6 items from 2014
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 29, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
A group of reunited college friends hear it through the grapevine in The Big Chill.
The 1983 comedy-drama The Big Chill focuses on a group of thirty-somethings who reunite for the funeral of one of their friends and end up spending a weekend together, reminiscing about their shared pasts as children of the sixties and confronting the uncertainty of their lives as adults of the eighties.
Poignant and warmly humorous in equal measure, this baby boomer milestone made a star of writer-director Lawrence Kasdan (Body Heat) and is perhaps the decade’s defining ensemble film, featuring memorable performances by Tom Berenger (Inception), Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction), Jeff Goldblum (Morning Glory), William Hurt (Broadcast News), Kevin Kline (Queen to Play), Mary Kay Place (Being John Malkovich), Meg Tilly (Agnes of God), and JoBeth Williams (Timer).
Co-opted a zillion times over the »
Review by Kathleen Kaiser
As we meet Meg (Lindsay Duncan) and Nick (Jim Broadbent), they are attempting to rekindle their relationship and save their marriage by returning to the ambiance and breathtaking beauty of gay Paris’. Having honeymooned there, they are both consumed by the notion that once back in Paris’, they can reconnect and their lives will return to the way they used to be…..
It seems that while incredibly excited about their travels, the idiosyncrasies that each have over-looked for many years, seem to be exacerbated in their new surroundings. Meg’s love of the “good life” is being tested, as Nick tries to stay on budget with their accommodations, sending her over the edge. As Meg »
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This weekend, your best bet is to steer clear of "Need for Speed" and seek out a few indies instead. The critics have spoken, and "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul's first mainstream theatrical vehicle, based on the wildly popular video game racing franchise, has no wheels. So instead, why not catch not one, but two hunky Jake Gyllenhaals in Denis Villeneuve's moody "Enemy," director Jason Bateman's "Bad Words," the long-awaited "Veronica Mars" movie, or even some sweet old folks in "Le Week-End"? Trailers below.With fest-circuit hit "Le Week-End," Brit director Roger Michell ("Notting Hill") returns to his home turf after several limp Hollywood outings ("Morning Glory," "Hyde Park on Hudson"). He directs writer Hanif Kureishi's sharp, acutely observed romantic comedy about a 60ish couple (Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan) hoping to liven up their marriage with an anniversary celebration in Paris, where they honeymooned 30 years before. »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Blu-ray Release Date: May 27, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $39.95
Bill Murray (Lost in Translation) stars in Wes Anderson’s (Moonrise Kingdom) quirky 2004 comedy adventure The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, which makes it’s Blu-ray debut on the venerable Criterion label.
Internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou (Murray) and his crew—Team Zissou—set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, possibly nonexistent Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou’s partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure. They are joined on their voyage by a young airline copilot (Owen Wilson, Hall Pass), a pregnant journalist (Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine), and Zissou’s estranged wife, Eleanor (Anjelica Huston, Crimes and Misdemeanors).
Criterion issued Steve Zissou on DVD in 2005 and has ported over that edition’s bonus features for the Blu-ray edition. »
Feature Simon Brew 5 Feb 2014 - 06:48
Directing a massive blockbuster is the dream, isn't it? Not always, it seems. Here are some directors who've dropped out of big projects...
The explosion of the DVD market, and of the current generation of American and international independent cinema, has sent movie bosses scouring the shelves and the planet for interesting directors. Said studios then try and pair those interesting directors with blockbuster movies (a trend that continues later this year with the rather excellent decision to give Gareth Edwards Godzilla to make). But things don't always work out, and ways are parted before a single frame of footage has been shot.
So then: what we've looked at here are examples of where interesting directors were hired for blockbuster movies, only for them to leave the project before the film in question was complete. We've avoided stories of directors not returning for sequels »
Digital Release Date: Jan. 21, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 4, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
The writer of such great romantic comedies as Notting Hill, Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral, Richard Curtis, is behind About Time, which stars Rachel McAdams (Morning Glory) and Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley from Harry Potter) as the lovers with obstacles.
Domnhall Gleeson plays Tim, a guy who’s lower on the social chain. But the night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim gets some interesting news from his father (Bill Nighy, Wild Target): They can travel through time, not to change history, but to change things in their own life.
Tim decides to use his newfound power to get a girlfriend (Rachel McAdams). But the more he travels through time, he discovers his gift can’t always save him from the ups and downs of life. »
6 items from 2014
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