monuments men

This week offers a number of films from earlier this year, which either weren’t all that good, or didn’t find their audience. Maybe Pompeii was better than you’d think. Maybe. That’s possible.

New:

  • About Last Night: This remake of the 1986 adaptation of the David Mamet play is like a game of telephone in terms of adaptations, but with Kevin Hart on a comic roll, the film was a minor hit earlier this year. It seems pretty forgettable, though.
  • Like Someone in Love: Following his perfect Certified Copy, Abbas Kiarastomi’s latest wasn’t as warmly received, but has joined the Criterion collection regardless.
  • The Monuments Men: George Clooney’s war dramedy was a very modest success on theatrical release, something that wouldn’t have been guessed when the film got bumped out of Oscar season. Matt Damon and Bill Murray costar in the film, which no one really seemed satisfied with.
  • Nikita: The Complete Fourth and Final Season: Who knew this got to a fourth season? Fans.
  • Pompeii: This is the film that tried (and failed) to turn Kit Harrington into a movie star. Some things just don’t take.
  • 3 Days to Kill: Kevin Costner had three starring roles this year, and here he plays a federal agent who loves his family, but is forced to do a little contract killing. This has “watch on cable while distracted” written all over it.
  • Vampire Academy: From the director of Mean Girls and Heathers, this movie needed more love, but it was ignored earlier this year. As no one saw it, it’s possible the film will attract a cult following sooner or later.

Classics:

  • Nosferatu the Vampyre: Ahead of the Werner Herzog box set due in July, his Nosferatu is being released, which is odd. Maybe it’s his most commercial film, though it seems like he’s most revered for Aguirre, but this is definitely worth a look.
  • McLintock!: A John Wayne western is likely enough to get some people excited. At least people who buy films like this on Blu-ray.

What are you picking up this week?