Out a couple weeks ago on digital and in a couple of weeks on Blu-ray is the third Ant-Man movie, "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania." It is good enough, surpassing the second film in the series but not as enjoyable as the first. But, what concerns us more this week is the way in which real people's lives are used as fodder for speculation on the direction of a film franchise, and that is what we're going to talk about.
At first blush, it may seem like a whole lot of silliness, but the truth is that there's a genius to Elizabeth Banks' "Cocaine Bear." It is funny and disgusting and barrels its way through its 90+ minute runtime like a bear high on... well, cocaine.
The new "Avatar" sequel is... a lot. A lot of pretty. A lot of time. A lot of CGI. A lot of effort on all parts. Well, all except for the story. The story is a significant disappointment. The story, which somehow tends to get a pass when the movie is discussed, sinks the whole endeavor. It isn't that the memory fails to be mesmerizing, it's completely astounding on a visual level, it's just doesn't work on a story one.
We may have a soft spot for epic fantasy and adventure films, but that doesn't mean that we're a complete pushover. This week, with the 1981 film "Dragonslayer" now available on 4K, we find an example of film in the genre that simply does not work for us. What it does do, however, is spark more interest in our continued conversation about power and religion.
This past weekend, "Women Talking" won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The accolade is well deserved, as the movie is an incredibly powerful one. Dealing with upsetting material, "Women Talking" is distrubing not just for the real events it is based on, but for the truths it shows us about our world. Let's discuss.
Some actors find themselves, at some point in their career, having a moment. Right now, Jonathan Majors is having a moment, one that we hope continues for decades to come; that the moment becomes a long and varied and fascinating career. He not only has two movies in theaters as we release this episode, but one from last year has just arrived on Blu-ray, and that's the one we discuss today, "Devotion."
Currently out on Blu-ray is not one, but two different movies that hit theaters last year and deal with, in no small part, movies. Yes, now available are Steven Spielberg's "The Fabelmans" and Sam Mendes' "Empire of Light." While both movies are beautiful to look at, only one touches the soul. Which goes right and which goes wrong? Let's discuss.
Sometimes it is quite easy to pinpoint what is true and what is a lie. Sometimes it is far more complicated. And perhaps--just perhaps--sometimes it might not matter at all. This week's episode looks at the new film, "Emily," which focuses on the life on Emily Brontë as it may have been but probably wasn't but could have been anyway. Just where is the truth and does it matter if there's a lie?
How do we move from the past to the future? How do we take what has come before, show it reverence (when appropriate), and still manage to create something new and wonderful? This week we're discussing two new Blu-ray releases, "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" and "Mickey & Minnie 10 Classic Shorts - Volume 1," that, maybe, help guide us on that path.
There are undoubtedly things about the animated film "Strange World" that are, well, strange. However, you and I both know that there is a contigent of people out there who will watch the movie and get upset for bad reasons, that will view strangeness where there ought to be none. How do we think about these things? How do we judge? How do we move forward?
Forget the endless drudgery that is "awards season." Forget the hours that pople spend purposefully misunderstanding what is going on and why. Forget the mindless outpouring of "movie news" designed solely to get clicks and foment outrage. Do what we talk about this week -- sit down and watch the truly excellent feast that is "The Menu."