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.
New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray
The Insider (Touchstone Picutures) — 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.
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.