This is Traffik week here at Reel Talker. The superb thriller hits theaters on 4/20 and it’s one of those must-see movies. I had a chance to interview the writer and director of it, Deon Taylor. If you checked out the interview, you already know that Deon had so much good stuff to share that it was only fitting that he’d come back to do a podcast with me. Luckily enough Deon was gracious enough to give his time.
In this interview, we touch on all sort of stuff, including the film and we even make some NBA Playoff predictions. Make sure to check out the interview with Deon, it’s a lot of fun, and go see Traffik in theaters!
The last week of January leads into February on this week’s must see movie release calendar. This week’s Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and theatrical releases offer some under-the-radar surprises.
LAST FLAG FLYING:
Forget anything about Steve Carell being a comedic actor, after yet another terrific dramatic performance from him alongside the equally fantastic Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne in Last Flag Flying. The film is about three friends reuniting 30 years after serving together in Vietnam in support of one of their sons being killed in the Iraq War. As mentioned, a great ensemble of top-notch actors directed by a top-notch storyteller in Richard Linklater. The subject matter of the movie is heavy, but there is a good amount of comedy that lightens the mood. Just seeing these three actors together is reason enough to check out this film, but the story of friendship and kinship will give you the feels also.
BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES
- Deleted Scenes
- “An Unexpected Journey: Making Last Flag Flying” Featurette
- “Veterans Day” Featurette
Last Flag Flying is out now on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital and On Demand
Welcome 2018, lets hope you have a lot of great releases in store for us. The first week of January offers some of my personal favorites of 2017. So check out the following movies that are finally out on Blu-ray and VOD.
This was probably my favorite movie of 2017. An incredible true story of Barry Seal, a real-life pilot turned drug runner turned government spy. Yes, this man ruled the 1980’s, and no very few knew about it. Tom Cruise is fantastic as Seal, he brings the Cruise charm, energy, but also an authentic side you don’t get to see in his films often. This is one of those films that’s so entertaining and insane from start to finish that you keep thinking if all of this could have possibly been real? A little tidbit, the drug dealer that Seal is a runner for is none other than Pablo Escobar. Just one of the many twists and crazy turns you’ll witness that you never knew about happening. If you liked movies like The Wolf of Wall Street and War Dogs, then this is a definite must-see movie for you.
American Made is out now on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD
It’s Christmas week! Many of you are running out and getting last minute presents. Well I’m here to help out. Here are this weeks must-see movie recommendations that would also be ideal stocking stuffer gifts. This week’s movie pics offer a nice variety of selections.
After a few years away from the big screen, director Christopher Nolan returned with the jaw-dropping war epic, Dunkirk. The World War II battle of Dunkirk didn’t get much mention mainstream (at least in America) as a significant event, but this movie is certain to give you a new perspective and education. The way Nolan encapsulated the scale and magnitude of this event is remarkable. The visuals are top-notch. The terrific ensemble of actors includes the vastly underrated Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, along with a surprise debut from singer Harry Styles, whose actually alright in the movie.
There is a lot that this movie offers. Spectacular sights, incredible storytelling, fantastic directing and good acting. The score is also to behold. There is no reason not to see Dunkirk, which will be a frontrunner in many categories during awards season, certainly to include a Best Picture nomination.
Find out why Dunkirk would be a perfect stocking stuffer gift
Dunkirk is out now on Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD
The Light of the Moon is a really timely film about sexual assault and the aftermath of it. Director Jessica M. Thompson does good work illustrating the struggles a sexual assault victim endures and the aftermath of it is detailed in ways unlike any other films have documented. I spoke to Jessica about the film and she shares her thoughts about the sexual harassment scandals.
What made you want to do this story:
JT: I was thinking what kinda ideas I have in my mind that would work for a low-budget film for my first feature. I was thinking and was very aware and cognizant of the way sexual assault was being portrayed in film and television, as I think a lot of probably women filmmakers are. For the past five years, deservingly, so many of these stories coming out.
How important was the research you’ve done and what did you discover along the way:
JT: I discovered so much, that’s the way I kinda operate because I’ve worked on a lot of documentaries. To me research is key. They say, write what you know, and if you don’t know it yourself personally then I think you should get to know it.
I loved how open and outspoken Jessica was with me. Not often do you get someone willing to put themselves out there like she did. She brought up her thoughts on Harvey Weinstein and Terry Richardson and didn’t hold back at all. So refreshing to hear that honesty and truth.
Jessica went into depth on her research and importance of being factual and honest in her character portrayals in the movie. She definitely accomplished on delivering that truth. She stressed how important it was to relate this movie to men as much as women, which is an aspect that gets overlooked at times that men are also susceptible to being victims of sexual assault and harassment.
The movie is as informative and detailed as you can get. It has a very lifelike feel to it and it feels as much a documentary as a scripted film. You should definitely check this film out and it is certainly capable of giving you a real perspective of sexual assault victims side and the people around them in their lives and the impact it has on them also.
For more information on the film and where you can see it, check out the film’s website
October is winding down, but the film release slate is strong for the week of October 24. This weeks Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and limited theatrical releases include some notable films and some under-the-radar.
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES:
The recent Planet of the Apes franchise has been outstanding. Matt Reeves has taken this franchise to a new level, War is the proof in that. War is as complete of a movie as you can get in a trilogy. Naturally sequels tend to water down, but War may the best of the three. The evolution of Ceasar has been thorough and compelling. In the film, we see Ceasar as an established leader that’s grown older, but wiser. The apes are facing their biggest threat, a ruthless out-of-control Colonel (Woody Harrelson). Many apes will die, but it’s up to Ceasar to guide them to safety.
The cool thing about the Apes movies is that they have had a natural progression of the characters. They went from wild and semi-villainous, to being the ones you root for, while the humans have gradually turned into the villains. These movies have a lot of underlying messages. From political to the human treatment of animals. These are smart films. War is as emotionally impactful as it’s visually startling. Tears will be shed from the pure emotions that the story will make you feel. Whether this is the end of the franchise or a new start, War for the Planet of Apes is one of the best films of 2017. An absolute must-see blockbuster that feels a lot more like a finely crafted indie drama.
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Blu-ray Special Features Include:
- Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by Matt Reeves
– Barrier Wall
– “I Owe You One”
– “A Great Man”
– “Do Not Lose Hope”
– The Colonel’s Speech
– Malcolm and the Dinosaurs
– “I Am Like Koba”
- “Waging War for the Planet of the Apes” – In-depth documentary on the making of ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’
– “All About Caesar”
– “WETA: Pushing Boundaries”
– “Music for Apes”
– “Apes: The Meaning of it All”
– “The Apes Saga: An Homage”
MOVIE RATING: 9/10
BLU-RAY/DVD FEATURES: 9.5/10
War for the Planet of the Apes is out now on 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD
We have entered the second week of August and this week offers another interesting blend of movies to see. A few of these titles are fun under-the-radar choices. Here are the Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and limited theatrical releases you should see for the week of August 8.
KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD:
The movie might not have done great box office numbers, but the good things the movie offers has been overlooked. It pops visually. The landscapes of tall intimidating castles to the towering mountainous regions and endless seas, it all looks really grand. The special effects look good. The battles look cool. The action delivers. I liked Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law in their roles. The film has some really good qualities to it, so for an action movie it delivers. I can see how it would appeal more to fans than critics, but films like these are made for fans. This is a good movie to watch at home with a bowl of popcorn.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is out now on 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD