Though this week may not have many titles, it’s got it where it counts in terms of quality. Gravity, Nebraska, and Thor: The Dark World hit home video this week, while Criterion is putting out two new titles sure to make film fans salivate.
- Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season: This show has become the new “show for kids that adults like, and not just because they’re stoned (though they might be),” which is a good thing.
- Gravity: Likely to win a handful of Oscars, Gravity is also one of the best films of last year, and a master class in craft. Essentially, there are two schools of thought with this film: it’s either good but a little empty or a masterpiece. Which means watching it at home may lead to some devaluing out of the context of Imax and Dolby Atmos. But maybe not.
- Nebraska: This year’s quietest Oscar nominee, Bruce Dern stars alongside Will Forte in the poignant story of middle America. Alexander Payne directed the film in black and white, and like most of his film, it’s a funny and heartbreaking story about people.
- Thor: The Dark World: Leaps and bounds better than its predecessor, Thor: The Dark World offers adventure and the performers at their best, which means Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings all get their moments to shine.
- The 300 Spartans: Fox loves to reissue this film when a 300 film comes out. They did it for the first Zack Snyder film, and now they’re doing it for 300: Rise of an Empire.
- King of the Hill, Tess: Criterion’s latest include two films from Steven Soderbergh (The Underneath is included as a supplement) and one of Roman Polanski’s best films.
- The Shadow: Collector’s Edition: I’m not going to lie, I have a very soft spot for this mess of a movie, which stars Alec Baldwin as Lamont Cranston, the crime fighter with the powerful voice and ability to mess with people’s minds.
What are you picking up this week?