Since it conveniently didn’t work out for me to see Transformers: The Last Knight before it departed theaters, the lone new title out this week that I’ve viewed (but still not reviewed) is the decent but almost instantly unforgettable 47 Meters Down a.k.a. The Mandy Moore Shark Movie.
Though it’s been available on Amazon Prime for a few months, the documentary David Lynch: The Art Life is now accessible in disc form. Also findable wherever physical media is sold is the French biopic The Death of Louis XIV; the sci-fi thriller Infinity Chamber; and the Blair Witch-esque Lycan.
And the winner of the week’s best synopsis goes to Pop Aye, a drama about a disenchanted architect who encounters his long-lost elephant on the streets of Bangkok and takes the pachyderm on a trip across Thailand in search of the farm where they grew up together.
After The Dark Tower and It, perhaps director Mike Flanagan (the underrated Ouija: Origin of Evil) can break the Lackluster Stephen King Adaptation Curse with the Netflix exclusive Gerald’s Game (Sept. 29). Likewise in the service’s exclusive literary adaptation department that day is Kent Haruf’s Our Souls at Night, The Sense of an Ending director Ritesh Batra’s second film of the year, this one a romantic drama starring Robert Redford, Judy Greer, Jane Fonda, Matthias Schoenaerts and Bruce Dern. But first there’s the wild card of Absolutely Anything (Sept. 27) — directed and co-written by Monty Python’s Terry Jones — about a human (Simon Pegg) granted the power to achieve the titular ends by a group of aliens.
On Sept. 27, Hulu rains down a double dose of quality foreign horror with I Saw the Devil and Let the Right One In, then unites Bruce Willis, John Goodman, Jason Momoa, Famke Janssen, Thomas Middleditch, Adam Goldberg, Kal Penn, David Arquette and Christopher McDonald in the action/comedy Once Upon a Time in Venice.
And starting Sept. 30, viewers like me who declined to pony up for a Christmas holiday dose of Bryan Cranston attempting to prevent James Franco from proposing to his daughter may consult HBO to see if Why Him? is in fact a comic masterpiece.