What I’ve Been Watching

A diverse blend of animation, drama, documentary, and more await you in my breakdown of new and upcoming films on DVD and digital.

Justice League: Gods and Monsters

I am always down for what DC has to offer, whether it’s in comic form, on TV, or as a film… except with their alternative universes. While the latest in the direct-to-home video market is well-animated and cleverly scripted (as an original story from Bruce Timm), I just couldn’t get into the alternate universe displayed here where Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are basically over-the-top, violent, crime enforcers. I’m sure someone will dig this – as well as the two bonus cartoons from the vault, but it just wasn’t my favorite. rating: rainy day it

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus

Director/writer/archaeologist Tim Mahoney tackled the Israelites’ escape from Egypt found in the Old Testament and Hebrew scriptures. Did that really happen and what does it mean if it didn’t? He’s a storyteller, but his research took him to some pretty fantastic places for consideration. Fans of historical/Biblical documentaries will dig this, and even though I don’t love those, I was intrigued. rating: buy it

Scooby Doo & KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery

Remember when every Scooby Doo ended with a person wearing a mask? Well, those days are over with Warner Bros.’ animated series of feature-length movies, but that will keep you (ahem, your kids) guessing as to how the Gang will stop what is going down. Fortunately, there are enough funny moments that adults and kids can sit around and enjoy what’s going on with some pretty harmless fun. Unless you’re really worried about Gene Simmons. rating: borrow it

Any Day

A film with Sean Bean? You’ve got my attention. But this wasn’t typical Game of Thrones/LOTR stuff. Instead, it’s a touchy-feely film about a boxer who spends twelve years in jail for killing a man while angry and drunk, and tries to figure out which way is up when he ends up back in the real world. It features some decent acting chops by Kate Walsh, Tom Arnold, and ex-Mrs. Tony Parker (aka Eva Longoria), but it is a bit too slow to actually give us that Rocky-like excitement that I was hoping for. rating: rainy day it

Catching Faith

Alexandra Boylan’s Stepford Wife, Jezi, loses her father and ends up in a tailspin where she recognizes that life isn’t what she thought it was. When the masks come off, emotions and relationships get real, but her whole family finally faces the need to be true to each other and themselves. Bill Engvall has a few funny bits as the football coach, and I found myself moved in spite of myself! rating: borrow it

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About Jacob Sahms

I'm searching for hope in the midst of the storms, raising a family, pastoring a church, writing on faith and film, rooting for the Red Sox, and sleeping occasionally. Find me at ChristianCinema.com, Cinapse.co, and the brand new ScreenFish.net.
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