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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Universal Studios) — I am not familiar with the source material upon which this movie was based, I am not a video game or graphic novel junkie, and I am far past the target age group for Edgar Wright’s action/comedy romp. Which is what made watching it such a pleasant surprise. Bursting with energy and genuinely funny, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is the type of movie that the multiplexes were built for. I’m confident that it will play just as breezily on the small screen as well. Buy it on DVD or Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy.
The Two Escobars (ESPN Films 30 For 30) — As ESPN’s ambitious 30 For 30 documentary series begins to wind down, the cream has begun to rise to the top. Jeff and Michael Zimbalist’s The Two Escobars is one of the finest entries. In comparing the rise and fall of the Colombian national soccer team—and, in turn, its leader Andres Escobar—to the rise and fall of drug lord Pablo Escobar, the filmmakers have delivered two films for the price of one. Even if you aren’t interested in sports/soccer, this film still delivers. Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.
Antichrist (Criterion) — To those of you who think Antichrist is a masterpiece, you’re wrong. To those of you who think it’s a complete and utter misfire, you’re wrong too. The truth of the matter is that Antichrist has too many flaws to be upheld as a work of outright excellence, yet it is far too audacious to be dismissed with a huff or shrug. It exists is in its own universe, a place where art and trash collide, where logic and illogic fornicate in a vestibule, where intelligence and idiocy fist each other like maggots. Read the rest of my review, then buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.
New Old Movie Collection Of The Week/Month/Year
The Elia Kazan Collection (20th Century Fox) — Fifteen Elia Kazan films, several of which are appearing on home video for the first time (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Viva Zapata!, Man on a Tightrope, America, America), as well as the acclaimed Martin Scorsese/Kent Jones documentary A Letter To Elia… I’ve said enough already. Buy the 18-DVD Set.
Have Not Seen But Really/Maybe/Kinda Wanna
Wild Card Of The Week
Lifetime Movies Collector’s Set V.2 (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment) — Unfortunately, my current daily routine precludes me from devoting more time to one of my favorite obsessions—Lifetime movies!—which makes this four-film release even more exciting (Untamed Love, Just Ask My Children, Taming Andrew, Invisible Child). No, I’m not kidding. Buy it on DVD.