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Is the last weekend of home video releases for the calendar year 2010 a washout? Not quite, thanks to Indiepix


Samson & Delilah (Indiepix) — From the opening strains of Charley Pride’s “Sunshiny Day,” set to a slow-motion shot of an Aboriginal teenager waking up in bed only to immediately begin huffing gas out of a can, Samson & Delilah lets you know that it’s going to be different. It is. Written, directed, and photographed by Warwick Thornton on 35mm, this exhilarating feature-length debut isn’t just an assured, touching, and original tale of young love in the Central Australian desert. It’s a very precious reminder of the transportive power of cinema. Samson & Delilah will make you fall in love with movies all over again. Buy it on DVD.

Big River Man (Indiepix) — (I may have jumped the gun a few weeks back and then I missed the gun last week but now the release is official so here we go.) Slovenian endurance swimmer Martin Strel is like a real-life version of a character Werner Herzog might have pitched to Walt Disney in the ’70s. After having conquered the Mississippi, the Danube, and the Yangtze rivers in order to call attention to the world’s pollution problem, Strel decided to test the deadly waters of the Amazon. In collaboration with Strel’s son Borut, who co-produced and narrates this truly wild ride, filmmaker John Maringouin (Running Stumbled) was there to capture the mounting insanity, which starts humorously enough, but gradually devolves into a modern-day Heart of Darkness as not just Strel, but everyone on the journey, succumbs to the Amazon’s powerful mind-and-body-altering forces of nature. Though Strel’s true purpose becomes more ambiguous as the film wears on, Big River Man gains in power for that very reason. What is this man really fighting against? Perhaps even he doesn’t know, but the mere fact that he’s fighting in such a preposterously insane way sets an oddly compelling example for the rest of us. Buy it on DVD.

Have Not Seen But Wanna

Germany In Autumn (Facets) — Directed by Alexander Kluge and featuring Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Germany in Autumn is best known for crossing genre borders to become an altogether unique time capsule of life in 197os Germany. Buy it on DVD.

The American (Focus Features) — Anton Corbijn’s George Clooney vehicle sounds like one of those atmospheric affairs that Hollywood should be making more of. Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.

Twelve (20th Century Fox) — I heard Joel Schumacher’s latest has some serious Avant-Retarde potential. Is it true? Buy it on DVD or 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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