Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, a classic trilogy comes to 4K for the first time as Back to the Future gets the treatment. Joining that franchise in this week’s slate, we have some indie movies, a pair of films joining the Criterion Collection, and more. Read on to get the full scoop!
Joey’s Top Pick
Back to the Future Trilogy (on 4K)
Back to the Future is a perfect film. Seriously, I can basically quote it as if it’s a one man show. I’ve got nothing on Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, et al, but still. The two sequels, while not quite on the level of that movie, are classics as well. So, getting to revisit these in 4K is an absolute treat. It holds up brilliantly, it’s massively entertaining, and the first installment is, no joke, one of the best screenplays ever penned. It all adds up to an absolute must-own 4K collection, bar none. Pick it up and enjoy!
An independent drama I first saw a few years ago at the Tribeca Film Festival, this was my introduction to the talented actress Sydney Sweeney. She’s captivating in Clementine, an indie character study that should whet the appetites of anyone waiting for Euphoria to come back for a second season on HBO. Sweeney is top notch here, so if you like her work, check this one out.
Also Available This Week
The Great: The Complete First Season (TV)
The Haunting (Limited Edition)
The Plot Against America (TV)
The Secrets We Keep
From The Criterion Collection: “A key forerunner of the new breed of dark, brooding westerns that would soon cast a shadow over America’s frontier folklore, this subversive psychological saga sounds a death knell for the myth of the outlaw hero. In one of his most morally complex roles, Gregory Peck stars as Jimmy Ringo, an infamous gunslinger looking to hang up his holsters and start a new life, but whose reputation draws him inexorably into a cycle of violence and revenge from which he cannot escape. Directed with taut efficiency by the versatile studio-era craftsman Henry King, and shot in striking deep-focus style by master cinematographer Arthur C. Miller, The Gunfighter forgoes rough-and-tumble action in favor of an elegiac exploration of guilt and regret that speaks to the anxious soul of postwar America.”
From The Criterion Collection: “Terence Stamp is Willie, a gangster’s henchman turned “supergrass” (informer) trying to hide out peacefully in a remote Spanish village. Sun-dappled bliss turns to nerve-racking suspense, however, when two hit men—one soulless (John Hurt) and one a loose cannon (a youthful Tim Roth)—come calling to bring Willie back for execution. This stylish early gem from Stephen Frears boasts terrific hard-boiled performances from a roster of England’s best actors, music by Eric Clapton and virtuoso flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía, and ravishing photography of its desolate Spanish locations—a splendid backdrop for a rather sordid story.”