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3/5/13

Pick of the Week

Gun Hill Road (Virgil Films and Entertainment) — The Bronx is rarely a borough that we see represented well on screen and here in the hands of very good director, the location came alive. It’s funny how this aspect of filmmaking often isn’t appreciated. It’s about integrating the location into your framing and your blocking and staging. In Gun Hill Road, I had a great sense of the apartment, the hallways, the streets, bodegas and the back alleys. The locations that were selected really conveyed the unique qualities of the Bronx and it was a joy to behold. I was also floored by the spot-on acting by everyone in the cast. Even the smallest roles were real and the performances focused and specific. Read Mike S. Ryan’s full HTN review, as well as A Conversation With Rashaad Ernesto Green. Available on DVD.

Recommended

Heleno (Screen Media Films) — Available on DVD.

Waiting For Lightning (First Run Features) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

California Solo (Strand Releasing) — Available on DVD.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

The Falcon and the Snowman (MGM) — Available on DVD.

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

Collaborator (Entertainment One) — Available on DVD and at Amazon Instant.

Wreck-It Ralph (Buena Vista) — Available on DVD, 2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy, and at Amazon Instant.

Off White Lies (Film Movement) — Available on DVD.

The Bay (Lionsgate) — Available on DVD and at Amazon Instant.

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