Well my friends, another year is coming to a close. Despite two full years of the pandemic, there has still been plenty of great movies to whisk us away from the troubles of reality. What better way to end the year than the release of the newest James Bond film, No Time to Die. After past events and putting Blofeld behind bars, James Bond (Daniel Craig) has left active service and retired. After a surprising revelation, James hides away in Jamaica where old friend Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) enlists his help to rescue a kidnapped scientist who may hold the key to a deadly new weapon that threatens everyone on the planet. But as James races to find out who is behind this new threat, more old secrets may be uncovered changing his future forever.
No Time to Die is a perfect send off for Craig and his tenure as the legendary super spy. Cary Joji Fukunaga crafts a perfectly paced thriller with stunning action sequences and maybe Craig’s best performance as Bond. The story has plenty of twists and turns and nicely sets up the next phase of the Bond universe. We also get a bit of a return to the Bond of old with more gadgets than most other Craig Bond films, while still maintaining the grittier more realistic vibe we are used to. Now that we can all settle in with this fantastic final entry of Craig’s, we can start holding our breath once again as we wait for them to find our new Bond and start a fresh chapter. No Time to Die is highly recommended.
Next up this week is the new feature film prequel to the iconic HBO series The Sopranos, The Many Saints of Newark. Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola) is a mobster in the DiMeo crime family struggling to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities. One of his biggest challenges is being a mentor to his nephew Tony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini), who will grow up to become one of the most powerful mob bosses ever.
The Many Saints of Newark is definitely a love letter to the fans of the original series, but it holds up well even to viewers who may not be familiar with the story of Tony Soprano. I thought the film would focus much more on the young Tony, especially with James Gandolfini’s actual son Michael playing his younger self, but The Many Saints of Newark is really the story of Dickie and his actions that would lead young Tony into the life he becomes known for. The cast is stellar across the board and the direction from Alan Taylor is tight and controlled, still maintaining the feel of the series while also having a fresh feel that keeps things new. The Many Saints of Newark is recommended for sure, but highly recommended to fans of the series.
Also of note his week is the new Wes Anderson film The French Dispatch with Adrien Brody, Timothée Chalamet and Benicio Del Toro, Balsam: A Paranormal Investigation with Friday the 13th’s own Kane Hodder, and the new documentary Clerk all about cult filmmaker Kevin Smith.
That’s it for this year folks!
Until next year movie lovers, stay safe!
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday December 21, 2021
Blue Bayou (2021)
Dick Johnson is Dead – Criterion Collection
Every Last One of Them
Final Justice (1985): Collector's Edition*
Hell Hath No Fury (2021)
Lady in a Cage (1964)*
No Time to Die (2021)
No Way to Treat a Lady (1968)*
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness - Season One (2021)
The Birthday Cake
The Many Saints of Newark (2021)
The Sherlock Holmes Vault Collection (1931-1937)*
The Vampire Lovers (1970) - Collector's Edition
Time of the Wolf a.k.a. Le temps du loup (2003)*
*New to Blu-ray
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday December 28, 2021
A Wedding to Remember
Balsam: A Paranormal Investigation
Being Natural (2018)
Calling for Love
Christmas On The Carousel
Cutie Honey: The Live (2007-2008)*
Girly Air Force (2019)*
Goblin Slayer: Season One
Her Smell (2018)
Moments Like This Never Last (2020)
Project A-Ko (1986)*
Rebels of the Neon God (1992)*
Robot Carnival (1987)*
Samurai Troopers - The Complete Collection (1988-1991)*
Savage Harvest (1994)
Seven Deaths In The Cat's Eyes (aka Corringa Or La Morte Negli Occhi Del Gatto) (1973)*
Shawscope Volume One: Limited Edition Box
The French Dispatch (2021)
The Woman Who Ran (2020)
*New to Blu-ray