Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, we have two Academy Award nominees hitting shelves. They are News of the World and Soul, both of which are nominated in multiple Oscar categories. So, there’s quality here, no doubt about it. Read on for more…
Joey’s Top Pick
Pixar’s latest ambitious effort is among their most visually stunning. Especially in its depictions of New York City, Soul takes your breath away. Comparisons to some of their other high concept work like Inside Out were potentially unfair, as this definitely stands on its own. In my highly positive review here on the site, I had this to say about the animated film:
Soul is about the things that make life worth living. Involving things like the afterlife, death, and what gives you that spark in the world, these are elements that clearly target adults over kids. At the same time, it’s a fun romp, with some incredible music.
News of the World
Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks reunited for this Western, and yet, neither of them got the attention that young Helena Zengel received. Zengel (who we interviewed here) came close to an Oscar nod for her supporting turn in News of the World, holding her own against Hanks. The movie is a solid overall effort, though perhaps a bit on the standard side. Here is a bit from our review of the flick:
News of the World isn’t trying to change cinema. Instead, it’s just a classical movie that breathes life into the Western without being a revisionist.
Also Available This Week
Raw (first time on Blu-ray)
Stay tuned for more next week!