For movies opening April 21, 2017

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

For movies opening April 21, 2017

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK,   Kam's Kapsules,  Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun,  by Kam Williams

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Born in China (G) Nature documentary, narrated by Jon Krasinski, mounting an epic expedition deep into the wilds of China to monitor the daily lives of three elusive species: pandas,  golden monkeys and snow leopards. (In English and Mandarin with subtitles)

Free Fire (R for sexual references, drug use, graphic violence and pervasive profanity) Crime comedy, set in 1978, about a bloody shootout in a warehouse between Boston mobsters and members of the Irish Republican Army in the wake of an arms deal gone bad. Ensemble cast includes Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley and Noah Taylor.

Phoenix Forgotten (PG-13 for terror, peril and profanity) Found-footage horror flick, set in Arizona on March 13, 1997, about three teens (Chelsea Lopez, Justin Matthews and Luke Spencer Roberts) who mysteriously disappeared while investigating the supposed sighting of a UFO hovering over the desert. With Florence Hartigan, Clint Jordan and Ana Dela Cruz.

The Promise (PG-13 for mature themes, sexuality, violence, disturbing images and war atrocities) Romance drama, set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, about a sophisticated Armenian woman (Charlotte Le Bon) raised in Europe who lands in a love triangle with a med student (Oscar Isaac) and an American photojournalist (Christian Bale) when she returns to Constantinople from Paris. Cast includes James Cromwell, Jean Reno and Shohreh Aghdashloo. (In English, German and French with subtitles)

Unforgettable (R for sexuality, violence, profanity and brief nudity) Revenge thriller revolving around a jealous, jilted divorcee (Katherine Heigl) who becomes unhinged when her ex-husband (Geoff Stults) lets his new fiancee (Rosario Dawson) move into the house they once shared. With Cheryl Ladd, Whitney Cummings and Isabella Rice. 

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Behind the White Glasses (Unrated) Musical tribute to Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmuller, the first female to land Oscar nominations for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Film. Featuring commentary by Martin Scorcese, Sophia Loren and Harvey Keitel. (In English and Italian with subtitles)

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (Unrated) Reverential retrospective about Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist who led the preservation fight in the face of NYC Parks Commissioner Robert Moses’ plans to flatten urban communities in the name of progress.

Leap! (PG for action and impolite humor) Animated adventure about an 11 year-old orphan (Elle Fanning) living in Brittany who runs away to Paris with a friend (Nat Wolff) to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a prima ballerina. Voice cast includes Mel Brooks, Carly Rae Jepsen and Maddie Ziegler. 

N.O.L.A. Circus (Unrated) Madcap comedy chronicling the cutthroat rivalry between a couple of New Orleans barbershops located across the street from each other. Ensemble includes Dave Davis, Reginal Varice, Vas Blackwood and Taryn Terrell.

The Penguin Counters (Unrated) Eco-documentary about an expedition to Antarctica mounted by a team of scientists attempting to illustrate the impact of climate change on the decimated penguin population.    

Slack Bay (Unrated) Lighthearted whodunit about an eccentric family whose summer vacation at their seaside retreat is ruined by the arrival of a couple of bumbling cops (Didier Despres and Cyril Rigaux) investigating the mysterious disappearance of numerous tourists. Co-starring Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini and Jean-Luc Vincent. (In French and English with subtitles)

Oscar-Nominated Civil Rights Docudrama Released on DVD

 

Hidden Figures,  DVD Review by Kam Williams, NASA, African-American, female mathematicians, Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle MonaeHidden Figures

DVD Review by Kam Williams

Oscar-Nominated Civil Rights Docudrama Released on DVD 

All of the astronauts picked by NASA to participate in its maiden manned space programs, Mercury and Gemini, were white males. However, behind the scenes, there was a dedicated team of African-American, female mathematicians who played a pivotal role in ensuring that they launched and returned safely, whether from orbiting the Earth or a mission to the moon. 

  Equipped only with pencils and slide rules, these so-called “human computers” were among the best and the brightest minds recruited by NASA to do the critical calculations needed to win the space race with Russia. Author Margot Lee Shetterly gave these unsung heroines their due in “Hidden Figures,” a best seller belatedly crediting their quantitative contributions to the cause.

Besides chronicling their considerable accomplishments, the book also recounted the indignities these brilliant black women simultaneously suffered, simply because they had the misfortune to be living in Virginia during the dark days of Jim Crow. Back then, African-American brainiacs employed by NASA were automatically assigned to work in its segregated West Computing Group.

