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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of October 5th – A Musical Reimagining of ‘Valley Girl’

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MGM

Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, a new version of Valley Girl leads the way, in terms of new Blu-ray and DVD titles. There’s a lot of other options this week, however, so let’s dive right in and explore some of them, shall we?

Joey’s Top Pick

Valley Girl

MGM

A musical reimagining of Valley Girl doesn’t seem like a great idea on the surface. That being said, this musical take, which is both a remake as well as also a tiny bit of a sequel, manages to be a surprising amount of fun. The jukebox musical aspect of it makes it, oddly, like a more successful version of Rock of Ages. It’s not re-inventing the wheel, but if you want to smile, this is easily the top pick this week, in that regard…

Recommended Viewing

Eli Roth’s History of Horror: The Complete First Season

AMC

If Eli Roth acting as your Horror Film 101 professor sounds like your idea of a good time (and it did for me), this AMC series is one to grab. The first season of Eli Roth’s History of Horror is a fairly in-depth look at the history and pop cultural significance of fright flicks, with Roth and a host of A-listers chatting about scary movies. Especially with Halloween coming up, this is something to seek out!

The Tax Collector

RLJE Films

Admittedly, David Ayer‘s latest was not well received, including by yours truly. However, at home and with the world a flaming dumpster fire, there’s something appealing about a dark and violent work like this. Call me crazy, but it might even prove therapeutic. This is certainly not why Ayer made The Tax Collector, but it’s certainly one way to consume it…

Also Available This Week

Gravitas Ventures

bOObs: The War on Women’s Breasts

The Cuban

I Used to Go Here

Ravage (Listen to our Bruce Dern interview here)

The Secret Garden

The Secret of My Success (First Time on Blu-ray)

Star Trek: Picard – Season One (TV)

The Wonderland

Criterion Corner

Pierrot le fou

Criterion

From The Criterion Collection: “Dissatisfied in marriage and life, Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) takes to the road with the babysitter, his ex-lover Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina), and leaves the bourgeois world behind. Yet this is no normal road trip: the tenth feature in six years by genius auteur Jean-Luc Godard is a stylish mash-up of anticonsumerist satire, au courant politics, and comic-book aesthetics, as well as a violent, zigzag tale of, as Godard called them, “the last romantic couple.” With blissful color imagery by cinematographer Raoul Coutard and Belmondo and Karina at their most animated, Pierrot le fou is one of the high points of the French New Wave, and was Godard’s last frolic before he moved ever further into radical cinema.”

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