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Only the Young

Only The Young / Tchoupitoulas (Oscilloscope) — If these films were being released separately on the same day, they would have still earned joint “Pick of the Week” status. But their mutual distributor went ahead and did the hard work for us with this super rad double-release. Thanks, Oscilloscope! This two-pack contains two of the most exciting and invigorating nonfiction films of recent memory. Read our HTN conversations with Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet (Only the Young) and Bill Ross (Tchoupitoulas). Available on DVD.


Highly Recommended

Walk Away Renee (MPI Home Video) — A sequel of sorts to Jonathan Caouette’s groundbreaking Tarnation, Walk Away Renee picks up the story years later. In our 2012 BAMcinemaFest guide, Mike S. Ryan wrote this about the film: Here, the same story of a son struggling to care for his ailing aging mother mixes old footage with current footage, and the toll of Caouette’s uncompromising love is powerfully rendered through scenes in which we watch him in action saving his mother from the void of institutional internment. It’s a heroic, epic struggle made all the more dramatic by the span of years and the unflappable strength of Caouette’s persistence and singular love for his mother. Available on DVD.


Silver Linings Playbook (Starz/Anchor Bay) — David O. Russell’s scrappy 21-million-dollar indie took home several well deserved trophies at this year’s Spirit Awards! Just kiddin’. Though having said that, while I enjoyed some elements of Russell’s film, I also found it to be a sloppy mess that would be best appreciated in a bored-afternoon-on-the-couch type of situation. Which is what this home video release finally allows for. How’s that for a spicy recommendation! Available on DVD, 2-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet, and at Amazon Instant.

Parked (Olive Films) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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

Not Fade Away (Paramount) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet, and at Amazon Instant.

Vito (First Run Features) — Available on DVD.

The Details (Anchor Bay) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Broken City (20th Century Fox) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy, and at Amazon Instant.

Young and Wild (MPI Home Video) — 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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