There’s a lot of interesting foreign films hitting this week, but the must have is easily Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street (though sadly, it doesn’t come with the reported, but also complete BS four hour cut that was rumored).
- Delivery Man: Vince Vaughn had two bombs last year, this and The Internship. What happened? Have audiences tired of his aggressive talking? Perhaps it’s that the films didn’t look that appealing. Here Vaughn plays the father of over 500 children on account of his sperm donations. Okay, yeah, I get why it didn’t work.
- The Great Beauty: The Criterion collection is releasing this Best Foreign film winner stateside, and it’s one of the most universally praised art films in a long time, even if it didn’t make much of an impression on the box office.
- Key & Peele Season 1-2, Veep: The Complete Second Season: Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have blown up, and for those who didn’t watch from the start, it’s definitely worth getting in on this. And good news, it does feature the “Liam Neesons” sketch. Also, there’s no denying the second season of Veep was excellent.
- The Past: Asghar Farhadi’s follow up to A Separation (which is easily on the best films of the last ten years) was not met with as much acclaim, but is definitely worth checking out (even if it’s in a similar vein).
- Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie: This movie came out for Christmas, and is the sort of film that didn’t make much of an impression on me. It seems like it’s meant for little kids, and tanked at the box office. Oh well.
- Welcome to the Jungle: I love Jean Claude Van Damme. I have seen this movie. It’s not great, but Van Damme is a lot of fun in it. Adam Brody and Rob Huebel also star. They have moments, but the film is by the numbers.
- The Wolf of Wall Street: In ten years, it seems like people will wonder how this wasn’t more revered. Perhaps they won’t understand that the film came out at the end of the year, and a lot of people weren’t ready for a 71 year old filmmaker to make an out and out masterpiece. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Jordan Belfort, a Wall Street broker who is a debaucherous louse.
- The King of Comedy: Speaking of Scorsese, another one of his most underrated great movies hits Blu-ray this week and it stars Robert De Niro as failed stand up comedian Rupert Pupkin, who sees his big break coming if he kidnaps his idol (Jerry Lewis). One of the blackest comedies ever made, this is a must see.
- Ms. 45: The Alamo Drafthouse has rescued this classic grindhouse movie by Abel Ferrara that casts Zoe Lund as a mute who gets raped (twice) and then decides to get revenge. It’s one of the smartest grindhouse films ever made (and though that doesn’t sound like high praise, the film is a must-see).
- The Swimmer: Burt Lancaster stars in this Frank Perry adapation of the John Cheever story, it’s a great lost 70s film with one of Lancaster’s best roles.
- The Freshman, Persona: The latest from Criterion offers a new entry in their Harold Lloyd releases, and the classic Ingmar Bergman film.
- Performance: This Nicolas Roeg/Donald Cammell film would be a cult classic just due to Mick Jagger starring in it, but it’s much more than that, and has been hailed as a classic. Plus, you know, it’s got some Rolling Stones songs in it too.
What are you picking up this week?