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.
Where the Wild Things Are (also Blu-ray). This is a movie that I knew was special as I left the theater; however, I was not as enamored with it as I had hoped to be. At the same time, I think it is one of those movies that will only grow in estimation over the years. Spike Jonze took Maurice Sendak's minimalist children's tale and turned it into a rumination on childhood and growing up for adults. It truly is an original, remarkable work that pulls no punches. If you missed it, do yourself a favor and give it a shot. It is quite different than anything you've seen in awhile.
2012 (also Blu-ray). As a fun disaster film, this fills the bill. However, if you are looking for anything to stimulate the intellectual centers of the brain, you are going to want to go somewhere else. The movie is fun and exciting, there is no denying that. Was I expecting a masterpiece? No, not at all. I essentially got what I was expecting, which is a visual extravaganza with some melodrama to string it along. Watch as Roland Emmerich takes the best effects money can buy and proceeds to destroy the world. Allow John Cusack to play your guide through the apocalypse; just sit back and enjoy the ride.