Out today on Blu-ray and DVD, Ingrid Goes West is a stalker film that could be considered today’s version of Single White Female. Director Matt Spicer, however, has much more on his mind than telling the story of a mentally unstable young woman named Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) who becomes instantly fixated on a sunny Californian (Elizabeth Olsen). Rather, this flick is a pointed satire on the vapidity of social media, and it’s at its best when it skewers the beguiling the facade of this understandably addictive world.
After a brief stint at a mental institution, Ingrid heads to Venice, Ca. with her mother’s inheritance (she’s left with over $60,000) to stalk an Instagram celebrity named Taylor Sloane (Olsen). After brilliantly insinuating herself into Taylor’s life, Ingrid becomes fat friends with the object of her affections, and their bond leads both down a much darker path. O’Shea Jackson Jr. nearly steals the show as Ingrid’s constantly vaping landlord and Wyatt Russell plays Taylor’s failed artist husband.
Special features on the disc include deleted scenes and audio commentary from Plaza, Spicer, and writer David Branson Smith. The commentary is pretty informative and funny (thanks to Plaza’s deadpan humor), and most of the deleted scenes are actually extended versions of sequences that made it to the final cut. One deleted scene, dealing with a table read conducted by O’Shea Jackson Jr. (the landlord is also a wannabe screenwriter), is actually one of the funniest moments of the narrative and is worth checking out.
As far as hockey movies go, it will be hard to top 2011’s Goon (unless you throw Slap Shot into the mix). Director Jay Baruchel, who co-wrote and starred in the original, takes on the challenging task of ensuring the franchise doesn’t have a sophomore slum with Goon: Last of the Enforcers. Thankfully, he succeeds with flying colors.
Team first and fearless “goon” Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) is back, and during the story’s first act he’s named team captain. Doug’s joy is short-lived after a bloody confrontation with hockey terror Anders Cain (Wyatt Russell) leads to his temporary retirement. With his wife Eva (Alison Pill) expecting their first baby, Doug lands a dead end desk job to pay the bills.
When Anders joins The Highlanders, Doug’s team goes on a losing streak mainly thanks to Anders’ divisive and violent nature. With The Highlanders at their lowest ebb, Doug may have a shot to rejoin the squad once he gets back into playing shape. Helping Doug get back into hockey fighting shape is his old nemesis Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber). Baruchel also returns as our protagonist’s vulgar best buddy Pat, with Elisha Cuthbert starring as Eva’s crass but lovable BFF Mary.
Goon: Last of the Enforcers predictably doesn’t take any of the proceedings any seriously, and Baruchel unabashedly puts a ton of sport movie tropes into his narrative. Everyone looks like they’re having a great time, and once again Sean William Scottis winning as the ultimately kindhearted enforcer.
The ensemble of Goon: Last of the Enforcers have the best comedic moments in the film, and a big part of the comedy’s success lies in letting the supporting cast have their respective moments in the sun (T.J. Miller nearly steals the show as an obnoxious sportscaster).
Goon: Last of the Enforcers opens in theaters and Digital HD September 1st, and if you’re looking for a winning comedy with a ton of laughs and a bit of heart (not to mention a plethora of fisticuffs), then this movie should be right up your alley.
The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and The Outer Limits are the paragons of the anthology series, and thankfully Black Mirror is bringing that genre back in full force.
The connective tissue behind the series centers on the potentially damaging and all-consuming effects technology has on humanity. Whether it’s a laptop or a Smartphone, our dependence on tech serves as an interesting template to the series.
Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, Cherry Jones, Wyatt Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Mackenzie Davis are just a few of the actors involved in the third season. The directors of the six stories are Joe Wright (Atonement), Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane), James Watkins (The Woman in Black), Owen Harris, Jacob Verbruggen (London Spy), and James Hawes. Charlie Brooker is the program’s creator.
Check out the trailer for the third season of Black Mirror and let us know what you think!
Black Mirror’s third season premieres Friday, October 21.