I typically try to write reviews for every individual Blu-ray I receive in the mail (well, the good ones), but after a crazy hectic June I came home late last week to find a stack of great movies sitting on my doorstep. All were released in the last few weeks, but the thought of tackling all of them was overwhelming. I won’t write about movies just because I receive them, but these six warrant attention:
This foreign-language film was nominated for an Oscar. While far from great, it is alluring in many ways, a unique blend of crime, drama and tragedy. About a young man who is addicted to steroids and involved with a crime syndicate, the movie recounts his childhood and why he is the way he is. The event in question is shocking, disturbing and sad beyond belief. Read our Bullhead review.
With The Dark Knight Rises just around the corner, it may be worth revisiting one of Christian Bale’s early movies, the family musical Newsies. Also starring Bill Pullman and Robert Duvall, the movie is about New York newsboys who go on strike. I grew up watching this movie and, while cheesy (as most musicals are to some degree), it’s still fun to watch.
Love him or more likely hate him, Mel Gibson has made some great movies throughout the year. Ransom is one of those movies. Gibson plays a millionaire whose son is kidnapped for ransom. When he becomes convinced that he’s never going to see his kid alive again, he decides to turn the table on the kidnappers but publicly placing a bounty on their heads. It’s an emotionally charged and exciting thriller. Rene Russo, Gary Sinise and Delroy Lindo also star.
The Color of Money
Paul Newman earned an Academy Award for his portrayal of Fast Eddie Felson, who teams up with a talented pool shark named Vince. Vince, of course, is played by Tom Cruise. And yes, it’s been 25 years since the movie was released to theaters.
Madonna and Antonio Banderas star in the musical Evita, about the life of Eva Peron, who “rose above childhood poverty and a scandalous past to achieve unimaginable fortune and fame.” I’ll admit I have yet to watch this movie, but am glad that I now have the perfect reason to do so.
Tom Cruise plays an ambitious bartender who moves to Jamaica. There, he meets an independent artist (Elisabeth Shue) and a passionate romance ensues. Some people denounce Cruise because he is the superstar that he is, but it’s movies like Cocktail that are a good reminder as to why he deserves the glory.
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