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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of January 17th – ‘Titane’ is an Achievement of Titanic (and Titanically Weird) Proportions

NEON

Welcome back to my Home Movies! This week, we have the audacious Palme d’Or winning Titane leading the charge of new releases. Today’s slate also includes Last Night in Soho, as well as a pair of Criterion Collection releases. So, there are options, to be sure. Read on for more…

Joey’s Top Pick

NEON

Titane

This movie defies description. What filmmaker Julia Ducournau pulled off here, along with her lead Agathe Rousselle and key supporting player Vincent Lindon, is nothing short of amazing. It’s shocking, as well as shockingly captivating. Here is some of what I had to say about Titane in my New York Film Festival review:

Titane continually evolves, almost as if it’s several films in one. For those curious about the title, the press materials for the flick uses this definition for the word…”Titane: A metal highly resistant to heat and corrosion, with high tensile strength alloys, often used in medical prostheses due to its pronounced biocompatibility.” Knowing that doesn’t matter too much for enjoyment of the movie, but it does put you in the right mind-frame for this original effort.

Also Available This Week

Focus Features

The Addams Family 2

Animal Kingdom: The Complete Fifth Season (TV)

Beans

Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road

The Dry

Dynasty (2017): Season Four (TV)

Escape from Mogadishu

Last Night in Soho

Riverdale: The Complete Fifth Season (TV)

This is Us: The Complete Fourth Season (TV)

Criterion Corner

Criterion

A Hard Day’s Night

From The Criterion Collection: “Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. This film, in which the bandmates play slapstick versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester (The Knack . . . and How to Get It) and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems—including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell”—A Hard Day’s Night, which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time.”

Criterion

Time

From The Criterion Collection: “What does the weight of time’s passage feel like for a family caught in the jaws of a brutal carceral system? Both a breathtaking cinematic love story and a bruising indictment of American injustice, the Academy Award–nominated feature documentary debut of Garrett Bradley traces the decades-long quest of Sibil Fox Richardson, an indefatigable mother of six and a fiercely outspoken prison abolitionist, to free her husband from the Louisiana State Penitentiary, where he is serving a sixty-year sentence for robbery. Gracefully interweaving twenty years’ worth of Richardson’s own intimate home movies with luminously expressive monochrome footage of her present-day joys and struggles, Bradley crafts in Time a transcendentally poetic, soul-shaking look at the devastating toll of mass incarceration and one family’s extraordinary efforts to stay whole.”

Stay tuned for more next week…

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