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The Grapevine / Re: Joker (2019)
« Last post by Drenk on Today at 07:17:16 PM »
I was surprised by Phoenix here, delivering a genuine speech.

DVD Talk / Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Last post by wilder on Today at 12:50:54 PM »
November 18, 2019

Joseph Loseyís Secret Ceremony (1968) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Joseph Losey's lurid and often misunderstood drama stars the great Elizabeth Taylor (Suddenly, Last Summer) as an ageing London prostitute who befriends a young woman (Mia Farrow, See No Evil) that reminds her of her long-dead daughter. As the bizarre relationship between the two evolves, the appearance of Robert Mitchum (Cape Fear), as Farrow's abusive stepfather, ignites deep emotions and dark passions.

November 18, 2019

Paul Wegener and Carl Boese's Der Golem (1920) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema, from a 4K restoration of the original film negative

An iconic early horror masterpiece, Der Golem was Paul Wegener s third attempt at adapting the Golem character for the big screen. Starring and co-directing with Carl Boese, Wegener crafted one of silent cinema s most enduring masterpieces.

In the Jewish ghetto in 16th century Prague, Rabbi Low (Albert Streinruck, Asphalt) creates a forbidding clay Golem (played by director Paul Wegener) to protect his people from the tyrannical Emperor Luhois (Otto Gebuhr). Brought to life with a demon spirit and an amulet placed in the centre of the creature s chest, the Golem is a seemingly indestructible juggernaut, performing acts of great heroism. But when the Rabbi s assistant attempts to control the Golem for selfish gain, it becomes a terrifying force of destruction, rampaging through the ghetto leaving fire and death in its wake.

A landmark film in the horror canon, influencing most notably James Whale s 1931 adaptation of Frankenstein, Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam is also a pre-eminent example of German Expressionism, and an important contribution to the golden age of Weimar Cinema.

October 15, 2019

Roman Polanksi's The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) on blu-ray from Warner Archive, from a new remaster

A noted professor and his dim-witted apprentice fall prey to their inquiring vampires, while on the trail of the ominous damsel in distress.

October 29, 2019

Blake Edwards' Days of Wine and Roses (1962) on blu-ray from Warner Archive, from a 4K remaster of the original camera negative

A San Francisco public-relations hotshot is a "social" drinker...who never stops socializing. His vivacious wife starts drinking to keep him company. They live for good times. But eventually good times turn bad.

November 5, 2019

Hitchcock: British International Pictures Collection (1927-1931) on blu-ray from Kino

2020 TBD

Vittorio De Sica's Indiscretion of an American Housewife (1953) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

While on vacation in Rome, married American Mary Forbes (Jennifer Jones) becomes entangled in an affair with an Italian man, Giovanni Doria (Montgomery Clift). As she prepares to leave Italy, Giovanni confesses his love for her; he doesn't want her to go. Together they wander the railroad station where Mary is to take the train to Paris, then ultimately reunite with her husband and daughter in Philadelphia. Will she throw away her old life for this passionate new romance?

2020 TBD

Preston Sturges' The Great McGinty (1940) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

In a dive south of the border, bartender Dan McGinty (Brian Donlevy) stops a young man from committing suicide after a moment of dishonesty, and relates how a moment of honesty brought him down in a flashback. As a young man, McGinty joins a crooked political boss and rises from extortionist to alderman. Urged by the boss to marry his secretary to give respectability to his run for mayor, McGinty agrees -- only to fall in love with his wife and decide to do an honest thing for once in his life.

December 10, 2019

Paul Schrader's Blue Collar (1978) on blu-ray from Kino.

Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto star in this powerful, critically acclaimed drama about three auto assembly line workers who hatch a plan to rob a safe at union headquarters.

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Douglas Sirk's There's Always Tomorrow (1955) on blu-ray from Elephant Films (France). DVDBeaver review here

When a toy manufacturer feels ignored and unappreciated by by his wife and children, he begins to rekindle a past love when a former employee comes back into his life.

