New and Newish DVDs


The DVD collection is growing and we hope you are finding new titles that stimulate your imagination.  Here are three new films of note:

 

FOLLOWING

This is a clever story of paranoid twists and turns.  Bill, a young man with too much time on his hands, develops an obsession with following strangers at random on the street.  When Cobb, a man Bill has been following, catches him in the act, Bill is drawn into Cobb's world of breaking into flats and prying into the personal lives of their victims.  As the story flashes forward and back, we see Cobb awakening Bill’s darker side and pulling him into an elaborate triple cross.  From the director of Memento, this 1999 gem is a new addition to the collection.

 

SOURCE CODE

Source Code is Ground Hog Day on steroids.  Army Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a covert operative for Project: Beleaguered Castle, an Air Force counter-terrorism group that can project his consciousness into the “after-image” of recent events and allow him to occupy a host body of comparable age, height, and size.  It’s complicated science - not exactly time travel and not entirely jumping between parallel worlds.  The project has Stevens, guided by his controller operator (Vera Farmiga), jumping into the remnants of recent events to gather intelligence about upcoming terrorist attacks.  Ultimately, what makes the movie work is the fiction, not the science fiction.  The actors display humanity and authentic emotions that drive the story and suck you into a disorienting and dangerous world.

 

THE ILLUSIONIST

Here is another other world, created by Sylvain Chomet, the gifted director of The Triplets of Belleville.  For this 2010 feature, Chomet adapts an unproduced screenplay by master French filmmaker Jacques Tati.

 

This world is an animated one, set in the late-1950’s.  An aging stage magician finds himself out of work in France and hits the road in search of a new job.  Along the way he has a number of gigs, meets naïve teenaged barmaid named Alice who he takes under his wing and finally lands in Edinburgh where the two of them take an apartment.

 

However, describing the basic plot of The Illusionist does it little justice.  It is a brew of humorous scenarios, quiet slapstick and elaborate scenic concoctions, propelled by memorable characters who rarely speak and who come alive through idiosyncratic gestures and rubbery body language.  One writer called it a triumph of “behavior over banter.”  I recommend it.

WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING?  LET US KNOW AND LET US KNOW HOW AND IF OUR MOVIE COLLECTIONS ARE MEETING YOUR NEEDS.

Posted in Director's Report by on Monday, October 10th 1:53pm

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