It’s been a busy week at Thomas with lots of new movies, TV shows and loads of new Criterions.
Here we go….
Adam Resurrected: Story of a scarred concentration camp survivor clinging to the remnants of sanity and desperately trying to find joy in life in an psychiatric hospital. Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Derek Jacobi.
Fermat’s Room: Ingenious Spanish thriller about 4 unconnected mathematicians brought together in a remote location and forced to solve logic puzzles or face death.
Filth and Wisdom: Directed by Madonna. A comedy centered on three flatmates living desperate lives in London.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past: A bachelor is haunted by the ghosts of his past girlfriends at his younger brother’s wedding.
Guns on the Clackamas: Spinal Tap meets Blazing Saddles only funnier! Live action feature from acclaimed animator Bill Plympton.
Observe and Report: Bi-polar mall security guard Ronnie Barnhardt is called into action to stop a flasher from turning shopper’s paradise into his personal peep show. But when Barnhardt can’t bring the culprit to justice, a surly police detective, is recruited to close the case.
Phoebe in Wonderland: Confounded by her clashes with the seemingly rule-obsessed world, a little girl seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher.
Queen and I: Documentary on Farah Diba, the Shah of Iran’s wife living in exile in France by a former supporter of the Islamic revolution, Nahid Persson Sarvestani.
Shrink: Unable to cope with a recent personal tragedy, LA’s top celebrity shrink turns into a pothead with no concern for his appearance and a creeping sense of his inability to help his patients.
Tkaronto: Set in Toronto this funny, thoughtful and sensitively rendered first feature by Shane Anthony Belcourt deals with issues of urban aboriginal identity.
White Night Wedding: An absurd tragi-comedy from Iceland.
Generation Kill: From the creator of the Wire. A Rolling Stone reporter, embedded with The 1st Recon Marines chronicles his experiences during the first wave of the American-led assault on Baghdad in 2003.
Grey’s Anatomy: S5 A drama centered on the personal and professional lives of five surgical interns and their supervisors.
In Plain Sight: Mary Shannon is a U.S. Marshal in the witness protection program who spends her time relocating federal witnesses.
Life on Mars: A present-day car accident mysteriously sends a detective back to the 1970s. An American remake of the BBC series.
Summer Heights High: Australian television mockumentary series starring Chris Lilley as 3 self-obsessed characters in a high school – a drama teacher, a snobby rich girl and a vulgar 13 year old.
Classe Tous Tisques: Restored print of Claude Sautet’s study of a career criminal at the end of his rope. Jean-Paul Belmondo, France, 1960.
Danton: Andrzej Wajda’s meticulous & powerful depiction of the ideological clash of man-of-the-people Georges Danton and icy Jacobin extremist Maximilien Robespierre. Gérard Depardieu, 1983.
Death of a Cyclist: Spanish drama follows the guilt-ridden aftermath when an upper-class couple mistakenly hit a bicyclist and flee the crime scene. Juan Antonia Bardem, 1955.
Le Deuxieme Souffle: Veteran gangster plans one last caper in order to save his sister who is being blackmailed by thugs in this crime thriller. Lino Ventura, Jean-Pierre Melville. 1966.
Fireman’s Ball: A milestone of the Czech New Wave, Milos Forman’s first color film The Firemen’s Ball (Horí, má panenko) is both a dazzling comedy and a provocative political satire.
Fires on the Plain: A fierce, haunting and disturbing antiwar picture from Japan’s Kon Ichikawa that chronicles a lonely soldier’s exodus into a strange land. 1959.
Green for Danger: Classic WWII British murder mystery. Sidney Gilliat, Alaistair Sim, 1946.
Naked Prey: Disquieting drama from Cornel Wilde tells the story of a group of ivory-hunting Brits who are captured, imprisoned and tortured by an African tribe. 1966.
Walkabout: Nicolas Roeg’s mystical masterpiece chronicles the physical, spiritual, and emotional journey of a sister and brother abandoned in the harsh Australian outback. Joining an Aborigine boy on his walkabout—a tribal initiation into manhood—these modern children pass from innocence into experience as they are thrust from the comforts of civilization into the savagery of the natural world.
Finally back on DVD at Thomas:
Wizard of Oz: Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home.
Hope you enjoy,