This week is pretty soft, but one of out favorite films of the year hits the market this week, one of last year’s most buzzed about Sundance films comes out, and in the classics, there’s a John Ford film, and some horror stuff of interest.


Death Race 3: Inferno: This then would be the second DTV sequel to the Paul WS Anderson remake of the 1970’s car movie. I guess there’s an audience for this.

End of Watch: We thought this was one of the top ten movies of the year, and William Friedkin called it one of the best movies about cops ever made. So, yeah this one’s worth checking out.

For A Good Time, Call…: Though it got lost in the end of summer shuffle, this movie about two women who become friends while earning money through a sex phone line.

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai: Takashi Miike’s follow up to Thirteen Assassins, this didn’t get the same amount of love, but perhaps it’s because the film was in 3D. Hard to say.

Searching for Sugar Man:This Oscar-nominatated documentary was all the talk of last year’s Sundance. We’ll see if that love goes all year long if it wins with the academy.

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning: It’s shocking, but there’s been a lot of good word about this film, the forth sequel to the 1992 Jean Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren film. Supposedly director John Hyams is the real deal.


Cujo: 30th Anniversary Edition,  Deadly Blessing: Horror fans have it the worst, because so much of the genre is trash. Both of these movies have good horror bona fides, with the former coming from the Stephen King novel, and the later was directed by Wes Craven, but neither are particularly good.

Ivan’s Childhood, Pina – 3D: The latest offerings from Criterion offers Andrei Tarkovsky’s first film, and Criterion’s first 3D release, which is kind of cool.

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution: Nicholas Meyer, writer/director of Star Trek II, was also a novelist, and in the 1970’s he wrote published fan fiction about Sherlock Holmes going to get help from Sigmund Freud. The movie is charming, and well worth checking out.

The Quiet Man: John Ford has been brought up a lot lately because of Quentin Tarantino, and though there may be reasons to dislike to the man, it’s impossible to dismiss his cinema. This is probably his best light film, and stars John Wayne as a boxer who goes back to Ireland. This is Wayne and Ford at their most charming.

What are you picking up this week?