Pauline Kael’s first book was I Lost It At The Movies, and though I relate to that sentiment I also have learned a tone in the process. Case in point is Bad Reputation, an illuminating look at the life of Joan Jett that’s now out on DVD.
Out on DVD and digital today via Film Movement, the Zambia set I Am Not A Witch marks the directorial debut of Rungano Nyoni, a filmmaker who should be an intriguing voice in cinema for years to come. An uncompromising mixture of satire and drama, I Am Not A Witch is a film that’s definitely worth checking out.
Having snap judgments about a movie before actually watching can, at times, restrict you from having a good time, and thankfully my preconceived notions of Where’s The Money were misguided. A mixture of internet content creators/stars (Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor, Logan Paul) and acting vets (Kat Graham, Terry Crews), Where’s The Money has its share of comedic surprises up its sleeve.
Now available on Blu-ray and DVD via RLJ Entertainment, The Phenom is a baseball movie that refreshingly breaks convention by not focusing on the sport itself. Instead , this subtly and evocatively rendered drama is a character study of the highest order, focusing on the little details that pushes talented and unassuming pitcher Hopper (Johnny Simmons) in a ton of different directions.
I woke up at 2:30 this morning, unable to shake The American Side, a first rate neo-noir that isn’t afraid to wear its homage driven heart on its sleeve. Director/writer Jenna Ricker takes those hardboiled film noirs of the 1940s-50s and the conspiracy filled thrillers of the 1970s (The Parallax View, Winter Kills) and gives us a cinematic dish that’s worth the calories. Cinephiles will gorge on the various easter eggs and references in the film, and actually the less said about this film, at least story wise, the better. Below are five reasons to love The American Side.
I looked over my initial review of My Golden Days, and though I did love the movie, I was a bit down on the film’s final moments. Having re-watched the final act, I’ve completely changed my mind – the climax completely works!!
Eleanor Parker gives a standout performance in “The Woman In White,” a movie that’s available as a Manufactured on Demand (MOD) title from the Warner Archive Collection. The picture, based on Wilkie Collins’ 1859 novel, may not be a household name but it’s a flick that’s not to be missed. Here’s 5 reasons to watch “The Woman In White.”
Visually mesmerizing and refreshingly cerebral, the sci-fi thriller Identicals presents a future where cloning is simply the order of business. The film’s tagline is “a new face, a new life, a new you,” and though the story treads on familiar ground, writer/director Simon Pummell manages to put an indelible stamp on the material.
Now out on DVD via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Home Invasion is a thriller headlined by Natasha Henstridge and Jason Patric. Both actors elevate the material beyond its B-movie trappings, and if you’re a fan of their respective body of work, Home Invasion offers a solid 88 minutes of entertainment.