DVD Triage: 19 June, 2012

Sorry about the horrific delay in this column this week! Between big projects at work, my husband’s car being in the shop, and trying to squeeze in some LA Film Fest screenings, my writing time was a bit cramped this week. Also, after lulling me into complacency with very few expirations over the last several weeks, Netflix is expiring a whole slew of awesome things on the first of July, which both took me a long time to list out and made me sad while I was doing it. Lots of great stuff in there, so be sure to check the full list.

New Release Picks of the Week

Attenberg
Stylistically caught between the French and Czech New Waves and whatever Tsangari and Lanthimos are leading down in Greece right now, this film is a low-key but secretly weighty look at a young woman’s unconventional attempts to deal with her late-blooming sexuality and the impending death of her father. My AFI review.
2010 Greece. Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari. Starring: Ariane Labed, Evangalia Randou, Vangelis Mourikis, Yorgos Lanthimos.

Jeff Who Lives at Home
Jay and Mark Duplass, once poster children for the Mumblecore movement, are edging nearer and nearer the mainstream, and from all I’ve heard, it’s working out pretty well for them. I’ve yet to see this one, but despite not usually being interested in the Segal/Helms oeuvre, I’m curious to check it out.
2011 USA. Director: Jay and Mark Duplass. Starring: Jason Segal, Ed Helms.

Other New Releases

The Big Fix (2011 USA, dir Rebecca Harrell & Joshua Tickell, stars Peter Fonda)
Cat Run (2011 USA, dir John Stockwell, stars Paz Vega)
Exit Humanity (2011 Canada, dir John Geddes, stars Brian Cox)
Four Lovers (2010 France, dir Antony Cordier, stars Marina Fois)
Franklin & Bash: Season 1 (2011 USA, stars Breckin Meyer)
Holy Rollers (2011 USA, dir Bryan Storkel, stars Colin Jones)
My Afternoons with Margueritte (2011 France, dir Jean Becker, stars Gerard Depardieu)
My Reincarnation (2011 Tibet, dir Jennifer Fox)
Seeking Justice (2011 USA, dir Roger Donaldson, stars Nicolas Cage)
Wilfred: Season 1 (2011 USA, stars Elijah Wood)

Catalog Releases

WARNER ARCHIVE
The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan (1972 USA, stars Keye Luke)
The Conspirators (1944 USA, dir Jean Negulesco, stars Hedy Lamarr)
For the First Time (1959 USA, dir Rudolph Maté, stars Mario Lanza)
Nobody Lives Forever (1946 USA, dir Jean Negulesco, stars John Garfield)
Seven Hills of Rome (1958 USA, dir Roy Rowland, stars Mario Lanza)
Three Strangers (1945 USA, dir Jean Negulesco, stars Peter Lorre)

OTHERS
The Colossus of New York Blu-ray (1958 USA, dir Eugène Lourié, stars John Baragrey)
Diplomatic Courier (1952 USA, dir Henry Hathaway, stars Tyrone Power)
Evita: 15th Anniversary Blu-ray (1996 USA, dir Alan Parker, stars Madonna)
Flame Over India Blu-ray (1959 UK, dir J. Lee Thompson, stars Lauren Bacall)
The Flying Deuces (1939 USA, dir A. Edward Sutherland, stars Laurel & Hardy)
Hey Dude: Season 3 (1989 USA, stars David Brisbin, Christine Taylor)
The Hidden Blade (2004 Japan, dir Yôji Yamada, stars Masatoshi Nagase)
The Invisible Man: Complete Series (1975 USA, stars David McCallum)
Mary Pickford: Muse of the Movies (2008 USA, dir Nicholas Eliopoulos)
Newsies: 20th Anniversary Blu-ray (1992 USA, dir Kenny Ortega, stars Christian Bale)
Project X Blu-ray (1968 USA, dir William Castle, stars Christopher George)
Rings on Her Fingers (1942 USA, dir Rouben Mamoulian, stars Henry Fonda)
The Sarah Silverman Program: Complete Series (2007-2010 USA, stars Sarah Silverman)
Sister Act: 20th Anniversary Blu-ray (1992 USA, dir Emile Ardolino, stars Whoopi Goldberg)

Instant Watch Pick of the Week

Morvern Callar
Watching We Need to Talk About Kevin convinced me of one thing – and it wasn’t to never have children. It was to see Lynne Ramsay’s other two films stat. I haven’t managed to do so yet, but Netflix is making it easier for at least one of them.
2002 UK. Director: Lynne Ramsay. Starring: Samantha Morton, Kathleen McDermott, Raife Patrick Burchell.

