New on DVD

     

Today is such a rich DVD releasing day that we'll just get right to it. But we'll just say that any day that gives us Criterion releases, cartoons + anime, Hitchcock, Gus Van Sant, Michael Palin, 30 Rock and more is a pretty darned good day.

Blog entry 10/07/2008 - 12:09pm

Nashville

First stop will have to be the Parallax View, where you'll find Richard T Jameson's lengthy 1975 piece on Nashville for Movietone News and another, this one from 1979, on Apocalypse Now for Seattle's Weekly.

"It's a rare and welcome event when merchandisers get product so good as to sell itself," writes John McElwee. "Witness for the Prosecution was that kind of gift for United Artists. They actually gave away tickets (seven thousand in NYC) so as to generate what they knew would be positive word-of-mouth. The offer was floated on Times pages other than amusement oriented ones in hopes of luring viewers not otherwise inclined to follow movies.... Witness for the Prosecution had class and mass appeal."

In the New York Times, Dave Kehr looks back on early British cinema, specifically, "the era of the 'quota quickie,' cheap little movies made solely to fulfill the demands of the 1927 Cinematographic Film Act, which required that 5 percent of the movies on British screens actually be British.... Like American B movies, the quota quickies were, among other things, perfect training grounds for those crucial directorial virtues of speed and economy."

Blog entry 10/03/2008 - 12:12pm

   

So many fantastic releases today we don't even know where to start here, so just jump right in and check 'em out for yourself. There is literally something for everyone here!

Blog entry 09/30/2008 - 12:11pm

Cine Manifest "Hey kids, let's put on a Marxist film collective!" Jonathan Kiefer: "That, more or less, was a founding principle of Cine Manifest, the seven-member strong (and sometimes less strong) assembly of San Francisco filmmakers working from 1972 through 1978 to make politically potent movies that regular people could tolerate. Judy Irola's breezy personal documentary Cine Manifest... brings a fond, proud and wistful recollection of the group's formation and probably inevitable dissolution."

Chuck Tryon finds it "a solid contribution to understanding not only the broader histories of independent filmmaking and 1970s politics but also the narrower personal reflections and reassessments of those histories."

Blog entry 09/23/2008 - 1:12pm

A lot of great titles are out this week, including a fine set from Criterion, a classic heist comedy, quite a few other comedies (including a future cult classic featuring feet and fists), a great eco-doc and much more. Come on inside and check 'em out.

Blog entry 09/23/2008 - 12:17pm

Speed Racer Paul Matwychuk has caught up with Speed Racer, "and to my great surprise, I found it every bit as thrilling and delightful as Dennis [Cozzalio] did. I'm quite frankly baffled by the critical drubbing it received, especially from someone like Salon's Stephanie Zacharek, who in the past has been one of the biggest defenders of Brian De Palma, whose ability to convey plot information through complicated visuals instead of dialogue has a lot in common with the Wachowskis' approach to storytelling in Speed Racer."

Talking with Francis Ford Coppola for the London Times, Ed Potton revisits Apocalypse Now. Meanwhile, Glenn Kenny has a fascinating update on how the restoration of The Godfather's been going.

Read more below.

Blog entry 09/16/2008 - 1:38pm

   

This isn't just noise, ladies and gentlemen, when we say it's our plaisir to introduce the this week's new releases which go kabluey! with a ton of great titles to choose from.

Blog entry 09/16/2008 - 1:28pm

     

This week's new releases are a quietly good bunch; not a ton of high profile Hollywood releases and such, but a lot of good films from all over the world. And also Baby Mama. Enjoy!

Blog entry 09/09/2008 - 11:40am

The AscentLarisa Shepitko, notes Josef Braun, "studied under the greatAlexander Dovzhenko, director ofArsenal (1928) and Earth (30), but being an all-too-apt pupil, and part of what would prove an iconoclastic generation of Soviet filmmakers, she would not uphold or even reconfigure the traditions of her mentor so much as follow his example as an innovator and exacting aesthete, developing an utterly distinctive voice, one that would seek poetic methods of externalizing internal, individual transformations rather than, in accordance with official Soviet ideology, speak for the glory of a people."

"Privilege was all but dismissed by the critics as 'hysterical' and 'juvenile' and roundly denounced in the press... In [director Peter] Watkins's own words, 'The fact that everything shown or implied in the film has come about in Britain subsequent years - especially during Margaret Thatcher's nationalistic period - has not changed its status as a completely marginalized film in that country.'" Sean Axmaker for TCM.

 

Blog entry 09/03/2008 - 10:45am

     

Sleepers galore - from all over the world - dominate this week's new releases. Read on for some of the fine films out this week, along with some of those coming soon. (More titles will be appearing here shortly, keep checking back.)

Blog entry 09/02/2008 - 1:59pm

* You can comment on articles

* Private messaging to others in the GreenCine community -- and more features coming soon!

* Keep apprised of happenings in the world of films festivals, independent, international, cult, classic, horror movies and more!

* As a free registered member, you can upgrade your account to a rental subscription -- or if you want a rental subscription right away, click here.