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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of June 7th – ‘The Lovebirds’ Snuggle Up

Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, we don’t have too much hitting shelves, but there is one interesting option to mention. What might that be? Well, it’s The Lovebirds, one of the first theatrical titles to be sold off to a streamer during the pandemic last year. Is there anything else of note this week? Well, not really, aside from a 4K re-release, but read on for more anyway…

Joey’s Top Pick

Paramount Pictures

The Lovebirds

This action comedy was a Paramount Pictures release, at least until it sold the movie off to Netflix. Regardless of where you got to see it, The Lovebirds is a charming film. Pairing Kumail Nanjiani with Issa Rae was a stroke of comedic genius. The flick is exciting and funny, for sure, but it’s also quite pleasing. It’s the sort of thing that, in a previous life, would play on cable forever. Even without that fate, this is still something well worth seeing. If you didn’t check it out yet, correct that now.

Also Available This Week

Music Video Distributors

City of Lies

Flashback

Fuller House: The Complete Fifth Season (TV)

Fuller House: The Complete Series (TV)

Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection (4K)

MacGyver (2016): Season Four (TV)

Power Book II: Ghost Season 1 (TV)

Zeroville

Criterion Corner

Criterion

The Human Condition

From The Criterion Collection: “This mammoth humanist drama by Masaki Kobayashi is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. Originally filmed and released in three installments of two parts each, the nine-and-a-half-hour The Human Condition, adapted from Junpei Gomikawa’s six-volume novel, tells of the journey of the well-intentioned yet naive Kaji—played by the Japanese superstar Tatsuya Nakadai—from labor camp supervisor to Imperial Army soldier to Soviet prisoner of war. Constantly trying to rise above a corrupt system, Kaji time and again finds his morals to be an impediment rather than an advantage. A raw indictment of Japan’s wartime mentality as well as a personal existential tragedy, Kobayashi’s riveting, gorgeously filmed epic is novelistic cinema at its best.”

Stay tuned for more next week…

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