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We Need to Talk About Kevin (Oscilloscope) — Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin is no less phantasmagorical than her similarly hallucinatory Morvern Callar, but with higher stakes. Tension—which is constant—is frequently announced sonically via high-pitched white noise and rumbling bass or, more often, through the color red: paint splattered on Eva’s window, stack upon stack of tomato soup. A harbinger as much as a hue, it’s a constant signifier of dread, confusion, and memories both beautiful and traumatic. This is a dense, overwhelming environment rife with stylistic flourishes doubling as sensory cues. The colors may not be monochrome, but the mood certainly is: deep unease. Read Michael Nordine’s full HTN review. Available on DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, and at Amazon Instant.


Hello Lonesome (Film Movement) — Available on DVD.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

Summer With Monika (Criterion) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Summer Interlude (Criterion) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Too Late Blues (Olive Films) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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

Goon (Magnolia Pictures) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy Combo Pack.

Sing Your Song: Harry Belafonte (New Video) — Available on DVD.

Silver Tongues (Virgil Films and Entertainment) — Available on DVD.

A Necessary Death (MPI Home Video) — 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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