Our week begins with the box office hit Crazy Rich Asians. Constance Wu plays Rachel Chu, an American born Chinese economics professor who is preparing to travel to Singapore for her boyfriend Nick’s (Henry Golding) friend’s wedding. But soon Rachel find out a huge secret about Nick, that he is the heir to the fortune of the most successful family in Singapore. Rachel must deal with the high society women all looking to win Nick over as well as learning how to cope with being among the impossibly wealthy people who surround Nick’s family. And then there is Nick’s mother, who seems as if she will never accept an American born middle class woman for her son.
Crazy Rich Asians broke a lot of records not only at the box office but for the fact that it is the first major motion picture to feature an all Asian cast in decades. And it deserves all the success, it is a well-made, well-acted, super fun romantic comedy with a first-rate cast, lots of laughs and a gorgeous look. Wu and Golding have incredible chemistry and Michelle Yeah proves once again why she is one of the most underrated actors out there. Crazy Rich Asians holds its own against the best romantic comedies out there and is destined to become a classic in its own right. And maybe even open some more well deserved doors for the Asian acting community.
Next up is one of the best but maybe least talked about movies of the year, Blindspotting. Daveed Diggs plays Collin, a young man trying to make it through the last three says of his probation and move on to a new beginning. Working alongside his best friend Miles (Rafael Casal) for a moving company, Collin is just trying to avoid trouble but after witnessing a police shooting, he is haunted by it and struggles to adapt to the changing face of his neighborhood.
Blindspotting really took me by surprise. It is a drama with some very heavy hitting moments but also has lots of great humor throughout and top tier writing and directing. Stars Diggs and Casal are actual lifelong friends and wrote the film together and director Carlos López Estrada shows incredible skill and confidence despite this being his feature film debut. Powerful, funny, touching and authentic, Blindspotting is a film not to miss.
Lastly this week is a new sci-fi adventure, Kin. Myles Truitt plays Eli Solinski, a young boy who scavenges abandoned buildings for extra money to help his family. But at one site Eli finds many bodies and a powerful otherworldly weapon which he utilizes to help his older adoptive brother Jimmy (Jack Reynor) who is on the run from a crew of thugs led by the psychopathic Taylor (James Franco). Before long the brothers find themselves pursued by the criminals, federal agents, and two mysterious mercenaries looking to reclaim their weapon.
Kin is a fantastic sci-fi action movie great for adults and kids alike (although not too young kids, there are scenes in a strip bar, sans nudity). The action is well staged and exciting, and the family dynamic between Truitt and Reynor is excellent. Truitt in particular is very good here and the film overall has a very 80’s vibe similar to films like The Wraith and such. Great effects, great story and lots of action adds up to Kin being a pleasant surprise.
Also of note this week is the new Shout! Factory special edition of Candyman, which is the first time the film has been on Blu-ray in North America and features two cuts of the film and tons of new special features. Also check out the new horror flick Luciferina, and the Blu-ray debuts of both Urban Legends films.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday November 20, 2018
Beware My Brethren*
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey – Steelbook
Born to Kill: Season One
Candyman – Collector’s Edition*
Clouzot: The Early Works*
Crackdown: Big City Blues*
Crazy Rich Asians
Hey Arnold!: The Ultimate Collection
Holy Motors – Collector’s Edition*
Orgies of Edo*
Outrage Trilogy: Outrage Coda
Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers
Rocko’s Modern Life: The Complete Series
Streets of Fire - Steelbook Edition
The Damn Wall
The Glenn Miller Story*
The Outer Limits: Season Two*
The Prince and the Nature Girl*
Urban Legends: The Final Cut*
WWE: AJ Styles: Most Phenomenal Matches
*Catalog Blu-ray debut