Ok, you guys–since we know how important at-home-entertainment is for all of us – every Tuesday we’re going to do a little “what’s getting released on DVD/on demand/Netflix this week” round up for you, with nice little excerpts of our past reviews and more. You’ll love it. Trust us. Now–all you need is someone to watch these movies with.
OUT THIS WEEK & PROCEED WITH CAUTION:
- American Reunion – here’s what we said in our original review:
“The franchise, writing and directing wise, has been handed over to Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg of HAROLD & KUMAR fame and while they do a noble job of keeping the sex jokes happening 24/7 you do sort of wish Paul Weitz and Adam Herz were bringing their slightly sweeter, more naive approach to gross-out comedy to this edition as well.”
OUT THIS WEEK & (MOSTLY) RECOMMENDED:
- Being Flynn – here’s what we said in our original review:
“Ernest Hemingway once said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit at a typewriter and bleed.” In Being Flynn, Jonathon Flynn says, “Life is gathering material.” There lies the absurdity of prose: it is both prosaic and profound, complex in its very simplicity. Being Flynn is a film about bleeding and writing, stumbling and surviving. Based on author-poet Nick Flynn’s memoir “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City,” it recounts Nick’s (Paul Dano) relationship with his estranged father Jonathan (Robert De Niro).”
OUT RECENTLY AND DEFINITELY WORTH YOUR TIME:
- Margaret - here’s what we said in our original review:
“Her crusade to narrate and mend mistakes swirls up a system of people, events, and reactions that place Lisa at the eye of the storm in a very narcissistic, borderline sociopathic manner. It’s as if she must saddle herself with theatrically inflated burdens in order to prove to herself and others that she is emerging from her fragile cocoon as a calloused adult, though many of her decisions tend to irritate the wisdom of the adults around her (Damon, Matthew Broderick, and Jean Reno all make recurring appearances). Paquin’s performance is a rarebreed: a profoundly antagonistic character who is somehow, miraculously, infectiously compelling.”
INSTANT NETFLIX VIEWING OF THE WEEK:
- Classic Albums: Queen: Making of A Night at the Opera
I recently discovered the “Classic Albums” series available on Instant Watch–so forgive me if you’ve already been enlightened–this is a solid documentary series. Filling the visual gap of the 33 1/3 book series (also highly recommended), these short behind-the-scenes films bring you footage of the recording, mixing, live performances and interviews that all culminate in some of the most classic albums of all time. (Also available, the making of: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, The Dark Side of the Moon, Disraeli Gears, Bat Out of Hell and so many more.) Queen’s is particularly intriguing–after all, it’s fun if nothing else to hear how they penned “I’m in Love with My Car” and it’s even more incredible to witness layer over layer of the multi-tracked harmonies that became the group’s signature sound.
If you didn’t already purchase this dvd over a decade ago (has it been that long??) before dvds went by-and-large the way of the dinosaur, it’s newly available on Netflix Instant Watch and is fantastic directoral prep for The Dark Knight Rises. Nolan’s second feature-length is dark, brooding and psychologically disturbing in all the right places, a perfect mix of a film that unravels in reverse. If you haven’t seen it, see it. If you have seen it, it could be time to revisit.