This is the first Buyer’s Guide of 2018 and it’s a pretty good one! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these Blu-ray reviews, partially because there just hasn’t been any new releases of note recently. However, this week’s additions more than make up for it – containing a couple films that I reviewed from last year, as well as an animation classic and one recent adaptation of a literary classic.
Here are my picks for February 27, 2018.
On August 21, 2015, an Islamic terrorist attempted to cause mass death and destruction on a Thalys train bound for Paris. Three 20-something American men (two of whom were military) confronted the attacker and prevented the deaths of potentially hundreds of passengers.
The 15:17 to Paris tells the story of that incident in gripping, edge-of-your-seat fashion. Director Clint Eastwood has a knack for creating exceptional portraits of real-life events (American Sniper, Flags of our Fathers, and Letters From Iwo Jima, to name a few). However, the execution of the story beyond the train leaves a lot to be desired.
Though its technique and pacing are clunky at times, The 15:17 to Paris‘ thematic heart is very strong. Within this story of tragedy averted is the acknowledgment of something every human being knows to be true deep within themselves: that every life has a plan and purpose.
Well, Super Bowl LII is over. The Philadelphia Eagles have won – good for them. And Justin Timberlake did…something…during halftime.
But what I really look forward to during the Super Bowl are the commercials, particularly the movie trailers. This is the event Hollywood uses to show off their best stuff for the coming year. This year’s roster is pretty good.
Here’s a brief look at my thoughts about each trailer.