January is over and February is here, but that doesn't mean it's any warmer! So bundle up in your blanket, get a warm cup of Joe, and join us for some exclusive Bonus View content, because, let's be honest, going outside is not an option.
Sundance Film Festival
Aaron is back from Utah's premiere film festival. Over the next week or so his reviews will continue to be published on the blog. This week we published reviews for Shane Carruth's anticipated 'Upstream Color'; Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut 'Don Jon's Addiction'; the controversial film 'Escape from Tomorrow' which was filmed entirely at Disneyland and Disney World without Disney's permission; the frightening 'Blue Caprice'; a documentary about the ills of America's illegal immigration issues in 'Who is Dayani Cristal? '; Jeremy Scahill's journey into uncovering U.S. military abuses of power in 'Dirty Wars'; the sexual adventures of a lesbian housewife conked in the head by a softball in 'Concussion'; and finally, Aaron's favorite movie of the festival, the unconscionably sad 'Fruitvale.' Keep an eye out in the coming days for more Sundance reviews.
There were some interesting releases this week, including a 25th Anniversary set of 'Die Hard,' the hilarious 'Seven Psychopaths,' and the overtly dramatic Downton Abbey: Season 3.' Want to know what else was released this week? Take a gander at Josh's weekly Blu-ray Highlights column to see if you missed anything that you wanted to buy.
Director Steven Soderbergh has announced that he's going to retire, again. Does he mean it for real this time?
For the theatrical releases hitting cinemas this weekend you can check out Bryan Kluger's thoughts. See his reviews for the zombie love story 'Warm Bodies' and Stallone's 'Bullet to the Head' to see if they're worth your time.
The big news of the week was that J.J. Abrams signed on to direct the next 'Star Wars' movie. What do you think of the decision? Let us know in the poll.
The only television recap we had this week was for the new serial killer thriller on Fox starring Kevin Bacon called 'The Following.' Josh reviewed the pilot episode to give you an idea of whether or not you should be watching this new show.
We already covered the Mid-Week Poll above with J.J. Abrams directing 'Star Wars'. For the Weekend Roundtable we wondered "How did this movie get made?" Movies that completely baffle us as to how they were successfully pitched to a studio. What are some of the films you'd list? Let us know in the comments.
That's it for this week at The Bonus View. Hopefully, you had a warm January. Don't worry, we'll all make it through February together.