New to Home Video 6/21/22
Check out our reviews of what’s new to home video 6/21/22:
My parents were pretty strict when it came to R-rated movies so fourteen year old me didn’t get to see Con Air in a theater. I felt the pangs of that great disappointment in my life again when Tom Gormican’s The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent opens with a scene from that film, with Nicolas Cage’s long hair blowing in the wind on the giant screen and his overcooked Southern accent rumbling in the speakers the way I never got to experience back in 1997. It turns out we’ve dropped in on two characters who have nothing to do with Cage; they’re just watching one of his seminal performances. Soon enough, though, Cage will show up as himself in the lead role of this mostly fun, occasionally too self-satisfied ode to the actor’s indelible power and high voltage appeal… Review
It should come as no surprise that any serious-minded film about the pornography industry is also going to be a good Los Angeles movie. Most of the time, when a filmmaker sets out to depict a city, they understandably focus on streets and public transit, the liminal latticework that connects citizens to one another across their shared territory. But Ninja Thyberg’s Pleasure understands how, much of the time, existing in Los Angeles means inhabiting a series of disembodied rooms in a way that feels random when surveyed at large. Sometimes, these rooms are in tacky mansions in the hills. Usually, they’re in strip malls or industrial parks… Review
Kogonada’s lovely feature debut, Columbus, was far more tender and messy than its imagery would suggest when presented out of context. Blending Midwestern modesty with imposing structures of modernist architecture, publicity stills made it look like something approaching science fiction. Now Kogonada has, if you like, fulfilled that promise. After Yang takes place an unspecified number of years from now (the implication is that it’s more distant than near). But still, for all his futuristic mise-en-scène, the director’s outlook remains poignantly human, psychological but not overly cerebral… Review
Also new to home video 6/21/22: The Bad Guys, Gold, Cinderella, Hit the Road
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