Things are ramping up now that we have hit September, choose wisely this week as the coming weeks are loaded with goodies. Some nice titles this week as well though. These are your new releases for September 6, 2016.
First up this week is the new film by director Jodie Foster, Money Monster. George Clooney plays financial guru TV host Lee Gates who, along with some crew members including his producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) find themselves at the mercy of a gun wielding investor named Kyle (Jack O’Connell) who lost everything after listening to Gates. As the tense standoff is broadcast live, Gates and Patty must work together to diffuse the situation and get out alive.
Money Monster is a very tense and beautifully crafted thriller. Director Jodie Foster proves once again that she is just as talented behind the camera as in front. Clooney and Roberts also prove their worth as two of Hollywood’s most bankable stars but the movie is really stolen by Jack O’Connell who really made audiences take notice with the Angelina Jolie film Unbroken. O’Connell has great screen presence and is a very powerful actor, especially when playing a relatable character like Kyle. The story is unpredictable, fast paced, and topical. Money Monster is a winner and well worth checking out.
Next up is the Blu-ray debut (and an incredible debut) of one of the best animated films of all time in my opinion, The Iron Giant. Hogarth Hughes (Eli Marienthal) is a regular nine-year-old kid in a regular town. But when he witnesses a bright light in the forest near his home and discovers a giant robot from outer space, he finds a new friend in the robot as it learns about life on Earth. But others saw the light in the sky as well and now Hogarth must protect the robot from a sly government agent named Kent Mansley (Christopher McDonald) with the help of his mom (Jennifer Aniston) and a junk yard owner (Harry Connick Jr.).
I find it hard to express how much I love The Iron Giant. Director Brad Bird, who went on to direct such classics as The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Tomorrowland, really nails the nostalgic feeling of childhood and the animation style just boosts the emotional connection with it’s retro but insanely detailed and beautiful style. The voice work is top notch as well across the board including a nuanced performance by Vin Diesel. This new special edition is the kind of thing fans have been clamouring for with extra scenes in a new Signature Edition, the original theatrical edition, an all new documentary on the making of the film and tons of other goodies. This one is a keeper and maybe the best animated Blu-ray of the year.
Lastly this week is a new horror flick (of course) called The Dead Room. When a terrified family flees their farmhouse in a desolate region of southern New Zealand claiming supernatural activity threatened them, two cynical scientists (Jed Brophy & Jeffrey Thomas) and a young psychic (Laura Petersen) are called in to investigate. But the spirit living in the farmhouse will do anything in its power to protect the secrets within the walls. And the investigators may never make it out alive.
The Dead Room was a refreshing change to paranormal movies as of late. It does have elements in common with the Paranormal Activity films but is not found footage. It also does not rely on silly teenagers and instead had the action focused on a young women accompanied by two older men. The film also takes its time revealing the activity in the house and does so with an retro feel that is tense, well executed and a hell of a lot of fun. This is old school ghost story telling and it worked for me like gangbusters. Fans of the genre, check this one out.
Also of note this week is the big screen thriller Now You See Me 2 starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Daniel Radcliffe, the adult fantasy flick Tale of Tales with John C. Reilly and Salma Hayek, and the new Susan Sarandon movie The Meddler.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday September 6, 2016
666: Teen Warlock
All the Way
American Crime Story: The People V O.J. Simpson
Daddy Long Legs*
Fishes ‘n Loaves: Heaven Sent
Hard Target 2
Honey 3: Dare to Dance
LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout
Limitless: Season One
Love & Friendship
Moonlight: The Complete Series
Night of the Living Deb
Night Train to Munich – Criterion Collection*
Now You See Me 2
Peanuts – A Boy Named Charlie Brown
Peanuts – Snoopy Come Home
Person of Interest: The Complete Fifth Season
R.L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House
Rick and Morty: Season 2
Road House Collectors Edition
Sesame Street: Love to Learn
South Park: The Complete Nineteenth Season
Star Trek 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection
Supernatural: The Complete Eleventh Season
Tale of Tales
Tales from the Darkside: The Complete Series
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Smarter Brother*
The Dead Room
The Flash: The Complete Second Season
The Iron Giant: Signature Edition Ultimate Collectors Edition
The Real Ghostbusters
The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today
*Catalog Blu-ray debut
A film fan since he was a wee child and received a full sized Terminator movie poster as a gift, Bill lives for movies. An avid collector of Blu-ray and DVD (and VHS, Beta, and Laserdisc before that), Bill also has his own review site, Fountain Pop.com and has recently completed his first horror novel, 10 Minutes from Home. Bill is often a crusader for the films that no one likes or no one has heard of(he loves Ishtar, Superman Returns, the Star Wars prequels and almost all of the horror remakes...) and just wants everyone to share their love for movies instead of spreading their hate for them.