The holidays are officially over, and though this week offers mostly also-ran titles, there a couple in here that should be interesting to watch if you skipped them in the theater. Classics-wise, Universal and Criterion are putting out some interesting titles, so it’s a nice week for DVD and Blu-ray.
- Anger Management: Season One, Archer: The Complete Season Three, Enlightened: The Complete First Season, Red Dwarf X : This week’s TV offers the Charlie Sheen show that he did seemingly to rub it in Two and a Half Men’s face. And it also sounds pretty unwatchable. Archer is definitely funny, so there’s that. Red Dwarf has its following.
- Compliance: This love it or hate it thriller (if it can be called that) presents a terrible situation where it shows how people can be manipulated to do most anything if they think an authority figure is behind it. Few films got such a divided reaction.
- Dredd: This adaptation of the comic-book comes after the terrible version Sylvester Stallone did in the 90’s. So at least it’s a step up. Though appreciated by some critics for its no holds barred bloodlust, the movie tanked at the box office. Home video seems like the place where it will find interested parties, and we have to admit we’re stoked to catch up with this one. Here’s a new trailer for the DVD and Blu-ray release.
- Frankenweenie: Though often cited as Tim Burton’s best film in over a decade, Frankenweenie was up against stiff competition and ended up lost in the fall shuffle. Having seen recent Burton, hearing this is one of his better ones wasn’t enough.
- Game Change: Now that the 2012 elections are over, it may be fun to revisit 2008’s election cycle, where John McCain (Ed Harris) made a bold and eventually futile decision to partner with Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore), the Alaska governor who gave life to his nomination, if only for a moment. Perhaps a little too “greatest hits” for those who were following the campaign, it’s hard to argue that the casting wasn’t perfect in this HBO movie.
- Hit & Run: Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell make for a cute couple, but that may also be why no one went to see their movie, which had Bradley Cooper sporting Drexyl hair.
- House at the End of the Street: or HatES as the marketing would lead you to believe. Jennifer Lawrence stars in this film, which proves all hot starlets must appear in one horror movie in their life. Contractual obligation, we guess.
- The Bone Collector, Cape Fear, Fear: Universal’s catalog dump offers the first Cape Fear (arguably the best) and Fear, which offers Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon in this underrated thriller.
- Driving Miss Daisy, Grand Hotel, The Jazz Singer, Mrs. Miniver: Warner Brothers is doling out the classics, though the best of these is Grand Hotel. I haven’t seen Driving Miss Daisy in twenty years, and I’m sure it’s fine for what it is. Fine.
- French Kiss, One Fine Day: With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Fox is releasing two absolutely forgettable romantic comedies from the 1990’s.
- Two-Lane Blacktop: Monte Helman’s existential Blacktop is one of the classic car movies of the 1970’s, featuring a great Warren Oates performance, and one of the most famous endings in cinema history. Criterion has produced a great special edition, and this Blu-ray upgrade looks worth a purchase.
What are you picking up this week?