New Blu's On the Block - November 27, 2012


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Released: November 27, 2012


Written by Sara Michelle Fetters



New Blu's On the Block
Blu-ray and DVD Releases for November 27, 2012

If Black Friday sales havenít depleted your bank account to a negative balance, there are a couple releases this week you might want to take a potential look at. Nothing Iíd say needs to be bought, but a few that should certainly be seen, anything you decide to do after that entirely up to you.




From my theatrical review (read it here): ďLawless, based on the book The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant, scripted by Nick Cave and directed by John Hillcoat, both of whom previously joined forces on the pitch-black Australian Western The Proposition, is a Prohibition gangster saga that doesnít go anywhere new or do a single thing thatís unexpected. Itís also a damn fine motion picture, acted to perfection and made with consummate skill. On top of that, itís remarkably entertaining start to finish, and even the minute little bits that donít work the whole is so strikingly well done itís mighty difficult to not walk out of the theatre hugely impressed.Ē




ParaNorman 3D


From my theatrical review (read it here): ďSomewhat surprisingly, there is a heck of lot going on inside the wickedly inspired ParaNorman, the new stop-motion animated marvel directed by Chris Butler and Sam Fell and brought forth from the same studio that unleashed Coraline back in 2009Ö Written by Butler, the narrative has an almost Pixar-level complexity that never rests on its laurels. Nothing is what it seems, the villains arenít who you think they are and heroics, while flashy and filled with the requisite eye-popping whiz-bang, are of a more intimately delicate quality than one would normally expect.Ē




Men in Black 3 3D

Men in Black 3

From my theatrical review (read it here): ď[Maybe] ten years away from this franchise has actually done Sonnenfeld and company some good. While not essential, while certainly not a film thatís going to be remembered very long after the fact, truth be told, even with all the stories of cost overruns and an unfinished script circulating during principal photography, Men in Black 3 is actually something of a hoot. Etan Cohenís (Tropic Thunder) script manages to fix the majority of the problems that plagued the last film, returning to the same devil-may-care yet bizarrely grounded lunacy of the 1997 original, making the finished product far more enjoyable than it arguably has any right to be.Ē (Iten releases on Friday, Nov 30)



Step Up Revolution

From my theatrical review (read it here): ďThis fourth flick in the Step Up franchise is far superior to the third one. For one thing, itís idiotic plot (a group of Miami dancers engage in a series of flash mobs as part of a YouTube contest end up taking to the streets in protest when a greedy billionaire developer threatens to destroy their neighborhood to build a swanky resort complex) doesnít get in the way of the star-crossed love story at the heart of things. For another, the dancing is sensational. Better, it doesnít seem to end, the whole movie nothing more than a series of ever more impressive musical vignettes showcasing spectacular choreography and athletic dancers seemingly capable of anything.Ē



Sparkle (2012)

From my theatrical review (read it here): ďThe bottom line is that, while Hustonís death was a tragedy, that doesnít make Sparkle any less pedestrian, and while Iíll happily enjoy the singerís music for the foreseeable future and beyond hereís hoping I never have to think about this film and her involvement in it ever again.Ē (Iten releases on Friday, Nov 30)



Luck: The Complete First Season

For all the excellent reviews it garnered, sadly creators David Milch (Deadwood) and Michael Mannís (Heat, Last of the Mohicans) dramatic series circling around the world of horse racing will be remembered more for the on-set deaths of many of its animal cast than it will for anything else. Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte give extraordinary performances, but all that ends up mattering little thanks to the controversy. Still, I strongly suggest interested viewers give it a look, the bracing authenticity of the program truly something to behold.



The Apparition

From my theatrical review (read it here): ďThe Apparition is not a good movie. It lacks suspense, doesnít do a decent enough job of setting up its scenario and asks the viewer to suspend disbelief to a point no rational person easily can. Worst of all, even with a solid setup (excluding the laughable pre-title prologue), even with a wonderful score from tomandandy (The Strangers) and some exquisite camerawork from Daniel Pearl (Friday the 13th), frankly the movie isnít scary. Not once. Not ever. Not at any single point, a humongous problem no amount of technical virtuosity can either mask or allow the finished feature to recover from.Ē



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Elliott Loves

Somewhat standard coming-of-age romance made notable for its robust and invigorating first half where it chronicles its titular protagonist as a questioning nine-year-old (beautifully portrayed by child actor Quentin Araujo). Things get a bit more standard by the time Elliott (now played by Fabio Costaprado) reaches 21, but writer/director Terracino manages his fair share of winning moments and humorously satisfying events to make the familiarity of it all more than tolerable.



Burning Man

A hotshot restaurant owner at Sydney's chic Bondi Beach struggles to keep his life from falling apart in the intense and stunningly directed Burning Man. In a tour de force performance, Matthew Goode (Match Point, Brideshead Revisited) stars as Tom Keaton, a hunky chef who meets and marries the beautiful Sarah (Bojana Novakovic, Edge of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell) and soon becomes a proud father. But when tragedy strikes, Tom is unable to cope and turns to a succession of sexual encounters with an array of women while neglecting his family and losing his grip at work. Co-starring Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under), Burning Man ultimately paints a poignant portrait of a young man confronting loss and searching for the possibility of redemption. (Description reprinted from Amazon.com)



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