Since we know how important at-home-entertainment is for all of us – every week we 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. This week we’re focusing on movies about how relationships are hell:
OUT THIS WEEK & WORTH YOUR TIME:
- Call Me By Your Name. Here’s what we said in our original review:
The subtle build of anticipation makes the coming of age romance Call Me By Your Nameso irresistibly delicious. Whether it be the fruit in the orchards in this film, ripening until ready to be picked and savored, or the tender romance between two men of disparate ages, the buzz for this film has grown over the past several months. It’s been ten years since the novel by the same name by André Aciman was published, and over that time, it’s become a beloved coming of age story, especially within the gay community. This movie itself was as hotly anticipated as the romance within the plot of the film. Both deliver, with fulfilling results.
- The Disaster Artist. Here’s what we said in our original review:
The Disaster Artist – which chronicles the making of The Room – doesn’t attempt to reconsider The Room as an unheralded masterpiece, or Wiseau as the Ed Wood of a new generation. Instead The Disaster Artist smartly tells a story of ambition and dedication, and the joy that viewing a film like The Room can give. The unexpected success of The Room and Wiseau’s rise to popularity through his film is far more fascinating than anything Wiseau could’ve written, and The Disaster Artist taps into the beauty of what The Room actually mean to its audiences.
INSTANT VIEWING OF THE WEEK (relationships are hell edition):
- 45 Years (now at Netflix). Here’s what we said in our original review:
45 Years is a story that begins with quiet comfort and ends with quiet alienation. Parts of it are moving, even suspenseful, and yet writer/director Andrew Haigh mostly keeps the drama in the minds of his two lead characters. Haigh is no stranger deep studies of everyday romance: his breakout film Weekend drips with insight, and the HBO series Looking is more astute about modern relationships than anything else on television. But while Looking and Weekend are about young gay men, 45 Years is about a straight couple that’s well past retirement age. Indeed, part of the point of 45 Years is that no matter the age, couples can experience genuine passion and depth of feeling. Haigh is not cruel, exactly – the point of the film is not to dismantle relationships – yet his inexorable conclusions are brutal.
- Revolutionary Road (now on Netflix). Here’s Roger Ebert:
Revolutionary Road shows the American Dream awakened by a nightmare. It takes place in the 1950s, the decade not only of Elvis but of The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. It shows a young couple who meet at a party, get married and create a suburban life with a nice house, a manicured lawn, “modern” furniture, two kids, a job in the city for him, housework for her, and martinis, cigarettes, boredom and desperation for both of them.
- Landline (now on Amazon Prime). Here’s what we said in our original review:
Given that Landline is so firmly grounded in the 1990s – so firmly that there are Blockbuster, DustBuster, and skipping CD references – it’s sort of a nice coincidence that the film reminded me of a plotline on a 1998 episode of the television show Friends. In the episode, “The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS,” Phoebe and Joey have an ongoing argument about whether there is such a thing as a selfless good deed. The way Joey keeps turning the positive feelings of a kind act into its own self-interested reward was, to me, reminiscent of the way Landline explores relationships and what people put into and get out of them. Landline isn’t a perfect movie, but it’s a more interesting examination of the way we invest connections we have than just about anything you’ll see in theaters this season.
That’s it! Get streaming, kids.