The Painless Way to See “127 Hours,” and More New DVDs

The Painless Way to See “127 Hours,” and More New DVDs (photo)

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A look at what’s new on DVD today:

“127 Hours” (2010)
Directed by Danny Boyle
Released by Fox Home Entertainment

With a fast-forward button at the ready on home devices, it’s high time more people see James Franco’s Spirit Award-winning performance as real-life adventurer Aron Ralston, who gets his arm trapped under a boulder in Utah’s Bluejohn Canyon and struggles to survive and free himself in Danny Boyle’s life-affirming followup to “Slumdog Millionaire.” (Matt Singer’s interview with James Franco and Danny Boyle is here.)

“420 High Desert Way” (2011)
Directed by Tom Breedlove
Released by Maverick Entertainment Group

Dealing with a different drug than the one suggested by the title, this procedural drama follows a young undercover cop who must refine his extreme sports skills as he infiltrates a drug cartel and must bust them before they learn his true identity.

“Bambi” (1942)
Directed by James Algar and Samuel Armstrong
Released by Walt Disney Home Entertainment

The animated classic comes to Blu-ray for the first time, illuminating every fiber on the whitetail deer’s head on his way to becoming prince of the forest. The new package includes deleted scenes, a six-part making-of documentary, a picture-in-picture special feature detailing the development of the film and more.

“A Beautiful Life” (2010)
Directed by Alejandro Chomski
Released by Image Entertainment

Bai Ling, Dana Delany and Debi Mazar are part of the supporting cast in Alejandro Chomski’s drama that revolves around an illegal immigrant and a runaway girl whose desperation leads them to become lovers and drug dealers.

“The Bleeding” (2009)
Directed by Charlie Picerni
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment

Not a “Twilight” fan? This thriller starring Vinnie Jones and Kat Von D as vampires may be the cure as DMX, Michael Madsen and Armand Assante team up to slay them.

“Burlesque” (2010)
Directed by Steven Antin
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

It got bludgeoned upon its release in theaters, but cult status begins now for the directorial debut of Steven Antin, brother to Pussycat Dolls creator Robin, that stars Christina Aguilera as a country girl who makes her way to Hollywood to become a star, if only she can get on stage at Cher’s burlesque club that is under threat of being foreclosed upon. Stanley Tucci, Cam Gigandet and Kristen Bell co-star.

02282011_CableGuy.jpg“The Cable Guy” (1997)
Directed by Ben Stiller
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Long known as the film Jim Carrey got $20 million for, the 15th anniversary of the dark comedy about a man (Matthew Broderick) who sees his life ruined by an obsessed satellite installer, which is only being released on Blu-ray, aims to restore its reputation with director Ben Stiller, producer Judd Apatow and Carrey providing a no-holds-barred audio commentary for the occasion, as well as deleted scenes, rehearsal footage and more.

“Cannes Man” (1997)
Directed by Richard Martini
Released by Cinema Libre Studio

Plenty of famous faces dot Richard Martini’s 1996 comedy about the film festival on the Croisette and Sy Lerner (Seymour Cassel) plays the wheeling and dealing producer who just tries to get noticed along with an aspiring screenwriter.

“The Clowns” (1970)
Directed by Federico Fellini
Released by RaroVideo

Having been a badge of honor on the shelves of DVD collectors who don’t let international borders prevent them from ordering rarities from around the world, RaroVideo is finally coming to America and their first release is one of the only Fellini films never to see a DVD release on our shores, the 1970 comedy in which he stars as the ringleader of a circus. In addition to the film, the DVD includes a 40-page booklet of rare Fellini sketches, a video essay and a rare Fellini short.

“Dr. Black & Mr. Hyde” (1976)
Directed by William Crain
Released by VCI Entertainment

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, this blaxploitation horror film is a takeoff of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story with Bernie Casey as the scientist whose experiment goes horribly awry and faces an alter ego that he cannot control.

“Faster” (2010)
Directed by George Tillman, Jr.
Released by CBS Films

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is out for revenge as a recent parolee whose main objective is to take out those responsible for his brother’s death while being trailed by two cops (Carla Gugino and Billy Bob Thornton) and a hitman (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) in this thriller from “Notorious” director George Tillman, Jr.

02282011_GlennGouldGeniusWithin.jpg“Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould” (2010)
Directed by Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont
Released by Lorber Films

The enigmatic Canadian pianist has inspired plenty of films about his work, but Hozer and Raymont present all sorts of never-before-seen footage and recordings of Gould for this documentary that examines the contrast between his public persona and private life, as well as shares interviews with collaborators, friends and obsessions (pop icon Petula Clark gets some camera time).

“Infinite Justice” (2006)
Directed by Jamil Dehlavi
Released by Platinum Disc

This drama revolves around an American reporter (Kevin Collins) who is taken hostage by Muslim extremists in protest of those held captive at Guantanamo Bay.

“Love & Other Drugs” (2010)
Directed by Edward Zwick
Released by Fox Home Entertainment

A break from the big-budget historical epics “The Last Samurai” director Edward Zwick’s known for in his film work, Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this romantic dramedy about a pharmaceutical rep (Gyllenhaal) whose career is on the rise with the introduction of Viagra, but whose personal life takes a hit when he falls for a Parkinson’s sufferer (Hathaway).

“Mado” (1976)
Directed by Claude Sautet
Released by Pathfinder Home Entertainment

Michel Piccoli stars as a businessman struggling to save his company when his partner leaves him in a sea of debt after committing suicide and turning to a prostitute (Octavia Piccolo) for comfort as a rival attempts a hostile takeover in this drama from Claude Sautet.

“My Girlfriend’s Back” (2010)
Directed by Steven Ayromlooi
Released by Lionsgate

“Felicity” star Tangi Miller and Malik Yoba cross paths, but try to overcome poor timing in this romantic comedy from Steven Ayromlooi.

02282011_MyGirlfriendsBoyfriend.jpg“My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” (2010)
Directed by Daryn Tufts
Released by Good Times Home Video

After being unlucky in love, Alyssa Milano suddenly finds herself caught between two very different men (Christopher Gorham and Michael Landes) in this romantic comedy. Beau Bridges and Carol Kane co-star.

“S.W.A.T. Firefight” (2011)
Directed by Benny Boom
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

This DTV sequel to the Colin Farrell-Samuel L. Jackson redo of the TV show brings together former Terminators Robert Patrick and Kristanna Loken in this cop thriller about an LAPD lieutenant (Gabriel Macht) who is reassigned to Detroit where he faces off once again with corruption at the station.

“Satin” (2011)
Directed by Christopher Olness
Released by Monarch Home Video

Melissa Joan Hart and Robert Guillaume come to the aid of a down-on-his-luck Vegas crooner (Hamilton von Watts) who finds himself stuck in the tiny burg of Lost Springs when his car stalls out in this dramedy.

[Additional photos: “The Cable Guy,” TriStar Pictures, 1997; “Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould,” Lorber Films, 2010; “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend,” fiftyfilms, 2010]

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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


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

Sport Court gavel

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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