By Lynn Venhaus
DVD: “Thor: Love and Thunder” released today.
The third “Thor” superhero stand-alone movie combined comedy and romance with the cosmic action-adventure, earning $746.670 million worldwide. After losing his home planet and close family members during the events of “Avengers: Endgame” and “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor embarks on a journey to find his way in the universe.
Director Taika Waititi also played a supporting role in a cast that included Chris Hemsworth as the Nordic god, Natalie Portman as his one true love Jane Foster, Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher, with , Karen Gillan, Chris Pratt, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel, Tessa Thompson, Bradley Cooper, Russell Crowe, Pom Klementieff, Jaimie Alexander, Melissa McCarthy, Sam Neill, Dave Bautista, Simon Russell Beale, Luke Hemsworth, and Sean Gunn. Rated PG-13, its runtime is 118 min.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: Gag reel; commentary; “Hammer-worthy: Thor and The Mighty Thor” featurette; “Shaping a Villain” featurette; “Another Classic Taika Adventure” featurette; deleted scenes
Here’s my review (“Fresh” on the Tomato-meter): https://www.poplifestl.com/fast-furious-and-funny-thor-love-and-thunder-is-a-rip-roaring-good-time/
Movie: “Sweet Home Alabama,” 20th Anniversary
On Sept. 27, 2002, a romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon as fashion designer Melanie Carmichael, who has reinvented herself as a socialite, opened. In the screenplay by C. Jay Cox, she becomes engaged to NYC’s most eligible bachelor, a JFK Jr.-like Drew Hennings, played by Patrick Dempsey. But her past holds many secrets, including Jake (Josh Lucas), the down-home husband she married in high school, who refuses to divorce her. She sneaks back home to Alabama to legally end the relationship after seven years of separation, but confronting her past isn’t as smooth as she had hoped.
I fell in love with this movie, not ashamed to admit it, and own the DVD – and still watch it every so often if I find it on cable. I don’t care what other critics say or what it’s ratings/scores are. What matters is that I like it, and so do many of my girlfriends. When it came out on DVD, we had a group viewing and listened to the commentary by director Andy Tennant. We still talk about how fond we are of it
I find the love triangle chemistry palpable and the supporting cast endearing. What’s not to love about Mary Kay Place and Fred Ward as her parents Pearl and Earl Smooter? And Jean Smart as Jack’s Mom Stella Kay Perry and Candice Bergen as Drew’s Mom, mayor of NYC? And the wondrous Melanie Lynsky as Lurlynn, the friend with a ‘baby in a bar’? Dakota Fanning as a young Melanie? Ethan Embry (“Grace and Frankie”) as Bobby Ray, and Earl Bridgers “The Truth About Pam”) as Eldon.
It is on the Freeform Channel today and Wednesday. There are several streaming platforms where you can watch it, as long as you have a subscription, and you can rent it on multiple platforms.
From JustWatch.com: Currently you can watch “Sweet Home Alabama” streaming on Hoopla, DIRECTV, Freeform or for free with ads on The Roku Channel. It is also possible to rent “Sweet Home Alabama” on Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Vudu, Microsoft Store, Redbox, DIRECTV, AMC on Demand, Spectrum On Demand online and to download it on Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Vudu, Microsoft Store, Redbox, DIRECTV, AMC on Demand.
Fun Fact: Nathan Lee Graham, who plays one of Melanie’s assistants (Frederick Montana, graduated from the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts. He is currently playing Hermes in the national tour of the Tony-winning “Hadestown,” which will be at the Fabulous Fox Theatre Oct. 11-23.
TV: David Letterman will be a guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” tonight at 10:35 p.m.
This week, Jimmy returned to his hometown, Brooklyn. Growing up, he idolized Letterman. The other guest is SNL alum Tracy Morgan.
Here’s Jimmy’s favorite Letterman moments, Part II:
Part I: https://youtu.be/3BI8v8_4ZVA
Fun Fact: Today, in 1954, “The Tonight Show” debuted nationwide on NBC hosted by Steve Allen.
Music: The Dave Matthews Band
On this day in 1994, The Dave Matthews Band released their first album, “Under the Table and Dreaming,” which included the tracks “What Would You Say” and “Ants Marching” that received wide airplay. The album went on to sell over 6 million copies. They had been gaining fans on the road, especially in the Virginia area, where they played live starting in 1991.
On This Day: Cautionary Tale
In 1962, marine biologist and writer Rachel Carson published ‘Silent Spring’ about the deleterious impacts of pesticide use on the environment.
Playlist: “The Way We Were”
Barbra Streisand sang “The Way We Were” on her 15th studio album of the same name, which was released as the album’s lead single on Sept. 27, 1973. The song, written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and Marvin Hamlisch. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
All together now: “Memories..misty-watercolored memories…” Watch this special Oprah moment when Babs sang the song on her show
Cardinals Nation: If you can’t get enough of Albert Pujols’ 700 home runs
All 700 home runs from MLB:
Albert Jr. on his dad:
Lynn Venhaus has had a continuous byline in St. Louis metro region publications since 1978. She is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic, currently reviews films for Webster-Kirkwood Times and KTRS Radio, covers entertainment for PopLifeSTL.com and co-hosts podcast PopLifeSTL.com…Presents, and writes features and news for Belleville News-Democrat and contributes to other publications. She is a member of CCA, AWFJ and St. Louis Film Critics Association. She is a founding member of the St. Louis Theater Circle.