Welcome back to The Wall! We’ve scoured the release list and boiled it down, as always, to the absolute must-buys of the week. Yeah, there are more titles that are dropping, certainly bigger budgets and ad campaigns on par with a Michael Bay film, but NOTHING this week is as cool as the titles we have listed. Dig the goods, Bastards.
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— DG PICK OF THE WEEK–
Why is this dirty little secret of a website featuring E.T. as the Pick of the Week? Simple; I think this one of the best films ever made. This is a film that has a sacred spot on my ironclad-hasn’t-moved-in-two-decades Top 3. More importantly; this is the film that made me realize the power of cinema. I remember sitting in the Washington Square Theater with my Grandmother and Sister and being totally lost in the film. For the first time the world around me disappeared. For the first time I had an intense and visceral reaction to a film. For the first time… I experienced magic at 24 frames per second. It was only when the credits started to roll that I was snapped back to reality, feeling momentarily silly that a film stirred that kind of reaction in me, but then the “a-ha” moment came. Cinema was powerful and could accomplish enormous things. It could bring strangers together in a darkened room, and they could all get lost in the same world. This is one of the greatest films ever made, and each time I see it I am right back in that theater.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK…
Fuck I am glad this is out on Blu-ray. That means that we can officially stop talking about this film for a good three months. This film has been debated and turned inside out so many times that even writing this blurb feels like it’s going to be tossed into the vast echo-chamber of the interwebs. But here it is: For the most part I liked it. I think the film fails at answering the questions it so beautifully asked at the beginning of the film and traded bullets for intelligence, but I enjoyed the ride. It has its flaws (underdeveloped characters, plot holes the size of Texas, terrible ending) but for the most part I found myself having a good time more than I didn’t. Will I buy it? Yeah, but I also bought THE THING sequel/remake because I am a completest so… the fuck do I know?
I can’t stand this film. I know I should love it, it has vocal fans, but I find it tedious and annoying despite a brilliant performance by Steve Martin and some great effects.
I was late to the party; I didn’t see this until about ten years ago but I have watched it a good three or four times since. I love the way this film fully embraces the grotesque, doubles down on odd, and knows how brilliantly creepy it is. I am not sure if audiences fully appreciated what they were getting into when they bought a ticket, but odds are they walked out shaken and spooked. A perfect film for this time of year.
I can’t think of a better one-two punch than Bette Davis taking on Bette Davis.
I am a Henenlotter fan, I dig just about everything the guy touches. It’s a shame that he’s really only done 6 or 7 films. He just has a humor about his work that most directors don’t have. Case in point: BASKET CASE 3: THE PROGENY which out-gores the other films in the series by a considerable margin but ultimately it feels a little too polished, the effects don’t have the same impact that they do in the other two films. A small gripe though. The very fact that this is getting a release through Synapse is cool as hell and one of the many reasons we dig that label as much as we do.
This arrived too late for screening but we’ll let you know how it turns out. Word on the street though is solid.
Mitt Romney thinks Russia is our number 1 enemy. Patrick Swayze agrees.
This was far from the shit-box I was expecting. Don’t get me wrong, this is well south of a good film but it could have been worse. It could have been John Cusack’s THE RAVEN (also out today).
That’s it for this week, Bastards.
We’ll be back next week with: TERROR TRAIN (Blu), THE FUNHOUSE (Blu), LOONEY TUNES PLATINUM COLLECTION VOLUME 2 (Blu), FEMALE VAMPIRE (Blu), EXORCISM (Blu), GONE IN 60 SECONDS (1974) (Blu), and more.
HERE’S TO GOOD WATCHING THIS WEEK, SALUTE!
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