Wednesday, September 8, 2010

DVD Picks for September 7, 2010

Paltry pickin's this week, but here's what I got:

DVD: Videocracy (2009)
Distributor: Kino
Director: Erik Gandini

Videocracy played at MSPIFF earlier this year and had at run at St Anthony Main a few weeks ago. It is a fascinating documentary about the celebrity and television culture in Italy.

DVD & Blu-ray: Blood Into Wine (2010)
Distributor: Dreamy Drawn
Directors: Ryan Page, Christopher Pomerenke

Ever wonder what Maynard from Tool is up to these days? Well, he's making wine and this is the documentary.

DVD & Blu-ray: That Evening Sun (2009)
Distributor: Image
Director: Scott Teems

Played a run at St Anthony. Hal Holbrook give a good performance as a crotchety old man.

DVD: The Photograph (2007)
Distributor: Global Film Initiative
Director: Nan Triveni Achnas

A decent Indonesian drama that played at MSPIFF a few years ago and was part of the Global Lens traveling program.

DVD: The Exploding Girl (2009)
Distributor: Oscilloscope
Director: Bradley Rust Gray

Newest film by indie filmmaker and husband to So Yong Kim, Bradley Rust Gray.

DVD: 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1983)
Distributor: Dragon Dynasty
Director: Lau Kar-leung

Words cannot describe how good this movie is. One of the best martial arts films that the Shaw Brothers made. Is this the first time it's been available in the US with the original soundtrack? Wow.


YTSL said...

Hi Kathie --

Re 8 Diagram Pole Fighter: Don't you have region free DVD player? If so, you should have been able to come by the Celestial issued DVDs of the film in Chinatowns or online years ago...

But in any case, Lau Kar Leung and Gordon Liu rock! (And yes, I way prefer them to Chang Cheh and Jimmy Wang Yu!) :)

Kathie Smith said...

Oh absolutely. I bought 8 Diagram Pole Fighter when it came out in HK. Just highlighting that it is coming out here, for the poor souls who don't have a region free player!

I love Gordon Liu, but top of the heap for me is David Chiang - I love that guy.

YTSL said...

Hi Kathie --

Glad to hear that you do indeed have a region free DVD player.

As for David Chiang: a few months back, while I was standing in line for a movie (a preview of DREAM HOME, to be precise) at a multiplex in Kowloon Tong, who should walk by me on the way to watch another movie but... the guy you love! (And yes, living in Hong Kong really can be magical!) ;b