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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of September 20th – ‘Cruella’ and ‘F9’ Pair with Justin Long’s Directorial Debut

Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, we have some bigger films hitting shelves like Cruella and F9. However, we also have a smaller title this week dropping in Justin Long‘s directorial debut Lady of the Manor. Read on for more…

Joey’s Top Pick

Lionsgate

Lady of the Manor

As a fan of Justin Long, including his prior writing effort, I was very curious to see how he fared as a full on filmmaker. Lady of the Manor is an impeccably cast work, with Melanie Lynskey doing some incredibly amusing stoner comedy. The rest of the cast includes Judy Greer, Ryan Phillippe, and Long himself, among others. Co-written and co-directed by Long and his brother Christian Long, this is evidence that he may well be the next actor to also be a strong comedic storyteller (you can also see my Long interview here). Pick it up and you’ll see for yourself!

Also Available This Week

Emma Stone as Cruella in Disney’s live-action CRUELLA.

Atlantis

Batwoman: The Complete Second Season (TV)

Berlin Station: Season Three (TV)

The Blacklist: The Complete Eighth Season (TV)

A Clockwork Orange (4K)

Cruella

The Equalizer: Season One (TV)

F9: The Fast Saga

Hardball (First Time on Blu-ray)

Haunt

I Carry You With Me

Last Call

Resident Alien: Season One (TV) *Interview with Alan Tudyk here*

Violation

Criterion Corner

Criterion

Love & Basketball

From The Criterion Collection: “Sparks fly both on and off the court in this groundbreaking feature debut by writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Old Guard), which elevated the coming-of-age romance by giving honest expression to the challenges female athletes face in a world that doesn’t see them as equal. Sanaa Lathan (Alien vs. Predator) and Omar Epps (Higher Learning) make for one of the most iconic screen couples of the 2000s as the basketball-obsessed next-door neighbors who find love over flirtatious pickup games, fall apart under the strain of high-pressure college hoops and families, and drift in and out of each other’s lives as they pursue their twin aspirations of playing professionally. Aided by stellar supporting performances and an eclectic R&B soundtrack, Love & Basketball captures the intoxicating passions, heartbreaking setbacks, and sky-high ambitions that mark a young woman’s journey to the top of her game and to lasting love.”

Criterion

Throw Down

From The Criterion Collection: “One of the most personal films by the prolific Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To is a thrilling love letter to both the cinema of Akira Kurosawa and the art and philosophy of judo. Amid the neon-drenched nightclubs and gambling dens of Hong Kong’s nocturnal underworld, the fates of three wandering souls—a former judo champion now barely scraping by as an alcoholic bar owner (Louis Koo), a young fighter (Aaron Kwok) intent on challenging him, and a singer (Cherrie Ying) chasing dreams of stardom—collide in an operatic explosion of human pain, ambition, perseverance, and redemption. Paying offbeat homage to Kurosawa’s debut feature, Sanshiro Sugata, To scrambles wild comedy, flights of lyrical surrealism, and rousing martial-arts action into what is ultimately a disarmingly touching ode to the healing power of friendship.”

Stay tuned for more next week…

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