The Weekender: Big in Japan

Movie of the Week

Is this the time Hollywood finally gets the iconic character right? All signs point to yes, since they’ve lined up a top-notch cast (including Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche and Ken Watanabe) and given the reins to a promising director (Gareth Edwards). The trailers have been nothing short of fantastic.

Million Dollar Arm
Swing and a miss. Read my review at College Movie Review.

Chef – Angelika Dallas
Fed Up – Angelika Dallas, Angelika Plano
For No Good Reason – The Magnolia
The German Doctor – Angelika Dallas, Angelika Plano
Particle Fever – Angelika Dallas

Blu-ray Pick

My second-favorite movie of 2013 was Spike Jonze’s thoughtful, lovely and just a little bit terrifying exploration of love in the plugged-in-but-detached world we’re about to inhabit but basically already do. Joaquin Phoenix is tremendous as usual, but special praise has to be reserved for Scarlett Johansson’s voicework. The production design and cinematography, also Oscar nominated, show a level of detail and emotion absent in a lot of films.

New Releases
After Tiller (94%)
Easy Money: Life Deluxe (55%)
Generation Iron (80%)
God Loves Uganda (100%)
I, Frankenstein (4%)
Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? (90%)
Stalingrad (48%)
Stranger by the Lake (94%)
That Awkward Moment (22%)

Eastbound & Down (Season 4)
Longmire (Season 2)
Orange is the New Black (Season 1)*

New to Blu-ray
Final Exam
Home of the Brave
Overlord [The Criterion Collection]
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron


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