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Robert Altman's Kansas City (1996) on blu-ray from Koch Media (Germany). DVDBeaver review here

A pair of kidnappings expose the complex power dynamics within the corrupt and unpredictable workings of 1930s Kansas City.

November 12, 2019

Bertrand Blier's Buffet Froid (1979) on blu-ray from Kino

Buffet Froid has logic that is both twisted and stark: a husband befriends his wife's murderer, a high-ranking official plans his own assassination, a lost knife is found in the belly of a subway passenger. Together with the Chief of Police and a murderer who is afraid of the dark, Gerard Depardieu is drawn into an inescapable complicity of murder, treachery and paranoia which draws him closer to a fateful end.

November 19, 2019

Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977) on 4K blu-ray from Synapse

An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy gradually realizes that something very sinister is going on at the school.

November 26, 2019

Paul Verhoeven's Robocop (1987) on blu-ray from Arrow, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative

In the not-too-distant future, a newly transfered Detroit police officer is remade into an indestructible cybernetic cop after being dismembered by a gang of thugs in an abandoned warehouse. Reborn as RoboCop he is programmed to serve and protect the citizens of Detroit and eliminate the rampant crime in the city streets so that a massive city-wide reconstruction project can get under way. But once he has completed his task, he sets his sights on the corruption inside Security Concepts - the corporation that created him.

December 10, 2019

The Anne Bancroft Collection o blu-ray from Shout Factory

Don't Bother to Knock (1952)

Pilot Jed Towers (Richard Widmark) encounters the beautiful Nell Forbes (Marilyn Monroe) while staying at a hotel in New York City. Jed pursues Nell, initially thinking she's a woman of means, but comes to learn that she is actually a babysitter when her child charge, Bunny Jones (Donna Corcoran), interrupts a conversation between the two. Soon Jed becomes worried about Nell's mental stability when it appears the woman is physically threatening Bunny.

The Miracle Worker (1962)

Blind and deaf after suffering a terrible fever as a baby, young Helen Keller (Patty Duke) has spent years unable to communicate, leaving her frustrated and occasionally violent. As a last chance before she is institutionalized, her parents (Inga Swenson, Andrew Prine) contact a school for the blind, which sends half-blind Annie Sullivan (Anne Bancroft) to teach Helen. Helen is initially resistant, but Annie gradually forms a bond with her and shows Helen ways of reaching others.

The Pumpkin Eater (1964)

Harold Pinter pens this 'portrait of a bad marriage' drama based on the novel by Penelope Mortimer. Despite her unwillingness to stop having children, Jo Armitage (Anne Bancroft), a thrice-married mother of several children by different fathers, is not exactly cut out for motherhood. Inflicting her existing brood on her third husband, screenwriter Jake (Peter Finch), does little to cement their marriage, and Jake's serial infidelities eventually lead a depressed and isolated Jo to a complete breakdown.

The Graduate (1967)

Shy Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) returns home from college with an uncertain future. Then the wife of his father's business partner, the sexy Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), seduces him, and the affair only deepens his confusion. That is, until he meets the girl of his dreams (Katherine Ross). But there's one problem: She's Mrs. Robinson's daughter!

Fatso (1980)

This boisterous, heartwarming comedy about a man caught between his health, his self-esteem and his appetite, highlights DeLuise's genius for blending pathos and comedy. Bancroft's deft direction brings to uproarious life the joys and struggles of our relationship with food.

All his life, Dominic DiNapoli (DeLuise) has found comfort in food. But when his sister Antoinette (Bancroft) implores him to stop eating himself into an early grave, Dominic begins bouncing from crash diets to the support group "Chubby Checkers" to all manner of binges in between. In the end, Dominic discovers that what he needs most is a steady diet of love ó from his family, from a new and lovely neighborhood acquaintance Ö and most importantly, from himself.

To Be or Not to Be (1983)

Frederick Bronski (Mel Brooks) and his adulterous wife, Anna (Anne Bancroft), are a pair of hammy actors running a low-rent theater in Warsaw, Poland. When the Nazis invade, the Bronskis find their theater becoming a makeshift refuge for local Jews and a gateway to the Polish underground. Using their limited acting skills, the members of the theater troupe attempt to deceive the Nazis and lead an escape. Meanwhile, a Polish pilot (Tim Matheson) thinks he has found a spy in England.

