James Cameron-Wilson looks at the prospect of cinemas reopening in early July and casts his eye over the top box office films of all time (unadjusted for inflation). He reviews a bizarre French spaghetti Western with Johnny Hallyday, The Specialists, looks at the disc arrival of the superb 1917 and recommends Netflix romcom The Half Of It, hoping it might attract awards attention.
James Cameron-Wilson highlights Warner Brothers' news that it plans to release Christopher Nolan's Tenet on July 17th worldwide, come what may. He reviews the surprisingly topical Irish-set film Sea Fever and looks at two restored movies making their Blu-Ray debut, Roger Corman's 1963 The Man With X-Ray Eyes starring Ray Milland and the British 1966 Boulting Brothers social comedy drama The Family Way.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the often-surprising list of the most-streamed movies on Netflix in the United States. He looks at the online premiere of exciting action thriller Extraction, starring Chris Hemsworth, as well as the unsettling Dutch drama We. His DVD of the week is Guy Ritchie's The Gentlemen.
James Cameron-Wilson examines the UK box office chart for 2020 before the lockdown began, which contains a few surprises. Moving online, he looks at Netflix's Taiwanese film Tigertale and the Australian perspective of the Vietnam War in Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan. And for his DVD of the week, he reviews the controversial film Blue Story, which was banned from his local cinema.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the chart of the ten most successful box office starts around the world in 2019, raising his eyebrows at several of the entries. He looks at the new online release of Vivarium, a black comedy starring Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg And he strongly recommends the new DVD/Blu-Ray of Motherless Brooklyn, written by, directed by and starring Edward Norton.
James Cameron-Wilson reveals the chart of the most successful US movies of the year up to the moment the cinemas were closed down. Here, he looks at two new online films, the Billy Crystal, Ben Schwartz movie Standing Up, Falling Down and the challenging Finnish film Dogs Don't Wear Pants, which even he found hard to watch at times. Out on DVD and Blu-Ray, he recommends the latest incarnation of Charlie's Angels, directed by Elizabeth Banks.
With cinemas shuttered, James Cameron-Wilson looks at what is popular with viewers marooned at home. He reviews two new home releases, Wolf Hour, an all-too-appropriate character drama starring Naomi Watts and Spanish futuristic prison drama The Platform. He also takes a look at a new Blu-Ray of John Ford's superb 1950 Western Rio Grande.
With cinemas closed and the normal film business suspended, James Cameron-Wilson turns his attention to movies for home viewing, taking us through the home entertainment chart, topped by the film version of Downton Abbey. He examines new Netflix release Lost Girls, with Amy Ryan, and Blu-Ray release Le Mans' 66 (known as Ford v Ferrari in the US), which he recommends strongly.
James Cameron-Wilson examines a virus-hit box office, the last there'll be for some time with the country's cinemas closing. He reviews The Hunt, in at #3 and Misbehaviour, entering at #7. He discusses the way studios are reacting to the virus, moving earlier or straight to home release. For home viewing this week, James looks at Robert Bresson's 1945 film Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne. From next week, James will, understandably, concentrate on home releases.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the UK box office, where takings are down 43% year-on-year. It's a disappointing opening at #1 for Pixar's latest animation, Onward, even though James adored it. In at #3 is Military Wives while a horror treatment of the old US TV series Fantasy Island makes #7. For home release James recommends Sidney Lumet's 1962 adaptations of A Long Day's Journey Into Night, just re-released.