Other Instant Watch Releases

Attack on Darfur (2009 USA, dir Uwe Boll, stars Edward Furlong)
Lewis Black: In God We Rust (2012 USA, stars Lewis Black)
Lonesome Dove (1989 USA, stars Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones)
The Mighty Macs (2009 USA, dir Tim Chambers, stars Carla Gugino)
On a Clear Day (2005 UK, dir Gaby Dellal, stars Peter Mullan)
Over the Top (1986 USA, dir Menahem Golan, stars Sylvester Stallone)
Return to Lonesome Dove (1993 USA, stars Jon Voight, Barbara Hershey)
Tales from the Script (2009 USA, dir Peter Hanson, stars Paul Schrader, et al)

Expiring Pick of the Week

The Square (and Spider) [6/24]
There are a ton of things expiring this week, but most of them are well-know and I’ll let their covers speak for themselves below (more great stuff in the list, too). For my pick, though, I’ll go with this black comic thriller from Australia, both because it’s bloody good and not enough people saw it, and because I fortuitously happened to see Edgerton’s new short Bear at the LA Film Fest last night, and it reminded me how much I like his work. His earlier short Spider is expiring from Instant this week as well.
2008 Australia. Director: Nash Edgerton. Starring: David Roberts, Claire van der Bloom, Joel Edgerton.

