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“Lost and Found” Footage and Other Discoveries This Week on DVD

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“America Lost & Found: The BBS Story” (1968-1972)
Released by Criterion Collection

A set of seven films that’s as diverse and wild as the era in which they were born, Criterion’s reassembly of BBS Studios’ run from 1968 through 1972 boasts influential hits like “Easy Rider,” “Five Easy Pieces” and “King of Marvin Gardens” and obscurities like Jack Nicholson’s directorial debut “Drive, He Said” and Henry Jaglom’s “A Safe Place” that have never been on DVD before. New interviews, vintage documentaries and much more from directors Bob Rafelson, Peter Bogdanovich (whose “Last Picture Show” is also included), Nicholson and the late Dennis Hopper highlight a collection that doubles as a history of when there was a changing of the guard in American cinema.

“Countdown to Zero” (2010)
Directed by Lucy Walker
Released by Magnolia Home Entertainment

This “scareumentary,” as our own Alison Willmore termed it in her review, reunites Participant Media and “An Inconvenient Truth” producer Lawrence Bender to focus on the reemerging threat of nuclear proliferation around the world and features talking heads like Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Tony Blair, and Pervez Musharraf.

“Cross the Line” (2010)
Directed by Albert J. Allie
Released by Celebrity Video Distribution

According to IMDb, there’s already been a sequel announced for this low-budget crime thriller, so the time is now to catch up with Allie’s cop drama which forces a recently divorced pair of detectives (Allie and Tina Krause) to work one last case together to bring down a drug kingpin.

“Deadland” (2010)
Directed by Damon O’Steen
Released by Phase 4 Films

A staple on the regional festival circuit where it’s picked up awards for best feature at the Nevada and Central Florida Film Festivals, Damon O’Steen’s action film is set during World War III where one survivor (Gary Weeks) searches for his wife following a nuclear apocalypse.

11232010_AliceCreed.jpg“The Disappearance of Alice Creed” (2010)
Directed by J Blakeson
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment

Former Bond girl Gemma Arterton has been very busy in the past year making the would-be blockbusters “Clash of the Titans” and “Prince of Persia” and the Cannes-bound Stephen Frears flick “Tamara Drewe.” But it was the directorial debut of “The Descent: Part 2” writer J Blakeson that was sheer torture – as the titular Alice Creed, she is kidnapped by two common hoods (“Happy-Go-Lucky” star Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston) who hold her hostage until she attempts to turn the tables. (My review is here.)

“Eat Pray Love” (2010)
Directed by Ryan Murphy
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Even if you weren’t one of the millions to pick up Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling memoir or are usually resistant to the charms of Julia Roberts, one might consider this travelogue in which Roberts flirts with James Franco and Javier Bardem in foreign locales from India to Italy following the dissolution of her marriage as a vacation from home, given Robert Richardson’s lush cinematography. “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy directs.

“The Expendables” (2010)
Directed by Sylvester Stallone
Released by Lionsgate

After opening on the same day back in August, Sylvester Stallone’s action extravaganza’s rivalry with “Eat Pray Love” continues to the small screen where Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke and even Julia’s brother Eric Roberts will cram into your television set. In his review, Matt Singer called it “the ultimate mid-life crisis movie,” though the therapy here is all done in bullets.

“Fire & Ice: The Dragon Chronicles” (2010)
Directed by Pitof
Released by Entertainment One

Wonder what ever happened to Pitof, the director of “Catwoman”? Well, wonder no more as he directs familiar faces John Rhys-Davies, Amy Acker and Arnold Vosloo in this dragon-filled medieval epic about a kingdom beset by the fiery flying beasts.

“Flipped” (2010)
Directed by Rob Reiner
Released by Warner Home Video

When Rob Reiner’s warmly received ’50s-set coming-of-age story found a cold reception in its limited theatrical release, Warner Brothers quickly pulled it from theaters, meaning that this adaptation of Wendelin Van Draanen’s novel about two eighth graders who fall for each other at different times will just have to be discovered at home.

11232010_GreasersPalace.jpg“Greaser’s Palace” (1972)
Directed by Robert Downey Sr.
Released by Scorpion Entertainment

“Putney Swope” mischief-maker Robert Downey Sr. reinterprets the story of Jesus in this 1972 counterculture oddity.

“Grotesque” (2009)
Directed by Koji Shiraishi
Released by Media Blasters

While Koji Shiraishi’s horror film won’t be seen in England anytime soon, where it was banned, Media Blasters is releasing it here, depicting the story of a couple abducted on their first date and tortured in the basement of a medically trained madman. Castrations and mutilations commence as the couple begs for their lives.

“Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Süss” (2010)
Directed by Felix Moeller
Released by Zeitgeist Films

The son of famed German helmer Margarethe von Trotta, Felix Moeller presents the family of a far less regarded filmmaker, Veit Harlan, a hired hand of Joseph Goebbels who presided over the incendiary piece of Nazi propaganda, “Jew Süss,” in 1940. In the present day, Moeller checks in on Harlan’s children and grandchildren to see how their patriarch’s legacy as an acquitted war criminal shaped their lives and the nation around them. (Lisa Rosman’s review is here.)

Hide and Go Kill 1 and 2 (2008-2010)
Directed by Tomoya Kainuma (1) and Masafumi Yamada (2)
Released by Cinema Epoch

Cinema Epoch brings this J-horror flick and its sequel to American shores where teenage girls spend their late nights playing a game of hide and seek online that quickly spirals out of control and its contestants start winding up dead.

“If You Could Say It In Words” (2008)
Directed by Nicholas Gray
Released by Vanguard Cinema

A winner of best feature at the Derby City Film Festival in 2008, this romantic drama is set in Philadelphia where a painter with Asperger’s Syndrome attracts the interest of an adrift young woman, both of whom have trouble expressing their feelings.

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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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