Dinosaurs led the pack this week but there were also other goodies for adventurous renters.
JURASSIC WORLD – The fourth film in the series finally delivers on the premise of what would happen if the dinosaurs went on a rampage after the park was open for business. What ensues is all out action and carnage when a genetically engineered lizard runs amok. This time the raptors are brought in as the prehistoric equivalent of bloodhound under human control. That said this is all about leaving nature be so any human control is just an illusion. Highlighted by a mid-film Pterodactyl attack sequence that is awesome.
KWAIDAN – Four ghost stories make up this excellent Japanese film that finally arrives in its original three hour running time thanks to the good folks at the Criterion Collection. This is all about mood thanks to chilling visuals and crisp cinematography. This is the grandfather of Japanese horror cinema and was directed by the revered Masaki Kobayashi.
ATARI: GAME OVER – Whatever happened to the video game pioneer that brought us ‘Frogger.” This documentary examines the history of the company and sheds light on the rumor that a failed adaptation of ‘E.T.” was what brought them down. Interviews with several artists ,like Steven Spielberg and George R.R. Martin , high light this excellent portrait of one of the fathers of the video game age.
I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 3 – Every week there is at least one movie that has no redeeming value and this is it.
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.