March just keeps getting better with a packed lineup this week that starts with this year’s winner for Best Picture and Best Director at the Oscars, The Shape of Water. Sally Hawkins stars as Elisa, a lonely janitor at a top secret high security government laboratory. Despite her friendships with co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) and Giles (Richard Jenkins) Elisa feels isolated and in search of meaning. When she discovers a mysterious amphibious man-like creature being held captive at the facility, Elisa forms a bond with it and eventually decides she must find a way to free him from captivity and the cruel clutches of Government Agent Strickland (Michael Shannon).

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The Shape of Water won Guillermo Del Toro two Oscars this year and it is about time, Del Toro has been creating some of the most wonderfully imaginative movies anywhere for the past quarter century. The Shape of Water is a beautifully crafted fairy tale full of equally beautiful performances, but Sally Hawkins really shines here as the timid Elisa who finds her voice, her purpose and her great love when she finds the creature at her workplace. The production design is gorgeous, the filmmaking darkly lush and old fashioned, and the story endearing and touching. And throw in some phenomenal make-up work and you have one unique movie.

Next up this week is the newest film in the DC Cinematic Universe, Justice League. After the events of Batman v Superman, Bruce Wayne has been inspired by Superman’s sacrifice and along with the help of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), is enlisting a group of metahumans to stand against a newfound threat to mankind. 

After the great success of Wonder Woman, DC was aiming for another huge hit and for the most part, Justice League did the trick. It may have underperformed against expectations but still took in almost $700 million worldwide. And it is a hell of a fun movie. Affleck’s Batman is still the best Batman ever, Gadot’s Wonder Woman continues to easily be the most kick ass DC character ever put on screen, and new additions Cyborg, The Flash and Aquaman are all great additions with Momoa’s Aquaman and Miller’s Flash getting all of the best lines in the movie. Lots of humor, spectacular action sequences and Superman scenes that made me 8 years old again makes Justice League a winner.

Lastly this week is an anomaly among television shows, Fear the Walking Dead: Season Three. This season finds Madison (Kim Dickins), Nick (Frank Dillane) and Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) joining a group of survivors at Broke Jaw Ranch, led by Jeremiah Otto (Dayton Callie) and his sons Jake (Sam Underwood) and the temperamental and violent Troy (Daniel Sharman). The community survives by everyone pitching in, but outside forces and waves of undead, not to mention unpredictable residents of their own threaten all they have built.

What I mean by a television anomaly in regards to Fear the Walking Dead: Season Three is that after Season Two, I was thinking about ditching the show as it only had moments of greatness but was losing me fast. But this new season re-energized the entire storyline and made not only the best season of this show, but one of the best seasons in the AMC Walking Dead franchise thus far. The mechanics of life at this ranch is really well thought out, the additions to the cast are all excellent, and the action and suspense are top notch. The departure of Cliff Curtis from the series was a huge bummer, but they managed to really ratchet things up even without him. For anyone out there not sure of the series or who was ready to abandon it as I was, stick with it and check out Fear the Walking Dead: Season Three, it is so worth it.

Also of note this week is I, Tonya with the Oscar nominated performance by Margot Robbie and the Oscar winning performance by Allison Janney, the also Multi-Oscar Nominated/Winning film Call Me by Your Name starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet and the much-hyped James Franco film The Disaster Artist. And if you are still itching for some great action TV, also check out Into the Badlands: Season Two, another show that topped its own previous season.

Until next week movie lovers.


DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday March 13, 2018

Are We Not Cats

Bad Grandmas

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt*

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

Bobbi Jene*

Breakable You

Brimstone Glory*

Call Me by Your Name

Casanova Variations

Channel Zero: No-End House - Season Two

Children of the Corn: Runaway

Downfall: Collector’s Edition

Evil Bong 666

Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season

Ferdinand

I, Tonya

Into the Badlands: The Complete Second Season

Invincible Force

Justice League

Knightfall: Season One

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures: Season Two

Major Crimes: The Complete Sixth Season

Monsters at Large

Oscar

Path of Blood*

Penny Pinchers, The Kings of No-budget Horror

Porto

Season of the Witch

Snuff

Suspiria: Special Edition

The Ambulance*

The Crazies

The Disaster Artist

The Good Fight: Season One

The Hand That Feeds the Dead

The Handmaid’s Tale: Season One

The Heart of Man

The Lion in Winter: 50th Anniversary

The Orchard End Murder*

The Shape of Water

The Soultangler

The Twilight People*

There’s Always Vanilla

Twisted Minds

Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary

While the City Sleeps*

*Catalog Blu-ray debut

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Bill Howard
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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.

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