Agnes of God (1985)

Dr. Martha Livingston (Jane Fonda) is a court-appointed psychiatrist sent to evaluate Sister Agnes (Meg Tilly), a young nun whose infant has been found strangled. With Agnes claiming a virgin conception and having no memory of giving birth, Livingston must distinguish between the lies and the nun's perception-altering faith. Complicating her investigation, Livingston continually clashes with the overbearing Mother Miriam Ruth (Anne Bancroft), who insists that Livingston leave Agnes alone.

84 Charing Cross Road (1987)

New York City bibliophile Helene Hanff (Anne Bancroft) writes to the London bookshop Marks & Co in search of some titles she has not been able to turn up locally. Store manager Frank Doel (Anthony Hopkins) responds politely to her chatty letter, and over the course of two decades, a deep, long-distance friendship evolves. Based on Hanff's epistolary memoir and its later two-person stage adaptation, the film version incorporates new characters, including Doel's wife, Nora (Judi Dench).

This Year In Film / Re: Ad Astra (James Gray, 2019) Plot Details
« Last post by Drenk on Today at 05:53:22 AM »
As a whole, the movie didn't quite click with me: it is weirdly softened by a mostly useless voice over and its last two minutes are too "cute". I wish it had been 100% the quiet  and astonishing meditation through solitude it so often is. I was surprised by the spectacle and the contemplation, how natural the transitions were.

Brad Pitt is a fantastic actor; I don't know why his part in Fight Club was considered as nothing big, for him, at the time, it's such a funny a strong performance, it made me fall in love with him, and then Jesse James came...
He gave two of his best performances in a row this year, even though he's too good looking to be a stuntman or an astronaut or a human being, even.
News and Theory / Re: Top 10 of 2019 (So Far)
« Last post by eward on Yesterday at 10:07:21 PM »
Nice list.
News and Theory / Re: Top 10 of 2019 (So Far)
« Last post by samsong on Yesterday at 10:02:05 PM »
1. ad astra
2. once upon a time... in hollywood
3. high life
4. transit
5. the beach bum
6. deadwood: the movie
7. homecoming: a film by beyonce
8. leaving neverland
9. her smell
10. hobbes & shaw*

* - will be no. 10 regardless of what changes over time, because i want it there.  stupidest movie ever made, and i delighted in every goddamn second of it.
This Year In Film / Re: Ad Astra (James Gray, 2019) Plot Details
« Last post by samsong on Yesterday at 09:27:37 PM »
this wrecked me.  my favorite of the year so far and favorite thing james gray has done, slightly edging out the immigrant. (iím a big fan of his work.)

apocalypse now by way of malick, sure, but this ends up being more like diary of a country priest as an all-encompassing (in the sense of genre indulgences and philosophical inquiries) space epic.  given all that and the filmís subtexts, this almost seemed tailor made for me.

brad pitt should win oscars for both lead and supporting actor.
Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Songs Currently Stuck In Head
« Last post by jenkins on September 20, 2019, 06:11:31 PM »
nice. Fear City smacks you across the face and thereís no good reason itís not as famous as his most famous. ill prewarn you that Body Snatchers will be the worst and just the dude belongs in the gutters not the multiplex
Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Songs Currently Stuck In Head
« Last post by WorldForgot on September 20, 2019, 05:59:34 PM »
yeah iím not sure if anybody else has fully embodied both the highs and lows of nyc culture better than Ferrara. donít skip Fear City

I'm not skipping any, and I'm going chronologically, so that one's next. Already got the DVD.
Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Songs Currently Stuck In Head
« Last post by jenkins on September 20, 2019, 05:53:08 PM »
yeah iím not sure if anybody else has fully embodied both the highs and lows of nyc culture better than Ferrara. donít skip Fear City
Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Songs Currently Stuck In Head
« Last post by WorldForgot on September 20, 2019, 05:31:32 PM »