The less one knows about Source Code going into it, the better. From personal experience, I knew next to nothing about the film when I sat down in the theater to see Duncan Jones’ inspired thriller and was rapt with its conceit from the get-go. To summarize as little as possible, the film concerns a man named Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal), who is on a passenger train heading into Chicago. There’s a bomb on said train, and he has eight minutes to find the man who put it there. How writer Ben Riley makes that set limit a fair amount of time to allow Colter the opportunity to search the train for the bomb, search every passenger onboard, and still find the culprit is where it gets far trickier. This is an intense and exhilarating experience with dual plot threads and a sense of mourning for the phantoms of lives cut short that Colter encounters. My review is here. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.
A young girl is pulled into the grasp of a pedophile through the use of modern technology. If it sounds like it has the makings of an afterschool special, that’s a fair enough way to anticipate Trust, but David Schwimmer’s film ultimately pulls few punches in detailing the way the eventual crime affects an ordinary family. In a heartbreaking performance, Liana Liberato plays Annie, a regular high school girl about to try out for the volleyball team. Clive Owen, chaotic and vulnerable in a no-holds-barred performance, is her father, an ad man who’s fine using sex to sell things. The script (by Andy Bellin and Robert Festinger) goes to dark places we hardly expect and serves as a perceptive critique on a culture that’s become far too ready to blame the victim. My review is here. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.
You know you love The Blues Brothers. The music, the musicians (Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, James Brown, Cab Calloway), the manic chases (A friend of mine wanted to visit Lower Wacker simply because of the film), the supporting players, and, of course, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi are the reasons. It’s an equally fantastic comedy and musical, and it’s available for the first time on Blu-ray.