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Pick of the Week

Alambrista! (Criterion) — I actually haven’t ever seen Robert M. Young’s immigration drama, which won the inaugural Camera d’Or at Cannes in 1978, but that’s because it’s been so hard to track down for so many years. That reason, combined with the fact that it seems so in keeping with the HTN spirit, is why it’s our Pick of the Week, sight unseen. Once again, Criterion has come to the rescue, allowing eager viewers to see it for the first time. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

Late Spring (Criterion) — One word: YASUJIRO. Another word: OZU. Two more words: DONE DEAL. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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

Frozen Planet: The Complete Series (BBC Warner) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Treme: The Complete Second Season (HBO) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

The Flaw (Docurama/New Video) — Available on DVD.

Paul Goodman Changed My Life (Zeitgeist Films) — Available on DVD.

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (Paramount) — Available on DVD, 2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy, and at Amazon Instant.

The Man On The Train (New Video) — Available on DVD.

Wild Card of the Week

Shame (Fox Searchlight) — Steve McQueen has a striking visual sense, there’s no question about that. And Michael Fassbender is a compelling actor, there’s no question about that either. But I personally found this film veering into Zucker Brothers-esque parody land more often than not. My personal recommendation would be to instead dive headfirst into a double-header of Preston Miller’s Jones and Lodge Kerrigan’s Keane, though it is true that those films don’t feature Fassbender’s dong. Available on DVD and Blu-ray/ DVD + Digital Copy.

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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.

  • Ricky

    I would also suggest Robert Bierman’s Vampire’s Kiss. 

    April 17, 2012
  • Sleepingintonight

    Someone should start a band named ‘Fassbender’s Dong’.

    April 18, 2012
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