Well it seems that summer is in full swing, we have a little more pandemic freedom, and things are headed in the right direction! Not a ton out this week but first we take a look at The Lovebirds. Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) and Leilani (Issa Rae) are a couple that clicked from the very beginning. But four years into their relationship, both of them are questioning if their chemistry is fading. While on a night out, a horrible accident happens and Jibran and Leilani are thrown into a criminal underworld where they not only have to figure out how to work together to survive, but may discover once and for all if they are meant for each other.
The Lovebirds is directed by Michael Showalter, known best for Nanjiani’s hit The Big Sick as well as creating the movie Wet Hot American Summer. Showalter’s and Nanjiani’s senses of humor are on full display here and the chemistry between Nanjiani and Rae is excellent as well. The situations get more and more outrageous as the film goes on and much of the time I found myself having to pause the movie to recover from laughter. For fans of silly humor and/or romantic comedies, The Lovebirds is a winner.
Another title to check out that came out last week is the new 4K double feature of Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider films, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. The two films follow video game cult favorite character Lara Croft as she travels the world in search of ancient treasures with extraordinary powers, all while fending off criminal enterprises that seek to harness the powers for their own nefarious plans.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life are great fun and each helmed by director’s that really know the action genre, Simon West and Jan de Bont respectively. Jolie is perfect in the role, even if the filmmakers wrongly found it necessary to artificially enhance her physique with silly push up bras. But the action is fast paced and exciting, the humor plentiful and the adventure on a grand scale. The new 4K double feature delivers spectacular 4K upgrades that have gorgeous picture quality and immersive and booming surround. For fans of the franchise, especially with a new Alicia Vikander Tomb Raider movie on the way, this Tomb Raider 4K double feature is worth the upgrade.
Also of note this week are three beautiful new John Hughes steelbook editions: Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the greatly underrated Some Kind of Wonderful. All essential to any of you John Hughes fans out there.
Until next week movie lovers, stay safe!
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday June 8, 2021
Assault on VA-33
Center Stage (1991)*
City of Lies (2018)
Dead Life: Wormwood's End
Face Of The Devil
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) Steelbook Edition
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete (2005)*
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse (2015)*
Le Magnifique a.k.a. The Man From Acapulco (1973)*
Like Father Like Son (1987)*
Lilly's Light: The Movie
Lover of the Monster a.k.a. El amanti del mostro (1974)*
Murder, She Wrote: The Complete Series
Nouchka van Brakel Trilogy
Omerta: The Act Of Silence
Pretty in Pink (1986) Steelbook Edition
Punk the Capital: Building a Sound Movement
Puzzle (L'uomo Senza Memoria) (1974): 4k Restoration*
Randolph Scott Western Collection*
Scream a.k.a. The Outing (1981)*
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) Steelbook Edition
Son of the White Mare (1981)*
The Human Condition (1959-1961)* - Criterion Collection
The Lovebirds (2020)
The Stylist (2020)
The Unhealer (2020)
The Winter Lake
There Was a Crooked Man (1970)*
To The Ends Of The Earth
Under the Sand (2000)*
Undercover Punch and Gun (2019)
Zeroville (2019)* - MVD Rewind Collection
*New to Blu-ray