Other Instant Watch Expirations

Brothers (2009 USA, dir Jim Sheridan, stars Tobey Maguire) [6/23]
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2007 USA, dir Wayne Wang, stars Faye Yu) [6/26]
Red Planet Mars (1952 USA< dir Harry Horner, stars Peter Graves) [6/28]
The Air I Breathe (2008 USA, dir Jieho Lee, stars Kevin Bacon) [6/30]
Bad Lieutenant (1992 USA, dir Abel Ferrera, stars Harvey Keitel) [6/30]
The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949 USA, dir Preston Sturges, stars Betty Grable) [6/30]
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007 USA, dir Sidney Lumet, stars Ethan Hawke) [6/30]
D-Day: The Sixth of June (1956 USA, dir William Mace, stars Robert Taylor) [6/30]
The Desert Fox (1951 USA, dir Henry Hathaway, stars James Mason) [6/30]
The Edge of Love (2008 USA, dir John Maybury, stars Keira Knightley) [6/30]
The Edge (1997 USA, dir Lee Tamahori, stars Anthony Hopkins) [6/30]
A Farewell to Arms (1957 USA, dir Charles Vidor, stars Jennifer Jones) [6/30]
The General (1998 UK, dir John Boorman, stars Brendan Gleeson) [6/30]
Incendiery (2008 USA, dir Sharon Maguire, stars Michelle Williams) [6/30]
Into the Woods (1990 USA, stars Bernadette Peters) [6/30]
Jass on a Summer’s Day (1960 USA, dir Bert Stern, stars Louis Armstrong, et al) [6/30]
Permanent Midnight (1998 USA, dir David Veloz, stars Ben Stiller) [6/30]
River’s Edge (1986 USA, dir Tim Hunter, stars Crispin Glover) [6/30]
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008 USA, dir Marina Zenovich) [6/30]
The Rules of Attraction (2002 USA, dir Roger Avary, stars James Van Der Beek) [6/30]
Serpico (1973 USA, dir Sidney Lumet, stars Al Pacino) [6/30]
Sons and Lovers (1960 UK, dir Jack Cardiff, stars Trevor Howard) [6/30]
The Vicious Kind (2009 USA, dir Lee Toland Krieger, stars Adam Scott) [6/30]
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950 USA, dir Otto Preminger, stars Dana Andrew) [6/30]
9 1/2 Weeks (1986 USA, dir Adrian Lyne, stars Kim Basinger) [7/1]
The Accidental Tourist (1988 USA, dir Lawrence Kasdan, stars William Hurt) [7/1]
Amadeus (1984 USA, dir Milos Forman, stars F. Murray Abraham) [7/1]
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944 USA, dir Frank Capra, stars Cary Grant) [7/1]
Arthur (1981 USA, dir Steve Gordon, stars Dudley Moore) [7/1]
Auntie Mame (1958 USA, dir Morton DaCosta, stars Rosalind Russell) [7/1]
The Avengers (1998 USA, dir Jeremiah S. Chechik, stars Ralph Fiennes) [7/1]
Battlefield Earth (2000 USA, dir Roger Christian, stars John Travolta) [7/1]
Broadway Danny Rose (1984 USA, dir Woody Allen, stars Woody Allen) [7/1]
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958 USA, dir Richard Brooks, star Paul Newman) [7/1]
Chariots of Fire (1981 USA, dir Hugh Hudson, stars Ian Charleston) [7/1]
Charlotte Gray (2001 UK, dir Gillian Armstrong, stars Cate Blanchett) [7/1]
Creepshow (1982 USA, dir George A. Romero, stars Adrienne Barbeau) [7/1]
Delicatessen (1991 USA, dir Jean-Pierre Jenuet, Marc Caro, stars Dominique Pinon) [7/1]
Demolition Man (1993 USA, dir Marco Brambilla, stars Sylvester Stallone) [7/1]
Dial M for Murder (1954 USA, dir Alfred Hitchcock, stars Grace Kelly) [7/1]
Diner (1982 USA, dir Barry Levinson, stars Steve Guttenberg) [7/1]
Dirty Dancing (1987 USA, dir Emile Ardolino, stars Patrick Swayze) [7/1]
Disclosure (1994 USA, dir Barry Levinson, stars Michael Douglas) [7/1]
Doc Hollywood (1991 USA, dir Michael Caton-Jones, stars Michael J. Fox) [7/1]
Doctor Zhivago (1965 USA, dir David Lean, stars Omar Sharif) [7/1]
Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995 USA, dir Mel Brooks, stars Leslie Neilsen) [7/1]
Driving Miss Daisy (1989 USA, dir Bruce Beresford, stars Jessica Tandy) [7/1]
Dumb and Dumber (1994 USA, dir Bobby & Peter Farrelly, stars Jim Carrey) [7/1]
The Electric Horseman (1979 USA, dir Sydney Pollack, stars Robert Redford) [7/1]
Empire Records (1995 USA, dir Allan Moyle, stars Anthony Lapaglia) [7/1]
Enter the Dragon (1973 Hong Kong, dir Robert Clouse, stars Bruce Lee) [7/1]
