I, Tonya Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney
  • Director: Craig Gillespie
  • Writer: Steven Rogers
  • Producers: Margot Robbie, Bryan Unkeless, Steven Rogers, Tom Ackerley
  • Film Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Rated: R
  • Studio: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: March 13, 2018
  • Run Time: 119 minutes

        The strangest thing about I, Tonya is the way that the real Tonya Harding was central to promoting the film, especially since it is a satirical dark comedy that doesn’t have much positive to say about the former figure skater. Maybe this is ironic, but I think it actually speaks to a larger point that the film itself makes about Harding. She is so preoccupied with receiving more time in the spotlight that she is willing to do anything. In the film, we see this in her willingness to be an accomplice to an attack on her competition, and in real life we see it in her willingness to promote a film that shows her unwillingness to take responsibility for anything just because it gives her the fame and attention she desires.

Faces Places Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: Agnès Varda, JR
  • Directors: Agnès Varda, JR
  • Producers: Rosalie Varda, Charles Cohen
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Rated: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: March 6, 2018
  • Run Time: 89 minutes

        Faces Places is an enjoyable and crowd-pleasing documentary, but it is also very easy to see why it did not win Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Academy Awards. Although the Academy loves movies about the love of movies, and a documentary about a leading figure of the French New Wave fits the bill, it is often politically and message-driven films that are awarded, especially in this category. Icarus was this year’s Citizenfour, a real-life thriller about Russia’s doping whistleblower, but where Faces Places lacks the suspense and intensity of this year’s winner, it has plenty of heart.