Sunday, June 12, 2005

For Six Cents a Day... could be supporting my used-DVD habit, or at least salving the sting. I can't help it. Hollywood Video is both my angel and my ruination. You can't even say "3 for $30" or "One-Year Warranty" around me, with all of last year's Oscar bait and cool foreign releases on the shelf, and think I am going to remember the economic caste I actually belong to.

The only solution is to spread the insanity. Just call me The Tempter: If you were a fan last year of Sideways, Oasis, Ray, Closer, Being Julia, Collateral, Hotel Rwanda, The Bourne Supremacy, Vera Drake, I ♥ Huckabees, Before Sunset, Time of the Wolf, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring, the way-underrated Enduring Love, the even better and even more underrated Birth, the way over-rated Springtime in a Small Town, the interesting Undertow, the criminally ignored Assassination of Richard Nixon, the chop-socky two-fer of Hero and House of Flying Daggers, or the Director's Cut of Donnie Darko, The H to the V is where you wanna be. Note: I did not buy all of these. But more of them than I can admit.

I also picked up two movies I haven't actually seen, but look promising: Suspicious River, Lynne Stopkewich's long awaited follow-up to Kissed (where Deadwood's Molly Parker played a budding necrophiliac...and yes, there were love scenes), and Sometimes in April, Raoul Peck's 2½-hour epic about the Rwandan genocide, which played on HBO in the States. Can anyone vouch for these?

P.S. Stay away from the Hollywood Video copy of Bad Education, tempting though it is at $9.99. Hollywood edits NC-17 movies to R, which is an invidious practice at every single level, especially since in this case it can only mean less Gael.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suspicious River is unbelievably glum and depressing, maybe the ultimate "Cheer up, Molly Parker" movie - save it, for goodness' sake, till your dissertation's over or I doubt you'll ever make it through alive.

Not that Sometimes in April is exactly a barrel of laughs either. I saw it in Berlin, and it made me cry more than any film I can remember.

Good news: Batman Begins is ace!

2:43 AM, June 13, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually had to buy the R-rated version of Bad Education, and it wasn't that bad. They only blur out Gael's head when he's giving the movie-Enrique a blow job. You still see it, it's just blurred out a bit. And fortunately that's the only case. Gael's such a fox in that film, I'd be sad if they edited him out. His performance was pretty amazing, too.

5:37 PM, June 14, 2005  

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