We’re starting to get some of the Fall’s Oscar Pictures hitting home video, one of the most interesting documentaries of the year, and one classic Walt Disney film from the vaults. Not a bad weekend for home video.
Alex Cross, Madea Gets A Job: Tyler Perry’s big attempt to cross over past his loyal audience was met with little interest by the mainstream, though word is that the film might be a so bad it’s good sort of film. Perhaps to cushion the blow, another of his Madea projects is also hitting the same week. Perhaps they’ll be available as a two-fer.
Flight: Denzel Washington got an Oscar nomination for his performance as a drug and alcohol addicted pilot who crash lands a plane in a way that saves lives. I watched about an hour of this film and got bored. Robert Zemeckis returned to live action and showed he still had chops, but the film is very much about sobriety, so much so it almost becomes a lecture.
House of Cards Trilogy: Special Edition: For those who watched the David Fincher/Kevin Spacey version that just debuted on Netflix Instant, now’s the time to watch the original BBC version.
A Late Quartet: Christopher Walken gives a really good performance in this small indie that got lost in the shuffle. Any film with Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener is worth checking out.
Side by Side: Keanu Reeves’ documentary about the rise of digital filmmaking, and the benefits to both 35mm and digital is going to be of more interest to film nerds than the gen-pop, but if you have any interest about how the landscape has changed, and what that means, this is a must watch.
- The Ballad of Narayama: The latest from the Criterion collection is a lesser known Japanese film that I’ve never seen. Much like most everyone. This is where the Criterion label works in a film’s favor.
- Cabaret: 40th Anniversary Edition, A Star is Born: The latest from Warner Brothers includes a new issue of the Bob Fosse Oscar winner, and the Barbra Streisand version of A Star is Born. At least they’re musicals.
- Laura: Otto Preminger’s film noir is justly revered as one of the best of the genre. Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney star in this love story that verges on necrophilia.
- Peter Pan: Diamond Edition: The latest Disney Classci to be transferred to Blu-ray, this film is from the second generation of Disney animation, which means it’s good, but not a classic like some of their earlier films.
What are you picking up this week?