May 14

Searching for Sugar Man

Malik-Bendjelloul-199x300Tragic news today. Oscar winning Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul died yesterday at the age of 36. The cause of death was suicide. Bendjelloul won Best Documentary for his film, Searching for Sugar Man in 2013. From Sony Pictures,

Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late ’60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez.

Bendjelloul’s film won in a year packed with outstanding films including How to Survive a Plague, The Invisible War, 5 Broken Cameras and The Gatekeepers.

Check out the award-winning Searching for Sugar Man in our catalog.
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Mar 27

The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza)

great beautyWinner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Italy’s The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza) from director Paolo Sorrentino is available now on DVD in our collection. From distributor Janus Films,

Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo, Il divo and Gomorrah) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

Bilge Ebiri from Vulture writes about Sorrentino,

Sometimes, movies need to move. Sorrentino’s cinema, with its rapturous camera moves, its bursts of music, and its almost naïve belief that the screen can still evoke bold emotions, is the antidote to the Cinema of Lack.

Find The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza) in our catalog.

Mar 03

Oscar winners are here!

The Oscars winners were announced last night and we’ve got the films either already on the shelf or on order:

12 Years a Slave (on order – releases March 4, 2014)
Blue Jasmine
Dallas Buyers Club (on order – releases March 4, 2014)
Frozen (on order – releases March 18, 2014)
Gravity
The Great Gatsby
20 Feet from Stardom

And yes, we’ve also got American Hustle coming on March 18, 2014.

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Feb 27

Oscar nominated documentaries are here!

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We’ve got three of the five nominated Oscar documentaries on DVD.  And a fourth is on order (waiting for The Square to be released).  Check out one of these outstanding films today.  Click on the title to see the film listed in our catalog or click on “read more” to find out more about the film.  Watch which film wins this Sunday, March 2nd during the live telecast of the 86th annual Academy Awards.

The Act of Killing (on order) – read more
Cutie and the Boxerread more
Dirty Warsread more
The Square (not yet released) – read more
20 Feet from Stardomread more