...but that's not to say that there's nothing to be found, just that the quality options are rather limited. On that front, my choice for the PICK OF THE WEEK is a real powerful, if hard to watch, flick. It's:
This rough drama gets the Criterion treatment right out of the gate, and it's a great movie that's well worth watching, especially for Michael Fassbender's searing performance. He gives his all, and it shows. Check it out if you think you can handle it.
-Also out getting a recommendation from me is the indie comedy Splinterheads. It's pretty silly, but it's wittier than I expected, so while it won't set the world on fire, it's a solid choice for something to watch that won't give you any heartburn, as my grandfather likes to say.
-The rest of the releases this week are flawed, at best. Tops here are the blaxploitation parody Black Dynamite, which most people liked more than I did, but I contend is more a good idea than a good movie. There's also the biopic Coco Before Chanel, which suffers from, frankly, being boring. We have Chris Rock's documentary Good Hair, which never engaged me like it should have, and at the bottom of the pile is the steaming turn known as Law Abiding Citizen. It's an insult to anyone's intelligence, and I recommend steering clear of this and finding a more competent film to watch.
-My Vintage pick is, in honor of the release of Shutter Island, a couple of movies by director Martin Scorsese that are underrated and fit in with his impending release. They are Bringing Out the Dead and Cape Fear. Really, any Scorsese film works, though if you have the time, throw in a Hitchcock flick to prepare yourself for Friday's new release.
-What will you be watching on DVD this week?