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:
- Prometheus – here’s what we said in our original review:
“Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is the best kind of failure. Visually confident and philosophically perplexing, it will invite discussion in spite of its flaws. In early interviews about the film, Scott gave the understatement of the year by saying, “[it] shares strands of Alien’s DNA, so to speak.” This quasi-prequel does not just share DNA with Scott’s breakthrough film; it shares most of its genome. Scott’s bigger problem, and what undermines Prometheus at every crucial point, is the weirdly undeveloped script by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof.”
- Rock of Ages – here’s what we said in our original review:
“Rock of Ages tries. Bless its heart, it really does. Unfortunately, the film is so taken by its motifs — the small town girl leaving home with dreams of stardom, the young rocker struggling as a busboy while penning lyrics, the scraggly rock clubs and gaudy strip joints of 1980s Hollywood — that it’s unwilling to risk diluting them with any actual human specifics.Rock of Ages isn’t so much an act of filmmaking as it’s an attempt to curate a grab-bag of collective cultural emotional memories.”
OUT THIS WEEK & (MOSTLY) RECOMMENDED:
- A Cat In Paris – here’s what we said in our original review:
“A Cat in Paris was nominated for Best Animated Feature. It is easy to see why since its visual style is distinctive, if not exactly eye-popping. Sharp lines and shapes define the characters, and their bodies are meant to match who they are (Costa looks like a monster). The titular cat is not all cuddles, and its sneaky eyes are weirdly appealing. Still, what’s more impressive is how Gagnol and Felicioli depict Paris. They see it as a clutter of menacing buildings and rooftops; film noir influences how they use shadow and light. At just over an hour, A Cat in Paris never overstays its welcome and goes down easy. More importantly, however, is how it may get kids curious about the world’s most cinematic city.”
OUT RECENTLY AND DEFINITELY WORTH YOUR TIME:
- Shut Up and Play the Hits – here’s what we said in our original review:
“I look forward to the day when I can tell my hypothetical kid that I saw LCD Soundsystem at Madison Square Garden, even though he/she will probably respond with, “You’re embarrassing me.” Pop music is more fractured than ever, so the MSG show is the closest thing we’ll have to a macro-scale cultural experience. Like other concert films of similar ambition – Stop Making Sense, The Last Waltz, and Shine a Light come immediately to mind –Shut Up and Play the Hits gives the impression we’re in the thick of it with the musicians. It is terrific fun, with the right note of bittersweet melancholy.”
INSTANT NETFLIX VIEWING OF THE WEEK:
- Freaks and Geeks:
Did you know this was instantly watchable? Well it is, and it’s perfect for marathoning through these cold, gray days we’ve got on our hands. Awkward ’80s high school years from young Seth Rogen, James Franco, Linda Cardellini, Jason Segel and more. What’s that, you’ve never watched “Freaks and Geeks”? I had a friend who didn’t watch “Freaks and Geeks” and do you know what happened to him? HE DIED.