Here’s a look at an interesting new release available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that have recently become available through streaming services.
Video on Demand
“Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards”: Despite being a fixture in the fashion world since the early ’70s, it wasn’t really until Carrie Bradshaw’s obsession with Manolo Blahnik’s shoes hit HBO on “Sex And The City” in the late ’90s that demand for his luxurious designs went into the stratosphere. This documentary, lovingly directed by friend and fashion editor Michael Roberts, traces the career of the 74-year-old self-described cobbler from his earliest days to the present where he is still handcrafting all his designs and collaborating with divas like Rihanna. He works closely with a team, and the shoes all remain manufactured by hand. Icons like Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, Isaac Mizrahi and Naomi Campbell lavish Manolo with praise, but it only begins to scratch the surface of his legacy. Fans should still enjoy a glimpse into his creative process and, more importantly, a chance to look at some of his most extravagant creations. (Cable and digital VOD)
Also on streaming services
“Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2”: The runaway success of the first installment of this Marvel series from 2014 ensured that we would see the Guardians resurface. James Gunn and his cast return with a few heavy hitters in tow including Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell and even David Hasselhoff. This time around, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is on the hunt through the galaxy to find his real father. Michael Rooker’s Yondu is now an official part of the team and manages to steal every scene he’s in. The effects work (originally intended for 3-D) is incredibly vibrant and stylish while the sequel story itself manages to provide nearly as much fun as the first. 2020 is expected to deliver a third volume to theaters. (Netflix)
“Logan”: After “Deadpool” was a hit at the box office, Fox realized that making “hard-R” superhero movies could actually be a winning proposition. This caused James Mangold to take the Wolverine character from the PG-13 “X-Men” series and finally show just how much damage his claws could really do. Yes, it’s ultra-violent and bloody, but would you believe it’s also somehow very sweet and touching? Hugh Jackman reprises his role (allegedly for the last time) alongside Patrick Stewart as an ailing Professor X. Mangold used a lot of film noir inspirations for his shots and, at least if you buy the movie, you can also watch a black & white version of the film. (HBO Now; “Logan Noir” available as a bonus feature with iTunes purchase)