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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of February 13th – Steven Spielberg Invites You Into His Past With ‘The Fabelmans’

Welcome back to my Home Movies! This week, the latest Steven Spielberg gem in The Fabelmans comes home. It’s the best film of 2022 in my humble opinion, so it’s obviously the top pick hitting shelves today. Read on for more…

Joey’s Top Pick

Universal Pictures

The Fabelmans

I fell hard for The Fabelmans. It’s Spielberg working at the height of his powers, without question. Somehow, it not only met my expectations at the Toronto International Film Festival, it exceeded them. The cream of the crop last year, it’s an all-timer among an all-time great director’s filmography. My rave review of the movie out of TIFF (here) began like so:

Wow. When you see a master filmmaker reach into themselves and raise their game, it’s truly something to behold. The Fabelmans is Steven Spielberg showing a whole new bag of tricks, all in service of telling a story not just his own, but for the world over to bear witness to. What could have been seen as, or even dismissed as, navel gazing in lesser hands is instead riveting. The self reflection, baked into a story about the love of filmmaking, as well as the pain of parental strife, fully informs Spielberg as an artist and a man. Make no mistake, though, this is also just an enrapturing movie on its own accords. Playing as arguably the biggest and most high profile World Premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival, it has somehow lived up to the massive hype.

The Fabelmans has almost everything you want in a movie. It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s hopeful. You run the gamut of emotions, led by strong performances and a master filmmaker operating in peak form. So much of the flick’s early buzz is dominated by the Oscar conversation, and make no mistake, this will be nominated in several categories by the Academy, but it shortchanges just how good a picture this is.

Also Available This Week


American Gigolo: Season One (TV)

Decision to Leave

House Party

Longmire: The Complete Series (TV)

Shepherd: The Story Of A Hero Dog

Strange World

Criterion Corner


Romeo and Juliet

From The Criterion Collection: “One of the great Shakespeare adaptations, Franco Zeffirelli’s sublime take on the Bard’s immortal romantic tragedy breathed new life into the oft-told tale by casting actual teenagers in the title roles. As the young lovers whose affair threatens to inflame the tensions between their feuding families in Renaissance Verona, Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting vividly capture the mix of adolescent ardor and turmoil that fuels their destiny-driven liaison. A sensory banquet thanks to Nino Rota’s delicate score and the exquisite, Oscar-winning costumes and cinematography, Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare at its most deeply felt and passionately alive.”

Stay tuned for more next week…


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