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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of June 6th – Join ‘The Northman’ on His Bloody Quest

Focus Features

Welcome back to my Home Movies! This week, Robert Eggers‘ latest effort The Northman leads the charge. What else is hitting shelves today? Well, it’s an interesting slate, including a new Criterion pick. Read on for more…

Joey’s Top Pick

Focus Features

The Northman

The Northman arrived in theaters earlier this year with a ton of buzz. The film more or less met expectations too, as it presented a violent viking epic. What else would you expect from the wild mind of a filmmaker like Eggers? In my review here on the site, I had this to say:

Robert Eggers is a filmmaker who has quickly developed a reputation. It’s hardly a bad one, either. It’s simply one that suggests an immersive and singular experience that won’t be for everyone. So, what would it look like if Eggers took at least a small step towards the mainstream? Well, The Northman suggests something still very much his own, while offering up brutal yet crystal clear action. In making a violent Viking epic, he’s found a way to craft a revenge tale that audiences will go for, while not compromising his style. While not quite as weird as The Lighthouse or The Witch (or The VVitch, if you’d prefer), you’ll never mistake this for garden variety studio fare.

The Northman is Eggers doing a Viking version of Hamlet, which is an interesting pairing. On the one hand, it all plays out in a very clear cut manner. Explaining the story here won’t require too much effort and no one will ever scratch their head. Seeing how it’s depicted though, that’s another story. While this isn’t as obtuse as some of his prior flicks, The Northman still sees Eggers doing it his way. That’s a good thing, too. Especially on an epic scale like this, you just never see this sort of a vision allowed to exist.

Also Available This Week

Strand Releasing

The Artist’s Wife

The Bridge on the River Kwai (first time in 4k)

Catch The Fair One

Compartment Number 6

The Contractor

Eraser: Reborn

The Feast

Fortress: Sniper’s Eye

Lawrence Of Arabia (first time in 4k)

Ultrasound

Criterion Corner

Criterion

The Tales of Hoffman

From The Criterion Collection: “Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger create a phantasmagoric marriage of cinema and opera in this one-of-a-kind take on a classic story. In Jacques Offenbach’s fantasy opera The Tales of Hoffmann, a poet dreams of three women—a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled siren, and the consumptive daughter of a famous composer—all of whom break his heart in different ways. Powell and Pressburger’s feverishly romantic adaptation is a feast of music, dance, and visual effects, and one of the most exhilarating opera films ever produced.”

Stay tuned for more next week…

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Written by Joey Magidson

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