Monday, July 4, 2022

New Release Pick of the Week

The Innkeepers
Easily one of my favorite films of last year (it even made my top ten list), Ti West’s take on the haunted house is equal parts well-played comedy and atmospheric horror, and both parts work perfectly. I loved every second of this film, and I’m looking forward to revisiting the Yankee Pedlar soon.
2011 USA. Director: Ti West. Starring: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis.

Other New Releases

11-11-11 (2011 USA, dir Darren Lynn Bousman, stars Timothy Gibbs)
Albatross (2011 UK, dir Niall MacCormick, stars Felicity Jones)
Cinema Verite (2011 USA, dir Shari Springer Berman, stars Diane Lane)
Dark Tide (2012 USA, dir John Stockwell, stars Halle Berry)
The Fields (2011 USA, dir Tom Mattera/David Mazzoni, stars Tara Reid)
Let the Bullets Fly (2010 Hong Kong, dir Wen Jiang, stars Chow Yun-Fat)
Night Wolf (2012 USA, dir Jonathan Glendening, stars Gemma Atkinson)
Return (2011 USA, dir Liza Johnson, stars Linda Cardinelli)
Some Days are Better than Others (2010 USA, dir Matt McCormick, stars Carrie Brownstein)
The Theatre Bizarre (2011 USA, dir various, stars Udo Kier)
Titanic (2012 USA, stars Peter McDonald)
Young Goethe in Love (2010 Germany, dir Philipp Stölzl, stars Alexander Fehling)

Catalog Pick of the Week

Pearls of the Czech New Wave Eclipse Set
I’ve seen just enough Czech New Wave films to whet my interest for more, and this is the first Eclipse set I’ve really though seriously about buying. Of these, I’ve only seen Daisies before, and it is whacked out anarchist fun. For more info on the films included in this set, I’d recommend checking out the blog Bonjour Tristesse, which has been doing a very comprehensive Czech New Wave series that has hit most if not all of these films.
Includes: Pearls of the Deep, Daisies, A Report on the Party and Guests, Return of the Prodigal Son, Capricious Summer, and The Joke.


Other Catalog Releases

The 1980s British miniseries version of Tinker Tailor Solider Spy and the 1967 version of Camelot hit Blu-ray, plus Warner Archive has a bunch of Lon Chaney-Tod Browning silents and a collection of swashbucklers. I’ve also added a section for the Sony Pictures Choice Collection, largely because the Warner Archive tumblr was kind enough to highlight them this week. I’ll continue to mention them if they do. πŸ™‚ But basically, this is the same general idea as the Warner Archive – catalog titles released on-demand on DVD-R, they don’t make them until you order them.

The Black Bird (1926 USA, dir Tod Browning, stars Lon Chaney, Renee Adoree)
Inch High, Private Eye (1937 USA, stars Lennie Weinrib, Don Messick)
Kim (1950 USA, dir Victor Saville, stars Errol Flynn, Dean Stockwell)
Knights of the Round Table (1953 USA, dir Richard Thorpe, stars Robert Taylor)
The Prince and the Pauper (1937 USA, dir William Keighley, stars Errol Flynn)
Tell It to the Marines (1926 USA, dir George W. Hill, stars Lon Chaney, William Haines)
West of Zanzibar (1928 USA, dir Tod Browning, stars Lon Chaney, Lionel Barrymore)
Where East is East (1929 USA, dir Tod Browning, stars Lon Chaney, Lupe Velez)

Chapter Two (1979 USA, dir Robert Moore, stars James Caan, Marsha Mason)
Die Die My Darling (1965 USA, dir Silvio Narizzano, stars Tallulah Bankhead)
Fast Forward (1985 USA, dir Sidney Poitier, stars Michael DeLorenzo)
Gas Food Lodging (1992 USA, dir Allison Anders, stars Brook Adams, James Brolin)
It’s My Turn (1980 USA, dir Claudia Weill, stars Jill Clayburgh, Michael Douglas)
The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady (1940 USA, dir Sidney Salkow, stars Warren William)
Starman: Complete Series (1986 USA, stars Robert Hays)
Wilder Napalm (1993 USA, dir Glenn Gordon Caron, stars Debra Winger, Dennis Quaid)

