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New on Blu is a column from film pundit Chase Whale (that's me!), exploring studio, arthouse, underground, exploitation and cult cinema released on Blu-ray and DVD from some of the most cutting-edge independent distributors around the U.S. He talks about the movie and whether it's worth a buy or rent, not how amazing the transfer looks because you already know this system.
Girls: The Complete Fifth Season Blu-ray
Creator: Lena Dunham
Cast: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Adam Driver, Zosia Mamet, Alex Karpovsky
Rating: Four ★★★★
Special Features: ★
The girls are back in town. (On Blu-ray, that is.)
This season felt a lot different than the rest; more character arcs, downward spirals, upsets. You know, real life. This is the running theme of girls, but it hits much harder in Season Five. This season gave us more about the rest of the girls since we we know Hannah like a close friend, already. My favorite part of the show, and this season, is Adam (Adam Driver). While I do miss him and Hannah as a couple, his wacky romance with Jessa (Jemima Kirke). It's appropriate considering they are both oddballs and he cares for her more than her friends and own family. Watching Shoshanna's adventures in Tokyo was a nice treat away from Brooklyn, where most of the series we spend. This is the season where true adulthood is on the mind for everyone on the show, whether they work for it or not.
There's only one season left, and I hope it tops this season, albeit doing it right. It has to. The girls are growing up and into their own skin. Time for them to sent off with a smile.
There's always a complaint that Dunham and her team of writers are doing something to be racy or controversial. Just let the girls have fun, OK?
-- Deleted Scenes
-- Extended Scenes
-- Inside the Episodes
Jackie Chan Presents: Amnesia
Director: Yinxi Song
Cast: Ken Lo, Xingtong Yao, Rongguang Yu
Film Rating: ★★★
Special Features: ★
When I interviewed Jean-Claude Van Damme a few years back, I asked him what his plans were for doing action films when he's at the age where he's too fragile. (His answer was that he was going to keep going.)
Jackie Chan is still fooling around in front of the camera, but it's already preparing to rake in the money with his name stamped in the title, without him starring. His "Jackie Chan Presents" series is a smart move for that day he just can't deal with the injuries and would watch young action actors shine on screen.
This brings us to the second release in the will-be-ongoing series: JACKIE CHAN PRESENTS: AMNESIA. I love that he's helping new talent shine on screen. We will one day need a new Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Bruce Lee, and Jackie Chan, and a good start is here. While the movie isn't that great, it's a beginning for the young stars who will one day dominate in the action genre.