Good news for people who like to watch a movies that they’ve probably never heard of – this week’s DVD and Blu Ray releases are full of movies they’ve probably never heard of. But that’s what’s so much fun about watching movies, as we get to pick out titles that may not have made it to our local theaters and give them a shot based on nothing but one or two paragraph synopses and/or alluring pictures.
For added fun this week, try covering your eyes and randomly pointing at this list of new DVDs and Blu Rays and see if your luck finally pays off.
Ginger and Rosa
Love and Honor
Trance (our review)
Kiss of the Damned
Welcome to the Punch
And for your streaming enjoyment, here are some random Netflix “recently added” suggestions:
Playing for Keeps
Now let’s decide which of these fine films we should watch, shall we?
Ginger and Rosa
London, 1962. Two teenage girls – GINGER & ROSA – are inseparable. They skip school together, talk about love, religion and politics and dream of lives bigger than their mothers’ domesticity. But the growing threat of nuclear war casts a shadow over their lives. Ginger (Elle Fanning) is drawn to poetry and protest, while Rosa (Alice Englert) shows Ginger how to smoke cigarettes, kiss boys and pray. Both rebel against their mothers: Rosa’s single mum, Anoushka (Jodhi May), and Ginger’s frustrated painter mother, Natalie (Christina Hendricks). Meanwhile, Ginger’s pacifist father, Roland (Alessandro Nivola) seems a romantic, bohemian figure to the girls. He encourages Ginger’s ‘Ban-the-Bomb’ activism, while Rosa starts to take a very different interest in him. As Ginger’s parents fight and fall apart, Ginger finds emotional sanctuary with a gay couple, both named Mark (Timothy Spall and Oliver Platt), and their American friend, the poet Bella (Annette Bening). Finally, as the Cuban Missile Crisis escalates – and it seems the world itself may come to an end – the lifelong friendship of the two girls is shattered. Ginger clutches at one hope; if she can help save the world from extinction, perhaps she too will survive this moment of personal devastation.
Should You Watch It? Sure, and then write a review about it using only dog GIFs so I’ll have a better idea of what it’s actually about.
A writer with a career in decline arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl. That night in a dream, he is approached by a mysterious young ghost named V. He’s unsure of her connection to the murder in the town, but is grateful for the story being handed to him. Ultimately he is led to the truth of the story, surprised to find that the ending has more to do with his own life than he could ever have anticipated.
Should You Watch It? Yes, because I believe it’s the same exact story of how “Where’s Waldo?” was written.
[Vince’s Note: I want to see the version of this where Val Kilmer has to read all his lines with two Twix in his mouth.]
Love and Honor
When DALTON JOINER, a young soldier in Vietnam, gets dumped by his hometown girlfriend JANE, he vows to sneak home during the war to win her back. His best buddy, MICKEY WRIGHT, never one to miss out on a wild time, decides to go with him. They must get back to America, change her mind and return to the war without getting caught. The two soldiers end up at the University of Michigan, where they find JANE, now JUNIPER, and her stunning and passionate new friend CANDACE, right in the heart of the counter culture – and the anti-war movement. During one week in July 1969, while the rest of the world focuses on man’s first steps on the moon, Wright and Joiner learn the true meaning of love, honor and commitment.
Should You Watch It? Absolutely. I spoke to several Vietnam veterans who confirmed that they could have just left Vietnam at any time and easily make it back to the U.S. to see friends, before having to make it all the way back to Vietnam.