Wednesday, September 22, 2010

DVD Picks for September 21, 2010

Unlike the past couple weeks, there is plenty to crow about. Some I have seen; some I am excited to see.

VHS/35mm/DVD: Trash Humpers (2009)
Distributor: Warped
Director: Harmony Korine

I feel like I'm slummin' with the DVD of Trash Humpers. The pimped up editions (either VHS or your own 35mm print) accentuate the film's ability to dance the low-brow jig while kicking the can into the high-brow court. Trash Humpers, in all its unadulterated depravity, is a film that will endure despite itself. I can't wait to watch this again.

DVD: Eccentricities of a Blond Haired Girl (2009)
Distributor: Cinema Guild
Director: Manoel de Oliveira

I was chalking this film up as one I probably wouldn't see this year, but, all the sudden, here it is. It is about time I get on board with Manoel de Oliveira and see what I have been missing. Although it looks like my first will be The Strange Case of Angelica in Vancouver, I'll start digging into his extensive back catalog when I return, starting with this one which earned rave reviews with many I respect.

DVD: The Actuality Dramas of Allan King
Distributor: Eclipse
Director: Allan King

Eclipse calls Canadian director Allan King "one of cinema's best kept secrets." Well I guess so. If I'm going to admit my negligence of Manoel de Oliveria, I may as well admit I have never heard of Allan King. Something new to discover! Five films included here: Warrendale, A Married Couple, Come on Children, Dying at Grace, and Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company.

BD/DVD: The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
Distributor: Sony
Director: Juan Jose Campanella

Okay. I'd be hard pressed to say I'm excited about this release, as I was relatively underwhelmed by last years Best Foreign Film Oscar winner. The convoluted plot serves no purpose and I never felt half the sympathy I was supposed to for these flat characters. That being said, I do really like Ricardo DarĂ­n, the lead actor in this film. (Check out The Aura.)

BD/DVD: (Untitled) (2010)
Distributor: Screen Media
Director: Jonathan Parker

The trailer for this film annoyed me to no end, but then a friend said it was out-and-out hilarious. Now is my chance to find out.

BD/DVD: Ondine (2010)
Distributor: Magnolia
Director: Neil Jordan

Here's another one I missed in the theater - Colin Farrell and your long beautiful hair.

DVD: Fantomas: Five Film Collection (1913/1914)
Distributor: Kino
Director: Louis Feuillade

Whoo. These look awesome. I love the screen shots I've seen of this series and the reviews have piqued my interest. More discovery for me!


villainx said...

I hadn't noticed that you didn't include any Manoel de Oliveira in your early decade's list, so it didn't really crossed my mind that you haven't been on his movie ship/train.

Actually, I might have noticed, because his output warranted the inclusion of a couple of flicks. But if you are newly starting to delve, that's great. Especially for me, as you might write about it.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the great info! and i loved watching that paranoia clip.