Blu-ray Invasion – Week of July 26 & August 2
Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat) stars as Michelle Darnell, a titan of industry who is sent to prison for insider trading. After doing her time, Michelle emerges, ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, but not everyone she steamrolled is so quick to forgive and forget. With nowhere to go and no one to scam, Michelle is to move in with former assistant Claire (Kristen Bell – Frozen, Showtime’s House of Lies) and her young daughter, Rachel. Now at her lowest point, Michelle wastes no time in devising a winner-take-all plan to rebuild her empire. Can she reclaim her status as the No. 1 screwer, or will the love of one family screw her for good?
You may want to stomach past the first few minutes of this. When Melissa McCarthy starts rapping on stage to ‘All I Do Is Win’ with T-Pain on stage with her, you might question all of your life choices like I did, but you’ll end up being rewarded with a genuinely funny movie. Kristen Bell does a great job as the struggling mom dealing with the pressures of having her felonious ex-boss living with her but there are plenty of moments for The Boss to get some rewatch mileage out of this disk. Queue It
Strap in. Hardcore is one of the most unflinchingly original wild-rides to hit the big screen in a long time: You remember nothing. Mainly because you’ve just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, your being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who’s got her? His name’s Akan (Danila Kozlovsky); he’s a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You’re also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy (Sharlto Copley). He may be on your side, but you aren’t sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You’re likely going to need it.
Might be kind of a cop out, but this gets an automatic Queue It rating because there isn’t a movie like this that you’ve ever seen before. Hardcore Henry is filmed entirely in first person perspective, just like a FPS (first person shooter) video game. It’s not going to be for everyone, and the actual plot itself is paper thin. You’ll figure out real quickly if this is a concept you can get behind or not.
I Am Wrath
John Travolta is Stanley Hill, a former Black Ops agent who witnessed his wife’s death at the hands of a street gang. When corrupt cops let the prime suspect walk, Stanley takes the law into his own hands. Joined by a former comrade-in-arms (Christopher Meloni), Stanley uncovers a conspiracy that leads to the upper ranks of government, as he heads toward a guns- blazing, take-no-prisoners showdown for justice.
There are going to be plenty of John Wick ripoffs making their way to the home video scene, and it’s better to be one of the early ones than the one just being added to the pile. All things considered, I Am Wrath has enough unique aspects, as well as a great performance from Christopher Meloni to distinguish this one enough from being a John Wick ripoff. That unfortunately means it’s not a very original movie but it’s still worth a watch. Queue It
The story of the right man in the wrong body. In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate in hopes the he will complete the operative’s mission.
Don’t be easily fooled by this amazing cast, and it truly is amazing. They are misused up and down and this feels like a generic actioner worthy of being a direct-to-video release with C and D list stars. It would help immensely if it were at least an original idea but this is the third body-switching movie Ryan Reynolds has been in. Plenty of great movies with members of this cast that are worthy of their talent. Skip It
Sing Street takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, ber-cool and beautiful Raphina (Lucy Boynton), and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his bands music videos. Theres only one problem: hes not part of a bandyet. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what hes promised – calling himself Cosmo and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos. Inspired by writer/director John Carneys (Once, Begin Again) life and love for music, Sing Streetshows us a world where music has the power to take us away from the turmoil of everyday life and transform us into something greater.
Coming from John Carneys, this is going to have some fantastic music and that itself is a huge understatement when it comes to Sing Street. After Once, it seemed like everything John did was sure to be gold but Begin Again left a little to be desired. You can argue that this is a stronger film than the iconic Once. It captures the feeling of falling in love beautifully and with the ’80s setting this is just a fun film in every single frame. Buy It and if there’s a soundtrack, buy that, too.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
When filmy sprees fall from space and take root in San Francisco, the city is beautifully transformed by spectacular and exotic flowers. But these lovely extra-terrestrial blossoms have gruesome plans for their Earthly admirers: to slowly clone their bodies- and then dispose of the originals!
You don’t get much better than Scream Factory when it comes to iconic blu-ray releases and this highly anticipated gem did not disappoint. Full of great extras and one of the most amazing casts in horror film history. A definite purchase. Buy It
Starring Kerry Washington, Wendell Pierce and Greg Kinnear, Confirmation takes a look behind the curtain of Washington politics, depicting the explosive 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings where Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment. The hearings brought the country to a standstill and became a pivotal moment in American culture forever changing how we perceive and experience workplace equality and gender politics. Rick Famuyiwa directs a script written by Susannah Grant
This pairs well with some of the other film and tv projects that have been highlight big moments of the ’90s. Particularly this pairs well with The People vs OJ Simpson, though Confirmation does play the historical aspect a little more straight. Kerry Washington delivers a great performance and this is worthy of the quality that HBO consistently puts out. Queue It
The Knick: The Complete Second Season
A look at the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century.
The first season proved that this show isn’t for everyone and that’s even more pronounced in this second season. Clive Owen continues to impress in this role but it’s not among the best that HBO puts out. Queue It
The Blacklist: The Complete Third Season
Season 3 takes a heart-racing turn when Red and Agent Keen, played by Megan Boone (TVs Law & Order: Los Angeles), become fugitives on the run. With Assistant FBI Director Harold Cooper (Harry Lennix, Man of Steel) under investigation, Agent Donald Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff, TVs Homeland) leads the FBI Task on the manhunt. As Keen delves deeper into Reds underworld of covert operations, she continues to struggle with self-discovery and her indefinable relationship with Tom (Ryan Eggold, TVs 90210). Both Red and Keen are radically challenged personally and professionally as they work together to answer questions and escape from those who hunt them.
With the litany of great tv out there, it’s easy to see why some shows get left behind. Blacklist isn’t at the top of the mountain but it can certainly hold its own. There are few things better than James Spader chewing up scenery the way he does on this show. Hopefully it has some kind of planned ending in sight because the best shows also know when to fold ’em, and this has the capability of being a wholly satisfying show. Queue It