Aliens, exes, and culture clashes, oh my! It seems like a lot of worlds get shaken up in this week’s home entertainment picks.
Those rascally world-conquering aliens are back in Roland Emmerich’s long-awaited sequel to ID4, Independence Day: Resurgence. A gay Asian-American New Yorker clashes, and finds sparks with, a closeted actor from Beijing in romantic dramedy Front Cover (above). Finally, Michael Moore releases a stand-up surprise in time for the election, Michael Moore In Trumpland.
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($49.99 3D Blu-ray, $39.99 Blu-ray, $29.98 DVD; 20th Century Fox)
Yes, those pesky aliens are back – although Will Smith ain’t – with insanely massive space ships, cray cray technology, and a collective woody to nail Earth’s butt this time. Director Roland Emmerich again destroys loads of cities, defies logic, and has characters say ridiculous things, and all that’s missing is a big bag of popcorn. Extras include deleted scenes, featurettes, gag reel, commentary, concept art and more.
($24.99 DVD; Strand)
In writer/director Ray Yeung’s culture clash romcom, Ryan, a gay, Chinese-American fashion stylist, finds culture clash and some steamy sparks when working with a prickly, popular actor from China, Ning. The latter is shocked and appalled by the former’s openness, but slowly finds ease and fascination with it, while Ryan, a self-described “potato queen” – aka exclusively into white men – not only warms up to Ning but feels perhaps a bona fide attraction. Yet will their two different worlds force them apart or ultimately bring them together? A superb, insightful gay film with a gorgeous pair of Asian romantic leads – something we don’t see enough of… yet!
Just in the nick of time, Michael Moore has unleashed a stand-up concert film, shot in the swing state of Ohio, that addresses the upcoming election. Alas, it’s not a multilayered, investigative piece like he’s best known for, and there isn’t as much Trump-centric material as the title indicates, yet it’s a timely plea for sanity – “Make America Sane Again” is his mission – for when swing voters reach the booths.
Our Kind of Traitor