The Wachowskis and co-director Tom Tykwer tackled some interesting things with Cloud Atlas and it had one of the best scores of last year, but I can’t deny the fact I really have no interest in returning to it. The Blu-ray does have a large number of features to explore and perhaps a little more discussion could improve my impression, but after seeing it in Toronto last year, and discussing it there, I’m not sure there is much that could be revealed to change my opinion that much.
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
Written and directed by Roman Coppola, this one arrived shortly after he and Wes Anderson were nominated for an Oscar for their Moonrise Kingdom screenplay, but the reviews and comments I’ve seen don’t suggest this is a film worth searching out and, in all honesty, the involvement of Charlie Sheen turns me off enough to not really want to make much of an effort to see it.
I can’t remember if Lionsgate screened this for critics when it was released earlier this year, but I do remember I didn’t see it and it doesn’t seem to have made any Earth-shattering waves in the horror sector. However, the fact it’s designed to be a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper’s original Massacre does make me curious to do a little double-bill.
Liz & Dick
Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor and the reviews were rather scathing. Can Li-Lo make any kind of comeback or does the fact I’m still referring to her as Li-Lo answer that question?
Jubal (Criterion Collection)
I’ve never seen it, but the fact it stars Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine and Rod Steiger and Criterion feels it’s worthy of a spot in the Collection tells me it’s one worth seeking out. Here’s the Criterion description:
In this Shakespearean tale of jealousy and betrayal, Ford is an honorable itinerant cattleman, befriended and hired by Borgnine’s bighearted ranch owner despite his unwillingness to talk about his past. When he becomes the object of the attentions of the ownerâ€™s bored wife (Valerie French) and is entrusted with a foreman’s responsibilities, his presence starts to rankle a shifty fellow cowhand, played by Steiger. The resulting emotional showdown imparts unparalleled psychological intensity to this vivid western melodrama, featuring expressive location photography in Technicolor and CinemaScope.
3:10 to Yuma (Criterion Collection)
It’s a Delmer Daves double-bill as he not only directed Jubal, but also the original 3:10 to Yuma starring Glenn Ford, Van Heflin and Felicia Farr. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the 2007 remake with Russell Crowe, Christian Bale and Ben Foster, though others seemed to really dig it. What can I say, different tastes.