Badge 373 (1973 USA, dir Howard W. Koch, stars Robert Duvall)
The Buccaneer (1958 USA, dir Anthony Quinn, stars Yul Brynner)
Car 54, Where Are You Season 2 (1962 USA, stars Fred Gwynne)
Girl on a Motorcycle (1968 UK/France, dir Jack Cardiff, stars Alain Delon)
Hit! Blu-ray (1973 USA, dir Sidney J. Furie, stars Billy Dee Williams)
Hollis Frampton Odyssey Criterion (1966-1970, dir Hollis Frampton)
I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster: Complete Series (1962-63 USA, stars Marty Ingels)
I Was a Spy (1933 USA, dir Victor Saville, stars Herbert Marshall)
The Jayhawkers Blu-ray (1959 USA, dir Melvin Frank, stars Jeff Chandler)
Killer Nun (1979 Italy, dir Giulio Berruti, stars Anita Ekberg)
Lassiter (1984 USA, dir Roger Young, stars Tom Selleck)
The Perils of Pauline (1933 USA, dir Ray Taylor, stars Evalyn Knapp)
Pony Express (1953 USA, dir Jerry Hopper, stars Charlton Heston)
The Red House (1947 USA, dir Delmer Daves, stars Edward G. Robinson)

Instant Watch Pick of the Week

Donnie Darko
I’m not as crazy about this cult classic as most other people I know are (on a first viewing, it just struck me as a little too weird, and not necessarily in a good way – maybe I’m just not cult enough for it), but I am looking forward to revisiting it, so thanks Netflix for making it a little easier.
2001 USA. Director: Richard Kelly. Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore.

Other Instant Watch Releases

Daddy Daycare (2003 USA, dir Steve Carr, stars Eddie Murphy)
G.I. Joe (1983 USA, stars Michael Bell, Chris Latta)
Ken Burns: The Civil War (1990 USA, dir Ken Burns)
Marwencol (2010 USA, dir Jeff Malmberg, stars Mark Hogancamp)
The Mr. Magoo Show (1964 USA, stars Jim Backus)
Transformers (1984-1987 USA, stars Frank Welker, Peter Cullen)
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011 USA, dir Tyler Perry, stars Tyler Perry)
The Woman (2011 USA, dir Lucky McKee, stars Pollyanna McIntosh)

Expiring Picks of the Week

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench [5/3]
I caught this tiny indie film at the LA Film Fest a couple of years ago, and have taken the opportunity to champion it whenever relevant. Looks like it’s relevant again. With shades of Cassavettes and the Nouvelle Vague, the film follows a jazz musician (played by real musician Palmer) and his burgeoning relationship with a waitress. It’s basically a musical, and a very charming one – unassuming yet quite endearing.
2009 USA. Director: Damien Chazelle. Starring: Jason Palmer, Desiree Garcia.

The Thomas Crown Affair (5/2)
A bright and breezy caper film setting bored playboy millioniare Steve McQueen, who heists paintings for the sheer fun of it, against investigator Faye Dunaway in a sexy game of cat and mouse. Movies like this are why the word “cool” was invented.
1968 USA. Director: Norman Jewison. Starring: Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway.

