Jakob Eiseman, Editor
“Rock Camp the Movie” — VOD
Directed by Doug Blush (“20 Feet from Stardom,” “Icarus”) and Renee Barron (“Eat. Race. Win.,” “Project Accessory,”) “Rock Camp the Movie” is a documentary following four members of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp, an annual event 20 years running in which budding stars, amateur performers, rock legends and everyone in between come to south Florida for a four day camp full of workshops, concerts, performances and meet and greets. With Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp 2020 being cancelled and 2021 being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the film will be a look into the culture and style of the event without having to actually gather in Florida. Some celebrity guests that appear in or have interviews in “Rock Camp the Movie” include Alice Cooper, Roger Daltry, members of Judas Priest, Gene Simmons, Tony Franklin and Sammy Hagar. The documentary follows several members of the camp whose goal is to play on stage with their heroes. “Rock Camp the Movie” premiered in theaters in mid-January and is now available for online VOD streaming for $12 on the film’s website as of this week.
“The Equalizer” — CBS, Paramount+
If you watched the 2021 Super Bowl and its gratuitous CBS advertisements then you probably know all there is to know about “The Equalizer.” But, in case you missed it — “The Equalizer” is a reboot of the oft rebooted 1980s drama series of the same name about a retired government agent who becomes a vigilante, protecting the citizens of New York from different types of criminals. This time around, the main character is not played by British actor Edward Woodward, but Queen Latifah, known for her rap career and appearances in major musicals such as “Hairspray.” Latifah, playing former agent Robyn McCall, will turn to the streets of New York to enact her own justice after becoming disillusioned with the government’s methods. While this reboot is different from the 2014 Denzel Washington reboot, it still seems heavily inspired by the original, almost to a fault. “The Equalizer” premiered on CBS and Paramount+ immediately following the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 7.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury — Nintendo Switch
After seven years, the number one game on the Nintendo Wii U finally makes its way into modernity by getting an updated port on the Nintendo Switch. The financial failure that was the Wii U nearly knocked Nintendo out of the console industry until Super Mario 3D World released in 2013 to high critical acclaim and record-breaking sales for the system. It, partnered with the Super Smash Bros. series, single-handedly saved the Wii U from an early grave. Now that nearly every other Wii U title has migrated to the modern Nintendo Switch (which has been the best-selling device on the market for three years now), it was time for the critical darling to finally make its way over. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is an updated and tuned-up version of the classic game in the “Mario” franchise with added content in the form of the Bowser’s Fury set of levels and online multiplayer. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury releases exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on Friday, Feb. 12 for $59.99.