Surely it can’t be. Reports are coming in that Robin William’s final movie Boulevard may never be released. And it’s not a dog of a movie either, it looks like to be a powerful drama that would be fitting as a final curtain call of the talented late actor.
Boulevard co stars Kathy Baker and Bob Odenkirk, written by Douglas Soesbe and directed by Dito Montiel. Williams plays Nolan Mack a gay man coming to grips with his sexuality during mid life. Nolan hires a male prostitute who he initial develops a crush on that grows deeper and deeper. Kathy Baker plays his wife who you may remember from Picket Fences.
The movie is already in the can but struggling to find funding for distribution which is very hard to believe considering the consumer appetite for a final dramatic movie from one of the world’s favourite actors. The unfinished product was shown to a group of critics who raved about it so it’s hard to see why it’s struggling for distribution funding. We trust this isn’t a media stunt to gain extra attention but surely they wouldn’t be that disrespectful to Robin’s legacy? As these media reports start to circulate we won’t be surprised to see someone pick the film up but if you believe the experts this movie may never be seen on the big screen but at least we can hope for a straight to DVD release in 2015.
Whilst Boulevard was Robin’s final drama, his final comedy A Merry Friggin Christmas DVD will be out for Christmas, not surprisingly. In this one he stars alongside Lauren Graham and Wendi McLendon-Covey. It’s one of those estranged families get together for Christmas movies. Whilst you wouldn’t watch this movie 9 months of the year, it is quite a funny movie to watch over the holiday season where Robin’s character realises he’s left his son’s gifts at home so he tries an 8 hour drive home and back in time for Christmas morning.
We do hope Boulevard will eventually be seen, if not on the big screen, at least on DVD and Blu Ray. Those few that have watched it liken the performance Good Will Hunting which may be an overstatement but I guess none of us know until we see. Fingers crossed for some good news soon.
It’s a TV show bonanza at the moment, and I don’t mean the Cartwrights on the Ponderosa; not that there’s anything wrong with that. There are so many great TV shows releasing on to DVD at the moment that it’s a feast for the viewer. While most of them are the big US TV hit shows, one is fantastic Aussie drama that is the Wentworth Season 2 DVD. This prison drama is a shining example of quality Aussie drama production. This drama is a contemporary reimagining of one of Australia’s longest running and beloved TV shows, Prisoner Cell Block H. Wentworth has been a huge success in Australia and overseas, now being shown in over 20 countries.
Some of TVs best dramas are also being released soon, including Simon Baker in The Mentalist season 6. Simon plays Patrick Jane an American fake psychic. He does the accent so well that you almost forget he is an Aussie. Another good drama that has a twist on the usual cop drama is Person Of Interest season 3. Although we know that there isn’t a super computer that can predict who will either commit a crime or be a victim of one, this show makes us think that reality is very possible and not too far away in our future. It’s both a comforting and terrifying thought at the same time. All our technology that we can’t get through the day without could both save us and know our every move at the same time. This show presents this fascinating dilemma at the same time delivering quirky Harold and the dry wit of John in this variation of the dynamic crime fighting duo that all good crime dramas need.
And of course, who doesn’t love the relationships and romance of Grey’s Anatomy. This show is still going strong and Season 10 on DVD is coming out now. Follow the trials and tribulations of Meredith at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital. This show has been a guilty pleasure for so many for years and it keeps delivering great drama and magical romance.
For those who love comedy the final season of How I Met Your Mother is out now. This show changed the half hour sitcom format with its unusual and quirky narrative and wonderful cast. The supremely talented Neil Patrick Harris is a delight in this show. The whole cast has created a legendary comedy show that is a classic alongside Friends and Seinfeld.
October is a fantastic time to get some great TV shows on DVD to enjoy some of your favourite shows.