Locke’s Redbox Picks of the Week

by | Nov 15th, 2010 | 4:46PM | Filed under: DVD Reviews, Movie Lists, Movies, Weekly redbox Picks

Recommended Smaller, Overlooked or Underrated Movies in the Redbox Kiosks

Ondine

Neil Jordan’s ethereal tale of an Irish fisherman (Colin Farrell) and the mysterious woman he plucks from the sea (Alicja Bachleda) is one of those low-key films that slowly soaks in and then lingers with you for weeks afterwards. As I said in my review, it’s a “sensual, atmospheric fable for grown-ups” that “across achingly lovely coastlines and cozy, rustic homes, enraptures and entraps you in its spell.”

Me and Orson Welles

A warning–Zac Efron and Claire Danes’ romantic storyline does muddy up Richard Linklater’s tale of Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater’s ground-breaking 1937 production of Julius Ceasar. But get past that and you’ll be rewarded with a wonderfully irresistible tale of genius and ego, rich with theater history and electrified by Christian McKay’s note-perfect performance as the bold, brash, infuriating tyro Welles. (I’ve adopted his cry of “I am Orson Welles and every single one of you stands here as an adjunct to my vision!” as my new personal motto.)

Greenberg

Greenberg, starring Ben Stiller and the fantastic Greta Gerwig is a hard sell–it’s a prickly, sometimes off-putting “comedy” of human failings that laudably strips Stiller of his funny-man defenses. Still, for those viewers seeking an emotionally challenging (and rewarding) experience, Greenberg is “one of those painfully honest, cathartic films that gets right under your skin.”

The Runaways

When this rough and raw piece of three-chord punk came out last spring it was marketed on the popularity of stars Kristen Stewart (as Joan Jett) and Dakota Fanning (as Cheri Curry). Also tuning in were music lovers familiar with the Runaway’s rise, fame, and inevitable rock-n-roll fall in the ’70s. But if you have no problem with The Runaways‘ gritty, gleeful vulgarity, here’s a third good reason to check it out: Those discovering the greatness of Michael Shannon on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire this fall will love his no-sleaze-barred performance as manager-Svengali Kim Fowley.

You can also check out Betsey’s Movies that Make Kids Think or my “What Tha?” Picks.


3 Responses to “Locke’s Redbox Picks of the Week”

  1. betsy huntsman
    Posted on November 16, 2010 at 7:02 am

    ON Love & Distrust…What was that?? I got much more out of the up and coming release they show before the flick. In fact after I made myself watch the whole thing I went back and worte down some of the more interesting titles. We’ll see what happens..And it was not fun seeing Robert Downey Jr playing and actually being in the condition he was. It’s actually the only part I remember ….

  2. betsy huntsman
    Posted on November 16, 2010 at 7:05 am

    IOh and the Runanways ..Definitely disagree..Very poorly done..I was a fan back in the 70′s . They shoudl of watched Pirate Radio and fgotten more substance for this poor all girl band to be remembered. Besides a sleezy mgr and watching Joan discover females. They deserved more than what they got.

  3. Steve
    Posted on December 11, 2010 at 5:31 am

    I think the movies that are absolutely fantastic – The Expendables and Kick Ass – WOW! Good Movies!!!!!!!!!!!! Especially Kick Ass-