Picks of the Week
Mildred Pierce (HBO Home Video) — I have neither read the James Cain novel, nor seen the 1945 Hollywood adaptation of said tome, so I fortunately wasn’t bogged down playing the compare/contrast game when watching Todd Haynes’ made-for-HBO multi-episode drama. Had it been eligible, it might very well have made my Top 10 list of 2011. Kate Winslet is as good as she’s ever been, as is cinematographer Ed Lachmann. This is top notch filmmaking across the board. Available on DVD or DVD/Blu-ray Collector’s Edition.
Contagion (Warner Home Video) — To be honest, this movie started with a bang for me and gradually unraveled into a place where I stopped caring, but I definitely think it’s worth taking for a spin now that it’s on home video. Available on DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy, Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy, 2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + UltraViolet Digital Copy, or at Amazon Instant.
Have Not Seen Yet But Really/Kinda/Sorta/Maybe Wanna