Another strong March release week that kicks off with one of the biggest movies of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. After travelling across the galaxy to find Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Rey (Daisy Ridley) is surprised to find the Jedi Master unwilling to join the resistance and help save the galaxy. As Rey does manage to get some guidance and training from Skywalker, General Leia (Carrie Fisher), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega) face the entire First Order fleet as Kylo Ren seeks to find a way to end the resistance and turn Rey to the dark side.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a controversial movie for many fans of the series as director Rian Johnson took the film to many places fans were not expecting. But it is a different Star Wars film and one that has a lot of greatness in it, I just question certain decisions within the movie, mostly when it comes to the direction of the Luke Skywalker character and the humor. There has always been humor in Star Wars but in this film, it often feels out of place. But there are still some excellent performances, in particular from Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver, undeniably the best characters in the new episodes. And some of the action sequences are incredibly well done and memorable as well, especially a fight involving Rey and Ren in a throne room. There is still lots of love here but Star Wars: The Last Jedi is absolutely one of the hardest films in the saga to digest and will require multiple viewings.
Next up this week is The Last Movie Star. Burt Reynolds plays Vic Edwards, an aging former movie star who agrees to show up and accept a lifetime achievement award at a film festival that turns out to be a bunch of young fans in a bar. Vic ditches the festival and goes on a road trip with the sister of the festival organizer, Lil (Ariel Winter) to try and relive some of his best memories. But in doing so he is forced to confront his past, his decisions, and his mortality.
The Last Movie Star is a charming, funny story that really showcases Reynold’s character and his undeniable similarities to Reynolds himself and the aging of Hollywood past. Ariel Winter is great too showing that she is capable of much more than Modern Family allows her to do. The film is touching and pretty damn funny with some great dream sequences involving footage from some of Reynold’s classic films. A nice companion piece to last year’s Sam Elliott film The Hero, The Last Movie Star is a great little love letter to the Hollywood of yesterday.
Lastly this week is a new Collector’s Edition of one of the most underseen and underappreciated horror comedies out there, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. Shot in documentary style, the story follows journalist Taylor Gentry (Angela Goethals) and her two cameramen as they film the preparations of Leslie Vernon (Nathan Baesel) as he prepares to join the ranks of other slasher villains like Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers and Jason. But as they learn more about Vernon’s past and the actual bodies start to pile up, they may have to worry more about their survival than if their film will ever make it to the screen.
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon is a whip smart, brilliantly written, scary and hilarious horror comedy that hits every note perfectly. Baesel is a charismatic lead and is backed up by an impressive supporting cast including Freddy himself, Robert Englund, The Walking Dead’s Scott Wilson, Poltergeist’s Zelda Rubinstein, and Kane Hodder. A great killer, great horror scenes, and lots of laughs proves Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon is one of the best examples of horror comedy done right.
Also of note this week is the new wrestling themed comedy Chokeslam featuring Chris Marquette (Fanboys), Amada Crew (HBO's 'Silicon Valley'), Michael Eklund (Watchmen) and WWE Superstar Mick Foley (Beyond the Mat), the insane Mom and Dad starring Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair, and The Man from Earth: Holocene, the sequel to the brilliant sci fi cult classic The Man from Earth.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday March 27, 2018
A Star is Born
Acts of Violence
Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon: Collector’s Edition
Bruce’s Deadly Fingers*
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin*
Confessions of a Teenage Peanut Butter Freak
Deliver Us from Eva*
For Whom the Bell Tolls*
I Remember You
Joan of Arc*
Legion: The Complete First Season
Mom and Dad
Mr. Robot: Season 3.0
One Day at a Time: Season Two
Peyton Place: Part Three
Power Rangers RPM: The Complete Series
Sacha Guitry: Four Films 1936-1938 Limited Edition*
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The City of the Dead: Remastered Limited Edition*
The Egg and I: 70th Anniversary Edition*
The Last Movie Star
The List of Adrian Messenger*
The Man from Earth: Holocene
The Outer Limits: Season One*
The Perfect Man*
The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who’s Walking
The Sandlot: 25th Anniversary
The Teenage Prostitution Racket a.k.a. Storie di vita e malavita*
The Twilight People*
The Wedding Date*
Welcome Home Brother Charles*
Who Killed Tupac?
Windrider: MVD Rewind Collection*
*Catalog Blu-ray debut