Action, comedy, family, documentary, TV and Carly’s Criterions. Lots to choose from this week. Enjoy!
Hardboiled: John Woo (Face/Off, The Killers) directs Chow Yun-Fat in this nirvana for seekers of action.
Frozen River: Life in Massena is as harsh and barren as the frigid landscape. In this bleak terrain, two hardened single mothers are trying to make lives for their children.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Kevin Spacey and John Cusack.
Bride Wars: Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway. Not sure if this needs an introduction. I’m told it rivals last summer’s Sex and the City which I didn’t see.
Spirit: Above shadows and crime infested streets, a masked avenger watches.
Transporter 3; Jason Statham returns in the role that made him a star.
Battle in Seattle: Based on the incendiary political uprising in 1999 as demonstrators took to the streets to protest the World Trade Organization.
Marley and Me: Starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Anniston. A young couple contemplates the decision to start a family.
Far Side of the Moon: Robert Lepage, Anne-Marie Cadieux. Mourning the recent death of his mother, a man tries to come to terms with his younger brother.
The Broken: 7 Years of bad luck. On a busy London street, a woman thinks she sees herself drive past in her own car.
Life Before Her Eyes: Your life can change in an instant. That instant can last forever.
Interview: Directed by Theo Van Gogh (Dutch filmmaker recently shot by radicals). A middle aged journalist interviews the real-life Dutch star Katja Schuurman.
Uninvited: From the producers of The Ring and Disturbia.
Hotel for Dogs: Family fun.
Star Trek: Box Set Wrath of Khan, Search for Spock and Voyage Home. Just in time for this summer’s big release.
Breaking Bad: S1 A down on his luck chemistry teacher struggles to make ends meet for his wife and his physically challenged son.
La Stada: The film that launched Italian maestro Fellini to stardom. There has never been a face quite like that of Giulietta Masina. Her husband, the legendary Federico Fellini, directs her as Gelsomina in La strada, the film that launched them both to international stardom. Gelsomina is sold by her mother into the employ of Zampanò (Anthony Quinn), a brutal strongman in a traveling circus. When Zampanò encounters an old rival in highwire artist the Fool (Richard Basehart), his fury is provoked to its breaking point. With La strada, Fellini left behind the familiar signposts of Italian neorealism for a poetic fable of love and cruelty, evoking brilliant performances and winning the hearts of audiences and critics worldwide. The Criterion Collection is proud to present La strada, winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1956. Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Federico Fellini.
JCVD: Jean-Claude Van Damme. The muscles from Brussels. He deserves not a black belt, but an Oscar. Carly highly recommends you double-feature this with Hard Target
Confessions of a Superhero: This feature length documentary profiles 3 mortal men and 1 woman who make their living working as superhero characters on the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard.
Never Surrender: The world’s top MMA fighters in their first feature film.
Capturing Reality: Incredible documentary about documentaries featuring interviews with some of the best directors in the field: Errol Morris, Nick Broomfield, Werner Herzog. 2 discs. 2008.
A genre as unique as the people who bring it to life, Documentary challenges perceptions and the perennially contested notion of “truth”. Over 30 renowned directors, including Errol Morris, Nick Broomfield, Werner Herzog, reflect on the power, ethical and social responsibility of their craft in Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary. With emotionally-charged insight and clips from essential works of the genre, this is an enlivened and panoramic view of contemporary cinema unlike any other. Required viewing for all cinephiles!
Seven Pounds: Will Smith stars as a man at a crossroads who searches for a way to redeem his heavy conscience.
Eden Log: A man awakes in a nightmarish subterranean world with amnesia, he must struggle to find answers while avoiding potentially lethal obstacles as struggles to get to the surface.
A labyrinthine underworld of tunnels, demonic pursuers and an abandoned civilization awaits Tolbiac when he is awakened in a cave without any recollection of how he came to be there. The dead body laying next to him is only the first clue to discovering his identity, as he propels through a journey of survival in a cemetery-like world created by a mysterious organization called Eden Log.
Wise Blood: John Huston’s highly acclaimed adaptation of the first novel by legendary Southern writer Flannery O’Connor. First time on DVD! 1979.
In this acclaimed adaptation of the first novel by legendary Southern writer Flannery O?Connor, John Huston brings to life a world of vivid, poetic American eccentricity. Brad Dourif, in an impassioned performance, is Hazel Motes, who, fresh out of the army, attempts to open the first Church Without Christ in the small town of Taulkinham. Populated with inspired performances that seem to spring right from O?Connor?s pages, Huston?s Wise Blood is an incisive portrait of spirituality and evangelicalism, as well as a faithful, loving evocation of one writer?s vision.
Taken: Also on Blu-Ray
Top Secret Trials Of The Third Reich: Authentic footage of the trial of the men who conspired to assassinate Hitler in August of 1944.
In August of 1944, the trial of the men who conspired to assassinate the Führer ? the events that formed the basis for the film Valkyrie ? began. Under orders from Joseph Goebbels, cameras were hidden in the courtroom and the resulting footage was transformed into a propaganda film. Goebbels released his film to the public but only succeeded in generating sympathy for the conspirators, who were sentenced to death by the visibly deranged Nazi tribunal judge. Having miscalculated the impact of these images, Goebbels ordered the film banned and destroyed. But one print has been found.
Through authentic footage of the trial, the film details the various attempts to assassinate Hitler ? from the bomb in Munich?s Bürgerbräukeller to Claus von Stauffenberg?s explosive attack on the Wolfsschanze ? and sheds light on the anti-Nazi resistance. Featuring previously unseen film and sound documentation of the National Committee for a Free Germany, a German resistance group, this astonishing film also unearths new information about members of the Kreisau Circle and the White Rose.
Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Now also on Blu-Ray.
That’s it for now folks.
Have a great weekend.
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