For those who’ve bought the Bond box set, this week you can finally add the latest film to that set. There’s also some of the fall’s flops, and missed opportunities. Bond dominates this week of DVD and Blu-ray releases.
- The Kid with a Bike: The latest movie from the Dardennes, and a Cannes Jury prize winner, The Kid with a Bike may be lesser Dardennes, which may make it more accessible than some of their previous works.
- A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman: Though all word is that this isn’t that good, it’s still going to be of interest to those of us who revere Monty Python. Even if it’s just as a curio.
- The Man with the Iron Fists: RZA’s filmmaking debut came and went from theaters, but it’s likely this film will eventually find the cult following its destined for. Russell Crowe is supposedly the film’s MVP, playing his character as a reincarnation of Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
- Nurse Jackie: Season Four, Weeds: The Final Season: This week’s TV releases are pretty mild. I’m kind of shocked that Nurse Jackie made it to four seasons already.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower: One of our favorite films of the year, this underrated gem stars Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and Emma Watson as teens trying to make it through school. Though the tropes are familiar, this is a winner.
- The Sessions: This came out of Sundance last year looking like a clear awards favorite, but when more critics saw it, the filmmaking (called amateurish) relegated it to receiving courtesy nominations. John Hawkes and Helen Hunt star in a film about a finding sex and love while being crippled.
- Silent Hill: Revelation: A semi-sequel to a horror movie based on a video game, this was hoped to be okay because it could stand on its own. It turns out no one cared.
- Skyfall: Is this is the best of the Daniel Craig James Bond films? It’s hard to say, but it could be. In retrospect, all have their strengths and weaknesses. The biggest thing working against Skyfall is that the villain’s plan looks to be very similar to that of a number of recent movies, and that strategy may hurt the film in the long run. But because of the gorgeous cinematography by Roger Deakins, this stands as one of the best of Bonds.
- In Like Flint: Speaking of James Bond, Derek Flint was one of a handful of spin-offs, here casting James Coburn as a similar super-genius spy who also had immaculate taste. Though Austin Powers may have been a huge hit and revelation at the time, even in the 1960’s they were already poking fun of Bond’s gentleman spy.
What are you picking up this week?