Blu-ray Buyer’s Guide: December 12

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This week, the Kingsmen and Statesmen come to Blu-ray with interesting bonus goodies. And the hero of Harlem brings his smashing first season home as well.

Here are my picks for December 12, 2017.

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COCO – The Treasure of Family

Coco_posterCoco, Pixar Animation Studios’ 19th animated feature, is another solid, delightful masterpiece for the hit-making studio. Like most of Pixar’s best films, Coco hits all the notes to make it an amazing piece of storytelling: a compelling plot, great characters to follow, a wonderful universe to explore, and themes about life that appeal to everyone.

Director Lee Unkrich (who also helmed the amazing Toy Story 3) has crafted yet another compelling and sincere family adventure, and all of Pixar should be very proud.

Coco is rich in themes and tropes that resonate with every person on the planet, which is the reason why I think this film will have lasting universal appeal. The themes are deep, and it’s very difficult to discuss all of them in this review. However, I will discuss what is probably the film’s most prominent thematic string: the importance of family.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

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MARY MAGDALENE Trailer 1

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The first trailer for Mary Magdalene was released this week. The success of The Passion of the Christ over ten years ago really paved the way for mainstream biblical epics in Hollywood, though some of them have been sucker-punches (Exodus: Gods and Kings and Noah come to mind). This one looks like it could go either way. I like the grittier, realistic approach (which I lauded the excellent Risen for), but Joaquin Phoenix plays a very peculiar Jesus. Probably because Phoenix is just a peculiar man.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Trailer 1

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“Fun is not something one considers when balancing the universe. But this does put a smile on my face.”

It’s finally here! The first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War – the film that signals the beginning of the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it. The culmination of all the hints, winks and nods to the big bad Thanos across quite a few films. It all comes down to this. From this trailer, the film looks good. Definitely looking forward to it.

There is one thing that bothers me just a little: Thanos doesn’t have his trademark armor and headgear. He looks like a purple Arnold Schwarzenegger without it. Every other appearance he’s made in the MCU has been in that armor. It’s just an odd choice. Hoping that there’s some kind of explanation in the story.

RAMPAGE Trailer

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The first trailer for Rampage, starring Dwayne Johnson, was just released yesterday. I remember the video game source material very well and played it as a kid. It was a fun and silly distraction (playing as giant monsters destroying buildings and eating people), and it seems like the movie is no different.

Johnson has been hyping this movie for a while through his social media, so let’s hope the finished product lives up to it.