New on DVD, Blu-ray and streaming this week, suburban strangeness, 'Savages' a la Stone, Scottish family fun and a classic on Blu-ray. …
With the exception of poor Katy Perry, everyone was a winner at the box office this week. Seriously. Of the top ten films, nine of them either opened well or held well, making this one of the most consistent weekends of the summer season. Filmmakers and studios: pat yourselves on the backs. You've earned this one.
I took very few notes as I watched Oliver Stone's 'Savages.' I basically have one phrase in large print in the center of the page: “I can't tell if I'm supposed to be taking this seriously.”
It's underlined. Three times.
'Savages' is nothing if not unique. Oh, the basic plot isn't unique - a group of crafty outsiders take on the mob – but the specifics are so peculiar that you'll feel compelled to both applaud and mutter WTF. Often at the same time.
Aaron Johnson's character in 'Savages' has it pretty rough. Though the pot business he runs with his brother (played by Taylor Kitsch) is thriving, his refusal to combine forces with Salma Hayek initiates the capture and mild torture of his smokin' hot girlfriend. So, one can understand why he ultimately goes all Gary Busey crazy for a little bit.
Happy 'Dark Knight Rises' and 'Amazing Spider-Man' month, everyone! You could tell us that you're not into either of these comic book heroes and we wouldn't believe you, but we'll still give you plenty of other new movie releases to choose from for July 2012. That is, if you insist on lying about how much you despise Bruce Wayne and Peter Parker.
Watch out, poster flood! While several movies grace the big screen this weekend, we get a glimpse of a few more films that are scheduled to be released at some point this year through their posters.