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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of January 18th – Take ‘The Climb’

Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, we have a well liked indie in The Climb leading the way, alongside a far more high-profile title in Ammonite. Plus, there’s the Criterion Collection release of a new collaboration between Bob Dylan and Martin Scorsese. Read on for more…

Joey’s Top Pick

Sony Pictures Classics

The Climb

A tale of a close (and perhaps, toxic) friendship tested by betrayal, this independent comedy has really captured the imagination of those who have given it a shot. Michael Angelo Covino and Kyle Marvin, who star, wrote, and directed the film, really go all out to tell a story we haven’t quite seen before, at least in this way. The end result is a little movie that offers quite a bit to pour over. It’s not for everyone, but if it seems like your cup of tea, give the flick a shot. In a week like this, it emerges as the top pick, with relative ease, too.

Also Available This Week

NEON

Ammonite

Assassins

Born to Be

The Cleansing Hour

Dreamland

The Kid Detective

Martin Eden

Max Cloud

Miss Juneteenth

The State of Texas vs. Melissa

Welcome to Chechnya

Criterion Corner

Criterion

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

From The Criterion Collection: “In 1975, in an America defined by both the self-mythologizing pomp of the upcoming bicentennial and ongoing sociopolitical turmoil, Bob Dylan and a band of troubadours—including luminaries such as Joan Baez, Allen Ginsberg, and Joni Mitchell—embarked on a now-legendary tour known as the Rolling Thunder Revue, a freewheeling variety show that was part traveling counterculture carnival, part spiritual pilgrimage. Director Martin Scorsese blends behind-the-scenes archival footage, interviews, and narrative mischief, with a magician’s sleight of hand, into a zeitgeist-defining cultural record that is as much a concert “documentary” as it is a slippery, chimerical investigation into memory, time, truth, and illusion. At the center of it all is the magnetic Dylan, a sphinxlike philosopher-poet singing, with electrifying conviction, to the soul of an anxious nation.”

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