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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of July 11th – Martin Scorsese’s ‘Raging Bull’ Joins the Criterion Collection

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Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, the classic Martin Scorsese film Raging Bull gets added to the Criterion Collection. Aside from that well-deserved honor for one of Scorsese’s best collaborations with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, the only other title of note hitting shelves this week is The Beatles: Get Back. Read on for more…

Joey’s Top Pick

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Raging Bull (Criterion)

From The Criterion Collection: “With this stunningly visceral portrait of self-destructive machismo, Martin Scorsese created one of the truly great and visionary works of modern cinema. Robert De Niro pours his blood, sweat, and brute physicality into the Oscar-winning role of Jake La Motta, the rising middleweight boxer from the Bronx whose furious ambition propels him to success within the ring but whose unbridled paranoia and jealousy tatter his relationships with everyone in his orbit, including his brother and manager (Joe Pesci) and gorgeous, streetwise wife (Cathy Moriarty). Thelma Schoonmaker’s Oscar-winning editing, Michael Chapman’s extraordinarily tactile black-and-white cinematography, and Frank Warner’s ingenious sound design combine to make Raging Bull a uniquely powerful exploration of violence on multiple levels—physical, emotional, psychic, and spiritual.”

Also Available This Week

Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison in THE BEATLES: GET BACK. Photo courtesy of Apple Corps Ltd.

Batwoman: The Complete Third Season (TV)

The Beatles: Get Back

Dashcam

I’m Charlie Walker

Killing Eve: Season Four (TV)

Montana Story

Star Trek Lower Decks: Season Two (TV)

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Summertime

From The Criterion Collection: “With this sublimely bittersweet tale of romantic longing, director David Lean left behind the British soundstage to capture in radiant Technicolor the sun-splashed glory of Venice at the height of summer. In a tour de force of fearless vulnerability, Katharine Hepburn portrays the conflicting emotions that stir the heart of a lonely, middle-aged American tourist who is forced to confront her insecurities when she is drawn into a seemingly impossible affair with a charming Italian shopkeeper (Rossano Brazzi) amid the ancient city’s canals and piazzas. Lean’s personal favorite among his own films, Summertime is an exquisitely tender evocation of the magic and melancholy of a fleeting, not-quite-fairy-tale romance.”

*Remember that Raging Bull is joining the Criterion Collection today as well*

Stay tuned for more next week…

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