The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

This week tests if anyone is still excited about The Hobbit franchise as it offers the release of The Desolation of Smaug. I don’t think I’ve thought about the film since it came out. Also, Twilight Time is releasing a series of their limited edition titles. Sweet.  

New:

  • August: Osage County: One of the Weinstein company’s Oscar specials, this film is pretty miserable, when it could have been high camp. Still it got Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts Oscar nominated for no good reason.
  • A Field in England: The latest film from Ben Wheatley (The Kill List) is surely worth a look, though I missed it upon release. Alas.
  • Grudge Match: Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone collected a paycheck for this route family film that traded on both actor’s history to uninteresting results.
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: There is nothing that’s as much fun as pronouncing Smaug, and it’s the only thing I really enjoyed about this movie. The good news is we’re mere months away from this franchise finishing out. In some ways this was more entertaining than the last film, but in other ways even less happened in the film. Ugh. Peter Jackson, your ass used to be so beautiful.
  • Nurse 3D: Speaking of beautiful asses, that’s probably the only reason to watch this film, which only becomes truly interesting toward the end. But Paz de la Huerta is an actress of relative merit, a merit generally connected to her ability to take her clothes off. But even then, this film is just dull for the most part.
  • Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones: Speaking of forgettable, I reviewed this movie hours after seeing it and was already in the process of forgetting everything that happened. The latest entry in this found footage horror series, The Marked Ones is mostly notable for featuring a Spanish-American cast, and a dude who uses a shotgun against witches.

Classics:

  • Broadway Danny Rose, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Used Cars, Wild at Heart: Twilight Time has been excellent in releasing films that deserve a Blu-ray release, but you never know which titles will quickly fall out of print. Here, the one that should likely be grabbed first is Wild at Heart, though my favorite of the bunch is Used Cars.
  • Cry Danger, Young at Heart: The Latest from Olive Films.  
  • Funny Face, Sabrina: Paramount/Warner Brothers is offering two Audrey Hepburn films. I’ll be honest, I love Funny Face, and have never bothered with Sabrina.

 What are you picking up this week?