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REVENGE FOR JOLLY (DVD Review)

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REVENGE FOR JOLLY available on DVD May 7th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

There’s an old saying:  Never assume – you only make an ass out of u and me.  Clever. But sometimes we have no choice but to make certain assumptions or else forever be baffled.  For example,  I have to make certain assumptions about Chadd Harbold’s “Revenge for Jolly!”, coming to DVD May 7th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.   I assume Mr. Harbold is either currently a film student or one who recently graduated.  I also assume he comes from a wealthy family or knows people with money.  Finally, I have to assume that the film’s star is full of himself and quite possibly the guy giving Harbold the money to make this movie.  But all assumptions aside, the fact is: there ain’t nothing jolly about “Jolly!” Read more

The Intouchables (DVD review)

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THE INTOUCHABLES available 3/5 on DVD and Blu-Ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Here’s something worth thinking about:  In 2012 “Cloud Atlas” was released in 2,032 theaters across America. Starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood, it only grossed $27 million domestically ($87 million foreign).  Nobody saw it and yet everybody knew about it.  The same year,  ”The Intouchables” grossed over $10 million in only 194 theaters, domestically.  Its foreign tally was over (brace yourself) $416 million – making it the most successful foreign language film in North America that year.   Everybody saw it, yet nobody here seemed to know about it.  Even when I tell people about it, they think I’m screwing up the name of that Brian DePalma movie.  Sadly, foreign language films typically get limited releases in the States, leaving many of us in the dark as to what’s being produced overseas.  Well fortunately, there’s a chance to rectify this.  On March 5th, “The Intouchables” comes to DVD and Blu-Ray courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and it’s easy to see why it did so well both critically and commercially without the glamour of big names or a multi-million dollar budget. Read more

Chicken With Plums (DVD Review)

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CHICKEN WITH PLUMS available on DVD 2/26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

I’m finding that quirky festival films from France are all looking the same. Like how all Subways smell the same, French films that are fanciful and whimsical also, weirdly, all have a similar kind of visual and narrative vibe. I don’t know what it is exactly, maybe because they are all influenced by their popular movie exports like Besson, Jeunet and the French new wave, but sitting down for Chicken With Plums felt very familiar. Not that that’s a bad thing, these Frenchy films are usually worth your time, it’s just that for a film about a violinist from Tehran, it’s pretty damn French. Read more