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Wendy And Lucy (Oscilliscope)

2008, Rated R

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2009
It’s tempting to label this melancholy wisp of a film as a wake-up call for a nation gone bankrupt (in more ways than one). But Wendy and Lucy is far too subtle for that: It makes Marley and Me look like Porky’s. Kelly Reichardt’s follow-up to the excellent Old Joy tells the simple story of a girl, Wendy (Michelle Williams, whose compelling, vanity-free performance is the film’s glue), and her dog, Lucy (Reichardt’s own dog).  

Detective Bureau 2-3: Go To Hell Bastards! (Kino)

1963, Not rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Japanese filmmaker Seijun Suzuki opens his 1963 yakuza actioner with a literal bang as sharply dressed gangsters battle on a dark backcountry road in the Tokyo outskirts. Bullets fly. Autos careen off the road. Bodies pile up. A glorious screen-engulfing car explosion ends this out-of-control melee but kick-starts a dirty Rock & Roll number.  

The Friends of Eddie Coyle (Criterion Collection)

1973, Rated R

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2009
The macho superstars of the 1950s and 1960s had a tough go of it in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Times were changing, they were too old for the hip youth culture of the New Hollywood and their kind of virile, iconic acting had lost favor for the more eccentric and idiosyncratic approaches of Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson and Al Pacino.  

What Makes Sammy Run? (Koch Vision)

1959, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2009
A piece of legendary television history, long considered lost but discovered and restored by the Archive of American Television, makes its DVD debut with its crackling, electrifying energy intact. Budd Schulberg wrote What Makes Sammy Run?, a portrait of venal and ignorant but desperately striving, hustling Hollywood studio boss Sammy Glick, way back in 1941.  

Yella (Cinema Guild)

2007, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Herk Harvey’s classic 1962 low-budget horror flick Carnival of Souls is twisted into an odd, disquieting but ultimately unsatisfying thriller in the new effort from German filmmaker Christian Petzold. Nina Hoss stars as the titular Yella, who decides to flee her abusive husband in the countryside for a new life and job in the city.   

Pinocchio (Disney)

1940, Rated G

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Walt Disney ran into roadblocks with Bambi. Struggling with the script and overall structure, he delayed its release and began work on Pinocchio — a story from Italian author Carlo Collodi about the adventures of a wooden puppet who becomes a real boy. But Disney again strained over the script, revising and tweaking a story that was episodic in nature.  

Timecrimes (Magnolia)

2007, Rated R

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I wish that I didn’t have to review Timecrimes. Not that I didn’t like it — quite the opposite. This Spanish sci-fi thriller is one of the most original films released in years. Why the hesitation? Simple. In order to experience this intense mind-fuck puzzle to its fullest, confronting it blank is essential.  

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas (Miramax)

2008, PG-13

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Another holocaust film? Hollywood has riddled us with dozens of Another holocaust film? Hollywood has riddled us with dozens of these movies since the release of Schindler’s List back in 1993. Mark Herman’s The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is set apart due to the perspective in which we are placed throughout the film. Herman’s The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is set apart d  

Skins: Volume 2 (BBC Warner)

2009, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2009
This show was getting some notice even before one of its actors (Dev Patel) turned up as the star of Slumdog Millionaire.  

Patti Smith: Dream of Life

Palm Pictures, 2008, Unrated

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Steven Sebring spent 11 years working on this film about Rock icon/poet/activist Patti Smith, as worthy a subject for a documentary as anyone in Pop music. But his project at some point overwhelmed him.  

The Romance of Astrea and Celadon

Koch Lorber, 2007, Unrated

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2009
At 88 years old, French auteur Eric Rohmer is still at the top of his game detailing the intricacies of young romantic relationships with his latest, The Romance of Astrea and Celadon.  

Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.0

Universal, 2008, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Last winter’s writer’s strike reeked havoc across the television universe. And while that hastened the demise of the likes of Back to You, a lot of good scripted TV suffered.  

M Squad: The Complete Series

Timeless Media Group, 1957, Not Rated

0 Comments · Monday, March 9, 2009
This is a major find for connoisseurs of adult-oriented classic TV, a tough-minded noir-style cop show from the 1950s that was naturalistic and hard-nosed.  

Ashes of Time Redux

Sony, 1994, Rated R

0 Comments · Monday, March 9, 2009
This original version is probably the least well known of Hong Kong master Wong Kar Wai's nine feature films. There are numerous reasons for this: its batshit, inscrutable narrative; its lack of a proper theatrical release in the U.S.; and the need for a definitive DVD being at the top of the list.  

The Founding of America

A&E, 2009, Not Rated

0 Comments · Monday, March 9, 2009
This box set collects virtually every documentary and movie about the American Revolution shown by The History Channel over the past few years. Anchored by 'Founding Fathers' and 'Founding Brothers,' no historical stone is left unturned and no angle left unexamined.