THE NEW RELEASE WALL FOR 12/4: SANTA CLAUS KILLS QUIGLEY, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES AND DISAPPOINTS, BRAZIL GOES BLU, AND MORE

 

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, 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–

 

 
Nothing in this psychotronic kids flick is as cool as that title. That title is the fucking balls. It is the John Travolta, 1978, Danny Zuko of fucking cool titles. But, and this is a giant fat ass but, this flick is tough as hell to get through for me. Once the weed stops working or the six pack has been polished off, this thing stops. Like, it drops anchor in my eyeballs. It doesn’t stop me from watching it ever year like clockwork, with the silent hope that one year Tim Burton or Peter Jackson channeling a DEAD ALIVE style would take this under their wing and finally do the title justice.

 

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK…

 

 
Jimmy Stewart and his wonderful life can suck it. This flick will take Ralphie’s Red Ryder and beat the living daylights out of him. This is a crazy Clause done right. The official marriage of Linnea Quigley and antlers requests your attendance.
 

 
I really wanted to hate this flick. I have been rolling my eyes since the trailer hit, but goddamn this shit isn’t bad. It’s kind of frozen pizza; it doesn’t taste like it just came off the stone but it still kind of works. Malcolm McDowell just owns ass in just about everything and this isn’t any different.
 

 
Yea, I haven’t heard of it either but they had me at samurais and Christmas. Add another fucked up title to the holiday rotation.
 

 
This is a confused film. The first half is at times fascinating and bumbling, the mid-section of the film transitions from smart and compelling to boring and questionable; unfortunately the last act of the film is very clear on what it is: ridiculous. The last ten minutes of this film betray just about every character in the series. I think it is a needless attempt to ensure the longevity of the franchise (not that it needed the assist) but most of all I think it is disrespectful to the characters and thus to the fans. Read the full review here. 
 

 
I feel a little cold tossing this inspiring, original, and soon to be classic piece of filmmaking after the bat-shit and just straight shit but if you have not seen this film, you owe it to yourself to see this. It may not have done very well at the box office, it may have been oddly polarizing among the critics, but trust me, this is a beautiful, moving, and haunting film that touches on global warming, poverty, and how kids process difficult situations and create moments of escape. The year isn’t up, we still have a few weeks left and one highly anticipated film from Tarantino, but at this moment; BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD is the best film of the year.
 

 
I feel like I’ve bought this film almost as much as I have bought EVIL DEAD 2 but to see this on Blu-ray, finally, is something I will gladly double dip on… again.
 

 
There have been a handful of films that have taken on the story of Mr. Ripley. Matt Damon, John Malkovich, and others have played the title character but none of them have ever been as cool as Alan Deloin, and none of those films have been this good.
 

 
This is a childhood classic that for some reason came on at odd times to fill space. It’s a fucking time machine of awesome. There is something about the art of claymation that even my son who has been deep fried in CGI still finds magical. Sounds corny as hell but it’s the truth, Jack.
 

 
Dr. Freex took a look at this flick for us a few weeks back. “If you don’t like found footage, this isn’t going to change your mind. But in a pretty tepid year for horror stories, it’s nice to find one that goes for the gusto without resorting to the simple meanness of torture, or by remaking another, more successful movie from 20 years before.” Read the full review here. 
 

 
I didn’t have time to catch this before the column wen’t up but I am hitting it tonight and we’ll keep you updated.

 
We’ll be back next week with: THE BOURNE LEGACY, THE WILD GEESE (Blu), ASHANTI (Blu). THE ISLAND (Blu), DEATH VALLEY (Blu), DICK TRACY (Blu). MIAMI CONNECTION (Blu), and more.
 
Until then…
 

HERE’S TO GOOD WATCHING THIS WEEK, SALUTE!

 

 

SEE YOU ON FORTY DEUCE

 

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