You know I work all day, to get you money to buy you things. And it’s worth it just to hear you say, you’re gonna give me… a new Blu-ray!
‘300: Rise of an Empire‘ – On the one hand, I didn’t think very much of the original ‘300’ movie, and this sequel/prequel/side-quel doesn’t even feature very many of the original cast (all of the main characters having died at the end of the last one). On the other hand, I hear that Eva Green is a lot of fun as the villainess and takes her clothes off a bunch. Also, for what it’s worth, supposedly the 3D is pretty good. So conflicted…
‘Enemy‘ – Director Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Incendies‘ was so harrowing that it left me an emotional wreck at the end. I haven’t brought myself to watch his follow-up ‘Prisoners‘, because its subject matter of kidnapped children is something that scares the shit out of me at this point in my life. His latest, about a man (Jake Gyllenhaal) who becomes obsessed with an actor who appears to be his doppelganger, has been described as what would result if David Lynch tried to adapt a Kafka novel. I am officially intrigued.
‘Winter’s Tale‘ – Terrible hack screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (‘Batman and Robin’, ‘The Da Vinci Code’) made his directorial debut with a fantasy/romance concoction that was – surprise, surprise – almost universally derided as an incoherent, unwatchable piece of garbage. The little dial on my Schadenfreude Meter just popped through the glass from spinning so frantically.
Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles!
A few years back, I bought a Canadian import disc of the Beatles’ madcap comedy ‘A Hard Day’s Night‘ that I still haven’t gotten around to watching. Our reviewer Steven describes the new Criterion Collection Blu-ray as “a huge upgade in every conceivable way” over that previous copy. It figures. Now I already need to double-dip on a disc I never watched.
Sadly, that’s pretty much it for interesting catalog titles this week.
CBS Films (thought distributor Paramount) inches closer to completing the high-def restoration of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation‘. This month brings us Season 6, plus a separate release for the ‘Chain of Command’ two-parter. With just one more ‘TNG’ season to go, will ‘Deep Space Nine’ and ‘Voyager’ be treated to the same amount of attention, or left to linger in standard-def misery?
This is a pretty busy week on the TV front. Also available are the first seasons respectively of Showtime’s excellent ‘Masters of Sex‘ and FX’s pretty-good-if-not-quite-great ‘The Bridge‘, as well as the fourth season of the cheesy ‘Lost Girl‘ and, god help us, the fifth season of ‘Duck Dynasty‘.
‘A Hard Day’s Night’ is the only must-buy for me this week, though ‘Enemy’ will go high in my rental queue. Where will your hard-earned dollars be spent?