Other Instant Watch Expirations

The Beloved Rogue (1927 USA, dir Alan Crosland, stars John Barrymore) [4/27]
The Boy with the Green Hair (1948 USA, dir Joseph Losey, stars Dean Stockwell) [4/27]
Captain Kidd (1945 USA, dir Rowland V. Lee, stars Charles Laughton) [4/27]
Cropsey (2009 USA, dir Joshua Zeman & Barbara Brancaccio) [4/27]
Cyrano de Bergerac (1950 USA, dir Michael Gordon, stars Jose Ferrer) [4/27]
The Eagle (1925 USA, dir Clarence Brown, stars Rudolph Valentino) [4/27]
The Front Page (1931 USA, dir Lewis Milestone, stars Adolphe Menjou) [4/27]
Gung Ho! (1943 USA, dir Ray Enright, stars Robert Mitchum) [4/27]
Happy Go Lovely (1951 USA, dir H. Bruce Humberstone, stars Vera-Ellen) [4/27]
Heartbeat (1946 USA, dir Sam Wood, stars Ginger Rogers) [4/27]
In Old California (1942 USA, dir William McGann, stars John Wayne) [4/27]
The Iron Mask (1929 USA, dir Allan Dwan, stars Douglas Fairbanks) [4/27]
Lady of Burlesque (1943 USA, dir William A. Wellman stars Barbara Stanwyck) [4/27]
Love Laughs at Any Hardy (1946 USA, dir Willis Goldbeck, stars Mickey Rooney) [4/27]
Mr. Moto’s Last Warning (1939 USA, dir Norman Foster, stars Peter Lorre) [4/27]
Our Town (1940 USA, dir Sam Wood, stars William Holden) [4/27]
Rain (1932 USA, dir Lewis Milestone, stars Joan Crawford) [4/27]
Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947 USA, dir Stuart Heisler, stars Susan Hayward) [4/27]
The Stork Club (1945 USA, dir Hal Walker, stars Betty Hutton) [4/27]
Svengali (1931 USA, dir Archie Mayo, stars John Barrymore) [4/27]
This is the Army (1943 USA, dir Michael Curtiz, stars Ronald Reagan) [4/27]
Three Came Home (1950 USA, dir Jean Negulesco, stars Claudette Colbert) [4/27]
Three Guys Named Mike (1951 USA, dir Charles Walters, stars Jane Wyman) [4/27]
Hook (1991 USA, dir Steven Spielberg, stars Robin Williams) [4/28]
At Long Last Love (1975 USA, dir Peter Bogdanovich, stars Burt Reynolds) [4/30]
Guncrazy (1992 USA, dir Tamra Davis, stars Drew Barrymore) [4/30]
Leaves of Grass (2009 USA, dir Tim Blake Nelson, stars Edward Norton) [4/30]
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956 USA, dir Nunnally Johnson, stars Gregory Peck) [4/30]
To Be and To Have (2002 France, dir Nicolas Philibert) [4/30]
Around the Bend (2004 USA, dir Jordan Roberts, stars Christopher Walken) [5/1]
Dr. T and the Women (2000 USA, dir Robert Altman, stars Richard Gere) [5/1]
Fallen (1998 USA, dir Gregory Hoblit, stars Denzel Washington) [5/1]
Flesh and Bone (1993 USA, dir Steve Kloves, stars Meg Ryan) [5/1]
Gable and Lombard (1976 USA, dir Sidney J. Furie, stars James Brolin) [5/1]
Gothika (2003 USA, dir Mathieu Kassovitz, stars Halle Berry) [5/1]
Hair (1979 USA, dir Milos Forman, stars Beverly D’Angelo) [5/1]
Harold and Maude (1971 USA, dir Hal Ashby, stars Ruth Gordon) [5/1]
Look Who’s Talking Too (1990 USA, dir Amy Heckerling, stars John Travolta) [5/1]
Made (2001 USA, dir Jon Favreau, stars Vince Vaughn) [5/1]
Misery (1990 USA, dir Rob Reiner, stars Kathy Bates) [5/1]
Philadelphia (1993 USA, dir Jonathan Demme, stars Tom Hankes) [5/1]
Practical Magicc (1998 USA, dir Griffin Dunne, stars Sandra Bullock) [5/1]
Repo Man (1984 USA, dir Alex Cox, stars Emiliio Estevez) [5/1]
She’s Gotta Have It (1986 USA, dir Spike Lee, stars Tracy Camilla Johns) [5/1]
Titan A.E. (2000 USA, dir Don Bluth, stars Matt Damon) [5/1]
To Be or Not to Be (1983 USA, dir Alan Johnson, stars Mel Brooks) [5/1]
Under the Cherry Moon (1986 USA, dir Prince, stars Prince) [5/1]
The Vanishing (1993 USA, dir George Sluizer, stars Jeff Bridges) [5/1]
A Walk on the Moon (1999 USA, dir Tony Goldwyn, stars Diane Lane) [5/1]
The Wendell Baker Story (2005 USA, dir Andrew & Luke Wilson, stars Luke Wilson) [5/1]
The Wild Angels (1966 USA, dir Roger Corman, stars Peter Fonda) [5/1]
A Somewhat Gentle Man (2010 Norway, dir Hans Petter Moland, stars Stellan Skarsgård) [5/3]
Art & Copy (2009 USA, dir Doug Pray) [5/4]
Mulholland Falls (1996 USA, dir Lee Tamahori, stars Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith) [5/7]

See all expiring titles.

5 Responses so far.

  1. Ryan McNeil says:

    looking forward to finally catching up with PARIAH and INNKEEPERS, both of which came-and-went far too quickly in this town.

    Both, of course, will have to wait until all the nonfiction hoopla dies down…

    • Jandy says:

      Pariah isn’t one I have a huge desire to see, but I’m willing to be proven wrong about it.Β The Innkeepers on the other hand, is fantastic. πŸ™‚ I think it came and went pretty quickly here, too. I likely would’ve missed it if I hadn’t made it into a festival screening.

      Busy with the HotDocs, I see. πŸ™‚

  2. Thanks for the mention!

    • Jandy says:

      If I weren’t lazy I would’ve given specific links to your reviews. πŸ™‚ But I am lazy, so I didn’t. But yeah, you’re definitely my go-to person on the Czech New Wave right now. A bunch of the films in that set just popped up on Hulu Plus, so I’m hoping to catch them one of these days.

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