Stonados

RUSH

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Rush Formula 1 racing reached its most exciting and dangerous time in the ’60s and ’70s, and for a time the sport’s biggest stars were James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). The two men approached racing from completely different perspectives, with one in it for the fun and celebrity while the other appreciated its meticulous nature and the allure of being the actual best. Ron Howard hasn’t made a compelling film in well over a decade, and the last one that fully entertained was 1996’s Ransom. So yes, I’m more than a little surprised that his period piece about a sport that means nothing to me is a film that enthralls from the first scene and never lets up its grip. The acting and details are strong throughout, with Brühl in particular delivering the dramatic goods, but the racing drama is equally exciting. It’s a damn fine film, and it shows that Howard isn’t out of the picture just yet. [Blu-ray/DVD extras: Featurettes, deleted scenes]

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We may be witnessing the birth of a new film genre- the “natural disaster combines with something not normally associated with natural disaster” movie. Sharknado took the world by storm (a storm that, not surprisingly, is full of sharks), but the seminal sea-life-flung-through-the-air-at-100mph film has opened the floodgates for similar schlock. First came Avalanche Sharks, and now Syfy adds another name to the list- Stonados.

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published: 12.19.2014
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