Directed by Colin Hanks, Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) centers on the band’s return to Paris in February 2016, three months after the attack at Bataclan Theatre. The 84-minute documentary is a candid look at how the group, obviously still reeling from the tragedy, united to put music and their fans (and family) at the forefront.
I went to Paris as a kid with my folks and vowed to return to the City of Lights. That dream has yet to come to fruition and the closest thing I’ve come to returning is via reading A Moveable Feast and watching Before Sunset over and over again. Shout Select’s Blu-ray of The Moderns also did the trick, and having not seen an Alan Rudolph film in years (Afterglow, Trixie), it was time well spent.
It’s natural to look at tragedies from a hardened, statistical point of view, and thankfully the animated feature In This Corner of the World gives us a personal look at the bombing of Hiroshima. Seen through the eyes of a young woman named Suzu Urano, In This Corner of the World is both heartbreaking and inspiriting, evoking the storytelling spirit of Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) and Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story).
Released earlier this month via Shout! Factory, Wakefield features a stunning performance from Bryan Cranston. I didn’t get a chance to talk about the film on the August episode of CinemAddicts. My review of Wakefield is below, and I’ll also be including this disc for my latest Giveaway. So stay tuned!!
Country Crush is a musical that’s available starting March 14 (it’s a Walmart exclusive) and I’ll be posting a review this week on Hollywood Outbreak. I really enjoyed the performances and music featured in the project (if you love old-fashioned entertainment that’s filled with good songs, this may be your cup of tea).
Actress/singer Sophie Tweed-Simmons, who plays a sassy and uninhibited woman named Ainsley in the feature, talked about Country Crush and her own promising music career. Check out our interview after the jump!
For those few not in the know, The Decline of Western Civilization is a seminal documentary directed by Penelope Spheeris. The project takes an in-depth look at the 1980 Los Angeles punk scene as seen through the eyes of such bands as Black Flag, X, The Germs, Catholic Discipline, and Circle Jerks.
As witnessed from director Jean-Jacques Annaud’s work in Quest for Fire, Seven Years in Tibet, and Enemy at the Gates, man is consistently beset with larger than life challenges and journeys. That struggle can also be felt in the animal kingdom, and his work The Bear is an compelling story of survival. Shout! Factory recently released The Bear: 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray and DVD, and it’s definitely worth a look. Continue reading “Blu-Ray Pick: “The Bear” Is Exhilarating Filmmaking”