Every Which Way But Loose (1978 USA, dir James Fargo, stars Clint Eastwood) [7/1]
The Exorcist (1973 USA, dir William Friedkin, stars Ellen Burstyn) [7/1]
Far from Heaven (2002 USA, dir Todd Haynes, stars Julianne Moore) [7/1]
The Fly (1958 USA, dir Kurt Neumann, stars Vincent Price) [7/1]
Free Willy (1993 USA, dir Simon Wincer, Jayne Atkinson, stars Jason James Richter) [7/1]
Ghostbusters 2 (1989 USA, dir Ivan Reitman, stars Bill Murray) [7/1]
Giant (1956 USA, dir George Stevens, stars Rock Hudson) [7/1]
The Gleaners and I (2000 France, dir Agnes Varda) [7/1]
Hombre (1967 USA, dir Martin Ritt, stars Paul Newman) [7/1]
Howards End (1992 USA, dir James Ivory, stars Emma Thompson) [7/1]
The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964 USA, dir Arthur Lubin, stars Don Knotts) [7/1]
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958 USA, dir Mark Robson, stars Ingrid Bergman) [7/1]
Interview with the Vampire (1994 USA, dir Neil Jordan, stars Brad Pitt) [7/1]
Jan Svankmajer: The Ossuary and Other Tales (1964 Czechoslovakia, dir Jan Svankmajer) [7/1]
Kagemusha (1990 Japan, dir Akira Kurosawa, stars Tatsuya Nakadai) [7/1]
Krull (1983 USA, dir Peter Yates, stars Ken Marshall) [7/1]
A Little Princess (1995 USA, dir Alfonso Cuaron, stars Liesel Matthews) [7/1]
A Little Shop of Horrors (1986 USA, dir Frank Oz, stars Rick Moranis) [7/1]
The Lost Boys (1987 USA, dir Joel Schumacher, stars Jason Patric) [7/1]
March of the Penguins (2004 France, dir Luc Jacquet) [7/1]
Memento (2000 USA, dir Christopher Nolan, stars Guy Pearce) [7/1]
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993 USA, dir Chris Columbus, stars Robin Williams) [7/1]
Pay It Forward (2000 USA, dir Mimi Leder, stars Kevin Spacey) [7/1]
Peeping Tom (1960 UK, dir Michael Powell, stars Carl Boehm) [7/1]
The Pledge (2001 USA, dir Sean Penn, stars Jack Nicholson) [7/1]
Presumed Innocent (1990 USA, dir Alan J. Pakula, stars Harrison Ford) [7/1]
Risky Business (1983 USA, dir Paul Brickman, stars Tom Cruise) [7/1]
Rob Roy (1995 USA, dir Michael Caton-Jones, stars Liam Neeson) [7/1]
Romeo Must Die (2000 USA, dir Andrzej Bartkowiak, stars Jet Li) [7/1]
The Rookie (1990 USA, dir Clint Eastwood, stars Clint Eastwood) [7/1]
Sense and Sensibility (1995 USA, dir Ang Lee, stars Emma Thompson) [7/1]
Space Cowboys (2000 USA, dir Clilnt Eastwood, stars Clint Eastwood) [7/1]
Species (1995 USA, dir Roger Donaldson, stars Natasha Henstridge) [7/1]
Sphere (1998 USA, dir Barry Levinson, stars Dustin Hoffman) [7/1]
Superman II (1980 USA, dir Richard Donner, stars Christopher Reeve) [7/1]
Ten (2002 Iran, dir Abbas Kiarostami, stars Mania Akbari) [7/1]
Tequila Sunrise (1988 USA, dir Robert Towne, stars Mel Gibson) [7/1]
There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954 USA, dir Walter Lang, stars Marilyn Monroe) [7/1]
Top Gun (1986 USA, dir Tony Scott, stars Tom Cruise) [7/1]
Trick ‘r Treat (2008 USA, dir Michael Dougherty, stars Michael Dougherty) [7/1]
Under Suspicion (2000 USA, dir Stephen Hopkins, stars Gene Hackman) [7/1]
A Very Long Engagement (2000 France, dir Jean-Pierre Jeunet, stars Audrey Tautou) [7/1]
Videodrome (1983 Canada, dir David Cronenberg, stars James Woods) [7/1]
We Don’t Live Here Anymore (2004 USA, dir John J. Curran, stars Mark Ruffalo) [7/1]
Welcome to Collinwood (2002 USA, dir Anthony & Joe Russo, stars William H. Macy) [7/1]
Your Friends and Neighbors (1998 USA, dir Neil LaBute, stars Jason Patric) [7/1]

See all expiring titles.

Jandy Hardesty
the recovering academic

4 Comments

  1. Burning though Louie Season 2… this show is awesome. Finding this season even less comedic, more serious, but man some of this drama is incredible… the Eddie ep, The Pamela ep, better than most movies.

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    • The Pamela ep has one of the purest pathos moments I have seen on the show, it is all light and care-free and then Louie just commits to the confession and it is all of a sudden pure gushing emotion… on a half-hour sitcom!!!

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