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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of September 12th – ‘Elvis’ and ‘Lightyear’ Compete For Attention

Welcome back to my Home Movies! This week, I’m reporting while at the Toronto International Film Festival, so I hope you’ll understand if I keep things a bit briefer than usual. That being said, big titles like Elvis and Lightyear are ones you’re already well aware of. Read on for more, nevertheless…

Joey’s Top Pick

HERO’S BEST FRIEND — Disney and Pixar’s “Lightyear” is an all-new, original feature film that presents the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans)—the hero who inspired the toy—following the legendary Space Ranger on an intergalactic adventure. But Buzz can’t do it alone—he shares space with a dutiful robot companion cat called Sox (voice of Peter Sohn). A hidden grab bag of gizmos in a cute kitty package, Sox is Buzz’s go-to friend and sidekick. Directed by Angus MacLane (co-director “Finding Dory”) and produced by Galyn Susman (“Toy Story That Time Forgot”), the sci-fi action-adventure releases on June 17, 2022. © 2022 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.


This origin story for Buzz Lightyear really worked for me. It’s not Toy Story, but it’s also not trying to be, either. This is some of what I had to say in my review:

Buzz Lightyear is obviously not the only reason why the Toy Story franchise is so beloved, but he’s certainly a piece of the puzzle. So, making Lightyear, an origin story for the character (of sorts, as you’ll see), is a bit of a risky proposition. Then again, Disney and Pixar didn’t hesitate to make Toy Story 4 even though Toy Story 3 was literally the perfect ending for the franchise, so they don’t seem to be fazed by risk. Luckily, genre spirit and a creative hook help to make this movie something fairly unique. By embracing the science fiction aspect of it all, Pixar has a real epic adventure on their hands that truly does go to infinity…and beyond.

Also Available This Week

Warner Bros.

The Amusement Park

Cobra Kai: Season 4 (TV)

Eli Roth’s History of Horror: The Complete Third Season (TV)


The Forgiven

Lucifer: The Complete Sixth Season (TV)

Real Genius (first time in 4K)

Where the Crawdads Sing

The White Lotus: The Complete First Season (TV)

Criterion Corner


Take Out

From The Criterion Collection: “The American dream has rarely seemed so far away as in Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou’s raw, vérité Take Out, an immersion in the life of an undocumented Chinese immigrant struggling to get by on the margins of post-9/11 New York City. Facing violent retaliation from a loan shark, restaurant deliveryman Ming Ding has until nightfall to pay back the money he owes, and he encounters both crushing setbacks and moments of unexpected humanity as he races against time to earn enough in tips over the course of a frantic day. From this simple setup, Baker and Tsou fashion a kind of neorealist survival thriller of the everyday, shedding compassionate light on the too often overlooked lives and labor that keep New York running.”

Stay tuned for more next week…


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