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Monday, January 19, 2015

GeekRecs Weekly Home Video Spotlight: 1/20/2015

Welcome to the GeekRex weekly look at what's new in the world of home video. Whether you just depend on your Netflix subscription to find great new shows and movies to watch or your an avid blu-ray collector, we've got you covered! Check back each week to see what's happening on DVD, blu-ray, Netflix, and more! 

New on DVD & Blu-Ray for January 20th

Lucy  (Universal)                       (GeekRex review)
Still, Lucy is almost certainly Besson's best film since The Fifth Element, and it may even surpass that cult sci-fi hit - it shares in its cheesiness, but lacks its commitment. We sometimes use 'stupid' as a pejorative when talking about action movies like Transformers, and make no mistake: Lucy is a stupid film. But unlike much of its brethren, Lucy is also a deeply weird movie from an auteur filmmaker allowed to cut loose and have a blast with one of the biggest stars in the world. It's fast-paced and exciting with a wicked sense of humor about its preposterous premise. For the first time since the 1990s, when Besson exploded onto the genre scene with La Femme Nikita, Leon: The Professional, and The Fifth Element, he's made a movie worth seeing.
The Boxtrolls  (Universal)           (GeekRex review)
Although its got some narrative flow issues, The Boxtrolls is, on the whole, a very enjoyable flick. In an age when even most mainstream non-children's movies can't seem to create a moral grey area, it's engaging to see a movie where the monsters and the heroes are subverted and played with in such an interesting way. It's a great effort from its somewhat new directors, and I'll be watching to see what their next film is. If you're looking for a fun movie for both yourself and the kids that will get your Halloween season started off right, check it out!
White Bird in a Blizzard  (Magnolia) (GeekRex review)
White Bird in a Blizzard is a big, sloppy movie, alternately fun and dour, earthy and over-the-top. But, as I try to wrap all these thoughts up, I have to say: Whatever else White Bird in a Blizzard may be, it's not a movie easily forgotten - nor is it a movie lazily made. In the three weeks since I saw it, it has returned to my mind regularly as I puzzle over what Araki and Kasischke were trying to say. I still don't know that they were successful in finding something to say or even if this is a terribly good movie, but I do know this: I'll be revisiting it again soon.
The Zero Theorem  (Well Go USA)  (GeekRex review)
I'm sure Gilliam's latest will present a challenging viewing to many, as it is admittedly not his most entertaining film, but the themes here are as pertinent and cleverly molded into a story as his best. This falls neatly within the category of his last few films - somewhat lacking his fun personality in the characters, but bursting at the seams with scathing criticism and colossal concepts that are sure to provoke many a thought-provoking discussion.
The Drop  (20th Century Fox)
Annabelle  (Warner Home Video)
The Green Prince  (Music Box Video)
Palm Beach Story  (Criterion)
My Winnipeg  (Criterion)

New On Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, & Beyond

Notable New Releases on Netflix

Wetlands (2014)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

The Fall, Season 2 (2015)
Being Human, Season 4 (2014) 

Notable New Releases on Amazon Instant Video (free w/ Prime)
Notable New Releases on Hulu & Hulu+

After Tiller (2013)
The Descent (2005)
Kung-Fu Hustle (2004)
All About My Mother (1999)

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