As the schedule for new releases seems to mirror that of their theatrical dates, we’re starting to see some of the spring films that either did okay, or completely missed at the box office. We’re also getting one of the best musicals of all time, and Martin Scorsese’s first masterpiece. Not that bad a week.
Casa de mi Padre: I watched this recently and thought it was a complete misfire. Will Ferrell gamely does the whole thing in Spanish, but after that, the jokes feel forced and not that funny. The premise is that they’re mocking the flourid passions of Mexican cinema and television, but it never gels completely.
Friends with Kids: This movie reunited much of the cast of Bridesmaids (Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Chris O’Dowd) and threw in Megan Fox and Adam Scott into the mix, but died at the box office. Likely it’s a modestly funny venture, but it seems lost to time.
Get the Gringo: Mel Gibson’s would-be big screen return went VOD, and screened a little. This seems the best way for people to get their eyeballs on it. We’ve heard mostly mixed to positive on it, and that it’s a down and dirty Gibson film, which makes it sound better than Edge of Darkness, or whatever the heck that last one was called.
Intruders: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo may have a comeback shortly with his remake of Highlander, but after directing the sequel to 28 Days Later his career seemed to stall. This thriller got lost in the shuffle but it does star Clive Owen, which never hurts.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen: One of those art house films that sounds like smooth jazz. Maybe it’s better than that, and Ewan McGregor is rarely boring on screen. Still…
The Three Stooges: Nyuck nyuck nyuck. If you’re a fan of the Three Stooges, you may like this. Everyone else, beware.
The Butterfly Effect, The Butterfly Effect 2, Camelot(Non-Digibook), Cellular, Hard to Kill, Just Cause, Murder in the First, Next of Kin, A Perfect Murder: Another catalog dump from Warner Brothers. Murder in the First has a great score, Next of Kin has Patrick Swayze and Liam Neeson, and Hard to Kill features Steven Seagal in his prime. No great movie in this batch, though.
Code of Silence, Lone Wolf McQuade: If you’ve ever liked Chuck Norris, these two are the high points of his career. Take that as you will.
Down by Law: Criterion upgrades this title to Blu-ray. It’s worth seeing because it’s hilarious, and features a joke stolen later by Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
High Noon, Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Olive films have been great about releasing catalog titles, and these are two classics we’re glad to have come to Blu-ray. Of the two, I prefer Don Siegel’s sweaty Body Snatchers, it’s one of the great science fiction films of the 1950’s. High Noon is a little too metaphorically minded, but it’s still a solid western and the best movie to take place in “real time.”
Mean Streets, Singin’ in the Rain: 60th Anniversary Edition: Thanks, Warner Brothers. Singin’ in the Rain is pure joy from first frame to last, and Mean Streets was the movie where Martin Scorsese figured it all out. Both are pretty much perfect.
What are you buying this week?