We have a light selection of new releases coming this week (mostly due to the upcoming holiday shopping that will take place), but for those of us who will be in desperate need of a new movie to watch when the shopping has ended, here are the new selections available.
- The Expendables 2 (2012): Action! Action! Crash! Bang! Explosion. Boom! Blood. Guts. More Explosions. More Guns. Fighting. More Fighting. More explosions, and the greatest all-star action cast ever assembled. That’s right, this is the sequel to the 2010’s action spectacular, and this time they promise more violence, more blood, more explosions and even more action heroes from both today’s Hollywood elite, as well as our treasured heroes from the past. Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Randy Couture, Terry Crew, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis and of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger. I don’t think the plot is important (I bet that screenwriters Richard Wenk and Stallone himself felt the same way). I also think that by now you know if this movie is something you have any interest in seeing, right? Enough said.
- Heaven’s Gate (1980): This week the Criterion Collection is releasing this 1980 western film, in an attempt to present it to the world exactly the way director Michael Cimino intended. Heaven’s Gate was a disaster while it was being filmed and is still remembered for being one of the biggest box office bombs in history, but many people feel that in its own way it is a masterpiece, as well as being one of the last “great” westerns. The plot centers in Wyoming in the 1890’s, dealing with America’s expansion. With land disputes that lead to numerous murders, something needs to be done, and a new marshal from the east (Kris Kristofferson) might just be the man for the job. With a fully restored running time of 216 minutes, this is the most complete version of the film ever available. Judging from what everyone has been saying about this movie lately, this appears to be something that is worth seeing. As soon as I see it, I will post about it quickly. Heaven’s Gate also stars Christopher Walken, Jeff Bridges, John hurt, Sam Waterson, Joseph Cotten and Mickey Rourke.
- The Tarantino Collection (1992-2009):After 20 years of making movies, Quentin Tarantino has already left a lasting impression on the world. Now in the eight film collection, you can experience these films all over again. The set includes Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003), Kill Bill Vol.2 (2004), Death Proof (2007), Inglorious Bastards (2010) and True Romance (1993). Here are my problems with this collection: If you enjoy Tarantino and his movies, you probably already own some, if not all, of these films because they are ALL already available on Blu-ray. With a sale price of $90 (WOW) that doesn’t make since unless you don’t own any of them. You could buy all eight of these movies new on Blu-ray today, for $79. It doesn’t make much sense to me to have a box set that is more expensive than the individual movies. Five hours of bonus features might be informational, but this set needs to be cheaper. Oh yes, I almost forgot my frustration with True Romance being in this collection. He didn’t direct it, he didn’t write the screenplay, he just wrote the story. Didn’t he help out on the Crimson Tide (1995) story as well? How about Natural Born Killers(1994)? Why not include these films in this collection? Or here’s an idea, why not include Four Rooms (1995), which he did partially direct, instead? Wow, I didn’t realize I was so upset about this box set until right now. Maybe it’s because I already own all the movies and I am just upset that I have to miss out on the bonus features.
- The Trap (1959): Starring Richard Widmark and Lee J. Cobb, this looks to be a film noir with a little bit of an old western feel around it. I really don’t know anything about the plot, but it appears that there is a small town lawyer who is trying to help a mob boss flee the country, when things go wrong.
- Ramrod (1947):This is the exact opposite of The Trap. It’s a western film with a little bit of film noir mixed in. Starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake, this could be a surprise little film that up until now hasn’t been available since the days of video. It certainly could be something worth finding.
Well, that’s all for this week. Happy watching!
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