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Pick of the Week

Medium Cool (Criterion) — Haskell Wexler’s groundbreaking hybrid drama from 1969 has finally gotten the Criterion treatment. If you haven’t seen this film, rectify that situation immediately. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.


Last Kind Words (Image Entertainment) — Filmmaker Kevin Barker follows up his excellent documentary The Family Jams with this Southern Gothic dramatic thriller. Available on DVD.

Side Effects (Open Road) — And by “recommended” I mean: Steven Soderbergh’s twisty thriller is likely best appreciated on a couch one hungover Saturday afternoon when you’re too lazy to flip the channel over to the Lifetime Movie Network or Cinemax. Available on DVD, Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet, and at Amazon Instant.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

Neighboring Sounds (Cinema Guild) — Now available on Blu-ray.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (Shout! Factory) — Available on Blu-ray/DVD Combo.

The Burning (Shout! Factory) — Available on Blu-ray/DVD Combo.

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

The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane (Eagle Rock Entertainment) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Yossi (Strand Releasing) — Available on DVD.

Ecstasy (New Video) — Available on DVD and at Amazon Instant.

Struck By Lightning (New Video) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

The ABCs of Death (Magnolia) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, and at Amazon Instant.

Parker (FilmDistrict) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

Stand Up Guys (Lionsgate) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and 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.

  • stevenstevo

    Indeed, another great list. And I just saw that Neighboring Sounds was made available on Netflix Instant today. I know what I am doing tonight.

    May 22, 2013
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