WEEKLY MOVIE REVIEW: Last night we showed The Iran Job at the Indie Int’l Film Festival. A documentary from Film Movement, it’s about an American basketball player, Kevin Sheppard, who was recruited to play for an Iranian basketball team. He had some qualms about going to Iran considering all the anti-Iran hype in the news at the time, but decided that he needed to take the leap. Once there, he befriended three women and, in learning about their lives, expanded his perspective. The movie was easy to watch; Sheppard is a personable, funny person and he approached his new job with an open heart and mind. The intervening basketball video of the team as it made its way into the playoffs lightened up the film as well. I could have done without the occasional shots of Presidents Bush and Ahmadinejad and their saber rattling, which didn’t really add any depth and took away from the time I would have rather spent with the people in the film. It’s now available to check out here at the library if you’re interested.
New releases 5-13-14:
Her – DVD and Blu-Ray: Spike Jones’ latest about the unexpectedly tender relationship between a man and a voice on his computer operating system.
The Nut Job – DVD and Blu-Ray: children’s animated film about, you guessed it, squirrels.
Ride Along – DVD and Blu-Ray: Ice Cube and Kevin Hart star in this movie about a security guard who tags along with on a patrol of Atlanta with his soon to be brother-in-law to prove that he’s marriage material.
I Frankenstein – DVD and Blu-Ray: this got some pretty poor reviews, but it may be worth watching for the new look at Frankenstein set in a dystopian present.
Stalingrad – DVD and Blu-Ray: a Russian movie about the battle and siege of Stalingrad from the Russian perspective.
That Awkward Moment – DVD and Blu-Ray: three best friends navigate the dating scene.
Better Living Through Chemistry – DVD and Blu-Ray: a pharmacist’s life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a crazy customer who takes him on a joyride.
Stranger By the Lake – DVD: a French film about Frank who meets Michael while cruising for sex and falls madly in love. When they become murder suspects, they ignore the risk and continue their passionate affair.
After Tiller – DVD: a documentary that explores the controversial subject of late term abortion in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller.
Eastbound and Down, the Complete Fourth Season – DVD
Orange is the New Black, Season One – DVD and Blu-Ray: based on a memoir about a woman who’s criminal past comes to haunt her when she’s jailed for her crimes. It’s so good and so addictive!