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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of January 30th – ‘Bones and All’ Feasts on the Slight Competition

Welcome back to my Home Movies! This week, Bones and All is really the only notable film, so no points for guessing what gets top pick. As for the other things hitting shelves today, at least there’s also a Criterion Collection release. Read on for more…

Joey’s Top Pick

United Artists Releasing

Bones and All

Even though I was a bit mixed on Bones and All, I hardly thought that it was a bad movie. The acting is strong, some of the shots are gorgeous, and the mix of high and low art is rarely boring. Did I wish for something with better pacing? Sure, but it didn’t mean I dismissed it out of pocket in the slightest. Here is a bit from my Telluride Film Festival review:

Bones & All is Badlands with cannibals, if you want to break it down to its cinematic…bones. Guadagnino adapting this particular Young Adult novel is an interesting choice, though it still results in his usual amazing shots and uniformly strong acting. If there’s a shortcoming here, aside from the pacing, it’s that the story itself doesn’t warrant the 130 minute running time.

Also Available This Week


Angry Neighbors

The Great: The Complete First Season (TV)

The Great: The Complete Second Season (TV)


Criterion Corner


Bergman Island

From The Criterion Collection: “Writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve embarks on a luminous summertime odyssey to the home of Ingmar Bergman for her seventh feature, a graceful, shape-shifting tale about the interplay of life and art and the ways in which stories are born. In search of inspiration for their current filmmaking projects, Chris (Vicky Krieps) and her partner (Tim Roth) travel to the remote island of Fårö, Sweden, where Bergman lived and worked for decades. There, the spirit of the cinema master looms as Chris confronts her complicated relationships to work, men, motherhood, and her artistic influences. Also featuring radiant performances from Mia Wasikowska and Anders Danielsen Lie, Bergman Island is a rich deconstruction of the mysteries of the creative process and the journey that every film takes from thought to page to screen.”

Stay tuned for more next week…


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