Video and DVD

Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2

Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Lars von Trier’s films are exhausting.  They’re long, they’re intense, they’re challenging, they’re discomforting, and they’re often upsetting in their directness.  However, they’re also among the most intimidatingly original, innovative, and expressive of anyone’s work in my lifetime.  They’re deeply intelligent in their magnitude of calibrated sorrow, and the full scope of human complexity is […]

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A Hard Day’s Night

A Hard Day’s Night

| July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

London, 1964. Our feet tap and fingers snap to Eight Days a Week. We know all their hits on the radio and have seen them on the telly, but never like this: John, Paul, George, and Ringo – The Beatles – in person. OK, it’s not 1964 and unfortunately only half of the World’s Favorite […]

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Infliction

Infliction

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

I volunteered to review Infliction because the description led me to believe that this was a true story, and that it was the actual raw footage of a real killing spree.  That sounded interesting to me, but as soon as the film started I started to suspect that I had been misled.  It turns out […]

No Vacancy

No Vacancy

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m reluctant to even try to avoid spoilers on this one since No Vacancy is so unbelievably obvious in its execution that its insulting that it thinks it’s successfully deceiving its audience.  The story is about a group of twenty-somethings taking a road trip to Las Vegas when two of their tires blow.  They find […]

We’re in the Movies: Palace of Silents & Itinerant Filmmaking

We’re in the Movies: Palace of Silents & Itinerant Filmmaking

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Flicker Alley’s latest Blu-ray release is one of their most fascinating yet, as it offers viewers a sort of film history potpourri, a grab bag of silent film ephemera centered on the lives of average Americans and their roles in the production and exhibition of silent films. A pair of documentaries lie at the core […]

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Enemy

Enemy

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Adam, a bored college history professor more or less living with his girlfriend Mary (Melanie Laurent).  One evening, Adam watches a movie on the recommendation of a colleague and spots an actor who looks alarmingly like himself.  Intrigued by this, Adam tracks down his doppelganger, Anthony, only to discover that not only […]

Some Velvet Morning

Some Velvet Morning

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Now on DVD and streaming, Neil LaBute’s film Some Velvet Morning (2013) is in many ways itself a duet, nodding to Jim Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra’s psychedelic 1967 record by the same name, which makes its own nods to mythology’s Phaedra – though LaBute is far less enigmatic if not less provocative. Both could easily share The […]

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Burt’s Buzz

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Burt’s Buzz

| June 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

“I’m less interested in what is in the inside of what I own than what it sits on.” – Burt Burt, of the Burt’s Bees company, has so many prime quotes that I could pull from this wonderfully crafted documentary that I could probably fill the word quota with just those, but instead I’ll leave […]

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2 Autumns, 3 Winters

2 Autumns, 3 Winters

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

 2 Autumns, 3 Winters is a quirky romantic comedy that celebrates both life’s most significant and simplest moments to winning effect. “Writer/director Sébastien Betbeder’s film has all the hallmarks of a traditional, heartfelt romantic comedy!” says FilmSchoolRejects.com. The film, a Cannes Film Festival selection and critically praised selection at Rendezvous with French Cinema earlier this year, […]

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A Wife Alone

A Wife Alone

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Wife Alone is a dark psychological thriller about an ill-fated marriage in the suburbs of upstate New York. The plot centers around Jane, an attractive young bride who marries a naive investment banker named Park, desperate to marry before his 30th birthday. The young, ostensibly happy couple buys a quaint house in a nice […]

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