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A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (Film Movement) — With A Bottle In The Gaza Sea, French Director Thierry Binistri and scriptwriter/novelist Valérie Zenatti have set out on a mission noble but, let’s be honest here, flat-out impossible: to make a sweet and tender drama suffused with bipartisan hope that, in a perfect world, might just help to solve the decades-long conflict between Israel and Palestine. Hey, that’d be like so totally cool if that happened! But, um, as we all know, this world ain’t perfect. And yet, while A Bottle In The Gaza Sea doesn’t break any formal ground and waves a youthful flag of optimism as its only real solution to the problem, the filmmakers’ commitment to said youthful optimism nonetheless provides a welcome breath of fresh air. Sometimes it’s just nice sit back and watch a well-made humanitarian drama that refuses to add politically charged fuel to an already raging fire. Read my full HTN review. Available on DVD.

Django Unchained (The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay) — To be totally honest, Quentin Tarantino’s most recent spectacle stuck around so long that by the time the credits rolled, my distaste for the third act made me almost fully rescind my initial appreciation of the movie’s first two acts/hours. It’s still worth watching, I suppose. Just make sure you don’t press play on an empty stomach. Available on DVD, 2-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy/UltraViolet, and at Amazon Prime.

Save the Date (MPI Home Video) — Michael Mohan’s romantic dramedy pushes the twee levels up pretty high, but it also is one of the more honest depictions of a 20-something breakup that I’ve encountered in quite some time. Available on DVD.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

Repo Man (Criterion) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Eclipse Series 38: Masaki Kobayashi Against The System (Criterion) — Includes The Thick-Walled Room, I Will Buy You, Black River, and The Inheritance. Available on Blu-ray.

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

Ethel (HBO) — Available on DVD.

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Michael Tully is an award-winning writer/director whose films have garnered widespread critical acclaim, his projects having premiered at some of the most renowned film festivals across the globe. He is also the former (and founding) editor of this site. In 2006, Michael's first feature, COCAINE ANGEL, chronicling a tragic week in the life of a young drug addict, world premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film immediately solidified the director as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film,” a reputation that was reinforced a year later when his follow-up feature, SILVER JEW, a documentary capturing the late David Berman's rare musical performances in Tel Aviv, world-premiered at SXSW and landed distribution with cult indie-music label Drag City. In 2011, Michael wrote, directed, and starred in his third feature, SEPTIEN, which debuted at the 27th annual Sundance Film Festival before being acquired by IFC Films' Sundance Selects banner. A few years later, in 2014, Michael returned to Sundance with the world premiere of his fourth feature, PING PONG SUMMER, an ‘80s set coming-of-age tale that was quickly picked up for theatrical distribution by Gravitas Ventures. In 2018, Michael wrote and directed the dread-inducing genre film DON'T LEAVE HOME, which has been described as "Get Out with Catholic guilt in the Irish countryside" (IndieWire). The film premiered at SXSW and was subsequently acquired by Cranked Up Films and Shudder.

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