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The End of Love (Gravitas Ventures) — Mark Webber’s decision to ‘cast’ his own two-year-old son Isaac in this semi-autobiographical drama about single daddy-hood was a very wise one indeed. Honestly, without it, the whole premise might very well have fallen apart. By keeping things so incredibly personal, Webber is able to maintain a heightened state of intimacy that is just about impossible to deny whenever Isaac appears on screen. Available on DVD and at Amazon Instant.


From The Head (Breaking Glass) — George Griffith’s comedic drama recalls the ’80s/’90s-era of NYC indie movie-making and storytelling, which sprinkles one’s viewing of it with a sweet tinge of nostalgia. Available on DVD.

The Fruit Hunters (Cinedigm) — Yung Chang directed one of my favorite documentaries of all-time, Up The Yangtze. And I really dug his follow-up, China Heavyweight. So while I wish I didn’t, I feel the need to clarify this: The Fruit Hunters doesn’t come close to touching either of those films. Having said that, I also realize they are such different creations that playing the compare-contrast game seems is a silly thing to do. Whatever the case, with his third feature, Chang nonetheless maintains his passionate engagement with the world we are living in; beyond that, his documentary adaptation of Adam Leith Gollner’s best-selling book contains a swarm of imagery that will inspire you to eat some fruit, which is pretty much always a good idea. Available on DVD and at Amazon Instant.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

Lord of the Flies (Criterion) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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

42 (Warner) — Available on DVD + UltraViolet, Blu-ray/DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy, and at Amazon Instant.

Evil Dead (Sony) — *The new one. Not the old one.* Available on DVD, Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy, and at Amazon Instant.

Bert Stern: Original Mad Man (First Run Features) — Available on DVD.

London: The Modern Babylon (Cinedigm) — Available on DVD.

An Affair of the Heart: Rick Springfield (Breaking Glass) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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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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