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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of February 14th – An ‘Eternals’ Adventure and ‘Spontaneous’ on Blu-ray

Awesomeness Films

Welcome back to my Home Movies! This week, we have a handful of eclectic options to choose from. There’s a Marvel option with Eternals, along with several other new releases. Plus, Looper gets a 4K release, while Spontaneous finally comes to Blu-ray. Throw in a Criterion pick and the slate is pretty full. Read on for more…

Joey’s Top Pick

Awesomeness Films

Spontaneous

This is what I sad back when the DVD came out last year: I’ve been clear just how much I love this film. Brian Duffield (who I interviewed here) executed a genius movie that defies convention at every turn. Katherine Langford and Charlie Plummer are amazing, absolutely stealing your heart. It’s a must watch, but if you need reminding, here’s a bit from my rave review on the site:

“Nothing beats the feeling of a watching a movie that stuns you with how phenomenal it is. It’s a feeling that doesn’t happen more than a few times a year, if you’re lucky, but when it does, you can’t help but be reminded what the beginning of your love affair with cinema felt like. For me, it’s a shot to the heart, as well as a jolt to the brain. It’s rare, but when it happens, you treasure it. Spontaneous is the latest film that gave me this feeling, and considering just how singular and unique it is, there’s a fair chance that it’ll do the same to you. A Young Adult romantic dramedy of sorts, one could be forgiven for expecting a cancer-free version of something like The Fault in Our Stars (which, admittedly, I love), but wait, there’s also David Cronenberg-level gore, with teenagers literally exploding. Yeah, I have your attention now.”

Recommended Viewing

(L-R): Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Sersi (Gemma Chan) and Sprite (Lia McHugh) in Marvel Studios’ ETERNALS. Photo by Sophie Mutevelian. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Eternals

Marvel has never quite had a release like Eternals. For a number of reasons, some valid, some not, this new origin story was met with a decidedly mixed reaction. Throw in how hyped they supposedly were for this one from Chloe Zhao, internally, and it’s not your usual MCU outing. This is some of what I said in my review:

Eternals frustrates because parts of it are outstanding. The visuals are unparalleled for a comic book film. Moreover, these superheroes are allowed to be meditative in unique way. Plus, the concept of these heroes and their dogma/powers as seen with a religious lens is quite new. On the other hand, however, the actual action is lacking, the villain is bad even for Marvel standards, and long stretches don’t have much of anything interesting happen. This is the rare case where you can see the independent sensibilities of the storyteller compared to the instincts of the studio, but side with the latter.

Sony

Looper (on 4K)

I don’t always mention 4K editions in this section, but Looper has such fond memories for me, I couldn’t resist. Plus, it’s the sort of thing that just looks phenomenal in the format. For many, this is Rian Johnson‘s best film, with good reason. So, if you don’t own a copy of it yet, now is the perfect time to own a great movie.

Also Available This Week

Focus Features

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers: The Complete Series (TV)

Doctor Who: The Complete Thirteenth Series (TV)

Heels: Season One (TV)

Julia

Mogul Mowgli

Monday

My Hero Academia: Season 4 (TV)

Pink Floyd: Pulse

Settlers

Wolf (Interview with George MacKay here)

Criterion Corner

Criterion

Love Affair

From The Criterion Collection: “Golden-age Hollywood’s humanist master Leo McCarey brings his graceful touch and relaxed naturalism to this sublime romance, one of cinema’s most intoxicating tear-wringers. Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer are chic strangers who meet and fall in love aboard an ocean liner bound for New York. Though they are both involved with other people, they make a pact to reconnect six months later at the top of the Empire State Building—until the hand of fate throws their star-crossed affair tragically off course. Swooning passion and gentle comedy coexist in perfect harmony in the exquisitely tender Love Affair (nominated for six Oscars), a story so timeless that it has been remade by multiple filmmakers over the years—including McCarey himself, who updated it as the no less beloved An Affair to Remember.”

Stay tuned for more next week…

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