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Monday, January 12, 2015

GeekRecs Weekly Home Video Spotlight: 1/13/2015

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 some of the notable new releases on DVD, blu-ray, Netflix, and more! 

New on DVD & Blu-Ray for January 6th

Gone Girl   (20th Century Fox)                         (GeekRex review)
Although the strangeness of where Gone Girl ends up isn’t quite as strong as it’s tense thriller act one or it’s shocking act two, the whole movie is utterly absorbing. It’s impossible not to become totally engrossed in the mystery, one that on its surface seems to be resolved–but the real kicker is in the act two reveal, which makes us question everything we’ve seen up to that point, and perhaps even what is to come afterwards. It’s a movie you’ll be thinking about for days, sorting through the details to try and grasp the truth, but the pervading idea here seems to be that even in matters of love and violence, there is no truth, only our own subjective experience. Gone Girl as a masterful achievement in cinema, one that is without question near the top of Fincher’s impressive body of work.
A Walk Among the Tombstones  (Universal)  (GeekRex review)
A Walk Among the Tombstones is a punishing movie, a trip into the grim past of New York City and a hard life of penitence and sobriety. To some, that reads as slow, as boring. And to many more, myself included, the film's treatment of women is a whole other kind of punishing, an almost overwhelming push of sexualized violence and objectification. And yet, I can't help but to keep coming back to the film, to its almost dogmatic dedication to its own themes, to its beating black heart. For an audience craving a relatively mature genre film grounded by a great actor who has been too used to slumming it for the last few years, A Walk Among the Tombstones will be a breath of fresh air - if you can get past a few of its slimier aspects.
Wetlands  (Strand)                                              (GeekRex review)
Wetlands is definitely not for everyone. It's unrated for good reason–I think this bit from IMDb's parent's guide sums it up better than I could: "A close-up photograph of an anal opening is seen briefly from a distance on an iPhone." If you can stomach the bodily fluids, casual frontal nudity, and graphic sexuality of the movie, though, you'll find yourself immensely entertained and maybe a little bit in love, but above all wanting more–or at least wanting to watch it again.
The Two Faces of January (Magnolia)             (GeekRex review)
Despite its flaws, I did genuinely enjoy The Two Faces of January. It isn't playing in the same league, I think, as similar Highsmith adaptations like The Talented Mr. Ripley, Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, or Purple Noon, but it remains a gorgeously-shot wrong-man thriller with an immensely talented cast. Its problems are simple, and easy to overlook by anyone seeking a restrained, character-driven crime film. Amini's debut film is shockingly assured, both in its pacing and in its visuals.
Honeymoon   (Magnolia)
Men, Women & Children   (Paramount) 
Jessabelle   (Lions Gate)
The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (Criterion)

Boardwalk Empire: Season 5   (HBO)

New On Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, & Beyond

Notable New Releases on Netflix

Frank (2014)                                                       (GeekRex review)
Frank isn't perfect, having a few sags that, even once you understand the sleight of hand, are still noticeable. At the same time, it's one of the more uniquely enjoyable films I've seen this year that dig beyond just the base pleasures. There's just something there I can't shake, particularly from its final poignant scene. The word that comes to mind is resonance.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)                 (GeekRex review)
At a lean 105 minutes, it's also a modern action film that finds itself in the rare place of leaving you wanting a little more, rather than leaving you exhausted with what you got. Like 2013's similarly unambitious-but-unexpectedly-worthwhile The Wolverine and White House Down, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit isn't necessarily a terribly good movie, but it is a fun one, especially for those who find themselves pining for a slightly more restrained action film. Its cast - Pine, Costner, and Knightley - fit comfortably into their roles, and the movie's needlessly cute (or too predictably trite) moments are mostly excised to keep momentum building. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has its problems, but it remains a surprisingly enjoyable thriller. 
Notable New Releases on Amazon Instant Video (free w/ Prime)

Starred Up (2014)
The Congress  (2014)
Bottle Rocket (1996)
On The Waterfront (1954)

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