Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, we have a pair of high profile titles, in very different ways, leading the charge, as well as a smaller-scale treat. There’s a Woody Allen movie that most were unable to see for the longest time, as well as Disney’s live-action Mulan. Both are interesting and, believe it or not, worth your time. However, Spontaneous takes the cake, as you might imagine. Read on for more…
Joey’s Top Pick
I’ve been clear just how much I love this film. Brian Duffield (who I interviewed here) executed a genius movie that defies convention at every turn. Katherine Langford and Charlie Plummer are amazing, absolutely stealing your heart. It’s a must watch, but if you need reminding, here’s a bit from my rave review on the site:
“Nothing beats the feeling of a watching a movie that stuns you with how phenomenal it is. It’s a feeling that doesn’t happen more than a few times a year, if you’re lucky, but when it does, you can’t help but be reminded what the beginning of your love affair with cinema felt like. For me, it’s a shot to the heart, as well as a jolt to the brain. It’s rare, but when it happens, you treasure it. Spontaneous is the latest film that gave me this feeling, and considering just how singular and unique it is, there’s a fair chance that it’ll do the same to you. A Young Adult romantic dramedy of sorts, one could be forgiven for expecting a cancer-free version of something like The Fault in Our Stars (which, admittedly, I love), but wait, there’s also David Cronenberg-level gore, with teenagers literally exploding. Yeah, I have your attention now.”
A Rainy Day in New York
Yes, Woody Allen is a controversial figure. For some, he’ll never make a movie they’ll watch again. If you’re not among them, you may have been disappointed that his most recent work, A Rainy Day in New York, never really got released stateside. Ironically, I saw it on a plane last year. Remove the Woody Allen controversy from the equation and what do you get? A decent romantic comedy that has a few highs, some lows, and efficient entertainment value. In short, it’s late Allen, through and through. Make of that what you will.
I Spit on Your Grave Box Set
The rare grindhouse franchise, I Spit on Your Grave went from a twisted revenge tale to a full on series. Now, a special box set of the Blu-rays is here to let fans indulge in all the gnarly gore. It isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a fan, this is a real treat. I Spit on Your Grave may not be high art, but it’s an important part of horror history. That alone makes the franchise deserve some respect.
Also Available This Week
Schitt’s Creek: The Complete Collection (TV)
From The Criterion Collection: “When her best friend and roommate abruptly moves out to get married, Susan (Melanie Mayron), trying to be an artist while making ends meet as a bar mitzvah photographer on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, finds herself adrift in both life and love. A wonder of American independent cinema by Claudia Weill (who, when she was admitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a director in 1981, was one of only four women ever to have received that honor), Girlfriends is a remarkably authentic vision of female relationships that has become a touchstone for makers of an entire subgenre of films and television shows about young women trying to make it in the big city. This 1970s New York time capsule captures the complexities and contradictions of women’s lives and relationships with wry humor and refreshing frankness.”