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Steve Zahn’s “Marshall” Plan, a Double Bill in Chelsea and More New DVDs

Steve Zahn’s “Marshall” Plan, a Double Bill in Chelsea and More New DVDs (photo)

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A look at what’s new on DVD today:

“Calvin Marshall” (2010)
Directed by Gary Lundgren
Released by Passion River

Steve Zahn exemplifies the adage those who can’t do teach as a college baseball coach who never was quite good enough to make the majors who sees something of himself in an enthusiastic but unskilled player (Alex Frost) that he keeps on the team in writer/director Gary Lundgren’s feature debut.

“Chelsea on the Rocks” (2009)
Directed by Abel Ferrara
Released by Hannover House

“Bad Lieutenant” director Ferrara compiles a biography of the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York through archival footage, reenactments and interviews with the many artists who have stayed there throughout the years from Milos Forman and R. Crumb to Ethan Hawke and Gaby Hoffman.

“Claang the Game” (2009)
Directed by Stefano Milla
Released by Triumphant Entertainment

A game of “Claang,” a strategy-heavy match of wits, leads to a discussion between a duke and a humble traveler in ninth-century England about its historical origins in this epic action film from Italy.

“Eclipse Series 24: Actuality Dramas of Allan King”
Directed by Allan King
Released by Criterion Collection

One of Canada’s most cherished filmmakers is getting some well-deserved exposure internationally with this Criterion Eclipse set of five of his humanist dramas and documentaries from the ’60s, ’70s and ’00s: “Warrendale,” “A Married Couple,” “Come On Children” “Dying at Grace,” and “Memory for Claire, Max, Ida and Company.”

“The Experiment” (2010)
Directed by Paul Scheuring
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

“Prison Break” mastermind Scheuring probably thought a remake of Oliver Hirschbiegel’s 2001 thriller “Das Experiment,” which was inspired by the “Stanford Prison Experiment” pitting a group of regular joes against each other as inmates and guards, was a natural segueway into features. However, it’s likely all didn’t go according to plan since this Adrien Brody/Forest Whittaker starrer is headed straight to video. (Matt Singer’s review is here.)

09212010_BurntBytheSun.jpg“The Films of Nikita Mikhalkov, Volume 1”
Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov
Released by Kino Video

Finally acknowledged in the U.S. with an Oscar for his 1994 drama “Burnt by the Sun,” legendary Russian director Mikhalkov is receiving a retrospective of some of his greatest hits in this new boxed set from Kino that features 1976’s “A Slave of Love,” 1979’s “Five Evenings,” 1980’s “Oblomov,” 1984’s “Without Witness” and of course, “Burnt by the Sun.”

“I.C.U.” (2009)
Directed by Aash Aaron
Released by Osiris Entertainment

Aaron puts a contemporary Australian spin on “Rear Window” with this thriller about three teens who believe they’ve stumbled onto a serial killer living next door to them in an apartment building, yet don’t know that they are the ones being watched by someone via the building’s many security cameras.

“Kandahar Break” (2009)
Directed by David Whitney
Released by Peach Arch

Hired by the Taliban to clear land mines in Afghanistan, a member of a British squadron goes rogue after falling in love with his interpreter, much to the chagrin of the local police chief who chases him across the border into Pakistan in this thriller.

“The Locksmith” (2010)
Directed by Brad and Todd Barnes
Released by First Look Studios

While fellow low-budget Sundance NEXT selections Drake Doremus’ “Douchebag” and Katie Aselton’s “The Freebie” are making their way into theaters in the next couple weeks, Brad and Todd Barnes’ comedy that was the actual winner of the group will premiere on DVD. Back when it debuted in Park City, Alison Willmore called the film, starring Anslem Richardson as the titular locksmith who gets roped into helping out a woman (Ana Reeder) who suspects her boyfriend is cheating on her, “a slight but charming comedy that keeps undermining its own strenuously quirky set pieces with an overwhelming generosity towards its characters.”

