Pick of the Week
The Pool (Kino Lorber) — What makes Chris Smith’s The Pool so special is how it uses such a seemingly simple framework to speak so profoundly about many different elements of human nature. Without being forceful or pushy, Smith has produced a beautiful, tender film that thoughtfully addresses issues of adolescent yearning, universal poverty, and parental sorrow, without ever feeling like he’s trying to speak so deeply. He lets these themes emerge from the inside-out, not the outside-in, using a direct, unadorned style to produce a work that is suffused with documentary-like realism and symbolic poetry at the exact same time. The Pool is a quiet marvel of a movie. Read the full HTN review. Available on DVD.
New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray
Have Not Seen Yet But Really/Kinda/Sorta/Maybe Wanna
Flight (Paramount) — Available on DVD, 2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy/UltraViolet, and at Amazon Instant.