Out now is a slew of various Blu-ray releases. Up first is Slow West. I really wanted to love this film. It’s a western which is a genre I’m fond of. It stars Michael Fassbender who I’m a big fan of and also Kodi Smit-McPhee who has put in some solid performances at a young age. Unfortunately the film is quite slow as they head west. Smit-McPhee is a young man heading west to find a woman he loves. Fassbender is a man who helps him along the way, but isn’t helping just to be nice. Bounty hunters are also looking for the woman Smit-McPhee loves as is Fassbender. It’s well acted and it looks really good (especially in HD), but the pacing is pretty brutal. I still recommend seeing it especially if you like Fassbender, but don’t expect a lot from it.
Second we have For the Emperor. The film is yet another solid Asian crime drama. A former ball player gets involved with a mob connected loan shark and finds himself in a battle with his mentor after his love interest disappears. It has some action, but don’t expect the over the top stunts of martial art films. The action is really good for the style of the film though. There’s also some really hot love scenes. I mean HOT and not for the faint of heart. If you’ve liked films like No Tears For The Dead, New World, or On The Job, you’ll like this. Another recommended film.
Third we have Wild Tales produced by Pedro Almodovar. The film is a comedy anthology which was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Just like all anthology films, some parts are better than the others. It opens with an airplane full of people connected to one person. It‘s quite funny especially the ending. There’s a road rage scenario and a bride getting revenge on her wedding day. The part where a rich family tries to have their servant take the fall for a crime didn’t really work for me, but I did like the man snapping at the DMV. I can’t say the film did much for me overall (and I don’t get the Oscar nomination), but if you liked I’m So Excited!, you’ll like this.
Last we have 5 Flights Up. Think of every synonym for charming and you can use them to describe this film. A long time couple who spent their lives together in the same New York apartment become overwhelmed by personal and real estate issues when they decide to move. It’s nothing we really haven’t seen before, but Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman are two of the best around and they make the film quirky, cute, witty, and well, charming. Ultimately nothing really happens and the characters don’t really change much, but you’re watching Keaton and Freeman and are entertained by them. If you’re older and have enjoyed films like And So It Goes, Darling Companion, and Hope Springs, you’ll definitely enjoy this one.