New to Home Video 10/18/22
Check out our reviews of what’s new to home video 10/18/22:
Somehow, the standard for comedy in major studio pictures has sunk so low that a jaded “Really?” can completely take the place of an actual joke or retort and audiences don’t riot. It’s easy to blame the early-MCU Favreau/Whedon movies for this but really it’s the fact that, over a decade ago, people saw a kind of disaffected quippiness actually work in those movies and thought it would be easy to replicate. And we let them off the hook! Anyway, that’s about the level of humor you can expect from the entirety of David Leitch‘s new action “comedy,” Bullet Train… Review
Halina Reijn’s Bodies Bodies Bodies is about a group of twentysomethings, most of whom come from very wealthy families, waiting out a hurricane together at the mansion owned by the one of their group with the richest parents. That might make it sound like it’s a quarantine movie, a take on our collective recent past. But, it turns out, Reijn and screenwriters Sarah DeLappe and Kristen Roupenian have easier and more obvious targets in mind for their satire… Review
Well, the good news is, if you’re already a fan of Jo Koy‘s standup comedy, you’ll probably like his new movie and first major star vehicle, Easter Sunday. He plays a very Jo Koy-like character named Joe Valencia and the movie finds multiple excuses to essentially just let him do his standup act. First, we actually see him perform standup. Later, he’s invited to speak at his church, where he holds a microphone and tells jokes. Finally, before giving his big climactic speech to his family, he grabs the karaoke microphone at the party and tells a few more jokes. It feels like half the movie’s dialogue was copied and pasted… Review
Also new to home video 10/18/22: Orphan: First Kill, Fall, The Innocents, Flux Gourmet, Mack & Rita, Hockeyland
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