This Week’s Big Releases
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
Synopsis: Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin explores the toxic and seriously messed up relationship between a mother and her son. Tilda Swinton plays, Eva, who contends for 15 years with the increasing malevolence of her first-born child, Kevin (Ezra Miller). John C. Reilly also stars.
Tomatometer Rating: 76%
Special Features: There’s a behind the scenes featurettes, raw footage from “La Tomatina” Tomato Festival in Spain that’s featured in the film, a Q&A with Tilda Swinton, and an interview with Author Lionel Shriver who wrote the novel the film was based on.
Deals: Amazon has the blu-ray combo pack for $26.24.
Buy/Queue/Skip: The film was very polarizing, but most critics felt that Tilda Swinton gave a knock out performance. I’d say QUEUE IT and give it a shot. Check out Courtney’s AFI Fest review for more.
MAN ON A LEDGE
Synopsis: Sam Worthington (and his career?) are on a ledge. For a whole movie. Ed Harris, Elizabeth Banks and Jamie Bell also star.
Tomatometer Rating: 31%
Special Features: There’s a making of featurette, a look how the film was shot on an actual ledge, and inexplicably, the film’s trailer with commentary from Elizabeth Banks.
Deals: Amazon and Best Buy have the blu-ray for $16.99.
Buy/Queue/Skip: The movie’s being sold for half price in it’s initial week. Come on. SKIP IT. Read Courtney’s review for more.
Also Available This Week
Also available this week are GOON with Seann William Scott, Ralph Fiennes in Shakepearean adaptation CORIOLANUS, THE AGGRESSION SCALE, and the Fourth Season of TRUE BLOOD, all of which J.C. will be reviewing this week.
There’s also a sequel to PHANTOM OF THE OPERA that you never asked for: LOVE NEVER DIES.
Best Buy has a sale on 90s TV DVD, which features seasons of shows like BOY MEETS WORLD, DAWSON’S CREEK, FELICITY, FULL HOUSE and NYPD BLUE all on sale for ten bucks each!
My pick this week is CRUEL INTENTIONS, the brilliant 1999 film which is now on Netflix Watch Instantly. The film stars Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Reese Witherspoon. It takes on the narrative from Dangerous Liaisons and instead of bourgeois French people, it’s snotty high schoolers on New York’s Upper East Side who are playing games with emotions and sexuality. While the film has aged slightly, I think it’s for the better, since what might have been considered overacting in the film’s initial release has now fully fallen into camp territory. If you haven’t seen it before, definitely check it out, and if you have, pour yourself a big glass of wine and revisit it!
See you next week!