Denial is an intriguing film that, even if it never quite becomes as compelling as it should be, is still highly watchable. Rachel Weisz stars as Holocaust historian and author Deborah Lipstadt who is harassed and sued by Holocaust denier Richard Rampton (Tom Wilkinson) for her comments hurting his reputation. Both the subject matter (and its ramifications) and the venue (Rampton chooses to sue her in a British court where the burden of proof falls on our author rather than the denier), separate it a bit from the pack of recent legal dramas.
Concerned with protecting the truth and exposing a dangerous man whose lies, if allowed to spread, may obscure the ugly truth of history from the future, Lipstadt chooses to fight rather than settle the case realizing by doing so she gives her enemy a pulpit to preach from but also hoping to destroy the man’s credibility once and for all. Available in DVD and Blu-ray, extras include a single behind-the-scenes featurette and the film’s trailer.
[Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu-ray $29.98 / DVD $22.98]
Teased at the end of the season’s first issue, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eleven #2 reveals where the real conflict is going to come this year. Unable to find the source of the dragon which destroyed much of San Fransisco, the Scoobies also spend time putting out small fires of mobsattacking witches and demons, blaming them for the recent troubles. As tensions rise across the country, the United States Government steps in with a solution: a census to register all magic and other-dimensional individuals. However as conflicts keep simmering, the government decides a more drastic “temporary” solution may be in order.
The single-issue tale tackles the dangerous delicacy of Fugu when a friend of Miyamoto Usagi is accused of poisoning one of his most valued customers. After the shogun’s agent turns up dead from eating improperly prepared pufferfish, Usagi steps in to help Inspector Ishida in the investigation which quickly points to other suspects when the pair discover the original Fugu had been replaced before it ever made it to its victim.
As writer/artist Stan Sakai is known to do with the comic, Usagi Yojimbo #160 not only delivers a new adventure for Usagi but also teaches the reader about an aspect of Japanese culture. The truth behind the death turns out to be more complicated than either Usagi or Ishida suspect. The issue also includes an unexpected back-up story in Chibi style fans should enjoy.
If I’m ranking the movies I love but never want to see a sequel for, Blade Runner ranks at or near the top of the list. That said, here’s the first look at next year’s Blade Runner 2049 in which Harrison Ford reprises his role as Deckard and teams up with Ryan Gosling. The sequel opens in theaters on October 6th.