This week’s new releases include one of the better films from earlier this year, one of the most disappointing, and some of the most talked about television so far, while the classics include some great Criterion releases, and some classic Spike Lee films.
- Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, True Detective: Let’s not make any bones about it, True Detective was awesome television and one of the best new shows in forever, while the Neil deGrasse Tyson-led Cosmos was both beautiful and illuminating.
- Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit: Do they stop trying to make Chris Pine a thing now? This Jack Ryan reboot was dead on arrival and is pretty forgettable. I saw it for the site and can barely remember it.
- Non-Stop: This B-movie thriller was actually thrilling, and delivered on the premise of Liam Neeson hunting down terrorists looking to make a point and some money. A great supporting cast (which includes Julianne Moore) and a no-nonsense tone makes for a great little genre piece.
- All That Heaven Allows, L’Eclisse: Man, All That Heaven Allows is one of the greatest films ever made, and there’s a new Antonioni from Criterion… It’s just too much goodness.
- Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, The Man from Laramie, The Mechanic, The Train: The latest batch from Twilight Time are a couple of classic films (and one of the better Charles Bronson vehicles), but if you can only afford one, I’d suggest The Man from Laramie, a great Anthony Mann/James Stewart western.
- Spike Lee Joint Collection Volumes 1 & 2: Volume 1 is the real winner here as it features not only The 25th Hour, but also He Got Game, while the latter has Summer of Sam and The Miracle at St. Anna. I’m definitely happy to have The 25th Hour on Blu-ray.
- Tightrope: One of Clint Eastwood’s oddest endeavors, the film shows Eastwood as a cop (but not one hamed Harold) who is into some kinky stuff. It’s a weird one, maybe not as interesting as it should be, but definitely worth watching.
What are you picking up this week?