After a number of slow weeks, there’s a huge pile of new releases this week, many of them good, and some good to great catalog titles. Watch your wallets, fellow collectors.
- Antiviral: The first film by Brandon Cronenberg, son of David, suggests that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, or disease, or whatever. Very much a first film, but with some great ideas, so it’s worth checking out.
- The Borgias: The Complete Third Season, Smiley’s People, Strike Back: Cinemax Season 2: This week’s television offers the follow-up to the TV version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and some cable goodness.
- Mud: This film did well in limited release, and is one of the gems of the Matthew McConaunghey comeback revolution.
- Oblivion: Tom Cruise stars in this sci-fi thriller directed by Joseph Kozinski. It’s got some very familiar tropes, but it’s shot well, so that’s something.
- On the Road: There was hope this might be an awards picture after it took decades to hit the screen, but will probably be best known for featuring Kristen Stewart’s first nude scene. Such is life.
- The Place Beyond the Pines: Masterpiece or sham? Ryan Gosling stars in this indie picture, which sharply divided critics.
- The Sapphires: This indie film might have been a hit 15-20 years ago. Nowadays, it was barely theatrically released. But for Chris O’Dowd fans, it’s a must see.
- To the Wonder: Terrence Malick’s ode to modernity is his first film to go VOD first, and may not be the last, but it offers wonders if you have an affection for Malick.
- Action Jackson, Passenger 57: I have no idea why these two films are streeting at the same time, but both offer function crap action for those in the mood for it.
- A Boy and his Dog, Swamp Thing: Shout Factory is pumping them out, and both of these films could be labeled cult classics. Dog is the better of the two and it’s probably the best film ever made with a talking dog. Swamp Thing is lesser Wes Craven, but still fun.
- The Earrings of Madame de…: An absolute masterpiece by Max Ophuls. A huge influence on both Stanley Kubrick and Quentin Tarantino, Ophuls is one of the great masters of cinema, and this may be his best film.
- Freaked, Lucas, The Pick-Up Artist, Silver Streak, Stuck on You, Wing Commander: Anchor Bay is releasing a number of Fox titles, and the best of this bunch is Alex Winter’s Freaked, which is delightfully nutty.
- Ishtar: Long seen as one of the biggest bombs in cinema history, Ishtar is actually a charming and fascinating comedy starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman as incompetent musicians who stumble onto terrorists. It’s never outrageously funny, but it’s definitely entertaining.
- The Man Who Knew Too Much (1954): If you didn’t buy the Hitchcock box set, it looks like they’re releasing all the films separately.
- Oliver and Company: 25th Anniversary Edition, Robin Hood: 40th Anniversary Edition, The Sword in the Stone: 50th Anniversary Edition : It’s good of Disney to release some of their “lesser” animated titles in the format, as these films will never look better.
- The Pagemaster: One of the attempts to capitalize on Macaulay Culkin’s stardom that didn’t work.
- Quicksilver: Kevin Bacon stars in this 80’s bike riding movie. I guess some people love it or something, that seems to be the only reason it’s being reissued.
What are you picking up this week?