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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of September 4th – Go ‘Across the Spider-Verse’ With Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man

Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, we have one of 2023’s best films so far in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse hitting shelves. This week is a fairly top heavy one, new release-wise, though there’s also The Princess Bride joining The Criterion Collection. Read on for more…

Joey’s Top Pick

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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

This animated sequel blew almost everyone away earlier on this year, and rightly so. No matter how much you liked or even loved Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, this follow-up raises the stakes. My rave review here on the site began like so:

This may be sacrilege but I think it’s important for context here. I actually only thought Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was good, not quite great. Mind you, I had no real complaints or anything, but I wasn’t as bowled over as most others were. I only start with that confession to illuminate just how much the sequel impressed me. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is not just a step up in all regards, it’s one of the year’s best films so far. Everything works, is heightened from last time, and somehow, still leaves you wanting more (in the best way). I was on the edge of my seat for 140 minutes, which is no small achievement. This is a potential classic movie in the making.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is an incomplete work, but the part we’re given here is downright spectacular. We’ll see it presumably wrap up in Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse next year, which I promise you will feel an eternity away. Despite a running time closing in on two and a half hours, which is massive for animation, there’s so much momentum you’ll be stunned when it ends. There are no spoilers to be found here, but the flick contains so many surprises, when the “to be continued…” title card comes up, you may well gasp.

Also Available This Week

Master Gardener


God is a Bullet

Harley Quinn: The Complete Third Season (TV)

Master Gardener

NCIS: Los Angeles – The Complete Series (TV)

NCIS: Los Angeles – The Final Season (TV)

Star Trek: Picard – The Complete Series (TV)

Star Trek: Picard – The Final Season (TV)

Criterion Corner


The Princess Bride

From The Criterion Collection: “A high-spirited adventure that pits true love against inconceivable odds, The Princess Bride has charmed legions of fans with its irreverent gags, eccentric ensemble, and dazzling swordplay. A kid (Fred Savage), home sick from school, grudgingly allows his grandfather (Peter Falk) to read him a dusty storybook—which is how we meet the innocent Buttercup (Robin Wright, in her breakout role), about to marry the nefarious Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) though her heart belongs to Westley (Cary Elwes). The wedding plans are interrupted, however, by a mysterious pirate, a vengeful Spaniard, and a good-natured giant, in a tale full of swashbuckling, romance, and outrageously hilarious spoofery. Directed by Rob Reiner from an endlessly quotable script by William Goldman, The Princess Bride reigns as a fairy-tale classic.”

Stay tuned for more next week…


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Written by Joey Magidson

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