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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of January 23rd – ‘Violent Night’ Brings the Gift of Carnage

Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, the offbeat Christmas title Violent Night seeks to be a newfound staple in your holiday viewing. Without much else this week to compete for top honors, my pick is kind of academic, but oh well. Read on for more…

Joey’s Top Pick

Universal Pictures

Violent Night

Much like Die Hard is one of the go-to holiday films for those who don’t want traditional Christmas fare, so too now exists Violent Night. High art, it is not, but if the premise of Santa Claus kicking ass appeals to you, this should scratch that itch. In our review here on the site, we had this to say about the flick:

Violent Night seems like the most preposterous idea possible that there was no way in hell that it would work. But it does, and the fascinating part about it is how much fun you’ll have by seeing David Harbour play a foul-mouthed, completely ripped, and angry version of Santa Claus, far beyond what Billy Bob Thornton achieved in the Bad Santa movies.

Also Available This Week

Kino Lorber

Brainwashed: Sex – Camera – Power

The Ghosts of Monday


Criterion Corner


This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

From The Criterion Collection: “With a poet’s eye for place, light, and the spiritual dimensions of everyday existence, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese crafts a meditation on the concept of homeland and a transcendent elegy for what is lost in the name of progress. Grieving and alone following the deaths of her husband and children, elderly Mantoa (Mary Twala Mhlongo, in a soul-shaking end-of-life performance) prepares for her own death and to be buried alongside her ancestors. When plans for a new dam near her village in the landlocked kingdom of Lesotho threaten to literally wash away all she holds dear, Mantoa takes a last stand, mobilizing her neighbors to fight for their land and their way of life. The experience of watching Mosese’s visionary, much-lauded This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection is as timeless and elemental as the land itself.”

Stay tuned for more next week…


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