Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, we have one of the best television shows out there hitting shelves in an as of now complete collection with Rick and Morty, alongside one of the better documentaries of 2021. Throw in two Criterion releases, Sing 2, plus plenty more, and this week has plenty to consider, home video wise. Read on for more…
Rick & Morty: Complete Seasons 1-5 (TV)
Excuse me if I largely copy what I’ve said in the past, but it continues to be true about this program. I’m hardly the first one to say it, but Rick and Morty is one of the smartest shows on television, on top of being one of the funniest. What creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have consistently come up with, for five seasons now, is mind-boggling. Season Four, while on the shorter side, was among the most daring things on TV. Season Five was more of the same, pushing the show in an interesting and potentially new direction Having all of the seasons together in this set is an excellent way to chronicle the evolution of the show. What started out as already tremendous has grown to something not just spectacular, but often profound as well. If you know, you know.
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America
A mix of lecture footage, personal stories, interviews, and more, Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America is a tremendously moving documentary. As former ACLU deputy legal director Jeffery Robinson walks us through the timeline of racism in the United States, going from slavery to the modern day, it’s impossible to not be shaken. I was fortunate to moderate a series of Q&A events with Robinson, as well as filmmakers Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, so I saw firsthand how essential this is. Don’t miss it, even if it’s difficult.
My Hero Academia: Season 5, Part 1 (TV)
Superbowl LVI: Rams vs. Bengals (TV)
Young Rock: The Complete First Season (TV)
The Last Waltz
From The Criterion Collection: “More than just one of the greatest concert films ever made, The Last Waltz is an at once ecstatic and elegiac summation of a vital era in American rock music. Invited to capture the farewell performance of the legendary group the Band at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving, 1976, Martin Scorsese conceived a new kind of music documentary. Enlisting seven camera operators (led by director of photography Michael Chapman, and also including renowned cinematographers Vilmos Zsigmond and László Kovács) and production designer Boris Leven to design the strikingly theatrical sets, Scorsese created a grandly immersive experience that brings viewers onstage and inside the music itself. That music—as performed by the Band and a host of other generation-defining artists, including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, the Staple Singers, Muddy Waters, and Neil Young—lives on as an almost religious expression of the transcendent possibilities of rock and roll.”
From The Criterion Collection: “Steeped in the bohemian cool of Chicago’s 1990s Black creative scene, love jones—the smart, sexy, and stylish debut feature of writer-director Theodore Witcher—is a love story for anyone who has ever wondered: How do I know when I’ve found the one? Larenz Tate and Nia Long have magnetism and chemistry to burn as the striving, artistically talented twentysomethings—he’s a poet, she’s a photographer—who spark over their love of literature and jazz, but whose mutual reluctance to commit to a relationship leaves them both navigating an emotional minefield of confusion, jealousy, and regrets. Velvety cinematography; an unforgettable, eclectic soundtrack; dazzling dialogue; and refreshingly low-key, naturalistic performances by an ensemble cast that also includes Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson, Bill Bellamy, Bernadette Speakes, and Leonard Roberts come together in an intoxicating, seductively moody romance that engages both the heart and the mind.”