Chef – What? You thought I was going to lead with Transformers? That, my faithful readers, is a closing title. Jon Favreau passion project – a love letter to indie filmmaking and a not-so-subtle analogy to his filmmaking career is my lead. Favreau himself stars as a world-class chef who after a public feud with a food blogger, downsizes and becomes a food truck guy, taking his menu and his message on the road – all the while bonding with his son. Favreau was able to wrangle some top tier talent to act hi his film including Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey, Jr.
Once Upon a Time in America: Extended Director’s Cut – This isn’t quite the legendary Cannes cut of 269 minutes, but this is the closest we’ll ever see clocking in at 251 minutes. Leone’s epic gangster film was his last film – which makes me openly weep – and now we can see if as close to what he would have wanted.
Space Station 76 – This is a DVD only release and I know nothing about it but it looks fun as hell, so it’s on my list.
Sundays and Cybele – Criterion’s release this week is a weird little French film by Serge Bourguignon. It’s weird in that, it’s a beautiful “love story” but in today’s day and age (even, based on the events that transpire in the film – ANY day and age) it requires a lot of discussion. It is good though, and worthy of the Criterion spine number.
Transformers: Age of Extinction – Okay, so, for many of you, this is THE release of the week. Bay’s soft reboot of his franchise, this time with 100% less Shia and 75% more Marky Mark.
Next week we enter October. There are a bunch of reissues next week with only a few major titles. It’ll be okay though, I’ll help you navigate what’s what. Until then, keep spinnin’ those discs.
– Todd Doogan