Not even the middle of November and we are buried in snow! Fire up the home theatre, we’re staying in! First up this week is Good Boys. Max (Jacob Tremblay), Thor (Brady Noon) and Lucas (Keith L. Williams) are three best friends in 6th grade and refer to themselves as The Bean Bag Boys. When they get invited to a cool kids party, a party that is actually going to be a kissing party, the boys set out to learn how to kiss girls properly by any means necessary whether it be practicing on a sex doll, or spying on their neighbor Hannah (Molly Gordon) and her friend Lily (Midori Francis) with Max’s fathers drone. But when the drone is taken by the girls, the three friends must set out on an adventure to get it back and make it to the party in time.
Good Boys is another in a long line of crude comedies so much so that it is even produced by Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill. But what sets this one apart is that it isn’t the usual horny teenage or twenty-something boys getting into trouble but three perfectly portrayed 12 year olds. The three actors, especially Tremblay, are absolutely priceless as the kids, perfectly portraying the age with all the quirks like thinking they know what everything in the world is while actually being wrong about almost all of it. Writers Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky capture the age so well it makes Good Boys really stand out as a hilarious crude comedy that ends up having an authentic heart of gold.
Next up is the underwater sequel to 47 Meters Down, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged. Four teenage girls (Sophie Nélisse, Corinne Foxx, Brianne Tju and Sistine Stallone) ditch a touristy shark adventure to explore a submerged Mayan City. Once inside, their rush of excitement turns into a jolt of terror as they discover the sunken ruins are a hunting ground for deadly Great White Sharks. With their air supply steadily dwindling, the friends must navigate the underwater labyrinth of claustrophobic caves and eerie tunnels in search of a way out of their watery hell.
47 Meters Down: Uncaged actually holds up really well against the first film, which was a great claustrophobic thrill ride. Nélisse, Foxx, Tju and Stallone (yes, daughter of that Stallone) are all good in the film conveying the sheer terror of not only being trapped underwater with dwindling air supply, but also being pursued by terrifying Great White Sharks. Sharks which by the way look fantastic. While I am sure they are all CG, they look very realistic and are used to the best possible effect. All the underwater filming looks great, the submerged Mayan ruins looks great and the combination of all of the elements make for a super fun and thrilling adventure.
Lastly this week is a new documentary called Danger God. The film chronicles the life and career of B-movie legendary stunt man and actor Gary Kent through the independent film surge in the Sixties. We follow Kent in present day as he sets out on a book tour promoting the release of his memoir and through archival footage he tells the stories of falling in love and falling off motorcycles and his struggles with alcoholism and cancer. Kent has seen and done it all and tackles everything with resolve and optimism. A unique glimpse into the world of stunt work and filmmaking.
Danger God is thoroughly fascinating thanks to Kent’s charismas and charm. His stories are engrossing and provide a very intimate and unique look into the independent filmmaking world of the sixties. Kent is one of those guys that has been in a ton of movies you have probably seen and didn’t even know he was in all of them. It is even rumored he was part of the inspiration for Brad Pitt’s character in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Danger God is well put together, an intriguing and engrossing documentary and a loving tribute to one of moviemakings unsung heroes.
Also of note this week is the wonderful new comedy drama The Peanut Butter Falcon starring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, and Zack Gottsagen, the animated family film The Angry Birds Movie 2 and the psychedelic new horror film Bliss.
Until next week movie lovers!
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday November 12, 2019
2020: Fallen Earth
42nd Street Pete's 8mm Madness: Volume 2 Number 1 - The Rough and Raunchy Collection
47 Meters Down: Uncaged
After the Wedding
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Live Musicals Collection
Buffet Froid a.k.a. Cold Cuts (1979)*
Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles
Charley Varrick (1973)*
Cross: Rise of the Villains
Emanuelle in America (1977)*
Flowers in the Attic (1987) Special Edition*
Love Affairs a.k.a. Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1959)*
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping SteelBook Edition
Return to Macon County
Road Games: Collector's Edition*
Royals & Romance 3-Film Collection
Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Pt. 2 (S5)
Small Town Killers (2017)*
Spirited Away Collector's Edition
Star Trek: Discovery: Season Two
Street People (1976)*
The 100: The Complete Sixth Season
The Angry Birds Movie 2
The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Twelfth and Final Season
The Daytrippers (1997)* - Criterion Collection
The Far Country (1954)*
The Gun Runners
The Nutty Professor Collection*
The Peanut Butter Falcon
The Red Rider*
The Roaring West*
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)*
Winter Kills (1979)*
WWE: Hell In A Cell 2019
Yesterday Was a Lie: 10th Anniversary*
*Catalog Blu-ray debut