Well – here goes a Wednesday edition of “Tuesday at the Movies”; sorry to be a day late! The movie highlight of my week was Django Unchained – I really liked it, the talkiness, the juxtaposition of seriousness (not to mention violence) vs. humor and the references to Spaghetti Westerns (though I am no authority). It was so very heartbreaking and harrowing but also clever and complex – I may have to re-watch it.
On to the Tuesday, April 23rd DVD releases:
The Impossible – Blu-Ray and DVD: Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts star in this movie, based on a true story, about a family in the midst of the tsunami in Thailand.
Gangster Squad – Blu-Ray and DVD: Gangsters in LA in 1949. Stars Sean Penn and the ever so handsome Ryan Gosling.
The Eye of the Storm – DVD: a son and daughter gather around their difficult mother’s deathbed.
Mr. Selfridge – DVD: a miniseries from PBS about the innovating marketing which made a success of the Selfridge’s department store in London.
Any Day Now – DVD: a gay couple take in a teenager with Down Syndrome who’s been abandoned by his mother, but they must fight a biased legal system when their living arrangement is discovered.
Wuthering Heights – DVD: a film based on the Bronte classic, praised for cinematography and directed by Andrea Arnold of Fish Tank fame.
Champion – Blu-Ray: a classic with Kirk Douglas about a boxer who fights his way to the top, but loses all his friends on the way. Originally released in 1949.
G-Dog – DVD: This documentary won the ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman at the Cleveland International Film Festival. It tells the story of Father Greg Boyle, a white Jesuit priest, who offers jobs to former gang members in East LA.
The Central Park Five – DVD: Winner of many awards, Ken Burns latest documentary is about a group of minority teenagers who are wrongfully convicted of brutally raping a white woman in New York in the late 80s.
Maverick, the Complete Second Season – DVD