“Fifty Shades Darker” is also new to Blu-Ray this week.
There’s a moment early on in “A Street Cat Named Bob” where homeless heroin addict James Bowen (Luke Treadaway) endures something dreadful and rough. No, I’m not talking about the hours spent playing guitar in the London streets for spare change. Nor am I talking about the moment a ruthless restaurant owner throws a perfectly good steak dinner away because James can’t pay for it, forcing him to eat half a soggy sandwich in the rain. Even after he and his companion Baz (Darren Evans) nod off in a stranger’s car, and James is picked up by the police and sent into a rehab program, he has not yet faced this most terrible of ordeals.
I’m referring to a moment shortly after James meets a stray ginger cat that he names Bob (played by the actual Bob the Cat, around whom the best-selling novels this movie is based on were written). Bob has a nasty gash and has to get stitched up at the vet. As a result, Bob has to be on antibiotics for two weeks. James’s choice between food money and paying for the pills is the least of his worries. This poor man has to go through the horror and agony of giving a pill to a cat. Anyone out there who has had to give an uncooperative feline a pill knows all too well of the troubles and tribulations it entails. It is its own special brand of hell, unmatched by few other things one must endure. Granted, life on the streets was pretty tough for James. But it wasn’t until he had to give a cat a pill that I said to myself, “You poor, suffering man.” My heart immediately went right out to him.
“xXx: Return of Xander Cage” and “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” are also new to Blu-Ray this week.
When the term “visitor from another planet” is used, most folks conjure up visions of aliens landing on Earth, their space craft hovering high in the sky above. There is no such imagery as that in “The Space Between Us,” even though a visitor from Mars does come down to Earth. The twist is that he’s a human born on a Mars colony, and his first-time visit to Earth is shepherded through the auspices of NASA.
The visitor is Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield). His mother Sarah (Janet Montgomery) was pregnant with him throughout her seven month journey from Earth to Mars and gave birth to Gardner shortly after landing. Then she died. This sent mission director Nathaniel Shepherd (Gary Oldman) into a tailspin, unsure of the best way to deal with the news, and left Gardner in the care of the crew.
“Logan” and “The Great Wall” are also new to Blu-Ray this week.
“Get Out” is a tough movie to write up in a review. While I can’t recommend this movie highly enough, part of the fun is the way the story unfolds and how everything comes together and makes sense, so I don’t want to spoil anything. It’s one of those movies where you see something happen in the beginning, then it’s called back at the end and you say, “Ah-ha—I get it now.”
The movie centers around Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya), a black photographer living in the city. His white girlfriend is Rose Armitage (Allison Williams). The two travel from the city to the country estate of Rose’s family, where they meet Rose’s dad (Bradley Whitford), mom (Catherine Keener), and brother (Caleb Landry Jones). He also meets their black gardener Walter (Marcus Henderson) and black maid Georgina (Betty Gabriel). Their behavior is a bit strange, to say the least.
“Rings” is also new to Blu-Ray this week.
Most rags to riches movies start the main character off in the hard times, show how he or she got to the pinnacle of success, then show the downside/downfall from the main character’s own self-destruction or struggles with excess. “Gold,” inspired by true events, tells a rags to riches story, but without the typical formula.
In fact, Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaughey) stars off relatively successful. It’s 1981, and Kenny works for his dad (Craig T. Nelson) at Washoe Mining in Nevada. He shows promise, and while the old man may not have any immediate plans to retire, it appears that the company will be in good hands when he does. Wells is doing so well in prospecting that he can even afford a very nice gold watch for girlfriend Kay (Bryce Dallas Howard).