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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of July 12th – The Masterpiece that is ‘Almost Famous’ in 4K!

Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, one of my all-time favorite films comes to 4K in Almost Famous. This movie would be my top pick any week, but especially this week, it’s a no-brainer for Cameron Crowe‘s masterpiece. Read on for more…

Joey’s Top Pick

Paramount

Almost Famous (in 4K)

An utter classic, Almost Famous is a perfect film. Cameron Crowe mined his own past for a gloriously satisfying coming of age story. The cast is amazing, with iconic turns from Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Frances McDormand, and more. What’s not to love here? The special edition 4K is phenomenal, too, so even if you own it, it’s well worth picking up. Literally, this movie is one of my top five favorites of all time. High praise, but well earned, to say the least. Crowe’s finest hour is easily the best thing available this week. Revisit Almost Famous today and you’ll immediately fall under its spell, once again.

Also Available This Week

Warner Bros.

I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Series (TV)

Mortal Kombat

My Zoe

No Man’s Land

Playing With Power: The Nintendo Story

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

Wrath of Man

Criterion Corner

Criterion

Deep Cover

From The Criterion Collection: “Film noir hits the mean streets of 1990s Los Angeles in this stylish and subversive underworld odyssey from veteran actor-director Bill Duke. Laurence Fishburne stars as Russell Stevens, a police officer who goes undercover as “John Hull,” the partner of a dangerously ambitious cocaine trafficker (Jeff Goldblum), in order to infiltrate and bring down a powerful Latin American drug ring operating in LA. But the further Stevens descends into this ruthless world of money, violence, and power, the more disillusioned he becomes—and the harder it is to make out the line between right and wrong, crime and justice. Steeped in shadowy, neon-soaked atmosphere and featuring Dr. Dre’s debut solo single, Deep Cover is an unsung gem of the nineties’ Black cinema explosion that delivers a riveting character study and sleek action thrills alongside a furious moral indictment of America and the devastating failures of the war on drugs.”

Criterion

Working Girls

From The Criterion Collection: “Sex work is portrayed with radical nonjudgment in Lizzie Borden’s immersive, richly detailed look at the rhythms and rituals of society’s most stigmatized profession. Inspired by the experiences of the sex workers Borden met while making her underground feminist landmark Born in Flames, Working Girls reveals the textures of a day in the life of Molly (Louise Smith), a photographer working part-time in a Manhattan brothel, as she juggles a steady stream of clients, balances nurturing relationships with her coworkers with the demands of an ambitious madam, and above all fights to maintain her sense of self in a business in which the line between the personal and the professional is all too easily blurred. In viewing prostitution through the lens of labor, Borden boldly desensationalizes the subject, offering an empathetic, humanizing, often humorous depiction of women for whom this work is just another day at the office.”

Stay tuned for more next week…

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