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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of November 1st – Nicolas Cage Wows in ‘Pig’

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Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, we have the Nicolas Cage stunner Pig leading the charge. In addition to that wonderful film, we have Nine Days hitting shelves, along with a classic coming to the Criterion Collection. That group makes this week’s slate a real solid one. Read on for more on the crop of new releases…

Joey’s Top Pick

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Pig

Pig is one of the best films of the year, bar none. Nicolas Cage’s work is not just one of his most affecting in some time, it stands tall with the top works of his career. High praise, I know, but well deserved. Trust me, this is a must see, and the less you know about it going in, the better. I spoke to co-star Alex Wolff here about the movie, and that’s a great conversation. Don’t miss this one, but if you need more convincing, here is a bit from my rave review of the flick:

Nothing will prepare you for Nicolas Cage and Pig. The title, along with Cage’s presence, may suggest something grimy or weird, but while this film is a little offbeat, it’s also quite simple and emotional. As a showcase for the Academy Award winner, it’s his best in almost two decades. As a character study, it strikes a chord more will relate to than they initially realize. Plus, this is just a wonderful little movie. Once you realize where it’s going, you’ll be hooked. It all builds to an ending that’s magnificent in its simplicity. The range of emotions that you’ll feel here may well leave you stunned. This is, somehow, one of the best flicks that I’ve seen this year.

Pig is a mini revelation, in many forms. You may well be hungry (more on that later) once you watch it, but you also may cry. That’s due to, in no small part, the vivid work coming from Cage. Everything here is very specific, but also somehow universal. It’s a fine line, but everyone involved walks it with aplomb. It’s truly an accomplished and special film, worthy of heavy praise.

Also Available This Week

Sony Pictures Classics

Best Sellers

The Crown: The Complete Fourth Season (TV)

Kung Fu: The Complete First Season (TV)

MacGyver: The Complete Collection (TV)

Mom: The Complete Eighth Season (TV)

Nine Days (interview with Zazie Beetz here)

PAW Patrol: The Movie

Sex and the City: The Complete Collection (TV)

Star Trek Discovery: Seasons 1-3 (TV)

Criterion Corner

Criterion

La strada

From The Criterion Collection: “With this breakthrough film, Federico Fellini launched both himself and his wife and collaborator Giulietta Masina to international stardom, breaking with the neorealism of his early career in favor of a personal, poetic vision of life as a bittersweet carnival. The infinitely expressive Masina registers both childlike wonder and heartbreaking despair as Gelsomina, loyal companion to the traveling strongman Zampanò (Anthony Quinn, in a toweringly physical performance), whose callousness and brutality gradually wear down her gentle spirit. Winner of the very first Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, La strada possesses the purity and timeless resonance of a fable and remains one of cinema’s most exquisitely moving visions of humanity struggling to survive in the face of life’s cruelties.”

Stay tuned for more next week…

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