I gave Focus a second chance mainly on the strength of the first half and because the two leads have such sensational chemistry. Sad to say, I was just as disappointed this time as I was when I originally watched it in the theater. The second half just isn’t very good, building to an unbelievable and unappealing climax that wastes the talents of all involved. Pity.
Monsters: Dark Continent isn’t going to be what most expect (or probably want) it to be, but for my part I’m fine with the down-and-dirty thriller director Tom Green has thrown together. The sequel’s Blu-ray presentation is excellent (lack of special features notwithstanding), and I doubt fans will be disappointed.
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles is an engrossing, if still only surface level, examination of one of the 20th century’s most towering cinematic figures. While never digging as deep as I would have liked, the film’s nonetheless a wonderfully entertaining documentary filled with numerous delights both for diehard cineastes and the modestly curious alike.
My chief suggestion here is to experience both That Man from Rio and Up to His Ears blind, with little to no information about either before doing so as the only thing a person truly needs is knowledge that these two Philippe de Broca directed stunners – both featuring a charismatically sexy Belmondo – are fairly close to perfect pieces of escapist entertainment.
An incredible, life-affirming motion picture that will be talked about and remembered for many years to come, Lionsgate’s Blu-ray release a solid one worthy of multiple looks.
It took me three viewings to watch ‘Delivery Man’ the second time, not because I found the attempt a execrable experience but more because I kept falling asleep. That says it all, right?
The Wolf of Wall Street showcases Martin Scorsese at the height of his cinematic powers, and as difficult as the movie can be at times, and as long as it is, this is still an uncompromising, deeply fascinating satirical black comedy I’m certain to be revisiting multiple times in the very near future.
Understated, profound, moving and beautiful, Trueba’s latest is a divine examination of the creation process set amidst unimaginable strife and turmoil. In all the ways that matter most, The Artist and the Model is the director’s best film yet.
Criterion’s Blu-ray presentation of Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men is sensational. Do yourself a favor and add it to your personal collection immediately.