New to Home Video 12/12/23
Check out our reviews of what’s new to home video 12/12/23:
Big-budget science fiction is filled with gearheads bereft of emotional urgency. They serve well a modern audience uninterested in storytelling, constantly posting gray-toned CGI comps several degrees removed from an acceptable finished product, claiming them to be among the greatest shots in cinema history. Gareth Edwards’s The Creator suggests a respite from this, but in many ways, exemplifies the worst of studio science fiction, made all the more gutting by the adventurousness of its craft and the ambition it proclaims… Review
If I were a schoolkid assigned, for some reason, to write a report on Eric Appel‘s new high-concept biopic parody Weird: The Al Yankovic Story and I really wanted to phone it in, I could probably get pretty near the word count minimum just by listing the notable members of the cast. It’s not an exaggeration to say that nearly every single role of consequence (and many of none whatsoever) is filled by a recognizable comedian. That may be a symptom of just how universally beloved the real Yankovic is (and yes, he appears here too). But it’s also just one aspect of what makes Weird such a blast… Review
Desire is never ending, never fulfilled, and makes for a wonderful subject for fiction. Take Tomas (Franz Rogowski), a successful filmmaker living in Paris. He’s married to Martin (Ben Whishaw), a calm, patient, understanding man who has his own thriving, fulfilling career. They love each other, and they’re living well. As Tomas wraps his latest feature, partying with his crew, he meets Agathe (Adèle Exarchopoulos); they hit it off, sleep together, and Tomas finds a sexual fulfillment he did not expect. He excitedly tells Martin of this. Their conversation suggests some sort of understanding of these affairs, but also that Martin has grown weary of them, and before long, Tomas is packing his things and moving in with Agathe. But he still wants to own the vacation house with Martin. He still wants to visit Martin, who’s restarting his love life with a handsome author (Erwan Kepoa Falé), whenever he likes. He wants the best of everything and the worst of nothing… Review
Also new to home video 12/12/23: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Dumb Money, PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie, Walk Up, Fremont, Satanic Hispanics, De Humani Corporis Fabrica, Story Ave
Battleship Pretension is a film discussion show and a film review website founded by Tyler Smith and David Bax. Beginning in March 2007, Battleship Pretension the show (known to fans simply as “BP”) embodies the type of laidback, free-flowing conversations had by lovers of film around the world. Battleship Pretension the website is dedicated to being a destination for those seeking worthwhile opinions on current releases, be they foreign, independent, studio pictures, theatrical, home video releases, etc. From its meager beginnings in Los Angeles, Battleship Pretension has amassed a worldwide audience and readership. From Germany to Korea to Australia, people have tuned in to share in Tyler and David’s love of film. As Battleship Pretension’s following continues to grow, the purpose remains the same: Reach out to the international cinephile community, invite them to join in the discussion and perhaps even start one of their own.