DVD Triage: 30 May 2012

New Release Pick of the Week

We Need to Talk About Kevin
One of the most powerful and overwhelming films I’ve seen in a long time, and easily one of the best films of 2011. Tilda Swinton is always amazing, but this is probably her finest work yet, and Lynne Ramsay is definitely a directorial force I hope to hear much more from in the future.
2011 UK. Director: Lynne Ramsay. Starring: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller.

Other New Releases

The Aggression Scale (2012 USA, dir Steven C. Miller, stars Ray Wise)
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies (2012 Australia, stars Ben Lewis)
Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker (2012 USA, dir Fumihiko Sori, stars Luci Christian)
Finding Jenua (2011 USA, dir Alison Mason, stars Leigh Rose)
Gone (2012 USA, dir Heitor Dhalia, stars Amanda Seyfried)
Life Without Principle (2011 Hong Kong, dir Johnnie To, stars Terence Yin)
Memorial Day (2011 USA, dir Samuel Fischer, stars Jonathan Bennett)
Monroe: Series 1 (2011 UK, stars James Nesbit)
96 Minutes (2011 USA, dir Aimee Lagos, stars Brittany Snow)
Rookie Blue: Season 2 (2011 USA, stars Missy Peregrym)
Royal Pains: Season 3, Vol 2 (2011 USA, stars Mark Feuerstein)
Sing Your Song: Harry Belafonte (2011 USA, dir Susanne Rostock, stars Harry Belafonte)
Take Me Home (2011 USA, dir Sam Jaeger, stars Sam & Amber Jaeger)
The Yellow Wallpaper (2011 USA, dir Logan Thomas, stars Juliet Landau)

Catalog Pick of the Week

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers blu-ray
An above average noir film, as you might guess from Barbara Stanwyck’s presence in the cast – she makes even average things more than watchable, and that’s not even necessary here. This film is also notable, though, for being Kirk Douglas’s film debut, and though he’s supporting here, his on-screen presence instantly skyrocketed him to stardom. Cool to see stuff like this starting to hit blu-ray more and more.
1946 USA. Director: Lewis Milestone. Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas.

 

Other Catalog Releases

Denver and Rio Grande DVD & Blu (1952 USA, dir Byron Haskin, stars Edmond O’Brien)
The Lawless (1950 USA, dir Joseph Losey, stars Macdonald Carey)
Maverick: Season 1 (1957 USA, stars James Garner)
Run for Cover DVD & Blu (1955 USA, dir Nicholas Ray, stars James Cagney)
Run for the Sun (1956 USA, dir Roy Boulting, stars Richard Widmark)
Silver City DVD & Blu (1951 USA, dir Byron Haskin, stars Edmond O’Brien)
Too Late Blues DVD & Blu (1961 USA, dir John Cassavetes, stars Bobby Darin)
Toughest Gun in Tombstone (1958 USA, dir Earl Bellamy, stars George Montgomery)
Wing Commander Academy: Complete Series (1996 USA, stars Mark Hammill)

Instant Watch Picks of the Week

With some slim pickings on the new Instant Watch releases this week (that will likely change in a couple days, as new additions tend to go live on the 1st), I delved ahead a little bit, and found that Instant Watcher is saying that Lost in Translation, The Killer Inside Me, and Perrier’s Bounty will be added tomorrow, May 31st. I can’t verify that, and I can’t link to the pages until tomorrow, but those are solid films (well, I haven’t seen Killer Inside Me) so hopefully it’s true!

Lost in Translation
The film that made me a Sofia Coppola fan for life, and I haven’t regretted it yet. A simply lovely film about alienation, stagnation, and feeling like an outsider, with great performances, gorgeous cinematography, and a subtle moodiness about it that makes it add up to even more than the sum of its parts.
2003 USA. Director: Sofia Coppola. Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Giovanni Ribisi.

