September continues the pleasing trend of more than a handful of colorful Indie DVDs now being released stateside and abroad. Again, most never played Pittsburgh Theaters but, are available first at home to either rent or purchase. So here’s the list containing the second part of the month’s DVD releases.
Week of 9/21:
“Eccentricities Of A Blonde-Haired Girl“- Those fine people at Cinema Guild present Director Manuel Olivera (who is 101-years old!) and his latest Drama. A restrained passionate story involving a common man and his love for a blonde woman that doesn’t go very far due to cultural & social issues. Full of eccentric characters, even though its only 64 minutes. Available to stream with a Netflix membership, a gaming system such as an XBox, PS3 or a Wii & Internet service.
“The Experiment“- An American remake of a good German Thriller based on events that happened during the Stanford Prison Experiment. A 1971stunt that took regular guys and threw them into roles as either prisoner or guard. Featuring Oscar winners Adrien (“Giallo”) Brody & Forest (“Ghost Dog”) Whitaker as leaders of each side that find they have a revolt on both of their hands.
“Eyes Wide Open“- An Import DVD from England that is exclusively available to buy about a married Jewish Butcher in Jerusalem who takes pity on a homeless student by hiring him to work at his shop. Sparks ignite with both men falling for each other, probably the worst taboo in such a strict Orthodox community with disastrous results for everyone concerned. Including the jealous wife, the customers & a group of elders who soon become the “morality” police.
“Homewrecker (“The Locksmith“)- An ethnocentric Indie Comedy that debuted at Sundance 2009. Mike, out of jail on work release as a locksmith, trying to lead the straight life. Then he meets Margo, a loopy client that needs more than just a key. Enticing Mike to spy on her cheating fiance, unlocking the wrong door which might lead to romance but, also a possible long-term jail sentence.
“The Horde”- Released on Import DVD to purchase right in time for the start of next month’s Halloween deluge of Horror releases.
“Ondine”- A former HDNet Sneak Preview months ago. Interesting Indie Irishmen- star Colin Farrell & Director Neil (“The Crying Game”) Jordan bring a modern mystical tale to DVD.
“Rosencratz And Guildenstern Are Undead“- A Blockbuster Rental Exclusive that crosses Shakespeare and creatures of the night. A take-off on a Tom Stoppard play that was a take-off on the Bard. Julian Marsh, an out-of-work Ladies’ man, gets an opportunity to direct a bizarre adaptation of “Hamlet” by a pasty Romanian playwright. All is not what it seems though, when Marsh figures out the cast and crew are made up of Vampires. Leaving him up to his neck in problems.
“The Secret In Their Eyes”- Finally available stateside, catch this Oscar winning Foreign Film now (also one of my picks for this year’s Best of…so far).
“Trash Humpers”- Available through Drag City Records Distributor to buy an extended edition exclusively (here) in the States.
“Vintner’s Luck“- Another Pal Region 2 DVD to order from overseas to own is Directed by Niki (“Whale Rider”) Caro. Set in the 19th century, a peasant winemaker delves to make the perfect vintage. Earthly desires, devilish catastrophes & sour grapes may not help matters with Jeremie (“Potiche”) Renier, Vera (“Down To The Bone”) Farmiga & Gaspard (“The Sea Wall”) Ulliel.
Week of 9/27:
“7 Days“- A grisly French remake of a good Korean Horror flick that featured Yunjin (Sun on “Lost”) Kim. A successful Surgeon lives an idyllic life until his daughter is abducted, raped & murdered. Obsessed with vengeance, the Doctor plans on finding & torturing the person responsible for the heinous act. Described as a Foreign-lensed “Saw” with emotions laid bare. Also available to stream through Netflix.
“Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky“- Moved by Stravinsky’s “Rites of Spring”, famed fashion mogul Coco Chanel seeks out the Composer after the death of her beau in 1920’s Paris. Director Jan (“99.9”) Kounen delivers a sumptuous but, heartbreaking period Drama with the beautiful Anna (“A New Life”) Mougalis & Mads (“Valhalla Rising”) Mikkelsen. A definite date night film.
“Dead Cert”- Still another Import DVD to purchase first. A gang of London hooligans find more than they bargained for when a group of Businessmen want to buy the club, Inferno, that they own. Turns out the suits are Vampires, out for blood and the land the club is built upon. British character Actor Jason (“Layer Cake”) Flemyng plays his first lead in this bloody Horror romp.
“Desert Flower”- A factual story about a Somalia woman, Waris Dirie, who flees her homeland over an arranged marriage. Settled in London, she is discovered by a photographer and eventually becomes a Supermodel. Giving her a voice to speak out about her country’s practice of Female genital mutilation, which she herself had to endure in childhood. Order soon on Pal Region 2 DVD to buy from Dutch Importers Mediadis. An Indie ensemble of talented Actors includes Timothy Spall, Anthony Mackie & Sally Hawkins.
“Ivul“- An English Art House flick relocated to Switzerland relates a fractured Family Drama about a teenage son who decides to live in the trees outside his parents’ home after his father kicks him out. Giving him a bird’s eye view of the family breakdown and disintegration. Brought by British bad boy of cinema Andrew Kotting in yet another Import DVD.
“Milk Of Sorrow“- A phrase coined by survivors of Peru’s violent Civil War that have been afflicted by breastfeeding from their Mothers, who had been raped during that period. Enter Fausto, a young women who yearns for escape. Embarking on a frightening journey after the death of her own mom, she goes to extreme lengths to protect her sexuality and safety. Available only on Pal Region 2 DVD exclusively for owning this year’s Oscar nominated Foreign Film.
“Suck”- A Canadian Comedy Horror hybrid. A garage Band will do anything to become famous, even if that means giving blood. Which bites! Proving Vampires can rock and rule with hungry Bassist Jessica Pare, Malcolm McDowell as a Van Helsing wannabee, Iggy Pop as a Producer, Alice Cooper as a Bartender, Henry Rollins as a DJ & Moby (!) as the sucky band’s biggest fan.
“Undertow“- The final Import DVD on this list to purchase brings brilliantly blue snapshots of the Peruvian coast in a ghostly romantic tale. A married Fisherman must comes to terms with his love for another man despite the strict moral codes of his country and his rough-hewn profession. A winner at last year’s Sundance film fest in the World Cinema category.