DVD Releases 06/08/10

Three big releases this week, but if you want something to prep for The A-Team (opening Friday), the complete TV series releases this week on DVD, as well as UFC’s Rampage: Greatest Hits.  So something for the kids, too.

From Paris with Love – John  Travolta continues his downward spiral with a loud and annoying spy thriller/action flick that was roundly panned upon release.  But hey, what do I know?  I thought Look Who’s Talking would have ended his career.

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DVD Releases: 05/11/10

Another slow week, but at least what you get is mostly fun stuff:

But first the serious oneNorth Face is based on real events.  Set in 1938 as Nazi propaganda urges climbers to attempt to scale the treacherous north face of the Eiger in the Alps, two reluctant German soldiers ascend the mountain in a competition that seems fruitless, but shows the endurance and humanity of the men, for better or worse.  The climbing scenes are harsh and convincing, while the film itself is beautifully shot.

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DVD Releases: 05/04/10

Three notable films this week, just not all for the same reasons: Tokyo Sonata, one of 2009’s finest films (domestic or international) is about a family out of sync.  From director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, best known for thrillers like Cure and Pulse/Kairo, this very quiet and intricate domestic drama is powerful and affecting.    Nine should have been great;  it was, at best, something of a diversion.   Tetro is the latest from Francis Ford Coppola, whose Youth Without Youth indicated a unique and exciting change of direction in his filmmaking style.  Tetro has a more straightforward story than Youth, but is … Continue reading DVD Releases: 05/04/10

DVD Releases: 04/27/10

Big week, for the fun and serious: The big story this week is not the usual releases, but that Netflix has obtained Andrei Konchalovsky’s Runaway Train, a powerful film based on an Akira Kurosawa story.  With Jon Voight playing the best role of his career, mining the depths of brutal existentialism while teaching young Eric Roberts how to not be a “sucka”, this is one for anybody who loves depth with their action.  A wonderful, hard-to-find film. Milton Glaser:  To Inform & Delight:  an affectionate portrait of the NYC artist by director Wendy Keys. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Terry … Continue reading DVD Releases: 04/27/10

DVD Releases: 04/20/10

Still so tired from the Dallas International Film Festival;  here are your DVD releases for the week: Mammoth, directed by Lukas Moodysson, starring Michelle Williams, is about a butterfly effect of events around the world, involving a successful businessman, his surgeon wife and their Filipino nanny. The Lovely Bones, the much-derided Peter Jackson adaptation of a book a lot of people read, is at least visually impressive and Stanley Tucci gives an Oscar-nominated performance as the bad guy (spoiler!). The Young Victoria is the kind of film a terrific actress (Emily Blunt) should make after too many supporting roles where … Continue reading DVD Releases: 04/20/10

DVD Releases: 04/13/10

As DIFF rolls on, there are some light entertainments coming to DVD this week to fill the gaps.  Check out these three films:

The Slammin’ Salmon is the latest from comedy team Broken Lizard (Super Troopers), detailing the shenanigans at a Miami restaurant run by a former heavyweight boxing champ (Michael Clarke Duncan).  Indebted to the mob, he sets up a contest to see which of his waiters can bring in the most money in one night.  Hilarity ensues.

Far more consistently funny than Beerfest or Club Dread, the Lizard team are in fine form in Salmon.  But it may be April Bowlby as wide-eyed and sexy waitress Mia, who steals the show as she tries to work through severe third-degree burns from a misplaced bowl of soup.  As I read back over that it doesn’t sound half as funny as it actually is, so just trust me.  The film is great fun.

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