Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me"
What's It About? The Memphis band Big Star has legions of diehard fans and critical acclaim aplenty, and its influence can be felt across the history of rock 'n' roll. But why did mainstream success elude them? Why did Big Star flame out after only three albums? This doc tries to put the pieces together.
Why We're IN: Even fans don't know the whole story about this cult band and its members, so this doc will help them fill in some of the blanks. Chris Bell died in 1978 as an unknown, and the late Alex Chilton was also not a huge fan of talking to the media. "Nothing Can Hurt Me" puts the band into context of the Memphis scene, and it has tons of interviews with everyone left who was involved with the band, rock critics, and musicians who were influenced by them. A must-see for Big Star fans and music buffs.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Collection" (Criterion Collection)
What's It About? Zatoichi seems like a harmless enough guy; he's blind, he's a masseur, he travels around playing dice and doling out acupuncture on occasion. Surprise! He's also a total badass action hero who knows all sorts of ways to wield a sword. This series made Shintaro Katsu an action star in Japan.
Why We're IN: This 27-disc collection includes 25 (25!) Zatoichi movies, from 1962's "The Tale of Zatoichi" to 1973's "Zatoichi's Conspiracy." Since it's from Criterion, you know the digital restoration looks as sharp as Zatoichi's cane sword. It also comes with a 1978 documentary about Shintaro Katsu, a book, and much more.
What's It About? James Deen and Lindsay Lohan star in this "thriller" written by Bret Easton Ellis and directed by Paul Schrader. You might have heard a little about this tale of sex, drugs, money, betrayal, and the emptiness of Hollywood, if only because the personalities involved made it kind of a disaster.
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What's It About? A former race car driver named Brent (Ethan Hawke) discovers his wife has been kidnapped, and the only way he can save her is by following the instructions of a mysterious caller (Jon Voight). Unfortunately for Brent, someone tries to car jack him; fortunately, she is The Kid, a hacker played by Selena Gomez. Together, they team up to find Brent's wife and the eerie voice behind it all.
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What's It About?Ashton Kutcher takes on the role of Steve Jobs, the late Apple visionary who started his incredible journey as a tech magnate in his parents' garage. Josh Gad plays Jobs's colleague and tech giant Steve Wozniak, with Dermot Mulroney and Matthew Modine as investors and Apple CEOs. The focus is on Jobs and his legacy, which garnered some criticism from those who were in the know.
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What's It About? Retired black ops dude Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) has to once again ditch his dreams of laying low to gather his old spy days buddies and hunt down a lost nuke. "Red" alums Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Jones, and John Malkovich are joined by Anthony Hopkins, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
IN or OUT: IN.
New to Blu-ray:
George A. Romero's "Knightriders"
What's It About? The man who made zombies a household word took a break from brainnnssss with this strange action/adventure about motorcyclists who perform in a traveling Renaissance troupe. (They dress up as knights and joust on motorcycles.) Ed Harris stars as Billy, the leader of this weird round table, and Romero regular Tom Savini (yes, the special effects artist) shows up as the guy who's gunning for Billy's crown. There's plenty of commentary from the crew, and a cool transfer that spiffs up the pic from its out-of-print DVD days.
IN or OUT: IN. (Because why not?)