Indeed, one of the most upsetting things to come with the shuttering of the Miramax label was the lack of any push that my PICK OF THE WEEK got upon release. It was a real shame since it was a fantastic film. It's:
Robert De Niro gives one of his very best performances in this dramedy about a father who finally begins to learn about his children now that they are all grown up. It's one of the most touching movies that I saw in 2009, and since it tanked at the box office, now is the time for everyone who missed this flick to check it out and enjoy.
-Other releases getting a recommendation from me this week is the sports biopic The Damned United, which has an excellent performance from Michael Sheen and is a film that has grown on me with successive viewings, the Anna Wintour documentary The September Issue, and the Nazi zombie horror flick Dead Snow. Three very different films, but three quality ones which I think have a great deal of appeal.
-The rest of the releases are a mixed bag. There are flawed but decent films like Steven Soderbergh's The Informant!, the parenting comedy Motherhood, the sci-fi flick The Box, and the claymation drama $9.99, which is perhaps the most interesting of the bunch. There's also just plain flawed flicks like the horror adventure Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant as well as the horror remake Sorority Row. None of these are awful flicks, but they all should have been better, in my humble opinion.
-My Vintage pick is, in honor of this week's release of Cop Out, 2 of perhaps Kevin Smith's most underrated films. They are Jersey Girl and Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Both had great expectations, and while some consider them failures, I see them as minor gems in Smith's underrated career. If you haven't seen either yet, ignore the grievances and give them a shot and see what you think.
-What will you be watching on DVD this week?