Another strong October week kicks off with the new film from Edgar Wright, Baby Driver. Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a young man paying off a debt to a criminal boss named Doc (Kevin Spacey) by using his formidable getaway driving skills during tricky robberies with various criminal crews. But just when Baby thinks he may be out and able to lead a normal life with his new love Debora (Lily James), Doc steps in to make sure Baby never has a choice in the matter prompting Baby to find a way to get out once and for all.
Edgar Wright has more than proven himself an imaginative and original filmmaker with classics like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World?s End and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Now he takes on the action genre with brilliant results. The killer cast including Elgort, Spacey, James, Jon Bernthal, Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm is amazing, the action is fast paced and exciting, the story intriguing and best of all is Wright?s brilliant editing idea. Editors Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss took the soundtrack that Wright assembled and assembled the beats of action to the music playing throughout the entire movie. Gunshots, tire squeals and editing cuts are all synchronized to the soundtrack and the result is a whole new experience in movie watching. Baby Driver is a good one folks, check it out.
Next up is the new film from Sofia Coppola, The Beguiled. A remake of a 1971 Clint Eastwood film of the same name, The Beguiled is the story of a girl?s school in a large mansion in Virginia during the Civil War. The house is occupied by Miss Martha (Nicole Kidman) and teacher Edwina (Kirsten Dunst) and a few girl students. When one of the students stumbles upon Corporal McBurney (Colin Farrell), a wounded Union solider, they take him in and nurse him back to health even though he is from the opposing army. But as the women start to take notice of the charming man, jealousies and suspicions arise leading to betrayals that may affect the very lives of everyone in the school.
Coppola has made a name for herself despite her famous father with films like The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette and The Bling Ring but The Beguiled is definitely a new direction for her. A dark and brooding thriller, The Beguiled is heavy with a sense of dread from the start. And as the story unfolds, Coppola managed to keep the pace steady and precise as it builds to the crumbling of its character?s relationships. Everyone is great here with Elle Fanning and Farrell really standing out, but it is the beautiful southern location and the lush cinematography that are the real star of the movie.
Lastly this week is a new horror film called Demonic. Frank Grillo stars as Louisiana detective Mark Lewis who is called to a notorious haunted house where three bodies and one survivor in shock stand after a supposed snce gone wrong. He calls on police psychologist Elizabeth Klein (Maria Bello) to interrogate the survivor John (Dustin Milligan), but as the details of the night are revealed, there might be more to the story than Lewis originally suspected.
Demonic is a refreshing blend of police procedural thriller and outright supernatural horror film. Grillo is great as always and Bello, who has become quite the genre regular, is also excellent. Dustin Milligan, who is known recently for a great role on the TV show Schitt?s Creek, is also compelling as the only survivor of the snce. The story was well paced and interesting and actually kept me guessing while also keeping a spooky mood and some great jump scares.
I also want to mention this week to the movie fans out there that might also be gamers that a new game is also out today called Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. Fans of the Lord of the Rings film series will be really happy with this new game that improves greatly on the last game, Shadow of Mordor. Shadow of War features 5 beautifully rendered environments that are massive, a smooth and extremely fun fight system, some great upgraded powers and moves and best of all, some amazing connections to the world from the movies including the appearance of Ringwraiths, the Witch King and even Sauron himself. With well over 50 hours of gameplay, this is one massive game and it never gets boring. The bad guys are all new with great and varied designs, the gameplay fast and fun with plenty to explore and lots of action. This is pretty much the best video game from the world of Lord of the Rings since the PS2. Fans, check this one out.
Also of note this week is the surprisingly good TV movie Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland, the Blu-ray debut of the early Wes Craven film Summer of Fear and the new horror flick Open Water 3: Cage Dive.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday October 10, 2017
Britney Ever After
DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games/DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year
Dreamgirls: Extended Director?s Edition
Duck Dynasty: The Complete Series
Female Fight Squad
For Love of the Game*
Highlander 5 Film Collection
Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland
Miracle on 34th St. ? 70th Anniversary
Open Water 3: Cage Dive
Othello* - Criterion Collection
Planes, Trains and Automobiles ? 30th Anniversary
Roy Colt and Winchester Jack*
Take the Money and Run*
The Flamingo Kid
The Green Slime*
The Last Kingdom: Season One
The Lure* - Criterion Collection
The Peanuts Holiday Collection 4K
The Poughkeepsie Tapes*
The Sea Wolf*
The Women of Brewster Place
Thor: Tales of Asgard
Wes Craven?s Summer of Fear*
*Catalog Blu-ray debut