German director Christian Petzold’s Phoenix releases on DVD today. From IFC,
A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception unfolds against the turmoil of post-World War II Germany in the stunning new film from acclaimed director Christian Petzold (Barbara, Jerichow). Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn’t recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Evoking the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin, Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation’s tragedy and a woman’s search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax.
Easy Rider recently got remastered and released by Criterion. We didn’t own a copy so we added the newly minted classic to our collection. From Roger Ebert’s website,
But it’s hard to identify with the Fonda and Hopper characters. So Hopper and his co-writers Fonda and Terry Southern write in a brilliant character, Old George (played magnificently by Jack Nicholson). And when this alcoholic, tragic ACLU lawyer from a small Southern town enters the picture, suddenly that’s us there on the bike with Fonda. And the movie starts to work.
If you follow the story closely in “Easy Rider,” you find out it isn’t there. The rough-cut of the movie reportedly ran over three hours, and Hopper edited it to a reasonable length by throwing out the story details and keeping the rest. So the heroes are suspended in an invisible story, like falcons on an invisible current of air. You can’t see it, but it holds them up.
All of this divests a motorcycle movie of its weak point (the story) and develops its strong point (the role of the self-proclaimed rebel in a conformist society). It’s not just bike freaks who get in trouble when they challenge the establishment — it’s everybody, even Old George.
And yet, “Easy Rider” suggests, it’s not as simple as that. We almost forget that the Fonda and Hopper characters have also sold out.
Deadpool drops today on Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming. I know, I know… another super hero movie. But even if you’re not a fan, Deadpool is the one to watch. Think Guardians of the Galaxy humor delivered in a HBO environment. Lots of trash talk, lots of violence, and lots of fun. No wonder it’s the highest grossing R-rated film of all-time. From Rotten Tomatoes,
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Alfonso Cuarón directed and co-wrote this sexy art-house hit from Mexico. The funny and moving coming-of-age story centers on two immature teens who get an education in love when they take a sexy road trip with a liberated, unhappily married woman
We have all the films from all eras on DVD and Blu-ray at both Woods and Main.
We also have a dedicated collection of Star Wars books now in their own section.
And the Children’s Library even has BB-8s for check-out. Browse everything Star Wars in our library catalog.
Many filmmakers have attempted to create a film using only one cut. Hitchcock managed only ten edits in Rope. Alexander Sokurov mastered one 96 minute take in his 2002 Russian Ark. Alejandro Iñárritu created the illusion of one take in Birdman. And now we are treated with Sebastian Schipper’s German film, Victoria who ups the ante in his 2 hour and 20 minute epic film all shot in one take. From the film’s website,
A movie shot in a single take about Victoria, a runaway party girl, who’s asked by three friendly men to join them as they hit the town. Their wild night of partying turns into a bank robbery.
The Revenantwhich won Leonardo DiCaprio his Oscar gets its’ release this week on DVD and Blu-ray. We have copies at both Main and Woods. Find out what all the fuss is about or watch The Revenant for a second time. If you’re brave, you might want to pair this with a venison dinner. From Fox,
Inspired by true events, THE REVENANT is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption. THE REVENANT is directed and co-written by renowned filmmaker, Academy Award (R) winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman, Babel).
Bibliophiles often experience disappointment when their favorite novels are adapted into film. Luckily for Room, novelist Emma Donoghue not only wrote the book, but adapted the screenplay as well. Find out why Brie Larson won the Oscar for Best Actress and why newcomer Jacob Tremblay is a force to watch.
Now that the awards have been handed out, the big question remains, when do those films get released? Here’s a quick list of all the nominated films and their release dates. ? simply means a date has not been announced yet.
45 Years (?) The 100-Year Old Man (?) Amy (available) Anomalisa (?) The Big Short (3/15) Boy and the World (?) Bridge of Spies (available) Brooklyn (3/15) Carol (3/15) Cartel Land (3/29) Cinderella (available) Creed (3/1) The Danish Girl (3/29) Embrace of the Serpent (?) Ex Machina (available) Fifty Shades of Grey (available) The Hateful Eight (3/29) The Hunting Ground (available) Inside Out (available) Joy (?) The Look of Silence (available) Mad Max: Fury Road (available) The Martian (available) Mustang (5/10) Racing Extinction (3/7) The Revenant (?) Room (3/1) Shaun the Sheep Movie (available) Sicario (available) Son of Saul (?) Spectre (available) Spotlight (3/22) Straight Outta Compton (available) Star Wars: The Force Awakens (?) Theeb (5/17) A War (?) What Happened, Miss Simone? (?) When Marnie Was There (available) Winter on Fire (?) Youth(3/1)
The Dan Rather controversy Truth comes to the big screen with Robert Redford as Rather and Cate Blanchett as his news producer. From Rotten Tomatoes,
On the morning of September 9, 2004, veteran CBS News producer MARY MAPES (Cate Blanchett) believed she had every reason to feel proud of a broadcast journalism job well done. By the end of the day, Mapes, CBS News, and the venerable CBS News anchor DAN RATHER (Robert Redford) would be under harsh scrutiny.