This week, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson do their best to circumnavigate the uncanny valley, Kirsten Dunst drops trou, and Felicia Day reminds us why her avatar is worth dating. Also: Wallace & Gromit, scuzzy Peter Pan and steampunk D’Artangan.
PICK OF THE WEEK: The Adventures of Tintin (DVD & Blu-ray)
No, it didn’t take off in American cinemas the way director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson hoped it would. Nor did its astounding animation earn any serious awards attention. But for fans of, well, anything cool, The Adventures of Tintin was a homerun. Because it was, basically, the Indiana Jones 4 we should’ve gotten, full of fun, globetrotting adventure and heroic derring-do.
The Three Musketeers (DVD & Blu-ray)
What could possibly make Alexandre Dumas’ enduring story of heroism, honor and male bonding better? A steampunky airship, clearly. Yeah, that’s what people were missing. Jeez.
Melancholia (DVD & Blu-ray)
Lars Von Trier tries his hand at subdued sci-fi with this Kristen Dunst movie about both an impending marriage and an impending planetary apocalypse. If you like your end of the world with a boatload of actorly flourishes — and Mary Jane Watson nudity — go for it.
Doctor Who: The Face of Evil, Doctor Who: The Three Doctors, Doctor Who: Tomb of the Cybermen, Doctor Who: The Robots of Death (DVD)
I will admit to being a New Who fan, so this latest batch of classic Doctor movies doesn’t pop my TARDIS. But, as with all things, your mileage may vary.
Neverland (DVD & Blu-ray)
Syfy hatched this dark and grimy take on Peter Pan origin as a pickpocket in turn-of-the-century London, with Rhys Ifans as Captain Hook, Bob Hoskins as Smee, Kiera Knightley as the voice of Tinkerbell, and some kid you’ve never heard of as Peter.
Wallace & Gromit: World of Invention (DVD & Blu-ray)
Back in 2010, the BBC broadcast this series of specials highlighting the world’s greatest inventors. Any excuse to give us more Nick Park-produced Wallace & Gromit is fine by me.
The Guild: Season 5 (DVD)
Felicia Day. Warcraft. Come on. If you’re not already watching this, what the heck’s wrong with you?
It’s the 35th anniversary of Ralph Bakshi’s pulpy swath of post-apocalyptic animation that was sexy and violent and steeped in fantasy as any cartoon you’re likely to see.