Blu-ray Invasion – Week of March 7th
Natalie Portman stars in this powerfully stirring drama as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, whose faith and strength see her through the death of President John F. Kennedy.
An early front-runner for Best Actress early in awards season, Natalie Portman encapsulated the essence of Jackie O during what was the most difficult time in her life. This hyper focuses on one singular perspective of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, but it’s a perspective I’m not sure a lot of people have ever really pondered. I’m not sure there was a lot of thought given about Jackie in the days after the assassination where she had to plan her husband’s funeral, while grieving with the rest of the country. It really shined a light on how extraordinary she was. All of that being said, there’s probably not a lot here to keep you going back to the movie and over again. Definitely worth a watch though. Queue It
Moana Waialiki is a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her island’s fisherman can’t catch any fish and the crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess Te Fiti. The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return To Fiti’s heart, so Moana sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific. The film is based on stories from Polynesian mythology.
It’s hard to imagine that after nearly a century of creating the most iconic Disney Princesses, that they’ve still got anything left in the tank, but Disney continues to deliver. Moana even manages to make the titular heroine a headstrong individual, not fully in need of all the help that she receives. But when you’ve got the help of The Rock and Lin Manuel Miranda in cartoon form, you don’t turn that down, you just sit back and enjoy the ride. If you like special features and extras, this is bound to be one of the more packed disks to come out this year. Absolutely BUY THIS
Trespass Against Us
After an elaborate heist goes south, reluctant criminal Chad must find a way to escape the clutches of his fierce outlaw father and the encroaching police in this crime thriller.
For a general clinic in how two fantastic leads should carry your movie, this movie delivers that. The script leaves a little to be desired and if it didn’t have two amazing leads, this would be easily skippable, bus as is, it’s definitely worth a view. Queue It
Aaron Eckhart stars as Dr. Seth Ember, an unconventional exorcist who uses science instead of religion to tap into the minds of the possessed to remove the demon from their subconscious. When an 11-year-old boy becomes possessed by a creature of unspeakable evil, Ember enters the mind of the boy to attack the vengeful demon, but he finds himself facing the battle of his life and horrors of his own past.
A fresh idea to a tired horror trope is always a welcome thing. Incarnate is just on the cusp of being really solid, and instead will be polarizing as an example of possible missed potential for some. With a fresh and unique idea, it also would have been nice to see some supplemental material that went into the idea behind this project. Worth a view though. Queue It
The Eyes of My Mother
In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening unique curiosities. Though she clings to her increasingly reticent father, Francisca’s loneliness and scarred nature converge years later when her longing to connect with the world around her takes on a dark form.
Here’s an instance where the cover of the blu-ray might lead you to believe what you’re about to see is an epic horror of classic proportions, but this movie will sadly not deliver much in its 76 minute long package. It’s never a good sign when a filmmaker has delusions of grandeur with no skills to back it, and this is definitely an example of that. Skip It
From award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful) and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell) comes a remarkable story of the daughter behind one of history’s most famous artists. As all of Edo flocks to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai, his daughter O-Ei toils diligently, creating the paintings sold under her father’s name. Shy in public, in the studio O-Ei is brash and uninhibited. Seeking to come into her own as an artist, O-Ei sets out into the bustling city of Edo (present-day Tokyo), where she encounters spirits, dragons, con men and traders.
For non-anime fans, this one is pretty easy to absorb and is just plain an enjoyable movie overall. Anime films of this ilk tend to rely pretty heavily on themes throughout and this one is no different, but it still manages to provide a great watching experience. There’s only one making of, but it’s two hours long and very informative. Buy It