Welcome back! Well, to some of you, anyway. To the rest of you, glad you decided to stop by and I hope this humble column helps you navigate the stacks of new releases each week. My goal is to point you toward titles of interest and warn you away from those films that seek to do nothing but leech away your time and give you nothing in return.
Full disclosure: I have not seen many of these titles, and what follows are not necessarily reviews, but opinions based upon what I know of the titles I pluck from the new release lists I peruse. The opinions I give based on the new releases are my own, and my recommendations are based on my personal interest. In any case, I hope you enjoy and perhaps find something you like or a title to point me towards.
City of the Living Dead (Blu-ray). When I saw this was arriving on Blu-ray this week, I had to make it my pick for this week. Lucio Fulci delivers the nonsensical and the bizarre. City of the Living Dead builds a world without hope, where nothing is waiting for you but a gruesome death that you cannot escape. Faith in religion? Forget it, a priest started this mess, remember? Hope in an ancient book? Nope, you get a short time frame to stop it, but it is never enough time. This is all about the dead coming back, one way or another. The future is written and you are not going to like it. Tears of blood, maggot storms, skull cap removals, gut expulsion, this has all a gore hound and horror fan would want. I wonder how it's going to look in high definition.
The Road (also Blu-ray). Pretty much any other week this would have been number one. I mean, it is my favorite movie for 2009, after all. This movie is amazing, powerful, moving, depressing, and painfully realistic. When you watch this make sure to not have any sharp objects in the area. In a post-apocalyptic landscape a father and son are forced to survive any way they can while trying to retain their humanity. It is a great film that not enough people saw on the big screen.
True Blood: The Complete Second Season (also Blu-ray). I want to see this series but as of right now I have seen none of it. I'm up for some quality vampire television (and I do not mean Vampire Diaries).