It’s a mixed bag indeed this week at blockbuster.co.uk, a varietal smorgasbord of movie treats from the lunatic thrills of Nic Cage’s surprise Ghost Rider sequel to the cerebral charms of Cronenberg shrink-flick A Dangerous Method. Beyond which we have laughs of every shape and size, from broad, romantic guffaws to indie, edgy smirks. Oh yes, it’s a fine old week and no mistake, studded with stars and custom made for your list.
Nic Cage returns to the black-hearted, blood-soaked, fire and brimstone world of Marvel’s heavy metal hero, riding around with that terrifying skeleton head of his, and that’s before he turns into the ghastly, grinning, chain-flinging Ghost Rider. A Euro-flavoured offering from the guys who wrote Jonah Hex, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance follows comicdom’s most furiously flaming biker as he battles to keep the Devil’s chosen successor from initiating Hell on Earth. Co-starring Ciarán Hinds and Idris Elba, it’s a wild and unrestrained slaughter-fest with mental effects. Buy or rent it now on Blu-ray and DVD, in store and online from blockbuster.co.uk.
From John Madden, the director of Shakespeare in Love, comes this beguiling crumbly drama, a never-too-late tale of friendship and self-discovery with a dash of romance and a fair few laughs. Telling the warm and cosy tale of a group of randy retired Brits who travel to India to take up residence in a hotel that, though not quite up to health and safety standards, boasts decreasingly hidden charms, this fine, feel-good film stars the ever-reliable likes of Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy. Sweet and easily likeable with a winning cast of characters and spicy, colourful locations, it’s what my mum would call a lovely film, and I agree. Rent the Blu-ray and DVD right now, exclusively from your local Blockbuster store. Online subscribers can print off this voucher and rent it in store.
Strap on your thinking caps for this brilliant biographical drama that explores the birth of psychoanalysis via the intense relationship that develops between head-shrinking brainiacs Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Director by David Cronenberg from a screenplay by Christopher Hampton, it’s weighty, earnest stuff, spiced up with lashings of sadomasochistic sex, between Jung and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), a bunny-boiling mentalist who discovers her own flair for head-shrinking. A fascinating, challenging drama, offering spicy food for thought, A Dangerous Method is available now to rent on Blu-ray and DVD, in store and online, exclusively from blockbuster.co.uk.
Also out this Week…
Romcom veterans Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd play a married New York couple who escape the rat race for a hippie commune in Wanderlust, tuning in, turning on and dropping out for our amusement. Between Jen, Rudd, co-stars Alan Alda and Malin Ackerman and a handful of whopping, great laughs, this is light, bright fun… Finally this week, from the Oscar-winning writer of Juno, Diablo Cody, and the director of that same movie, Jason Reitman, comes Young Adult, a cool and offbeat comedy drama starring Charlize Theron as a man-stealing divorcée who sets her sights on former high school sweetheart Patrick Wilson. Both of these movies are now available for your viewing pleasure, on Blu-ray and DVD, in store and online from blockbuster.co.uk.