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Pick of the Week

For Ellen (New Video) — As a big, big fan of So Yong Kim’s first two features (In Between Days and Treeless Mountain), I’m happy to report that For Ellen makes it three-for-three. Kudos to Paul Dano for embodying his character in a way that felt truly lived in and genuine—no actor-schmactor futzing around here. Also, much credit goes to Reed Morano’s cinematography, which transcends mere sturdy handheld naturalism and reaches a place that is more achingly poetic. Based on the child performances in this and Treeless Mountain, I propose that So Yong Kim be hired to direct all child performances for every movie that is ever made from now until forever. Available on DVD and at Amazon Instant.


Hipsters (Kino Lorber) — Available on DVD.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

On The Waterfront (Criterion) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

That Cold Day in the Park (Olive Films) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

The Insider (Touchstone Picutures) — Now available on Blu-ray.

Best in Show (Warner) — Now available on Blu-ray.

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

Anna Karenina (Universal) — Available on DVD, 2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack + Digital Copy/UltraViolet, and at Amazon Instant.

Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season (HBO) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy.

I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney (King of Hearts Productions) — Available on DVD.

North Sea Texas (Strand Releasing) — Available on DVD.

Small Apartments (Sony) — Available on DVD.

Sinister (Summit Entertainment) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

Wild Card of the Week

Argo (Warner) — This perfectly fine movie starring and directed by Ben Affleck is about to take home this year’s Oscar for Best Picture (if it doesn’t, I’ll eat this website). Maybe it caught me on a bad day, but at best, Argo felt like a sturdy TV movie to me. But what do I know. Available on DVD + Ultraviolet Digital Copy, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + UltraViolet Digital Copy, and at Amazon Instant.

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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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