Directed by Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent), the overlooked icons’ story has now been adapted to the big screen as an uplifting, overcoming-the-odds docudrama. Nominated for a trio of Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer) The picture recounts the trials and tribulations of three members of the aforementioned West Computing Group: Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae).

We are flies on the wall when, without complaining, Katherine routinely has to run to a distant “Colored” ladies room despite the presence of one for whites right nearby. On another occasion, we witness Mary’s frustration in furthering her education on account of the fact that blacks aren’t allowed to matriculate at the local college offering the courses she needs.

By film’s end, both the bathroom and school are indeed integrated, albeit after an emotional intervention by NASA administrator Al Harrison (Kevin Costner). A worthwhile, teachable moment correcting a shameful chapter in American history.

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated PG for mature themes and mild epithets

Running time: 127 minutes

Distributor: Distributor: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: It All Adds Up – The Making of Hidden Figures;  Audio Commentary by director Theodore Melfi and Taraji P. Henson; deleted scenes; Hidden Figures: Filming in Georgia; and a stills gallery.

To order a copy of Hidden Figures on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, visit

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTI1RHQ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Original Source:  GIG News

Top Ten DVD List for April 18, 2017

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for April 18, 2017


                   

Hidden Figures

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTI1RHQ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Punching Henry

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N6TX4GV/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg [The Criterion Collection]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N6S6PQD/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Ocean Waves

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06WVBQMK5/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

A League of Their Own [25th Anniversary Edition]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XC3C3X2/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Young Girls of Rochefort

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01NBVZKQV/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Split

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N5RAO66/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

John Lewis: Get in the Way

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N3D41CM/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

800 Words: Season 2, Part 1

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N7OXUWE/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Paris 05:59 – Theo & Hugo

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N7ZM868/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

Kidnapped: Miniseries

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06W9HZDLS//ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Bigger Fatter Liar

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N3CYKI2/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

A Cowgirl’s Story
https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N3AX4XL/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

In the Doghouse

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N6WKIMH/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Chupacabra Territory

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XFQJKYG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Walking with the Enemy

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTIB9MY/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Arctic Adventure: On Frozen Pond

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTIAQDC/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Sleepless

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N7WEZFO/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Masterpiece: Home Fires [Season 2]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01IR4000U/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

American Experience: Ruby Ridge

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MT7DSA1/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Smithsonian: Hell Below

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01M9FMBRB/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Mia and Me: Season 1, Volume 1

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MXLFG96/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Source:  GIG News

WWI Saga Revolves around Love Triangle in the Midst of Ethnic Cleansing

 

The Promise

Film Review by Kam Williams

WWI Saga Revolves around Love Triangle in the Midst of Ethnic Cleansing

It’s Eastern Turkey in 1914, which is where we find druggist Mikael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac) applying his trade in his half-Armenian/half-Turkish village where Christians and Muslims get along swell. The ambitious, young apothecary would really rather be a doctor, so he strategically courts a neighbor (Angela Sarafyan) from a relatively-wealthy family just for the dowry.

Oscar Isaac as Michael Boghosian in The Promise. Photo Credit: Jose Haro

Those 400 gold coins do enable him to afford med school. However, while studying in Constantinople, he falls head-over-heels for Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), a fellow Armenian recently repatriated from France. The country bumpkin is taken not only with her pulchritude but with her urbane sophistication ostensibly cultivated over the course of a childhood spent in Paris. Trouble is, Ana has returned accompanied by her lover, Chris Meyers (Christian Bale), an intrepid, American photojournalist assigned by the Associated Press to find evidence of ethnic cleansing.

The Promise,  Film Review by Kam Williams, Oscar Isaac, Angela Sarafyan, Muslim, Armenian, ethnic cleansing, heroism

Charlotte Le Bon as Ana Khesarian and Christian Bale as Chris Myers in The Promise. Directed by Terry George. Photo Credit: Jose Haro

The plot thickens when World War I erupts. Instead of pursuing Ana and his M.D., Mikael finds himself fleeing the roundup of innocent Armenian civilians by the Turkish army. He makes his way back to his tiny hometown to rescue relatives and friends. Meanwhile, Ana is in a similar struggle to survive, and her beau does his best to shoot proof of the savage slaughter rumored to be transpiring.   

That is the dire set of circumstances established at the outset of The Promise, a riveting docudrama directed and co-written by Oscar-winner Terry George (The Short).  The edge-of-your-seat thriller bears an uncanny resemblance to Hotel Rwanda, which George directed and co-wrote, too.

