This week is all about Good Time. An exercise in finding out how long an audience can hold their breaths for, it sees a career-best Robert Pattinson as a low-level criminal with enough sweaty charisma to convince numerous people (including his disabled brother) to ruin their lives with him in a series of incredible setpieces. It has a supporting cast full of great performances by reliable character actors (including a frighteningly immature Jennifer Jason Leigh) and even better performances by complete no-names, a style that vividly combines verite “realism” and an almost Refnian color palette, and, bar none, the best score of the year. So yes, you’ll have a good time watching Good Time.
Elsewhere, there’s Criterion’s release of Terry Gilliam’s debut, Jabberwocky, which even the most charitable will have to admit is not one of his better works, but perhaps the 4K spit-shine and extensive extras (including an essay by Our Lord Tobias) will help with that. Kino may actually own this week, however, with their releases of Fritz Lang’s silent work and the David O. Selznick-produced I’ll Be Seeing You and Since You Went Away. It helps that there’s really not much else competition in sought-after catalog titles this week, other than the Warner Archive Collection’s Blu-Ray of Dolores Claiborne (not quite just in time for the bump as a result of Gerald’s Game). New titles are barely better, with Universal giving us Eliza Hittman’s coming-of-age tale Beach Rats, and Lionsgate giving us the aforementioned Good Time, plus Luc Besson’s typically divisive sci-fi romp Valerian.
Beach Rats (Universal)
Birth of the Dragon (Universal)
Dolores Claiborne (Warner Archive Collection)
Fritz Lang: The Silent Films (Kino)
Good Time (Lionsgate)
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (Lionsgate)
I’ll Be Seeing You (Kino)
My Journey Through French Cinema (Cohen)
Since You Went Away (Kino)
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Lionsgate)