DVD: “Money Monster,” “From Afar,” “Beneath The Skin,” & More!

Conflict is drama, and boy do we have some this week in home entertainment… and eye candy to boot!

George Clooney is taken hostage while Julia Roberts tries to help him deal in Money Monster, an older man with a penchant for hustlers becomes transfixed on rough trade in From Afar (above), and adult star Hunter Page aka Justin Liles makes a dramatic turn as a young gay tattoo artist on the run from a violent family in Beneath The Skin.

Now for some details and trailers!

Money Monster

($34.99 Blu-ray, $30.99 DVD; Sony)

George Clooney plays Lee Gates, over the top host of an obnoxious cable TV show about stocks and Wall Street, a la CNBC’s Mad Money. However, one day’s episode turns into a hostage situation when a disgruntled viewer, Kyle, shows up with an explosive jacket, gun, and vengeance quest after he lost everything on one of Lee’s tips. With his producer – and ex – Patty (Julia Roberts) in the control room,  Lee does whatever he can to appease Kyle’s demands, and may well unearth some shady business in the process. A satirical yet timely piece from director Jodie Foster. Extras include deleted scenes, featurettes, and Dan The Automator music video.


Beneath the Skin

($24.99 DVD; TLA)

Two young gays, Joshua and Jay, meet in Canada, while each struggles with family dramas: for the former, his mother’s recent death. For the latter, an abusive set of parents in Alabama. Of course, from there, they grow even closer to discover what else they may have in common. Written, directed by and starring Aaron Ellis, this debut also entails the first dramatic turn of porn star Hunter Page, aka Nashville’s Justin Iles.


From Afar

($27.99 DVD; Strand)

50-something Armando trolls Caracas for hot young men and pays them to come home and let him watch them. He’s a real voyeur, but gets more than just visual thrills when he brings home a rough, crime-prone teenager named Elder, who rolls him. Despite this beating, he only becomes more drawn to the bad news youth, and after some continues pursuit, becomes an object of fascination or more for the young Elder, too. Directed by Lorenzo Vigas, this Death In Venice-inspired drama snagged the Venice Film Festival’s coveted Golden Lion. Extras include Vigas’ 2004 short film, Elephants Never Die.



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