Weekly New Releases – July 14, 2020

Sorry this is a few hours later than normal. I was out of town.

12 Monkeys
Amazon
Ace Attorney
Amazon
Animation Outlaws
Amazon
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
Amazon
Bacurau
Amazon
Comments Blaine: I’ve never seen this, but it keeps coming up in my social media film buff groups as one of the best of the 21st Century.
Body Cam
Amazon
Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits (Criterion Collection)
Amazon
Comments Includes The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, The Way of the Dragon, Enter the Dragon, and Game of Death.
Calcutta
Amazon
Clueless (25th Anniversary Edition)
Amazon
Day of the Warrior
Amazon
Comments An Andy Sidaris film with everything that entails.
Enter the Fat Dragon
Amazon
Fafner
Amazon
Comments Mecha Anime TV series.
Fate / Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya Prisma Phantasm
Amazon
Comments Crossover between Prisma Illya and the Type-Moon parody anime series Carnival Phantasm (the latter of which still hasn’t gotten a US release yet).
Fate / Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya Vow In The Snow
Amazon
Comments Appears to be an anime compilation film based on season 3 of Prisma Illya.
Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema
Amazon
Comments Includes Calcutta, An Act of Murder, and Six Bridges to Cross.
Hiroshima
Amazon
Inuyasha
Amazon
Comments Includes episodes 1-27
Jurassic Shark
Amazon
Comments With a title like this, it’s bound to be brilliant. Right?
Kiss of the Vampire
Amazon
Kiss the Blood off My Hands
Amazon
Kochoki
Amazon
Comments Anime series about Oda Nobunaga’s teenage years.
L’Innocente
Amazon
Lady Eve (Criterion Collection)
Amazon
Legion of Super Heroes
Amazon
Madchen in Uniform
Amazon
Magicians
Amazon
Missing
Amazon
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
Amazon
Ones Within
Amazon
Comments Death-game anime about live-streamers being trapped in real-world version of the fictional game they normally stream, where they won’t be released until they beat complete the game together, and if they die in the game they die for real.
Paleface
Amazon
Comments With Bob Hope and Jane Russell
Pat and Mike
Amazon
Reborn
Amazon
Return to Savage Beach
Amazon
Comments Another Andy Sedaris film.
Snapdragon
Amazon
Split Second
Amazon
Starfish
Amazon
Straight Shooting
Amazon
Strike Witches
Amazon
Swing of Things
Amazon
Teasing Master Takagi-san (Karakai Jozu no Takagi-san)
Amazon

Finally, the picks of the week. Alex says, “The Criterion Collection Bruce Lee pack is the best way to get all of Bruce Lee’s films – without getting any Lee-a-likes or Fist of Fear, Touch Of Death in the process. Whatever Bruce Lee collection you’ve gotten in the past, get the Criterion Collection release instead and send the old one to a thrift store.” Blaine says, “I’ve always had a soft spot for Clueless, only reinforced when I met Wallace Shawn at a local convention. I brought him copies of Clueless , Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , The Princess Bride , and numerous Pixar titles, and let him choose which one to sign. He chose his personal favourite, Clueless, because it had something to say. We then chatted about how underrated Amy Heckerling is for a while. (Cary Elwes chose to sign Psych when given a similar selection at the same convention.)”

6 replies on “Weekly New Releases – July 14, 2020”

  1. Brian says:

    Clueless is so delightfully 90’s. You can’t not love it. Plus Paul Rudd (who looks the same in this as he does now)

  2. JD DeLuzio says:

    I recently saw Madchen in Uniform. Well-acted, and nothing I would have expected to have been made in 1931: a film about resistance to oppression with up-front queer elements. It was even a hit in some places for awhile, and prints miraculously survived the Nazis (though the writer was murdered by the Gestapo).

    I haven’t seen Kiss of the Vampire, but it’s a Hammer Horror, so I know I will when I get the chance.

    In another reality, meanwhile, one reviewer identifies Return to Savage Beach as the twelfth film in the series. How is that possible?

    • I just checked the “Movie Connections” for “Return to Savage Beach” on the IMDB. It follows “Malibu Express”, “Hard Ticket to Hawaii”, “Picasso Trigger”, “Savage Beach”, “Guns”, “Do or Die”, “Hard Hunted”,”Fit to Kill”, “Enemy Gold”, “The Dallas Connection”, and “Day of the Warrior”. The series started in 1985, and this is the last of them, from 1998. All were direct to video releases.

      I had never heard of any of them. None of the cast from the first film (which includes Regis and Joy Philbin) are still in the cast of the last film, though it does look like all were written and directed by Andy Sidaris.

      • Malibu Express probably has the loosest connection to the “series” – it’s basically a whole bunch of shot mostly on the cheap cheesecake action movies shot by Sidaris using on-screen talent he had contacts to from his time directing Monday Night Football and doing photography for Playboy magazine – lots of re-used locations on the Hawaiian islands (I believe he’d moved there at that point), including a helicopter, a few speedboats, and a few nice bars and mansions because he knows people who have those and he can get permission to film there.

        Operation Kid Brother has more narrative complexity than most Andy Sideris movies. I mean, one of them is titled “Hard Ticket to Hawaii” – what does that title even mean? I’ve seen the movie and I can’t tell you.

        • JD DeLuzio says:

          Glad to know. I’ll count that as a movie you watched so the rest of us wouldn’t have to.

          Speaking of counts, Kiss of the Vampire is a passable ’63 Hammer vampire film without Dracula. It’s okay as an example of the genre from that time, but there’s little that’s original. The cultish, decadent vampires’ reaction when they learn the exits have been sealed with garlic make them possibly the whiniest vamps in movie history.

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