The Promise,  Film Review by Kam Williams, Oscar Isaac, Angela Sarafyan, Muslim, Armenian, ethnic cleansing, heroism

For both of these films chronicle extraordinary exhibitions of heroism in the face of a complete collapse of civilization. If this picture has a flaw, it’s that it appears to be trivializing the ethnic cleansing of one and a half million Armenians when it asks that holocaust to serve as a mere backdrop to the love story at the center of the saga.

That being said, I nevertheless invested in the characters emotionally, and ended up teary-eyed during the denouement. War may be hell, but luckily, love still conquers all!

Excellent (3.5 stars)

Rated PG-13 for mature themes, sexuality, violence, disturbing images and war atrocities

Running time: 134 minutes

Production Studio: Survival Pictures

Distributor: Open Road Films

Source:  GIG News

“Is It Real or Is It Mockumentary?” Headscratcher Comes to DVD

 

Actor Martinez DVD Review by Kam Williams, ine line between fact and fiction, co-directors Mike Ott and Nathan Silver, Mildly amusing Actor Martinez

DVD Review by Kam Williams

“Is It Real or Is It Mockumentary?” Headscratcher Comes to DVD

Did you see I’m Still Here (2010), the mockumentary chronicling Joaquin Phoenix’s supposed retirement from acting to try his hand at rap music? Well, what made that movie fascinating was how it was edited in such a way as to make it impossible to tell whether the Oscar-nominated thespian was faking his conversion to hip-hop artist. Eventually, Joaquin did return to making movies, exposing the inscrutable biopic directed by Casey Affleck as just an elaborate hoax.

Actor Martinez is another headscratcher apt to keep you guessing whether what you’re watching is real or simply staged, as it walks a fine line between fact and fiction. However, this flick also flips the script in that Arthur Martinez is a gainfully-employed computer repairman now seeking to make it as an actor.

The story unfolds in Denver where we find co-directors Mike Ott and Nathan Silver following their subject around with a camera. Unfortunately, the underwhelming Martinez is not exactly a charismatic figure. Consequently, the only thing compelling about the picture is the answer to the pressing question of whether you’re watching a drama or a doc.

Mildly amusing, but nothing to write home about.

Good (2 stars)

Unrated

Running time: 76 minutes

Distributor: Break Glass Pictures

DVD Extras: Deleted scenes; Riot (a short film); and Q&A panels from the Denver and TriBeCa Film Festivals.

To see a trailer for Actor Martinez, visit: https://vimeo.com/155408406   

To order a copy of Actor Martinez on DVD, visit: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06VTFHQPX/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  GIG News

“Is It Real or Is It Mockumentary?” Headscratcher Comes to DVD

 

Actor Martinez  DVD Review by Kam Williams, ine line between fact and fiction, co-directors Mike Ott and Nathan Silver, Mildly amusing Actor Martinez

DVD Review by Kam Williams

“Is It Real or Is It Mockumentary?” Headscratcher Comes to DVD

Did you see I’m Still Here (2010), the mockumentary chronicling Joaquin Phoenix’s supposed retirement from acting to try his hand at rap music? Well, what made that movie fascinating was how it was edited in such a way as to make it impossible to tell whether the Oscar-nominated thespian was faking his conversion to hip-hop artist. Eventually, Joaquin did return to making movies, exposing the inscrutable biopic directed by Casey Affleck as just an elaborate hoax. 

Actor Martinez is another headscratcher apt to keep you guessing whether what you’re watching is real or simply staged, as it walks a fine line between fact and fiction. However, this flick also flips the script in that Arthur Martinez is a gainfully-employed computer repairman now seeking to make it as an actor.

The story unfolds in Denver where we find co-directors Mike Ott and Nathan Silver following their subject around with a camera. Unfortunately, the underwhelming Martinez is not exactly a charismatic figure. Consequently, the only thing compelling about the picture is the answer to the pressing question of whether you’re watching a drama or a doc.

Mildly amusing, but nothing to write home about.

Good (2 stars)

Unrated

Running time: 76 minutes

Distributor: Break Glass Pictures

DVD Extras: Deleted scenes; Riot (a short film); and Q&A panels from the Denver and TriBeCa Film Festivals. 

