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New and Coming Releases: March 8, 2011.

This is a great DVD day, with the Oscar-winning doc, a dark, funny British comedy, suspense, cult movies, zombies, Korean blockbuster, and more! Check it out.

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Around the World in 33 Days: The Jeonju Digital Project

By Adam Hartzell

Every year since 2000, the Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) in South Korea selects three prominent directors and provides each with 50 million won (roughly $44,500) to put together a piece around 30-minutes in length, for the Jeonju Digital Project (JDP). While the Busan International Film Festival is the most prestigious of Asian film festivals, Jeonju has made a name for itself through the JDP. (The festival even makes an appearance as part of the meandering plot of South Korean filmmaker Hong Sangsoo's 2009 full-length feature Like You Know It All, where the film director character we follow in the film begins his sojourn at the festival.) The mission of the festival is less about promoting digital works and more about allowing directors a respite from the adjustments they might feel are needed to contort their visions into the logic of marketing and profit.

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New and Coming Releases: March 1, 2011.


A quiet week for new DVDs but a film nominated for several Oscars is out this week and there are a few other worthy titles out, so take a look at those and some of the films coming out soon!

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Reviewer: Steve Dollar
Rating (out of 5): ****

One of 2010's most notable releases, and a critic's favorite at Cannes (where it won the 2009 Jury Prize), Fish Tank is a must-see for anyone addicted to what might be called "visceral realism" in cinema. Those words are suggested by the late Argentine novelist Robert Bolano, writing in an utterly different context in The Savage Detectives, but they are usefully reappropriated as a coinage for director Andrea Arnold's aesthetic. You can read Ian Christie's thoughtful essay in the booklet that accompanies the new Criterion Collection DVD, which lays out Arnold's connections with the long tradition of British kitchen-sinkism (from The Lonliness of the Long-Distance Runner through Ken Loach and Mike Leigh).

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New and Coming Releases: February 22, 2011.


A delightful assortment of titles are out on DVD today, including several from Criterion, docs, indie drama, foreign action, a movie for the birds and much more!

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GreenCine Oscar Night Tweetup!

 GreenCine writers and special guests will be live tweeting the Oscars on Sunday night, February 26, 2012. Join us for some live rapier (t)wit! 


Use the hashtag #OscarsGC on twitter and you'll join us here, or follow the hashtag on your Twitter application of choice. Together, we can get through the Oscar night goofiness.

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A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop

Reviewer: Glenn Heath Jr.
Rating (out of 5): ***

As far as remakes go, A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop, Zhang Yimou's colorful and ultimately punishing period piece riff on Blood Simple, might be one of the strangest in recent memory. Jumping from the dark, beguiling, and smoky Texas landscape of the original to a textured, barren mountain region of China, Zhang situates an oddly static locale where his patented surrealist color scheme can intertwine with American genre conventions. Isolated by a sea of soot-covered mountain sides and an endless teal sky, the titular noodle shop feels like its own doomed city-state, with owner Wang (Ni Dahong) as the fascist dictator, his abused wife (Yan Ni) and the three workers a citizenry of angry imbeciles waiting for chance to free them of suffering. But we get the sense that even if these messy peons were granted individualism, they'd let it blow away in the harsh winds.

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New and Coming Releases: February 15, 2011.


An eclectic mix of titles out on DVD this week, including a controversial education doc, a "trained" action flick, an Iranian docudrama, Lemmy, Woody, and more.

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Hideaway (Le Refuge)

Reviewer: James van Maanen
Rating (out of 5): ***

The unusual tale that François Ozon -- working once again in "slight" mode but with weighty themes -- has chosen to tell in his latest work Hideaway (Le refuge) could easily lead to the kind of scenario found in numerous other films about parenting in modern times. But as this is an Ozon movie, we get something that defies cliche. His film tells of a wealthy and dissolute young man (played by Ozon irregular Melvil Poupaud), his drug-addicted paramour, and his frigid family -- the exception being one sweet and caring brother. The big event happens early on, and the remainder of the movie is taken up with the adjustment to said event by the remaining characters.

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

Reviewer:Glenn Heath Jr.
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“The Millennium Trilogy” adapts Stieg Larrson's uber-popular books series into a cinematic war of attrition, a languishing, trite, and plodding trilogy of films so laborious the thriller tropes that should be exciting quickly turn to narrative quicksand. Occasionally harrowing and always slimy, The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo offers promising first shots across the bow, introducing journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) and computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) as an extremely oddly-matched duo investigating a string of serial murders. The Girl Who Played With Fire loses the first film's chilly aesthetic for a more bland television look, digging narrative trenches and expanding the front to include Lisbeth's dangerous familial past. Finally, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest prolongs the crummy boob tube craftsmanship while merely repeating the convoluted patterns and devices hammered home in the first two entries. While so much is said and done throughout this bloated train of side tangents and red herrings, absolutely nothing substantive happens.

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