Hundreds of films come out on DVD each month; recent theatrical releases, straight to DVD, re-releases, and I’ve pared down the tsunami to those I feel are truly noteworthy. This month some GREAT films are coming out if you missed them in the theater. Enjoy!
Lone Survivor – a good solid war film with some amazing effects and raw emotion. My review here.
Mirage Men – UFOs and how the US military actively encouraged the alien myth as part of their Cold War counterintelligence arsenal.
The Motel Life – Two brothers involved in a hit-and-run have to flee their Reno motel. Based on a novel by Willy Vlautin
Devil’s Knot – Noted director Atom Egoyan’s dramatized take on the West Memphis 3 case. With Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Elias Koteas and Dane DeHaan (of Amazing Spiderman 2)
L’Eclisse – Winner of the Jury Special Prize at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival, Italian director Michaelangelo Antonioni’s story of a doomed love affair is considered a postmodern masterpiece.
A Short History of Decay – a failed Brooklyn writer visits his ailing parents in Florida with sibling stress, a dying relationship and a whole lot of introspection. Milos Forman is executive producer.
Tim’s Vermeer – A wicked smart guy with a whole lot of money (and time on his hands) decides to paint an exact reproduction of a Johannes Vermeer painting using the identical methods of the Dutch Master. If you are remotely interested in painting and/or art history this documentary is a fascinating exploration of light, technique and the magic of art.
Ernest & Celestine – Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year at this year’s Academy Awards, this charming French film tells of the friendship between and bear and a mouse. Voiced by Forrest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Nick Offerman and Jeffrey Wright among others.
The Grand Budapest Hotel – The latest and possibly greatest Wes Anderson feature is a kaleidoscope-colored adventure farce with a stellar cast. As only Wes can do – do not miss this one!
Joe – a dark and moody story of an unusual friendship between a teenager and an ex-con played by Nicolas Cage in what could be a come-back role for him. My review here.
The Lego Movie – A animated comedy fun adventure from the director of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street with, you know, Legos. With Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, and of course, Morgan Freeman’s voice talent.
Enemy – In one of the best films I’ve seen in years, a quiet professor seeks out his exact double after spotting him in an obscure movie. Directed by Denis Villeneuve who brought us last year’s PRISONERS, this film stars Jake Gyllenhaal in dual roles. Read my review here.
Some Velvet Morning – Writer/Director Neil LaBute has a way of ripping the rug out from under you and making it hurt, but like it. With Stanley Tucci.
New DVD Releases June 2014