Elsa & Fred


Welcome back to This Week In Discs! We were off last week for the holiday, so today we’re looking at the new releases for 12/30/14 and 1/6/15. If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. The Guest David Collins (Dan Stevens) is a recent discharge from the Army who arrives on a grieving family’s doorstep with a kind words about their deceased military son. They take him in, and soon he’s working his way into their lives with kind words and a helping hand. Something is a bit off with David though, and soon the family’s most suspicious and cynical member, Anna (Maika Monroe) discovers the truth behind David’s presence. The guys behind You’re Next (Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett) return, but instead of toying around with a home invasion this time around they’ve set their playful sights on the action genre. The result is some solid fun, both of the comedic and violent varieties, anchored by a fantastically unexpected turn from Stevens. The Downton Abbey alum is convincing throughout, and he finds a great foil in young Monroe. Capping it all off with a strong visual style and a killer soundtrack/score, Wingard and Barrett have delivered their most purely enjoyable romp yet, and I’m only mildly embarrassed to admit that it took me a second viewing to really appreciate it. Now if only someone can convince them to make their next film a sequel to both The Guest *and* You’re Next. David versus Erin. Boom. […]


Interstellar Tunnel

If you try to watch every single movie on this list, you’ll end up spending more than two full days inside your local movie theater. Challenge accepted? Good. The potential of this month is so unbelievable that even if only half of these must-seeable flicks fulfills that promise, it’ll still be one for your diary. Plus, the variety is fantastic — offering, no cliche, something for everyone. And since there’s so much here to cheer for, I’ve decided to limit each explanation to only five words. Challenge two accepted. Let’s not waste any more time. You’ve got a lot of movies to get to.


James Marsden

What is Casting Couch? It’s the casting column whose Wizards of Waverly Place fandom is finally coming in handy. That upcoming comedy where Elizabeth Banks tries to juggle being a person with loose morals with being a person with career goals, Walk of Shame, has just added another actor. According to Variety, James Marsden has joined the film. There’s no word on what sort of character he’s going to be playing, and seeing as the film is about a series of adventures that occur as Banks’ character tries to get from the scene of a one night stand to a job interview across town, that leaves a lot of possibilities open. Will Marsden be a romantic foil? Just someone who pops in briefly for a humorous interaction? We don’t know, but since we all saw Death at a Funeral, what we do know is that Marsden can do goofy comedy. Hopefully this one will give him another chance to act silly.


Donnie Yen

What is Casting Couch? It’s where you go to make sure Elijah Wood is adding another new job to his calendar every day. Turns out, today he kept the streak alive, read on… Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender are two of the best actors on the planet Earth; objectively, inarguably. What a coup, then, that director Michael Grandage has landed both of them for his upcoming project, Genius. Based on a book by A. Scott Berg, Genius is a biopic that explores the relationship between Thomas Wolfe (Fassbender) and his editor Max Perkins (Firth). Turns out Wolfe and Perkins were great friends, but the kind who butted heads over everything. Sure, listening to two guys argue over word choice wouldn’t normally sound like a very exciting idea for a movie, but with these two actors on board it absolutely does. Add this one to your to-do list. [Variety]

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