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The Mill & The Cross (Kino/Lorber) — I planned to write a gushing review of Lech Majewski’s ingenious film when it was released theatrically, but I found myself ill-equipped to do just that. Frisky, compelling, and, perhaps most importantly, artful without being pretentious, The Mill & The Cross genuinely succeeds at inserting viewers inside the frame of a classic painting. And it’s very funny too! Available on DVD and Blu-ray.


Drive (Sony) — A full confession: My life was not changed by Nicolas Winding Refn’s Ryan Gosling vehicle (pun intended). That said, I had a rather large sh*t-eating grin on my face as it spiraled into directions that I found to be deliciously homoerotic and over-the-top. This is a very fun movie and that is at best what I found it to be. But let me be clear: when it’s this much fun, that’s good enough for me. Available on DVD, Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy, and at Amazon Instant.

The Other F Word (Oscilloscope) — In its early chapters, Andrea Blaugrund Nevins’s The Other F Word ambles along congenially yet unremarkably. Perhaps it’s the popumentary aesthetic—snappy editing, uptempo guitar rock soundtrack, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the daily lives of notable musicians—that might have you thinking this project would have been better served as a half-hour MTV show rather than a 100-minute feature film. But something unexpected happens along the way. Insights are shared and emotions are exposed that turn The Other F Word into a genuinely poignant statement on fatherhood. Considering the source, that’s saying something. Read my full HTN review. Available on DVD.

The Woman (The Collective) — Lucky McKee’s latest collaboration with Jack Ketchum was released last week, but I didn’t watch it until getting back from Sundance. This is a severely brutal motion picture, and while I quite “enjoyed” it, I also feel like some sort of disturbed person for *recommending* it. Yet here it lands in the “recommended” pile. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

To Kill A Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition (Universal) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy, and Blu-ray Book + DVD + Digital Copy.

The Piano (Lionsgate) — Available on Blu-ray.

Adaptation (Image Entertainment) — Available on Blu-ray.

Malcolm X (Warner) — Available on Blu-ray Book.

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

Outrage (Magnolia) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (Lionsgate) — Available on DVD.

Thunder Soul (Lionsgate) — Available on DVD.

The Thing [2011] (Universal) — Available on DVD and 2-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet.

The Big Year (20th Century Fox) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and in an “Extended Edition” 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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