Weekly New Releases – June 7, 2022

5 Centimeters Per Second
Amazon
Comments The second film from director Makoto Shinkai, and includes both Voices of a Distant Star and She and Her Cat, his two previous shorts. This film follows a couple of young people who split up when their parents move apart while they are young, and they try to keep in touch as time and physical (and emotional) distance draws them further apart.
American / Leatherheads – George Clooney Double Feature
Amazon
Are You Afraid of the Dark? Double Pack
Amazon
BEM: Become Human – The Movie
Amazon
Bourne Complete Collection
Amazon
Bridge on the River Kwai
Amazon
Comments This podcast came out on May 28.
Bring It On: 5 Movie Collection
Amazon
BTOOOM!
Amazon
Comments Anime based on a battle royale manga (no relation to Battle Royale). The manga was still ongoing while the show was airing, leaving it with something of a “read the manga” ending.
Candyman
Amazon
Children Who Chase Lost Voices
Amazon
Comments Makoto Shinkai’s third film, about a teenage girl who travels to Agartha to try and find her dead father.
Clifford
Amazon
Clock
Amazon
Combat Shock
Amazon
Comments A Troma film.
Comparment No. 6
Amazon
Contractor
Amazon
Cross My Heart / Pure Luck – Martin Short Double Feature
Amazon
Death Toilet Trilogy
Amazon
Defining Moments
Amazon
Dumb and Dumber 2 Movie Collection
Amazon
Eraser: Reborn
Amazon
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Amazon
Comments Coming to DVD and Blu-Ray on July 5.
EVIL
Amazon
Fabulous Baker Boys
Amazon
Feast
Amazon
Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema VII (Kino-Lorber)
Amazon
Comments Includes The Boss, Chicago Confidential, and The Fearmakers
For Me and My Gal
Amazon
Forbidden Zone
Amazon
Comments Otherwise known as “The Oingo Boingo Movie”.
Fortress: Sniper’s Eye
Amazon
Gamestop: Rise of the Players
Amazon
Girl’s High
Amazon
Comments Fanservice heavy slice-of-life dramedy anime about a bunch of students at a girls-only high school.
Grease 2
Amazon
Harper House
Amazon
Heavenly Kid
Amazon
Comments Blaine: I know this was a frequent rental when I was in elementary school, but I remember absolutely nothing about it. I’m tempted to pick up the pricey Blu-Ray just to refresh my memory.
History’s Greatest Mysteries
Amazon
Human Lanterns
Amazon
Killer Elite
Amazon
La Brea
Amazon
Land Before Time
Amazon
Lawrence of Arabia
Amazon
Comments Winner of the Best Picture Oscar of 1962. The subject of the “99 Years, 100 Films” podcast this October.
Living Dead at Manchester Morgue
Amazon
Marvelous and the Black Hole
Amazon
Mechanic
Amazon
Mexican
Amazon
Midnight
Amazon
Mobile Suit Gundam NT (Narrative)
Amazon
Comments Film serving as a sequel to Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn), picking up a few years after that film’s events, and introducing a third model of the “Unicorn” Gundam – the Gundam Phenix – a prototype that disappeared after its initial test flight.
One Piece
Amazon
Only Yesterday
Amazon
Comments Re-release of the film by Isao Takahata.
Pacific Rim 2 Movie Collection
Amazon
Place Promised in Our Early Days
Amazon
Comments Makoto Shinkai’s first film, an alternative history story set in a Japan that was split between the US and the Soviet Union (like Germany after World War II), with the plot based around a tower that can pull information and matter in from parallel universes.
Poltergeist 3 Film Collection
Amazon
Power Book II: Ghost
Amazon
Pretty in Pink
Amazon
Prince Philip: The Man Behind the Throne
Amazon
Savage Sisters
Amazon
She’s Having a Baby
Amazon
Some Kind of Wonderful
Amazon
SpongeBob SquarePants
Amazon
Strings
Amazon
Stunt Rock
Amazon
Tale of Princess Kaguya
Amazon
Comments The final film from director Isao Takahata.
Tales of Hoffmann (Criterion Collection)
Amazon
Through the Decades: 2000s – 10 Film Collection
Amazon
Comments Includes Nurse Betty, One Night at McCool’s, Spy Game, The Emperor’s Club, The Shape of Things, 21 Grams, Baby Mama, State of Play, The Hitcher, and Cry Wolf.
Through the Decades: 2010s – 10 Film Collection
Amazon
Comments Includes MacGruber, The American, The Dilemma, The Adjustment Bureau, Your Highness, The Thing, Contraband, Safe House, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, and Black Sea.
Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
Amazon
Warriors
Amazon
Weather Man
Amazon
Ziegfeld Girl
Amazon

Finally, the picks of the week. Alex says, “My pick of the week is, really, any of the Shinkai films coming out this week – you generally can’t go wrong with any of them (same with Tale of Princess Kaguya). On the 4K front, I’m going with Bridge on the River Kwai.” Blaine says, “Bridge on the River Kwai is the best of the titles I’ve seen, but I also keep hearing wonderful things about Everything Everywhere All at Once.”

2 replies on “Weekly New Releases – June 7, 2022”

  1. I recently got to watch The Forbidden Zone. It is most definitely not for children, and maybe not even for adults. It’s less of a narrative and more a collection of bawdy performance art pieces. That said, I enjoyed it, and I wouldn’t mind watching it again. I read Danny Elfman has hopes of actually getting the sequel made. There were also a lot of things I was familiar with from Dr. Demento and Weird Al which originated here.

  2. JD DeLuzio says:

    Other than a few titles– including Lawrence of Arabia, a brilliantly made film that, incidentally, inspired George Lucas, who copied a number of its shots in Star Wars— and Bridge Over the River Kwai, it’s perhaps not the best month if you don’t watch anime.

    Even the vast number of people who like Grease (I was one of those who wasn’t impressed by the movie. The original musical is somewhat better) generally write off Grease 2, or suppress knowledge of its existence. I’ve heard a great deal over the years about Forbidden Zone (originally released in 1980, pre-Director’s Cut) but have never seen it. Warriors deserves to be seen at least once– it’s not great cinema, but it’s weirdly entertaining and much closer to SF than you’d expect from a gang movie. Much sampled.

    I could have lived happily not knowing there was a Death Toilet Trilogy.

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