Must See Releases of the Week

The holiday season is off and rolling and we are just a few weeks away from Christmas. The week of December 5 offers a nice variety of Blu-ray/DVD, VOD and limited theatrical releases you should check out.

STRONGER:

Jake Gyllenhaal has taken on some intriguing roles and turned out some fantastic performances, but the one that may get him that Oscar nod could be for playing Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing. This film is inspiring and personal. The story centers around Bauman’s recovery and fight to overcome all obstacles that face him after losing both of his legs in the bombings. Bauman’s will and no quit attitude is greatly depicted by Gyllenhaal. The film gives a unique first-person account of the terror of the bombings and the aftermath of individual struggle imposed by the events of the bombings. This is a must see film with terrific acting, engaging story, and lots of heart. Check out the story of this courageous man that had to face some improbable obstacles and be inspired.

Stronger releases on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and On Demand on December 19

Must See Movies Of The Week (Oct 3)

October has arrived and a new batch of movies are releasing for home entertainment. This week offers some good VOD choices and limited theatrical ones you must see. Here are the most see movies for the week of October 3 on Blu-ray/DVD, VOD and limited theatrically.

A GHOST STORY:

Oscar winner Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara star in this haunting tale (no pun intended) about love, life, loss and the meaning of existence. The film follows a white-sheeted ghost (for real) that follows his wife along her life journey after his passing (Affleck’s character). This is an obscure and eccentric film that is meant to drive conversation and push debate. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it sure is interesting. It’s not the spookiest of flicks, but it is fairly suspenseful and mysterious. If you give this film a chance (you should should) there is a lot to be derived from the story. This film is best digested by watching and brining your personal interpretation to it.

BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Director David Lowery, Cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo, Production Designer Jade Healy, and Composer Daniel Hart
  • A Ghost Story and the Inevitable Passing of Time” Featurette
  • “A Composer’s Story” Featurette
  • Deleted Scene

A Ghost Story is available now on Blu-ray and DVD 

Interview: ‘The Crucifixion’ Director Xavier Gens

Lionsgate’s The Crucifixion is out today in select Theaters and On Demand. Earlier this week I had a chance to speak to the director of the film Xavier Gens. We discussed the real life inspiration for the movie, the filming of it and much more. Check below for the full audio of the interview with Xavier.

MY TAKE: 

I enjoyed speaking to Xavier. Yes, the French accent was cool, but the knowledge that he shared about the making of the film was great. His unique perspective really comes through. It was interesting to hear about how he wanted to keep it authentic and respect the real people this story was based on and leaning on them to bring the reality into the film.

It was interesting to hear him speak about brining an American touch, but from a French and European perspective. This really holds true and is evident in the movie with the look and presentation, it’s notable.

The Crucifixion is a terrific and unique take on the exorcism genre. There is a slew of exorcism themed films out there, but this has a whole lot more to offer. As chilling and scary as it is, it is more of a mystery you need to follow and piece together. It’s has a real journalistic flare. You get to navigate alongside the main actor Sophie Cookson and experience all the reveals together. This is an under-the-radar movie that can’t be overlooked.

The Crucifixion is out now in select Theaters and On Demand