Billy Bob Thornton in 'Parkland'

Out on Home Video: ‘Parkland,’ ‘Lovelace,’ ‘Passion,’ ‘Computer Chess,’ and More

Billy Bob Thornton in 'Parkland'
Billy Bob Thornton in ‘Parkland’

In their never-ending quest to fill their corporate coffers, two film franchises that rely heavily on their fan base ask them to reach into their wallet (again).

  • Parkland.’ The JFK assassination, told from the point of view of supporting characters in the drama that unfolded in 1963. I missed it during its theatrical run, but this seems essential for locals — let’s go ahead and give in and acknowledge that November will be a month of wallowing in nostalgia, sentiment, and memories of the devastating impact.
  • Lovelace.’ I did not enjoy or much appreciate this turgid, self-righteous telling of the Linda Lovelace saga. Reviewed here.
  • Passion.’ Brian De Palma’s thriller is probably only for hardcore De Palma fanatics, but I had a good time with it and would gladly see it again. Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace star.
  • Computer Chess.’ Apparently, I only enjoy every other movie made by Andrew Bujalski. Set at a computer conference in the early 80s and shot with technology appropriate to that era, this sounds quite intriguing, and it may, in fact, play better at home than it did (for me) at SXSW earlier this year.
  • ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.’ If you love Peter Jackson and the hobbits, and have plenty of disposable cash, I can understand wanting to renew your acquaintance before the second installment hits theaters next month. Inevitably, even more material will be unveiled in time for the Blu-ray collector’s set coming, but that’s years away. Who wants to wait that long?
  • Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga.’ Two hours of brand-new features are presented, along with previously-released features, and, oh, yes, the movies. I’m afraid I dropped out before the final installment — too much sparkling for me.

Two picks from the classic titles getting the Blu-ray treatment this week:

  • My Name is Nobody.’ This, along with me ‘They Call Me Trinity,’ seems to me (and perhaps no one else) one of the primary influences on Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained,’ in that it presents Terence Hill as a jocular and fearless everyman who decides to send off his hero (Henry Fonda) in a rousing shoot-off. It’s just plain fun to watch.
  • The Right Stuff.’ Very rah-rah patriotic version of Tom Wolfe’s true-life account of the Mercury space program, but what I really love about the movie are the juicy performances by Sam Shepherd, Barbara Hershey, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, and on and on.