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2010 Holiday Movie Guide – DVD

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The 2010 Holiday Movie Guide. What's showing when, where and how.

The 2010 IFC Holiday Film Guide

Contrary to even our own guide to what’s coming out on video-on-demand and online, rumors of the demise of those shiny discs that still take up shelf space have been greatly exaggerated. Take next week, for example, in which one will only be able to enjoy the guilty pleasure of “Lake Placid 3” or the easy charm of the Adam Scott indie comedy “Passenger Side” on DVD or upgrade to high-definition for the “Alien Quadrilogy” boxed set, a rerelease of the “Back to the Future” trilogy or better yet, Criterion editions of Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory” or the Japanese curiosity “Hausu” on Blu-ray. And it’s not even December yet.

Unfortunately in this time of tightened purse strings, the studios and specialty labels like Shout! Factory, Criterion and Olive Films aren’t going to make this holiday season any easier on the wallet, with most digging deep into the vaults to pull up restored classics and lesser-seen obscurities, which will sit side by side with plenty of this summer’s biggest blockbusters on Netflix queues and store shelves in the months ahead. Many of the films showcased below never were released in theaters or in many cases haven’t been available on home video before, waiting to be discovered by new audiences.

by Stephen Saito

Can’t make it to the theater? Here are the recent indie hits, restored classics and diamonds in the rough that can be picked up at the local video store or might make excellent stocking stuffers.

OCTOBER

WEEK OF:  17-23  |  24-31

NOVEMBER

WEEK OF:  1-6  |  7-13  |  14-20  |  21-27  |  28-30

DECEMBER

WEEK OF:  1-4  |  5-11  |  12-18  |  19-25  |  26-31

On DVD the week ending October 23

Giallo, Maya Home Entertainment, 2010

“Giallo,” Maya Home Entertainment, 2010

Dario Argento’s “Giallo”

After becoming one of the foremost directors of the giallo genre, famed horror auteur Dario Argento gives it a nod in the title to his latest, which brings in Adrien Brody as a detective on the hunt for a murder nicknamed “Giallo” (The Yellow) after the sister of a kidnap victim (Emmanuelle Seigner) seeks out his help. Granted, we were more excited about this when Vincent Gallo was in talks to play the serial killer in question and before “Giallo” sat on the shelf after a mildly enthusiastic response from the festival circuit in 2009, but still, new Argento is always reason enough to celebrate.

“‘Apocalypse Now:’ Full Disclosure”

An upgrade from the 2006 “Complete Dossier” edition, Francis Ford Coppola’s classic war film hits Blu-ray for the very first time (in both the original and extended “Redux” cuts), finally accompanied by the making-of doc “Hearts of Darkness,” as well as new interviews, a new 48-page booklet with rediscovered archival materials and new interviews with Coppola and the cast and crew.

“Assault Girls”

Mamoru Oshii helms this follow-up to 2001’s “Avalon” in which a trio of women led by “Babel” star Rinko Kikuchi fight off sand monsters in a virtual world to test their mettle and weapons skills.

“The Hitman Diaries: Charlie Valentine”

After his latest score goes awry, a fading gangster (Raymond J. Barry) reaches out to his estranged son (Michael Weatherly), a budding criminal himself, to help him, though the lure of money and power may prove stronger than blood in this crime thriller. Tom Berenger co-stars.

“Journey to Promethea”

Billy Zane dons a crown for this fantasy epic about a rebel (Sam Murphy) who leads his people to rise up against an oppressive king.

“The Killing Machine”

…Dolph Lundgren is. Here, the “Expendables” star plays a hitman trying quit the profession to concentrate on his duties as a husband and father, but he must fight to stay alive after his cover is blown. Bo Svenson co-stars.

“The Lost Tribe”

Roel Reiné’s horror flick concerns a group of friends and business partners who aid a drowning man, only to learn that he leads them into a jungle filled with danger. Lance Henriksen co-stars as a priest with suspicious motives.

“Mirrors 2: Evil Lives”

Nick Stahl fills in for Kiefer Sutherland as a newbie security guard who must track down the murdered woman who is caught between this world and the next that he can only see in the reflective glass before she starts killing others in this direct-to-video sequel to Alexander Aja’s 2008 horror film. Fox is going the extra step with the sequel’s DVD release, including the original Korean film “In the Mirror” that the series is based upon.

“My Name is Jerry”

“Hellboy” and “Legion” star Doug Jones, who is just popping up everywhere these days, plays a door-to-door salesman who seeks to emerge from his midlife slump with the help of a punk rocker (Allison Scagliotti). Catherine Hicks and “That ’70s Show”‘s Don Stark co-star in Morgan Mead’s comedy.

“Shoot the Hero!”

“Clerks”‘ Jason Mewes and Samantha Lockwood star as a couple who go through a different kind of premarital counseling in this action comedy about a soon-to-be-wed pair who are held hostage during a jewelry heist when they go ring shopping. Danny Trejo and Fred Williamson co-star.

“The Six Wives of Henry Lefay”

Tim Allen is thought to be dead, leaving behind six exes, including Paz Vega, Jenna Elfman, Lindsay Sloane, Kelli Garner, Andie MacDowell and Jenna Dewan, eager to cash in on his will, if only his daughter (Elisha Cuthbert) would let them in the directorial debut of “Mr. 3000” screenwriter Howard Michael Gould.

“Theater of War”

A selection of the Tribeca Film Fest in 2008, John Walter gives audiences a peek inside the Public Theater’s controversial revival of Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage” that had its share of big personalities in Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, director George C. Wolfe and playwright Tony Kushner. (An interview with Walter here.)

“Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl”

“Tokyo Gore Police” director and general gore makeup extraordinaire Yoshihiro Nishimura once again presides over madness in this battle over an ex between two women with supernatural powers.

Other indies that played theaters, but you might have missed:

The Rachel Weisz epic “Agora,” the Jesse Eisenberg starrer “Holy Rollers,” the nature doc “Oceans,” the Nicole Holofcener dramedy “Please Give” (Matt Singer’s review here), “Smash His Camera” (Bilge Ebiri’s review here), “The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom” (Lisa Rosman’s review here)

New to Blu-ray:

“The Howling Trilogy,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Ultimate Edition,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Ultimate Edition,” Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge” and “William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet,” Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal’s “Predators” (Matt Singer’s review is here) “Psycho,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Seven Samurai” (Criterion)

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

Frank and Lamar

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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