New to Home Video 6/14/22
Check out our reviews of what’s new to home video 6/14/22:
Generally speaking, the problems I’ve had with Michael Bay’s films in the past don’t seem to be the things that most of his detractors point to. In fact, I can boil pretty much all of my distaste for his work down to one word: Comedy. The humor in most of Bay’s movies tends to be loud, frattish, often dependent on racial or physical stereotypes and pretty much always unfunny. His newest film, Ambulance, does make some light attempts at producing laughs, including self-aware references to both The Rock and Bad Boys. But it almost completely sidesteps this pitfall by simply not allowing room for anything other than its own velocity. Once the action kicks in, which happens gloriously early on, it does not stop. There’s barely room to breathe in Ambulance, much less to crack wise… Review
“Paul Verhoeven made a lesbian nun movie set in the 17th century,” they said, and we all sat up with at least an expression that suggested interest, if not fully out loud saying “oh really?” But while lesbian nuns might be the easy sell at the ticket counter, in truth the film is a pretty comprehensive – if certainly incendiary and, depending on your perspective, outright blasphemous – examination of religious devotion and the way organized religion seeks, rewards, and retains power. It takes the spiritual world seriously, even if it’s less sure than its characters of explanations for it… Review
Also new to home video 6/14/22: Morbius, Father Stu, Ahed’s Knee
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.