Today, we spotlight Viola Davis’ latest performance, Tenet (now at home) and a doc on the last Blockbuster Video. Honorable mention this week: a new 4k restoration of four-time Oscar winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Amores Perros.
Week of December 14, 2020
If you haven’t already ventured to a movie theater to see Christopher Nolan’s Tenet on the big screen, you’re in luck. As of this week, the sci-fi thriller—starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debicki—is now available to watch on VOD. Perfect holiday viewing.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Adapted from August Wilson’s 1982 play (which won three Tony Awards), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom transports us to 1927 Chicago, where tensions rise during a recording session with blues singer Ma (played by Oscar winner Viola Davis) and her band. The film, directed by George C. Wolfe, also stars Chadwick Boseman in his final performance. Now available to stream on Netflix.
Written and directed by Shawn Linden, Hunter Hunter is set in the Canadian wilderness, where a family of fur hunters come across a wolf and—soon after—a crime scene. Is it suspense? Is it horror? Maybe a little bit of both. The film is now available on VOD and in select theaters.
Education (Small Axe)
Oscar winner Steve McQueen’s anthology film series Small Axe is coming to a close. The fifth and final entry, Education, tells the coming-of-age story of a West Indian boy named Kingsley (played by Kenyah Sandy), who is sent to a school for students with “special needs” after he’s considered disruptive in class. Now available on Amazon Prime Video.
The Last Blockbuster
Taylor Morden directs this new documentary about video stores—which transports us right back to the 1990s. Through interviews with celebrities and industry insiders, we’re offered a keen look at the rise and fall of the video store business. And we celebrate the last standing Blockbuster Video store in Bend, Oregon. The Last Blockbuster is now available on VOD.