To see a trailer for Actor Martinez, visit: https://vimeo.com/155408406   

To order a copy of Actor Martinez on DVD, visit: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06VTFHQPX/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  GIG News

Six-Time, Oscar-Nominee Released on Home Video

 

Lion,  Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams, Dev Patel, Priyanka Bose, Abhishek Bharate, Khushi Solanki, A Long Way Home, heartbreaking biopic that definitely packs an emotional punchLion

Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams

Six-Time, Oscar-Nominee Released on Home Video

Saroo (Dev Patel) had the misfortune of being born into poverty in India’s Khandwa district. He lived there with his single-mom, Kamla (Priyanka Bose), along with his big brother, Guddu (Abhishek Bharate), and younger sister, Shekila (Khushi Solanki).

His illiterate mother was reduced to carrying rocks for a living, and she could barely afford to keep a roof over their heads. So, when Guddu found a night job hauling bales of hay, Saroo leapt at the chance to contribute, too, even though he was obviously a little small.

And he promptly fell asleep after the long ride to the worksite sitting on his brother’s bike’s handlebars. “It’s my fault,” Guddu lamented, before leaving Saroo alone to spend the night on a train station bench.

Trouble is, when Guddu failed to return by daybreak, the frantic 5 year-old inadvertently stowed away aboard a freight train headed to Bengal, a port-of-call 1,600 miles east. Upon arriving, Saroo couldn’t get any help from strangers, between his not speaking the language and his mispronouncing the name of his hometown, “Ganestalay.”

Consequently, he ended up struggling to survive on the streets until he landed in a local orphanage. Since Saroo didn’t know his own last name or where he was from, he was ultimately shipped off to Melbourne to meet Sue (Nicole Kidman) and John Brierley (David Wenham), an Australian couple eager to adopt him.

For the next quarter-century, he enjoyed an idyllic life, whether playing cricket, swimming in a cove off the ocean, or dating Lucy (Rooney Mara), a lovely Aussie lassie. All was well until the fateful evening a childhood memory was triggered during a dinner of Indian food.

Suddenly curious about his roots, Saroo was subsequently encouraged by Lucy to use  Google Earth to find the spot on the planet that he hailed from. Once he recognized a few familiar places from his formative years, all that was left to do was to hop back on a plane and reunite with his long-lost family.

Adapted from Saroo Brierley’s autobiography, “A Long Way Home,” Lion is a heartbreaking biopic that definitely packs an emotional punch. Directed by Garth Davis, the film was nominated for a half-dozen Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Dev Patel) and Best Supporting Actress (Nicole Kidman).

A bittersweet variation on the “I was lost, but now I’m found” theme of the parable of the Prodigal Son.

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated PG-13 for mature themes and some sensuality

In English, Hindi and Bengali with subtitles

Running time: 118 minutes

Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment / The Weinstein Company

Blu-ray Extras: Deleted scenes; a behind-the-scenes gallery; and “Never Give Up” performed by Sia – official lyric video.

Lion, Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams, Dev Patel, Priyanka Bose, Abhishek Bharate, Khushi Solanki, A Long Way Home, heartbreaking biopic that definitely packs an emotional punch

  

To order a copy of Lion on Blu-ray, visit: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTI1KH8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 

 

Source:  GIG News

Dom Goes Rogue for Damsel-in-Distress in 8th episode of High-Octane Franchise

 

The Fate of the Furious

Film Review by Kam Williams

Dom Goes Rogue for Damsel-in-Distress in 8th episode of High-Octane Franchise

There are a number of action films whose opening scenes alone are well worth the price of admission. Taken (2008), District B-13 (2004) Super 8 (2011) and Dawn of the Dead (2004)  are four which automatically come to mind. Feel free to add The Fate of the Furious to the list of flicks that grab you by the throat right off the bat.

The Fate of the Furious,  Film Review by Kam Williams, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, spectacular stunts, bona fide summer blockbuster

The fun starts in Cuba, which is where newlyweds Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are happily honeymooning. But their nuptial bliss is interrupted when Dom comes to the rescue when a repo man threatens to cart off his cousin’s vintage jalopy.

Dom talks the guy out of towing and into a drag race to settle their differences. What ensues is heart-stopping careening around the colorful streets of Havana leading to a crowd-pleasing photo finish right at the ocean shore.

Next, we find the bride and groom relaxing back at the hotel. Letty, aware of her biological clock ticking, brings up the idea of starting a family. However, before they decide, Dom goes for a fateful walk alone during which he stops to lend a hand to a damsel ostensibly in automobile distress (Charlize Theron).

