A heavy catalog week this week but we kick off with a new season of one of the most entertaining shows on TV, Killing Eve: Season Three. After the cliffhanger ending of Season Two, Villanelle (Jodie Comer) is working in Spain, gaining more power within The Twelve and carrying out more kills but missing Eve (Sandra Oh) and believing her to be dead. But Eve is very much alive and after being double crossed and left for dead, and laying low with a regular job and trying to get back into the good graces of her husband Niko (Owen McDonnell). But her obsession with Villanelle brings her right back into the thick of it as she sets out to find her and settle things once and for all.
Killing Eve is a fantastic dramatic thriller anchored by two fantastic performances by Oh and Comer. Their chemistry is undeniable and their characters are unique and memorable. The show has gone through a new showrunner every single season but the quality of the stories and the writing have not wavered. The wit is still bizarre and often hilarious and the action is plentiful and fun. But it will always be the cat and mouse game between Oh and Comer that keeps us coming back. Highly recommended.
Next up this week is a small film starring Jeremy Renner that ended up being somewhat of a breakout role for him despite playing one of the most despicable characters to come out of true crime in Dahmer. Renner brilliantly portrays real life serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer before his arrest and conviction as he was a seemingly regular guy working in a chocolate factory. But unbeknownst to those around him, Dahmer was hunting all of Milwaukee, Wisconsin for young males to lure, attack, kill and defile.
Dahmer is not an easy film to watch, but unlike many low budget films about infamous serial killers, Dahmer keeps things realistic and mostly non-exploitative. The real draw in Dahmer though is the electrifying lead performance by Renner. He manages to keep his portrayal of Dahmer reality based and avoids becoming a caricature of the man. Instead he plays it low key and therefore makes his Dahmer much more terrifying than any exaggerated portrayal. Writer/director David Jacobson does an admirable job of getting the most out of his budget with a dark, gritty look that really conveys the dark world Dahmer inhabited. Definitely recommended for any true crime fanatics.
Lastly this week is a great film from 1983 starring the very much missed Gene Hackman, Uncommon Valor. Hackman plays Colonel Rhodes, a retired Vietnam Vet who reunites with his fellow soldiers to mount a risky covert operation back into Vietnam to rescue his son who is a P.O.W. being held by the Vietnamese. The mission to get his son back also serves as a fresh start for the men who have felt lost since the end of the war, a way to get something right and re-direct their lives to a better future.
Uncommon Valor is directed by the great Ted Kotcheff (First Blood, Weekend at Bernies) and is one hell of a great action film with heart. Hackman is phenomenal as the fiercely driven Rhodes who is willing to risk everything to get his son back, even confronting his own demons from the war. The supporting cast is amazing and includes Robert Stack, Fred Ward, Randall ‘Tex’ Cobb, Patrick Swayze and Tim Thomerson. The story is engaging and emotional, the humor on point, and the action unbelievably tense yet fun. If you have never seen Uncommon Valor, now is your chance with this new Blu-ray release, and it is a nice low price!
Also of note this week are two new Vestron Video Collector’s Series releases, Little Monsters with Fred Savage and David Cronenberg’s Shivers, plus the Blu-ray debut of the Eddie Murphy horror comedy Vampire in Brooklyn.
Until next week movie lovers, stay safe!
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday September 15, 2020
10/31 Part II
21 Jump Street 4K
22 Jump Street 4K
And The You Die!
Barefoot in the Park (1967)*
Beau Travail (1999)* - Criterion Collection
Cassettes Go Hi-Fi
Dahmer (2002)* - Collector’s Edition
Def-Con 4 (1985)*
Disputed Passage (1939)*
Driveways: Special Edition
Flying Leathernecks (1951)*
Genesis II / Planet Earth (1973-1974)*
Hocus Pocus (1993)* 4K
Home Alone (1990) 4K
Ilsa Double Feature
Ivans xtc. (2000)* - Special Edition
Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway (2019)
Killing Eve: Season Three
Little Monsters (1989) - Vestron Video Collector's Series
Mom: The Complete Third Season
Outlander: Season Five
Pretty in Pink*
Private Parts (1997)*
Rewind: Special Edition
Roman Holiday (1953) - Paramount Presents Edition
Shivers (1975) - Vestron Video Collector's Series
Spawn of the North (1938)*
Stephen King 5 Movie Collection
Succession: The Second Season
The Blue Eyes
The Cat and the Canary (1939)*
The Ghost Breakers (1940)*
The Inner Weigh
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)*
The TV Set (2006)*
The Two Jakes (1990)*
Uncommon Valor (1983)*
Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)*
Weathering with You
Wish Upon a Unicorn
*Catalog Blu-ray debut