It's true, it's true, it's true. Neither of my top two picks this week were released in theaters, and both are good films, and one is really good. They've been screening at festivals and on the indie scene for a while now, so they're not unknown, but this is their first foray into the general public seeing them. My choice for the PICK OF THE WEEK is:
Trick 'r Treat
This incredibly clever and original horror film has one of the best takes on the holiday of Halloween ever, and with Anna Paquin's presence in it and her popularity with True Blood, you'd think it would have gotten a release. It didn't though, and now (especially this month) is a perfect time to catch up with one of the best scare flicks of this decade. You'll have a great time with it.
-The other unreleased film I'm recommending this week is Assassination of a High School President. Though not as clever a take on the "noir genre set with teenagers" concept as 'Brick', this is nonetheless a very entertaining and humorous film. It's definitely worth taking a look at, if only for Bruce Willis as an intense Principal.
-The rest of the movies this week are less than remarkable. The documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil is the best of the bunch, but it's a little overrated, at least in my book. There's nothing wrong with it, but somehow I was expecting more. The other three films are rather forgettable, starting with the mediocre comedy Year One, then progressing to the below average family flick Imagine That, and ending with the fairly bad romantic comedy My Life In Ruins. None of these did it for me, and I have my doubts that they would do it for you.
-My Vintage pick is, in honor of the release this week of An Education (which Nick Hornby wrote), two other films that Hornby was the inspiration behind. They are the classic film High Fidelity, and the borderline classic About a Boy. Both are wonderful films and if you haven't seen them, take this week to correct that. You'll thank me later.
-What will you be watching on DVD this week?