The Fate of the Furious,  Film Review by Kam Williams, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, spectacular stunts, bona fide summer blockbuster

Truth be told, it’s Cipher, a cyber-terrorist bent on world domination through the acquisition of a gizmo capable of shutting down the electrical grid. She blackmails Dom into joining her criminal enterprise by showing him something very incriminating on her cell phone.

Just like that, the stage is set for a high-octane battle of brawn, muscle cars and wits which has Dom squaring off against his wife and a reassembled gang composed of returnees: Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), Tej (Ludacris), Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Roman (Tyrese) as well as new team leader Frank (Kurt Russell), his awkward assistant Eric (Scott Eastwood) and ex-villain  Deckard (Jason Statham).

Forget the idea of following the plot. It’s messy and there are way too many characters to follow. Just sit back and soak in the spectacular stunts, the playful badinage between Hobbs and Deckard, and the comic relief coming courtesy of Roman.

It may only be April, but here it is, the year’s first, bona fide summer blockbuster! . 

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated PG-13 for profanity, suggestive content, and prolonged sequences of violence and destruction

Running time: 136 minutes

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Source:  GIG News

Top Ten DVD List for April 11, 2017

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for April 11, 2017 
This Week’s DVD Releases, Kam Williams, Top Ten DVD List, 04/11/2017
      

Lion

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTI1KH8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Wall Writers

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06WLMVGJM/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

All of Me

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MV17N2C/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Ruins of Lifta

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MS9R460/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Mars

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTHZEP8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Sword Master

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N4QZCDA/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Claire in Motion

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N17J7H3/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Veep: The Complete Fifth Season

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01HE7P7H2/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Is Genesis History?

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y15ZTJ9/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Mad Families

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N6WT73E/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 
Honorable Mention

Heidi

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01KYZXOYO/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Tangled: Before Ever After

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MS8XV8Y/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Frontline: Divided States of America

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01NBHPZ27/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Believe
https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MZD50WV/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

War on Everyone

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MURPKJ8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Masterpiece: To Walk Invisible – The Bronte Sisters

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N14BWN2/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Silicon Valley: The Complete Third Season

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTHN1TE/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Wild Kratts: Panda-Monium

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01NBB78M8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Monster Trucks

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTI20A4/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Bye Bye Man

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTI21ZI/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Source:  GIG News

Adam Driver Is Sublime as Stoic Bus Driver in Unsentimental, Minimalist Saga

 

Paterson,  Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams, Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Jarmusch trademark, character development, average joePaterson

Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams

Adam Driver Is Sublime as Stoic Bus Driver in Unsentimental, Minimalist Saga

Paterson (Adam Driver) is stuck in a rut. By day, the municipal bus driver repeatedly negotiates his way around a boring route around the New Jersey city which shares his name. After hours, he hangs out at a dingy, neighborhood bar where he dutifully limits himself to just one beer per visit. Then, he heads home to be with his loving wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), and loyal bulldog, Marvin.

Writing provides Peterson his only escape from the mind-numbing monotony. Whenever he finds a little free time, he enjoys scribbling poetry into a secret notebook he always carries around. Laura wants him to make a copy of the precious journal before it gets lost or accidentally destroyed.

By comparison, she’s relatively ambitious. Despite her foreign accent and a lack of musical knowledge, she dreams of becoming a Country Western singer. So, she’s planning to purchase a guitar and to take lessons they can’t really afford. She’s lucky that her jaded husband’s just too blase’ to complain.

Ostensibly resigned to his fate, unassuming blue-collar hero takes everything in stride, whether dealing with passengers, unwinding with his wife, or interacting with the colorful regulars at the local saloon. Thus unfolds Paterson, the latest offering from the legendary Jim Jarmusch (Stranger than Paradise).

The introspective character portrait relies upon the sort of dialogue-driven script for which has become a Jarmusch trademark, an adventure more concerned with character development than with events of cinematic consequence. Irrepressible Adam Driver tones down his ordinarily over-the-top act considerably, here, to play the title role of an undistinguished Average Joe.

But the picture’s charm rests in its gifted director’s ability to elevate a humble Everyman into a curiosity worthy of an audience’s contemplation. A minimalist saga serving up an unsentimental slice of working-class life  .

Very Good (3 stars)

Rated R for profanity

Running time: 118 minutes

Studio: Amazon

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Blu-ray Extras: None. 

To order a copy of Paterson on Blu-ray, visit: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N9T6WN3/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 

Source:  GIG News