The Old Man & the Gun is The Pick of The Week

Who knew January was such a great time for new releases?
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Robert Redford is one of the all-time classic movie stars.  He has the looks, the charm, and the acting chops.  He starred in lots of great movies over his long career including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men, Out of Africa, and The Horse Whisperer.  With The Old Man & the Gun, he has declared he is retiring from film acting. At 82 years of age and a whole lot of films to his credit as actor, director, and producer, I think he’s earned it.

The Old Man & the Gun is based on the true story of Forest Tucker who escaped from San Quentin at the age of 70 and went on to rob several banks.  It costars Sissy Spacek as the love interest and Casey Affleck as the detective trying to catch him.  It's gotten good reviews and I’m all in for seeing Redford’s last flick, even if he later decides to change his mind.

Also out this week that looks interesting:

The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion:  Made right around the same time as Dario Argento was changing the genre with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Lucioano Ercoli’s first feature film as a director feels more like a psycho-sexual drama than a giallo. Whatever you want to call it, I really enjoyed watching it.  You can read my full review of this Arrow Video release here.

Knives of the Avenger:  Mario Bava reimagines Shane as a swords and sandals Viking drama.  It's not a particularly good movie, but I was still kind of mesmerized by it.  You can read my full review here.

Four Times That Night:  Mario Bava reimagines Rashomon as a sex comedy.  The results are weird.  You can read my full review here.

Hardbodies:  This '80s sex comedy used to play all the time on late night cable when I was a pubescent boy.  I have many fond memories of it. Mill Creek has packaged it in a VHS-looking box just to keep those good-time nostalgic memories going.

Crimson Peak:  Guillermo del Toro’s gothic romance gets the Arrow Treatment full of extras and a new 80-page hard-bound book.

Notorious (Criterion Collection):  Hitchcock’s 1946 thriller stars Cary Grant as a government agent who persuades Ingrid Bergman to infiltrate a Nazi spy ring lead by Claude Rains.

Halloween (2018):  This new sequel pretends all the old sequels never existed and posits that Michael Myers was caught immediately following his killing spree in 1978 and has spent the last 40 years in a psych hospital.  Of course, he then breaks free and starts stalking Laurie Strode once again.  You can read my full review here.

Once Upon a DeadpoolDeadpool 2 minus all the R-rated stuff with a new intro featuring Fred Savage sending up his The Princess Bride role. You can read Matthew St. Clair's review here.

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