09212010_Ondine.jpg“Ondine” (2009)
Directed by Neil Jordan
Released by Magnolia Pictures

After directing the Jodie Foster revenge thriller “The Brave One,” Neil Jordan delivers a fairy tale for adults with this drama starring Colin Farrell as an Irish fisherman who catches what his daughter believes to be a mythical selkie (Alicja Bacheda). (Interviews with Jordan and Farrell are here.)

“Racing Dreams” (2009)
Directed by Marshall Curry
Released by Hannover House

The latest from Oscar-nominated “Street Fight” director Marshall Curry won best documentary prizes at Tribeca and Jacksonville last year, which probably didn’t especially impress the kids depicted in “Racing Dreams,” three of the top go-kart racers in the country who are used to awards at ages 11-13. But Curry goes beyond the track to follow the rather extraordinary lives of Annabeth, Josh and Brandon, the trio of pre-teen drivers on the fast track to NASCAR who face roadblocks in the form of balancing school with racing, the cost of competing and in Brandon’s case, a family situation that’s ever evolving. After capturing 500 hours of footage, Curry captures one year in their lives. (An interview with Curry is here.)

“Robin Hood” (2010)
Directed by Ridley Scott
Released by Universal Pictures

Originally intended to be a radical reworking of the story told through the eyes of the Sheriff of Nottingham, this redo with Russell Crowe handling the bow and arrow opted for the familiar, with Cate Blanchett as a more forward-thinking Maid Marian. (Matt Zoller Seitz’s review of the film is here.)

“The Secret in Their Eyes” (2009)
Directed by Juan José Campanella
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

After a sojourn in American television directing episodes of “Law & Order,” among other shows, “Son of the Bride” director Campanella travels back to Argentina for this Oscar-nominated adaptation of Eduardo Sacheri’s novel about a state prosecutor (Ricardo Darin) reflecting on a rape and murder investigation that occurred 25 years earlier for a book he’s writing and discovers new evidence in the case as well as the spark of rekindling a romance with the judge in the case (Soledad Villamil). (Bilge Ebiri’s review is here.)

“Stomp the Yard: Homecoming” (2010)
Directed by Rob Hardy
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Hardy, an executive producer on the original “Stomp the Yard,” moves into the director’s chair and even brings back star Columbus Short to put in an appearance in this DTV sequel that sees another student with mad dance skills (Collins Pennie) trying to keep up with his classes as he gets ready for a major step competition.

“Stripped Naked” (2009)
Directed by Lee Demarbre
Released by Anchor Bay

A stripper (Sarah Allen) stumbles upon $90,000 lying next to three dead men after a drug deal goes awry and goes on the run in this thriller from the director of “Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter.”

“Triple Dog” (2009)
Directed by Pascal Franchot
Released by Well Go USA

“Life Unexpected” star Brittany Robertson shows off her dark side in this sleepover gone horribly wrong when a group of high schoolers challenge each other to riskier dares during a popular girl’s birthday party. Judging from the trailer, it’s not PG-13.

09212010_AdamGoldbergUntitled.jpg“(Untitled)” (2009)
Directed by Jonathan Parker
Released by Screen Media Films

If last week was Duncan Ward’s turn to send-up the British art scene with “Boogie Woogie,” “Bartelby” director Parker takes his turn in the U.S. with this comedy starring Adam Goldberg as an eccentric composer who falls for a gallery owner (Marley Shelton) in Chelsea. Vinnie Jones, Eion Bailey and Lucy Punch round out the community around them.

“Vigilante” (1983)
Directed by William Lustig
Released by Blue Underground

Fred Williamson and Robert Forster team up in Lustig’s sweaty thriller where the two factory workers attempt to take back the streets from the local gangs in New York on their own terms since the police don’t seem interested in protecting their turf.

Also making their first appearance on Blu-ray: “American Beauty,” “The Peacemaker”

[Additional Photos: “Burnt by the Sun,” Sony Pictures Classics, 1994; “Ondine,” Magnolia Pictures, 2010; “(Untitled),” Screen Media Films, 2009]

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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