Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The big release this week is, undoubtedly, the latest adventures of Indiana Jones. There are so many fan goodies involved with this release, that you can check out our previous two posts for specifics -- one for the disc extras and one for the collectible extras. As for the film itself -- it's gotten a lot of banter about its plusses and minuses, but in the end, it's still 77% fresh. So basically, this is a Buy It if you're an Indy fan, and a Rent It, if you're not sure.
This is the feature that plagues me. It has John Cusack. It was co-written by the wildly insane, talented, and fun Mark Leyner. Nevertheless, War, Inc. failed to impress. You know you've got to worry when a review starts with: "What do you say when a film is so bad that you actually feel physical pain for everyone involved?" So, I say with a heavy heart: Skip It.
Y.P.F -- aka -- Young People F**king
This is merely a funny and mostly honest look at sex, but with a title that flings out the F-bomb, it's gotten a whole slew of drama ranging from political movements to Ebert responses. But when it comes down to it, the Canadian comedy is funny, but it's not shockingly racy and has barely any nudity. You'll see more jaw-dropping sex and skin on True Blood. Buy It!
One of the most memorable films from TIFF 2007 was XXY, the story of a hermaphrodite named Alex who has lived life as a girl, but wishes to see what life is like without hormones and the looming possibility of castration. It's haunting, challenging, heart-wrenching, and most definitely worth your time. Buy It and watch Ines Efron give one hell of a performance.
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
For another challenging and affecting movie, one that earned an almost perfect response from critics, there's the Romanian abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. Once again, this isn't the uplifting sort of film to watch and delight in with a bucket of popcorn, but it is one that inspired James Rocchi to say: "4 Months 3 Weeks & 2 Days is not 'fun' -- but it's incredibly affecting, magnificently acted and superbly made." Buy It, or at least Rent It to see it once.
Other Indies: Still Life, The Edge of Heaven, Standard Operating Procedure, Mongol, Elite Squad
The main release this week would be, of course, Indy, but here are some others:
There have been other releases of this film, but it's hard to resist a blu-ray version that's impressing audiences with its crisp visuals, and one that puts out Saul Bass' opening credits at their visual best.
The Ultimate Matrix Collection
Yes, it has already come to us through regular, and HD-DVD, releases, but since blu-ray won the war, Neo is making his way to the shelves once again. As a high-visual movie, this transfer might be worth your cash, once again.
We can't forget oldies like Jewel of the Nile and Romancing the Stone, plus other films like American Gangster, Constantine, Eastern Promises, The Rocker, and Poltergeist out today.
Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection
We may have gotten some Hitch last week, but now there's the Premiere Collection, which includes Lifeboat, Spellbound, Notorious, The Paradine Case, Sabotage, Young and Innocent, Rebecca, and The Lodger.
Chaplin 15th Anniversary Edition
This is the film that won Robert Downey Jr. an Oscar nod before he cleaned up and became the IT actor and superhero. The visual specs are the same as the previous release, but there are a slew of special features.
Other classics include special editions for Halloween, Home Alone, and Alien/Predator.
PLUS: The Movie Blog's John Campea has a documentary that you can download for free here.
Finally: Best titled release of the week: Oversexed Rugsuckers from Mars!