And While We Were Here

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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. The World’s End Twenty years ago five friends attempted an epic pub crawl, but their effort fell apart before reaching the final bar, The World’s End. Now the group is reluctantly back together again to try and rewrite history, but the past is an ever-growing obstacle thanks in large part to how much remains unchanged in their old stomping grounds of New Haven. Things get worse though when they realize why exactly that is. Edgar Wright‘s final entry in his thematic Cornetto trilogy found a divisive reception from fans of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, but in many ways it’s the best of the three. It’s incredibly funny, highly energetic, and perfectly cast (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Pierce Brosnan, and Rosamund Pike to name a few), but it stands out for two other reasons too. First, the film’s structure and execution are incredibly deep and detailed to the point that multiple viewings continue to reveal new connections. Second, and most surprisingly, it has the best fight scene of any film this year. [Blu-ray/DVD extras: Commentaries, storyboard, trivia, featurettes, deleted scenes, outtakes]

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Sometimes, even when you’re living out your life on a breathtakingly picturesque Italian island and look like Kate Bosworth, life can be hard. You can have a mean composer husband who doesn’t want to spend time with you, a sense of misdirection in a foreign country and another man, sweet as he may be, trying to win your affections and sway you from your crummy marriage. As Jane (Bosworth) finds out in Kat Coiro’s And While We Were Here, vacation time off the Italian coast might be the best time to let go of inhibitions and give in to making out with a cute dude. An homage to the many great romantic Italian films (I spy at least one dreamy Vespa ride), the film explores what happens when a person you meet on the street (Jamie Blackley) could turn out to be the love of your life. Though the trailer doesn’t give us too much in terms of plot besides the assertion that the characters will “laugh. cry. love. live,” that actually seems like all we need to know. It’s Italy; they’re in love.

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Smack in the middle of a fizzy-skewing resume that includes titles like L!fe Happens and A Case of You, writer and director Kat Coiro‘s And While We Were Here has long occupied a space of drama and romance that doesn’t seem to come with the kind of belly laughs the filmmaker’s other fare spawns. Based on a set of audio tapes that Coiro made in conversation with her own grandmother, the film follows American writer Jane (Kate Bosworth) as she embarks on what should be a dreamy trip to Italy with her husband (Iddo Goldberg), one that soon becomes mired in her own attempts to adapt tapes of her grandmother’s WWII-set life story for a memoir. Oh, and then there’s that affair with a younger man (Jamie Blackley). It sounds like one heck of a trip, and the film’s newest poster, exclusively debuting here, conveys the wistfulness and dreaminess of a journey worth taking. And While We Were Here will hit VOD on August 13th and theaters on September 13th.

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