Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky just landed on DVD and it is well worth seeking out anywhere you can. The film, which brought Soderbergh out of a short retirement, tells the story of two down on their luck North Carolina brothers which plan on plan on making things right again by stealing from a NASCAR race track.
Soderbergh feels like he’s flexing old muscles and playing in the familiar playground of heist films. After the Ocean’s trilogy he knows how to pull of one like clockwork but where everything always fell into place for Danny Ocean, the cast of Logan Lucky don’t get off so easy. Therein lies the fun.
By now Soderbergh has so much clout that he can bring pretty much anyone he wants into the movie and he does just that. The movie is filled with A-listers like Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Adam Driver and Sebastian Stan. Expertly though, he has almost everyone play completely against type. This creates an environment where truly anything can happen and it usually does in the quirkiest of ways.
Unfortunately someone forgot to tell Universal just how good their own movie is because the DVD features are seriously lacking. The movie itself is worth buying but outside of a couple of deleted scenes there really isn’t much to the DVD or blu-ray release of the film. It would have been fascinating to hear Soderbergh and the cast do a commentary on the film or at least a documentary on the production.
Logan Lucky may not have been a blockbuster in theaters (which is a bit of a shock) but there is no doubt that its popularity will grow in time. It’s just weird enough and expertly done enough that it is going to thrive in the VOD and midnight movie market.
Logan Lucky is available now on DVD, blu-ray and all streaming services.
Thatsmye Interviews: Les Weiler on Henchin’: the Series
The 8 Episode Series Tries To Encompass A Lot Leaving Fans In A Cliffhanger.
The 2010 “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie by M. Night Shyamalan faced criticism for its deviations from the beloved animated series. The film struggled with pacing, casting, and a lackluster script, disappointing fans who cherished the source material. In contrast, the 2024 Netflix series has generated positive buzz for its commitment to diverse casting, adherence to the original storyline, and improved character development. The series seems poised to capture the essence of the animated show, offering a fresh and faithful adaptation that resonates with both new and existing fans.
Even though the Netflix series comes closer to the core ideals of the animated series, I feel it lacks heart. Many scenes barely scratch the surface of the relationships between the characters and the push-and-pull relationship between Aang and Zuko. I will admit the CG versions of Momo and Appa are just so gosh darn cute.
The 8 episode series tries to encompass a lot leaving fans in a cliffhanger. It’s worth a watch and I am hanging on for the next season to be announced.
Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes
Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.