It's DVD day in late January, which means that we should be in the thick of the amazing tide of holiday season award-bait films, right? Right? Nope, it means that we're still catching up to the October soup of marginally interesting pre-Oscar films that either weren't big enough for summer or weren't awards-y enough for December. That doesn't mean that we shouldn't be able to find something or other to be happy with on a late January eve, what with Restless satisfying our indie needs and Real Steel massaging our desire to see metallic eroticism.
At least, I assume that's what it's about.
|1. Real Steel|
STEEL FIST PUNCH GRIND METAL POWER HYDRAULICS OIL SPARKS RAGE
I liked this movie slightly more than I like most movies. I don't think it necessarily plays to the strengths of its concept, though, and Seth Rogen is a bit over the top for the needs of his role. Still, it's apparently fun! According to me.
"The story of a terminally ill teenage girl who falls for a boy who likes to attend funerals and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII." Ok, then, that sounds unbearably twee, but I guess it's got Mia Wasikowska in it, so there's that. I like her.
|4. The Whistleblower|
This was one of those films that everyone talked about but which just seemed amazingly depressing, in that it's about a real-world scandal in which a private military contractor is found to be engaging in sex trafficking. Date night movie, anyone?
|5. Another Happy Day|
Another "high-strung woman at a family wedding" movie. Seriously, Rachel Getting Married, Margot At The Wedding...is this a viable mini-genre yet? I guess it's relatively cheap to film everything over the course of a single night's setting, but still.
|6. Essential Killing|
Vincent Gallo must escape from the ravages of torture in this hilarious-looking thriller. Still, 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, so they must've done something right, I suppose.
|7. The Woman|
Ah, Lucky McKee. I love May quite a bit, but this indie film about a Christian family that finds a deep-woods woman and decides to civilize her by locking her up and proceeding with the rapes seems a bit much.
In older films getting Blu-Ray releases, we have: Godzilla, The Moment of Truth, Lips of Blood, The Shiver of the Vampires, Fascination, The Nude Vampire, The Iron Rose, Rebecca, Notorious, and Annie Hall. If anyone wants to add the two movies above that aren't already in our database, please do so!