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:
- House at the End of the Street – here’s what we said in our original review:
“By placing all its pieces on the board relatively early, the film limits its narrative force to the nature of its characters and the moves they make from then on. That’s an intriguing choice, as that kind of self-discipline in cinema can be the source of great art. I wouldn’t quite recommend House at the End of the Street, but I confess I was intrigued but this aspect of it. And I certainly wasn’t bored.”
OUT THIS WEEK & (MOSTLY) RECOMMENDED:
- Frankenweenie – As a fan and a lover of stop-motion animation, I appreciate Frankenweenie just as I appreciate Tim Burton and his early work. Luckily this family feature is obviously more similar to that era, lending a darkness with the sweet that skews more macabre than fashionable. While the plot is fairly simple, the eccentricities of the mad science teacher or the detail in craftsmanship of each figure balance the scales, making for an enjoyable film. Was it my favorite animated feature of the year? Not at all. It wasn’t even my favorite stop-motion animated feature, though I recommend it if you’re a fan of the practice and you have some time on your hands.
OUT RECENTLY AND DEFINITELY WORTH YOUR TIME:
- Compliance – here’s what we said in our original review:
“Zobel has crafted a claustrophobic, disturbing drama where plain American people in every day life are manipulated by a false authority to perform behaviors so sickening that his victims can hardly believe they’re doing them. Yet they do, again and again. The movie keys in on the way humans are beholden to authority figures. The easiest example being our complicity with policeman, echoed here inCompliance. But such servitude is subtly ingrained into the fabric of other parts of American culture. “I was just following orders,” is a common regret among soldiers, or take attorneys, addressed briefly in this film, and the way they are capable of muzzling their clients if the wrong thought is articulated.”
INSTANT NETFLIX VIEWING OF THE WEEK:
- War Games – Pre-Ferris Matthew Broderick is endearing and relatable in this early-’80s classic as a gamer who accidentally hacks his way into a global arms system. It’s fun, it’s a little nerdy, it’s hokey, it’s a trip down memory lane. Shall we play a game?