One new film and three classics combined for a better than average selection of rentals this week.
SEVENTH SON – Another young adult novel hits the screen in this wobbly adaptation of Joseph Delaney’s book. Jeff Bridges stars as an aging monster hunter who tries to recruit a replacement while tracking down a powerful witch. Julianne Moore tries hard as the witch but this is a by-the-numbers production that just misses the mark though some of the fight sequences are pretty good.
THE ROCKFORD FILES MOVIE COLLECTION: James Garner’s last four appearances as Jim Rockford, private detective, are collected here. These films feature a plethora of guest appearances by stars of the show that focused on a private eye/ beach bum who had some hard luck and great, if often unreliable, friends. Regulars Joe Santos, Gretchen Corbett, and the always welcome Stuart Margolin appear.
INVITATION TO A GUNFIGHTER – This classic western ends in a shootout that will have you on the edge of your seat as a seasoned assassin stands against a returning war hero. Yul Brynner stars as a black clad killer who is hired by town boss Pat Hingle to murder a man coming home from the Civil War. Turns out the guy just wants to reclaim his land and woman and Brynner starts to question whether or not he has the right to kill this man. Great stuff with a solid cast that includes George Segal and Janice Rule.
YELLOWBEARD – This swashbuckling comedy features a dream cast but was unappreciated by critics at the time of its original release. Monty Python’s Graham Chapman stars as the titular pirate who is out to reclaim treasure he buried on an island while fending off all comers. A dream comic cats pits him against Cheech and Chong, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, and fellow Pythoner John Cleese. Crude, often gross, and laugh out loud funny.