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Before we begin, it appears that I may have jumped the gun two weeks ago in very recommending a film. Just in case, I’m very recommending it again this week for I do indeed very recommend it that much.
Holy Rollers (Vivendi Entertainment) — On paper, Holy Rollers sounds like one of those movies that could go wrong in so many different ways it doesn’t seem possible that it won’t. But from the very first frame of Kevin Asch’s debut feature, there’s a feeling in the air that this one just might be different. It is. Holy Rollers is an unexpected treat that rises above its superficial trappings thanks to assured filmmaking, a healthy dose of unforced humor, and a whole lot of actual heart. Read the rest of my review, then buy it on DVD.
October Country (Carnivalesque Films) — With October Country, Palmieri and Mosher have created a small and quiet masterpiece of transcendent filmmaking. The film is based on Mosher’s essays and photographs of his family and the town in which they reside. Palmieri, as the cinematographer and editor, gorgeously captures the shattered fairytales of Americana and the family unit that is supposed to reside within those fairytales, seemingly waiting for the most highly prismatic light at every moment with which to frame it all. I have seen few other instances where visual, aural and emotional instincts are so delicate and clean and pure. That delicacy and purity is in Palmieri and Mosher’s photography and in their musical score. It is also in their deep sensitivity to the liminal world around them, their subtle innate understanding of human emotional strength, and in their flawless cinematic craftsmanship. Read the rest of Pamela Cohn’s review, then buy it on DVD.
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Leonard Cohen’s Lonesome Heroes (Chrome Dreams) — Buy it on DVD.