This week it feels like you can recreate the pleasure and pain of going to the movies in early May at a giant megaplex. Many of this week’s releases came out in April or (in one case) May. But if it’s not movies that interest you, there’s also a ton of television hitting. Let’s see, shall we?
- Battleship: One of 2012’s more costly bombs, this was Tayor Kitsch’s second high profile failure in a row, though it faded quickly from view. Word was mixed, but James Rocchi said that it’s a solid piece of work, so I’ll probably check it out at some point. Then again, he also was a champion of Cowboys and Aliens, which I thought was dreadful.
- Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Second Season, Homeland: The Complete First Season, Once Upon a Time: The Complete First Season, Sons of Anarchy: Season Four, The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season: With many TV shows about to start their new seasons, it makes sense that this week brings a number of shows to disc. Of these you can see zombies and gangsters, terrorists and bikers, and fantasy figures. Not a bad showing.
- The Five-Year Engagement: Though Judd Apatow and company have had some black eyes before, this was a quiet little bomb that suggested the premise might not have gone over, or that the formula is stale. Jason Segal and Emily Blunt lead this comedy about a couple who try to stay together through an unintentionally long courtship. I’ll probably check it out because it co-stars Alison Brie and Chris Pratt.
- The Lucky One: Oh Zac Efron, you are so dreamy.
- The Pirates! Band of Misfits: This Aardman animation film was roundly ignored when it was released, but man is it good. Charming and clever, it’s everything you’d want from an animated film, so hopefully it will find new life on home video.
- Think Like a Man: April’s biggest surprise hit delivers a large ensemble of men and women trying to figure out relationships. It may be familiar, but it worked on audiences.
- Harvey: The story of a man who sees a six foot tall invisible rabbit is one of James Stewart’s signature roles. It’s a charming movie, that’s for sure.
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – Extended Edition, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Extended Edition, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – Extended Edition: First New Line put out the first three films in theatrical cuts in a box set, then released all three separately, then they put out the extended editions in a box, and now they’re out separately as well. So until they do a megabox when The Hobbit comes out, and then another megabox when all three of the new films come out, we’re done with this for a while. I guess. But you never know.
- Quadrophenia: A film adaptation of The Who’s classic double album, Quadrophenia is about a working class kid with some dreams and a crap life. It works partly because of the music, but it still packs a punch, and if you like The Who it’s definitely worth checking out.
- School of Rock: On the heels of Bernie comes this, the best starring role for Jack Black in his weird career. I bet it still plays well, though Black’s schtick is a bit tired.
- The Terminator Anthology: If you want a collection of The Terminator films, here they come in a nice big box. Alas, there’s no new extras. But it does come in a box!
What are you picking up this week?