New to Home Video 7/11/23
Check out our reviews of what’s new to home video 7/11/23.
Jalmari Helander’s Sisu is the kind of movie you might catch the characters in a Quentin Tarantino movie watching. That is by no means intended to be a slight. On the contrary, with retro graphic title cards announcing each new chapter and the many buckets of fake blood on the screen, that seems to be exactly the tone Helander is trying to strike. Only those mistakenly anticipating a sober, respectful World War II drama will be put off. Those who know they’re in for the latest movie from the guy who made the ancient, evil Santa Claus troll movie (Rare Exports) will find their pulpy expectations neatly satisfied… Review
In the most breathtaking scene in Albert Serra‘s Pacifiction (the competition for that title is fierce), a Frenchman in a cream-colored linen suit stands on a center console boat off the shore of Tahiti and watches the waves grow larger and more threatening. Eventually, the danger outweighs the spectacle for him and he opts to be whisked away on the back of a water scooter to his own safety and that of his upscale resort wear. Seeing this on a cinema screen was almost overwhelming; the man’s decision to leave nearly had me cheering him on like he was the final girl in a slasher movie getting away from the killer. How Serra and cinematographer Artur Tort captured these images is similarly anxiety-inducing to ponder. But it’s only the most potent example of how the movie respects and highlights the beauty of its tropical setting without being anything anyone would consider a good advertisement for tourism… Review
Also new to home video 7/11/23: Scream VI, Shin Ultraman, Beau Is Afraid, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret., Corsage, The Novelist’s Film, Book Club: The Next Chapter, Carmen
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