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1/31/12

Pick of the Week

The Mill & The Cross (Kino/Lorber) — I planned to write a gushing review of Lech Majewski’s ingenious film when it was released theatrically, but I found myself ill-equipped to do just that. Frisky, compelling, and, perhaps most importantly, artful without being pretentious, The Mill & The Cross genuinely succeeds at inserting viewers inside the frame of a classic painting. And it’s very funny too! Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Recommended

Drive (Sony) — A full confession: My life was not changed by Nicolas Winding Refn’s Ryan Gosling vehicle (pun intended). That said, I had a rather large sh*t-eating grin on my face as it spiraled into directions that I found to be deliciously homoerotic and over-the-top. This is a very fun movie and that is at best what I found it to be. But let me be clear: when it’s this much fun, that’s good enough for me. Available on DVD, Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy, and at Amazon Instant.

The Other F Word (Oscilloscope) — In its early chapters, Andrea Blaugrund Nevins’s The Other F Word ambles along congenially yet unremarkably. Perhaps it’s the popumentary aesthetic—snappy editing, uptempo guitar rock soundtrack, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the daily lives of notable musicians—that might have you thinking this project would have been better served as a half-hour MTV show rather than a 100-minute feature film. But something unexpected happens along the way. Insights are shared and emotions are exposed that turn The Other F Word into a genuinely poignant statement on fatherhood. Considering the source, that’s saying something. Read my full HTN review. Available on DVD.

The Woman (The Collective) — Lucky McKee’s latest collaboration with Jack Ketchum was released last week, but I didn’t watch it until getting back from Sundance. This is a severely brutal motion picture, and while I quite “enjoyed” it, I also feel like some sort of disturbed person for *recommending* it. Yet here it lands in the “recommended” pile. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

To Kill A Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition (Universal) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy, and Blu-ray Book + DVD + Digital Copy.

The Piano (Lionsgate) — Available on Blu-ray.

Adaptation (Image Entertainment) — Available on Blu-ray.

Malcolm X (Warner) — Available on Blu-ray Book.

Have Not Seen Yet But Really/Kinda/Sorta/Maybe Wanna

Outrage (Magnolia) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (Lionsgate) — Available on DVD.

Thunder Soul (Lionsgate) — Available on DVD.

The Thing [2011] (Universal) — Available on DVD and 2-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet.

The Big Year (20th Century Fox) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and in an “Extended Edition” at Amazon Instant.

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