revisit potential, so make it your business to acquire this one!
Special Features: Featurettes and More
Total Box Office: $97,670,358 (and counting)
Major Awards: None yet, but it’s very much in play in Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song nominations at the Oscars
Special Criterion Collection Section
“Lone Wolf and Cub”
A collector’s set of this well regarded manga adaptation gets the Criterion treatment this week. In addition, it includes the inaugural installment, “Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance,” which has more than its share of fans. Pick it up and enjoy!
Other Films Being Released
Here now is just a simple list of what else is hitting shelves today, sans the pending Pick of the Week:
This hybrid documentary and horror film is something truly different. It doesn’t always fully work, but it presents a distinctive take on dreams and nightmares. Variety had this to say:
Rodney Ascher’s follow-up to ‘Room 237’ is a unique hybrid of documentary and horror-thriller.
As this is available on Netflix, it’s not an essential purchase. Still, it’s certainly worth seeing.
Box Office: $28,281
An animated fantasy flick, this flew below the radar of a great deal of people. Time Out put forward this take:
Frequently beautiful to look at, but the cops-and-robbers angle feels tired.
If this sounds like something you’d be into, definitely head out and pick it up!
Box Office: $34,362
“Batman Beyond: The Complete Series”
“Billions: Season One”
“Black Sails: The Complete Third Season”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete First Season”
“Daredevil: The Complete First Season” *Joey’s Pick*
“Into the Badlands: Season 1”
“Sisters: The Final Season”
“TURN: Washington’s Spies – The Complete Third Season”
PICK OF THE WEEK
Perhaps the most successful adaptation of a Roth novel to date, this is a quietly devastating drama. A period piece that still feels universal, it deserves awards attention. However you slice it, it’s a must see. For example, our rave review includes this bit:
There’s a ton of emotion flowing just underneath the surface of ‘Indignation,’ a wonderful new movie that feels like it’s from a bygone era of cinema. Writer/director James Schamus is able to take the Philip Roth novel of the same name and craft something that just fills your heart to the breaking point.
Lerman trumps (no pun intended) Rogen today, but it’s close. This coming of age college drama is just beautiful. This one comes highly recommended. Furthermore, there’s the added bonus of an available interview we did with star Lerman, writer/director James Schamus and co-star Sarah Gadon here on the site. Check it out and be sure to scope out this movie.
Special Features: Featurettes
Total Box Office: $3,401,155 (and counting)
Major Award: None yet