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Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (Cinema Guild) —  Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s latest is a remarkable movie. On the surface, Once Upon A Time In Anatolia is the story of a murder investigation; told over the course of a single night and morning, the film follows the police, a coroner and a prosecutor as they accompany a pair of confessed killers in search of a corpse. Gratefully, Ceylan is far too gifted a filmmaker to leave it at that. Masculinity has always been a crucial subject for Ceylan; from the impossibility of male communication in Distant, to the callous, violent sexual vanity on display in Climates, to the corruption of the individual by his duty that sets the fates in motion in Three Monkeys, Ceylan has always understood the emasculating brutality of power and the impact it has on the lives of men who desire and feel bound to its tropes. Once Upon A Time In Anatolia spends its time in search of both a body and something far more intangible: the nature of masculinity and its corruption. Put simply, there is something about Ceylan’s work that transcends. See this film. Available on DVD and Blu-ray. (Tom Hall)


21 Jump Street (Sony) — I semi-swore off Hollywood remakes quite some time ago, but then I realized that I might never have an opportunity to eat multiplex popcorn again, since that’s just about all they play on their screens these days (#2: superheroes; #3: boardgames). This is a case when a free afternoon and some friends and the promise of popcorn led me to cave in. In the case of 21 Jump Street, man, I’m actually glad I did! From the very beginning, it’s made very clear that the filmmaking team is self-aware of their premise in the best possible way. This surely ain’t great cinema, but I genuinely laughed throughout the entire film, which I certainly was not expecting. Available on DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy, Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy, and at Amazon Instant.

The Artist (Sony) — Call me a Philistine, but I found this movie to be a light, pleasant, and all around harmless trifle (waiting, waiting, waiting to be struck by lightning… nope, didn’t happen). Then again, I’m not an angry expert in silent cinema. Do I ever want to watch The Artist again? Err, prolly not. But if you haven’t seen it and don’t consider yourself to be an “authoritative cinephile,” it will likely put a grin on your face. Available on DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy, Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy, and at Amazon Instant.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

The 39 Steps (Criterion) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

The Samurai Trilogy (Criterion) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Deliverance (Warner) — Available on Blu-ray.

Numero Deux (Olive Films) — Available on DVD.

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

Bullhead (Image Entertainment) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

The Perfect Family (Virgil Films and Entertainment) — Available on DVD.

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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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