Brick Mansions – So this one seems sorta pointless. An American remake of a French film (in this case District B13) that brings half of the French leads back. The first one was cool enough, and I’m not a big supporter of people who “don’t read” movies. Get over yourself, it’s easy and there are a virtual worlds of movies you’re missing. Standing on this soap box hurts my ankle, so I’m climbing down now.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – This is the week’s big releases, and I’m pretty excited to own it. Heading to Target today, limping to the Electronics section and snatching up my copy with the exclusive making-of disc. I’m a savvy shopper.
The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden – This is an interesting sounding documentary. Three different groups of people settle on an island in the Galapagos archipelago off the coast of Ecuador and proceed to rub each other wrong until some disappear/are murdered. Whodunit? I have no idea, but I’m checking this one out.
God’s Pocket – Mad Men’s John Slattery directs Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks and John Turturro in a black comedy dealing with the aftermath of the death of a kid in Philadelphia with a less than saintly history.
A Long Way Down – Look, another Nick Hornby adaptation. This one stars Pierce Brosnan, Aaron Paul, Toni Collette and Imogen Poots as four people who meet happenstance on a London rooftop while planning to commit suicide on New Year’s Eve but fall in with one another to help themselves find a reason to live, putting their plan off until Valentine’s Day.
Any Given Sunday, Salvador and Seizure – Fans of Oliver Stone rejoice, three of his films come out from three separate companies: WB, Twilight Time and Scorpion. How do you like that? Oliver Stone said on his Facebook page that Any Given Sunday ”contains, for the first time, the original theatrical version of the film. The theatrical cut was 2hrs and 43min, but the (original) DVD version was shorter at 2hrs and 36min. At the time I was so jammed to finish for December 1999 release that I continued past the deadline into cutting the DVD Director’s Cut so as to come out quickly. Convinced this was the correct cut (still am), I asked WB not to release the rushed original theatrical version. This is unusual, but they accommodated me.” Sounds like a worthy Blu upgrade to me.
Palo Alto – This is a DVD only release and it makes me miss Larry Clark. What happened to him? This one is based on a book by James Franco (who also stars) and focuses on teenage life and how youth is wasted on the young. Looks interesting.
Prom Night – Synapse is just batting homers out of the park of late! After Curtains they give us Prom Night and that’s just awesome. I haven’t seen this version yet, but knowing Jerry and Don, you know the fact that they released it means it’s the best this film will ever look and sound on Blu-ray.
Pumpkinhead – I miss Stan Winston. He was a true artist, genius and wise-ass supreme. This was a passion project for him and if you haven’t seen it, pick this Scream Factory release up today.
Willow Creek – Director Bobcat Goldthwait and found footage horror film are not two things you’d expect would be good combinations, but add in Bigfoot and just maybe you have a cult film in the making you had no idea you missed. Now’s the chance to fix that.
Words and Pictures – Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche play two complicated people who happen to be teachers at the same school. One is an art teacher, the other an English teacher. One believes pictures convey concepts and emotion best, the other, words. Will these two see past their differences and fall in love? I’m guessing: sure.
TV Collections of Note – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season One, Homeland: Season Three, Supernatural: Season Nine, Vampire Diaries: Season Five – Here’s the spot where I tell you these TV collections street this week. Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.
That’s all I have this week. Next week we have a giant monster movie, cancer kids, parental nightmares in black and white, deux ex machina and a restored classic horror film. Just what are the titles to these wonderful summaries? Come back next week and I’ll tell you.
Until then, keep spinnin’ those discs.
– Todd Doogan