Other Instant Watch Releases

Henry’s Crime (2010 USA, dir Malcolm Venville, stars Keanu Reeves)
King of Devil’s Island (2010 Norway, dir Marius Holst, stars Stellan Skarsgård)
Love the Beast (2009 USA, dir Eric Bana)
Marine Life (2000 USA, dir Anne Wheeler, stars Cybill Shepherd)
Never Too Late (1997 USA, dir Giles Walker, stars Olympia Dukakis)
Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies (2008 USA, dir Arne Glimcher)
The Serpent’s Kiss (1997 UK, dir Richard E. Grant, stars Ewan McGregor)
A Touch of Frost (1992-2008 UK, stars David Jason)

Expiring Picks of the Week

Edward Scissorhands
With Dark Shadows out in theatres, what better time to revisit the original Burton/Depp collaboration (still one of my favorite Burton films of all time) before it expires.
1990 USA. Director: Tim Burton. Starring: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder.

Other Instant Watch Expirations

An American Haunting (2006 USA, dir Courtney Solomon, stars Donald Sutherland) [6/1]
The Art of War (2000 USA, dir Christian Duguay, stars Wesley Snipes) [6/1]
Babe: Pig in the City (1998 USA, dir George Miller, stars James Cromwell) [6/1]
Baby Boom (1987 USA, dir Charles Shyer, stars Diane Keaton) [6/1]
Backdraft (1991 USA, dir Ron Howard, stars Kurt Russell) [6/1]
Bad News Bears (2005 USA, dir Richard Linklater, stars Billy Bob Thornton) [6/1]
Bowling for Columbine (2002 USA, dir Michael Moore) [6/1]
Deep Blue Sea (1999 USA, dir Renny Harlin, stars Samuel L. Jackon) [6/1]
Deeply (2000 USA, dir Sheri Elwood, stars Kirsten Dunst) [6/1]
Dolores Claiborne (1994 USA, dir Taylor Hackford, stars Kathy Bates) [6/1]
Frankie and Johnny (1991 USA, dir Garry Marshall, stars Al Pacino) [6/1]
The Great Train Robbery (1978 USA, dir Michael Crichton, stars Sean Connery) [6/1]
Halloween: Resurrection (2002 UA, dir Rick Rosenthal, stars Jamie Lee Curtis) [6/1]
Khartoum (1966 USA, dir Basil Dearden, stars Charlton Heston) [6/1]
Last Night (1998 Canada, dir Don McKellar, stars Sandra Oh) [6/1]
A Life Less Ordinary (1997 UK, dir Danny Boyle, star Ewan McGregor) [6/1]
Lorenzo’s Oil (1992 USA, dir George Miller, stars Nick Nolte) [6/1]
Loser (2000 USA, dir Amy Heckerling, stars Jason Biggs) [6/1]
The Missouri Breaks (1976 USA, dir Arthur Penn, stars Marlon Brando) [6/1]
Molly (1999 USA, dir John Duigan, stars Elisabeth Shue) [6/1]
Mr. Baseball (1992 USA, dir Fred Schepisi, stars Tom Selleck) [6/1]
Nine Lives (2005 USA, dir Rodrigo Garcia, stars Dakota Fanning) [6/1]
Nine to Five (1980 USA, dir Colin Higgins, stars Jane Fonda) [6/1]
Playing for Keeps (1986 USA, dir Bob Weinstein, stars Marisa Tomei) [6/1]
Revenge of the Nerds (1984 USA, dir Jeff Canew, stars Robert Carradine) [6/1]
Rocky II (1979 USA, dir Sylvester Stallone, stars Sylvester Stallone) [6/1]
Rocky III (1982 USA, dir Sylvester Stallone, stars Sylvester Stallone) [6/1]
Rocky IV (1985 USA, dir Sylvester Stallone, stars Sylvester Stallone) [6/1]
Rocky V (1990 USA, dir Sylvester Stallone, stars Sylvester Stallone) [6/1]
Starting Out in the Evening (2007 USA, dir Andrew Wagner, stars Frank Langella) [6/1]
The Ten (2006 USA, dir David Wain, stars Paul Rudd) [6/1]
The Messenger (2009 USA, dir Oren Moverman, stars Ben Foster) [6/2]
The Sicilian Girl (2009 Italy, dir Marco Amenta, stars Veronica D’Agostino) [6/7]
Pi (1998 USA, dir Darren Aronofsky, stars Sean Gullette) [6/9]
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2008 USA, dir Lee Daniels, stars Gabourey Sidibe) [6/9]

See all expiring titles.

Jandy Hardesty
the recovering academic

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