Week of August 1st, 2014
Happy Birthday, Video Library!
est. August 9th, 1981
Happy Birthday, Lisa S. Harris!
est. August 7th, 1959
Blue Ruin (2013) C-90min. D,Sc: Jeremy Saulnier. Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Eve Plumb. Exceedingly blackhearted revenge noir about a social misfit and accomplished assassin who returns to his hometown. Armed. And yes, that is “Jan Brady” (Plumb) holding a gun. [R]
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2013) C-91min. D: Chiemi Karasawa. Documentary follows the brash, cantankerous actress around New York. Particularly poignant, as she died on July 17th. Interviewees: Alec Baldwin, Hal Prince, Nathan Lane, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini, John Turturro et al. [NR]
Noah (2014) C-138min. D,CoSc; Darren Aronofsky. Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connolly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson. The Biblical flood, rendered spectacularly larger than life and rather idiosyncratically by director Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Pi, The Fountain, Black Swan). [PG-13]
On My Way (2014-France) C-113min. D,Sc: Emmanuelle Bercot. Catherine Deneuve, Nemo Schiffman, Claude Gensac. Legendary Deneuve plays an ex-beauty queen now in her early 60s, who, dissatisfied with her life, takes an unexpected road trip and has her eyes opened on many levels—socially, emotionally, romantically. [NR]
The Other Woman (2013) C-109min. D: Nick Cassavetes. Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Don Johnson, Nicki Minaj. Manhattanite comedy about a girlfriend, a wife, and a mistress who team up to avenge themselves on the rat bastard who has betrayed them all. Director is John Cassavetes’ son. Not to be confused with the other The Other Woman (2009) with Natalie Portman. [PG-13]
The Protector 2 (2013-Thai) C-105min. D: Prachya Pinkaew. Tony Jaa, RZA. Sequel center-stages the astonishing Jaa (Ong Bak), whose martial moves—if not computer-enhanced—qualify him as Earth’s only real-life superman. [R]
Something Wild (1986) C-113min. D: Jonathan Demme. Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith. From the Criterion Collection. [R]
Secret State (2012-English) C-180min. D: Ed Fraiman. Gabriel Byrne, Charles Dance. Political thriller miniseries (4 episodes on 2 discs) based on the le Carre-like 1982 thriller A Very British Coup by British politician Chris Mullin.